Super Rugby 2017: Brumbies v Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2017 at 09:00
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The Sharks head to Canberra desperate for some Super Rugby success this morning, but I’m afraid the odds remain stacked against them this week.

The Australian capital has, I’m afraid, not been a happy hunting ground for the Sharks in the past, with a surprise win over the much-fancied Natal side of 1996 (when the Brumbies were still a team of hastily-assembled misfits) setting the tone for home team dominance in fixtures at this venue. In fact, the Sharks have only tasted success in Canberra twice over the course of 11 fixtures, with wins in 1998 and 2012.

This year’s Brumbies squad doesn’t look too hot on paper – and playing against rookies at 9 and 10, one would hope the Sharks might be able to use their better halfback experience to dictate matters here. That said, Stephen Larkham’s young side played with real poise against the Crusaders last week and very nearly recorded a win in Christchurch, in so doing eliminating any hint of complacency amongst the Sharks.

Kick-off is at 10h45 South African time – let’s hold thumbs that the Sharks have a big performance in them today.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (capt), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’Iali’I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson.

Sharks: 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch.


  • Holding thumbs: thumbs are in knots in my stomach. Stefan Terblanche always talked about butterflies in his stomach and how with experience he still got them but they tended to fly in formation. I do hope the Brumbies have an off day, but more so I hope the Sharks have a good day. But Pa Gustafson said you can wish on the one hand and poop in the other hand and guess which hand gets full first.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.17 09:40:40 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 1) : wise man, Pa Gustafson

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.17 09:41:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Level of ferocity and physicality in the New Zealand debris is two notches higher than anything else in rugby, much more intense even than six nations, talking Blues/Chiefs/ and Saders/Highlanders.
    I am amazed these guys have 15 men available for an AB side at the end of the competition.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.17 10:04:43 by The hound Reply
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  • Playing touch rugby will give us a cricket score hiding. We look shit and it’s only 3min in

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.17 10:50:14 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 4) : Slight case of premature ejaculation there mate.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.17 11:01:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : you sure about that…?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.17 11:16:08 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 6) : No

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.17 11:17:40 by The hound Reply
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  • Set piece is a shambles

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.17 11:19:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.17 11:20:55 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Reinach not kicking from the base of the ruck, would like to see more points from possession.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.03.17 11:35:19 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Much better ball retention from the Sharks, but need to improve on the options on attack

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.03.17 11:46:27 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Aussies mention that recycling is too slow

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.03.17 11:46:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I am all smiles. Already a 100% improvement. Well done to everyone involved. Lambie has just been sex….all good.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.03.17 11:53:17 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Damn – that was a good opportunity lost. Although that could have been a penalty for the Sharks

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.03.17 11:56:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Greg Martin makes me so happy that I never emigrated to Australia what a complete doos

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.03.17 11:58:00 by The hound Reply
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  • De Wet Roos at 9 – very Aussie sounding name 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.03.17 12:12:03 by Bokhoring Reply

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.03.17 12:18:11 by The hound Reply
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  • Remind me again why we signed Chiliboy

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.03.17 12:19:07 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Would not mind either of the Brumbies scrummies to join the Sharks – nice quick service

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.03.17 12:25:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • We need to get rid of Claassens and this box kick crap !! Is putting my tv in danger !!

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.03.17 12:28:49 by John Reply

  • Curwin jou doring!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.03.17 12:31:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Well done boys… Great game.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.03.17 12:32:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Great little kick by Bosch

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.03.17 12:32:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Curwin yster !!

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.03.17 12:33:48 by John Reply

  • Much much better by the Sharks. Haven’t seen them retain so much ball on attack for ages. Now work needs to be done on speeding up the clearing of the rucks, and a few more ideas on attack.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.03.17 12:35:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 25) : Agreed. I’m over the moon. Boys played really well.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.03.17 12:36:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Ruan Botha my man of the match

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.03.17 12:36:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 6) : Yes

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.03.17 12:37:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : What a steal at the end! Excellent result despite dodgy breakdown reffing.

    A lot of tick boxes regarding improvements tonight but need quicker.swrvice from CR

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.03.17 12:39:49 by Kabouter Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 27) : it was my first time seeing him playing this well.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.03.17 12:40:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • EPIC!

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.03.17 12:42:10 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Backline gained so much meters running out wide. Kobus did well to stay inside for most of these raids. Clear strategy to have loosies out wide to ensure ball can stay inside and be protected.

    Nice to see improvements after all the lack of attacking edge last week

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.03.17 12:46:10 by Kabouter Reply

  • Why are we addicted to rugby they ask: because of moments like that!

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.03.17 12:47:48 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • decent game by us, but certain aspect were frustrating again.

    we were very lucky with that final backline move. we had so many opportunities to score more points in this game, but again the brumbies looked better than as in many aspects.

    I never thought we would win it all this year, I do see some good signs, but we still have a long way to got, and we need to be more accurate against the Tah or we will lose to that quality team.

    brumbies backline is really good, but it helped us that most of their forwards were in experienced

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.03.17 12:54:34 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Ja not perfect but a huge improvement compared to last week!!!
    At last the Sharks backs showed some attacking skills!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.03.17 14:09:22 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : Agreed, if they start like they did today, it just brings back the same old feelings of the last three seasons worth of dribble

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.03.17 14:43:56 by jdolivier Reply

  • Lions giving Waratahs what for. Very high scores both sides for a first half. Just wondering how good defence is on both sides?

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.03.17 16:14:27 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 37) : We will have to tighten defence and find a way to capitalize on attack. I don’t think we have the lions attacking game yet but Warratahs seem vulnerable on defence. If we can keep the board ticking and prevent them from coming into the game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.03.17 16:39:00 by coolfusion Reply

  • See what happens when Sharks have game plan,retain possession, and back line attack gain line, great improvement only negative is Sharks need a quicket 9 and Ward must start at 12

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.03.17 16:48:14 by benji Reply
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  • lions are exposing the waratahs lack of experience in the forwards

    however we cant expect to dominate the tahs like that, lions look like the standard in sa again, but lets see some more from the cheetahs and the stormers. bulls and sharks look about the same right now, early days though.

    tahs losing foley, phipps and skelton didnt help them. they will definitely use izzy folou against us more

    I expect a tough game next week, but a eventual win for the sharks. though having lions in our group

    kings looked decent agains sunwolves after travelling all the way there, we better beat the sunwolves away

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.03.17 16:59:31 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 38) : I’m hoping the attack game will improve. What makes it difficult is that we don’t have out and out threats in the backline. Real positive was our ball retention and fitness levels.

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.03.17 17:51:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 41) : Do we need out and out threats or some good basics and decent support play though? I think we can manage against the tahs with that and some good defence. The rest maybe we’ll need something extra. Just some good finishing and support play would have meant a lot against the reds. A well oiled machine is just as good as having star studded lineup sometimes.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.03.17 18:03:26 by coolfusion Reply

  • Stormers sealing the deal nicely at the end.

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.03.17 18:50:59 by coolfusion Reply

  • Du preez junior would have done a better job at FH starting though.

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.03.17 18:54:22 by coolfusion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : Great moment that, also great seeing that you are still “around”.

  • Comment 45, posted at 06.03.17 14:21:23 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 45) : Decided to take a break from all things rugby – then saw Kobus van Wyk with the Sharks, and realised that I’ve been out of the loop for too long.

  • Comment 46, posted at 06.03.17 18:33:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 46) : Welcome back… 😀

  • Comment 47, posted at 06.03.17 20:44:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 47) : Dankie pastoor

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.03.17 07:05:43 by FireTheLooser Reply


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