Hitting pause on the season

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 May 2017 at 10:47
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Well guys – I’m afraid that’s it for the Sharks for just over a month.

Super Rugby will carry on this coming weekend – but for the Aussie and Kiwi teams only (there was a reason, but I can’t remember it). The SA teams, including the Sharks, will be back in action on 1 July, which seems a long way away. Stupid system.

Things around here will inevitably be a bit quieter, although we will, of course, still discuss the upcoming international action.


  • Junior world cup starting tomorrow too, SA-A and Boks starting next week….so plenty of rugby, and we all know how much those teams would suck were it not for the Sharks. 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.17 10:53:31 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • It’s good from a Sharks point of view. In a month’s time Pat should be okay to play again (hopefully) as well as Am (also hopefully). Bosch would be back from his Junior World Cup event. I think we’d have a full strength side with lots of options from a coaching perspective.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.17 11:00:37 by jakkalas Reply
  • And when will Andre E be back?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.17 11:20:39 by DuToit04 Reply
  • Is there any news on Pat’s recovery? Also can’t remember a time frame for Am’s rehabilitation, how longs does a fracture like that normally take to heal?

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.17 11:33:17 by HeinF Reply
  • Hey Rob wrote a article sent to admin

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.17 11:41:49 by Poisy Reply
  • @DuToit04 (Comment 3) : he’s good to play now, I believe

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.17 11:43:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 4) : 6 weeks or so

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.17 11:43:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 5) : got it, thank you

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.17 11:43:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : You can never trust a kiwi but they said hes only good for the last game against the Lions… 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.17 12:52:36 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 9) : As I understand it from the past, it is a ban from all rugby for six weeks. The way I see it since the Boks specifically said they did not consider him due to the ban, he would have played Bok rugby if not for the ban, so the Bok matches would count toward his ban.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.17 13:02:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I believe the Kiwis play Super rugby this weekend to accommodate the Lions tour – now that is going to something worthwhile to watch.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.17 13:04:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 9) : Can’t trust the Kiwi…AE is available for the Bulls game…from next week he can play again…

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.17 15:04:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • With the Sharks guaranteed a playoff spot it will be interesting to see how RDP manages his team selection in these last couple of round robin games. Surely with this break he will look to work towards his full strength side…assuming no international injuries

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.17 15:07:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : We should be fine on the injury front if Kobus Wiese, Breyton Paulse and Ashwin Willemse had to select the Bok team – not a single Shark in their starting 15,

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.17 15:15:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 14) : Cant say they too far off at the moment to be honest. Beast and DuPreez on the bench perhaps but nobody else there

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.17 15:50:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Our plucky yet resilient Sharks XV team play three games before the Bulls game, entertaining the giffons at home and then two tough games away to the leopards and cheetahs.

    will be interesting to see which SR squad layers are given game time in the Super sport rugby challenge aka src and who gets time off to heal injuries or placed on special fitness or technique programmes

    we are in a interesting space, we have a spot in the playoffs, def away, most likely in in NZ, possibly in sa to the lions, unlike in oz. no one understandably gives us a chance of go all the way due to travel and limitations of our team. but that does mean we cant.

    im not saying theres a clear system to implement between now and two months from now when we are under the gun in a quarter final in mordor (or the snoek tank), but thats gotta be the goal of the coaching staff, all our energy need to go into a tactic that they believe gives us the best chance of success, and if it fails then we tried. maybe the whole sr squad goes who are not at the boks goes on a additional preseason type program or just a re inforcement of skills and tactic and counter tactics.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.17 23:18:21 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 16) : Which SR players do u feel need game time? Perhaps a backline of 9. Claasen 10. Van Rensburg 11. Nkosi 12. Deysel 13. Sithole 14. ?? 15. Smith would benefit us in developing guys and maintaining their momentum

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.05.17 08:54:12 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Well then your concern about international injuries is unfounded. :mrgreen: They do see starting spots for Kolisi, Malherbe, Ginger and Leyds,

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.05.17 08:58:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : Based on the first practices (blue jerseys in the photos on the Bitou Rugby Club FB page). Of the overseas based Boks only Kitshoff was there.

    15 Andries Coetzee
    14 Dillyn Leyds
    13 Jesse Kriel
    12 Jan Serfontein
    11 Courtnall Skosan
    10 Elton Jantjies
    9 Ross Cronje
    8 Warren Whiteley
    7 Jean-Luc du Preez
    6 Siya Kolisi
    5 Franco Mostert
    4 Eben Etzebeth
    3 Ruan Dreyer
    2 Malcolm Marx
    1 Beast Mtawarira

    Frans Steyn will come into play as he arrives next week, Thor might not as he only arrives a few days before the test. Not sure when Hougaard arrives

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.05.17 09:38:53 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 19) : Not the worst combo. Although concerns about the midfield combo. The tight 5 will be up against a big test so possibly going with good combos where possible is best

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.05.17 10:00:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 19) : Jeepers, imagine Ross Cronje starting a Bok game, I would never have thought. That would be something special and would be a massive feather in the cap of his coaches and team at the Lions.

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.05.17 10:22:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Jr.Boks 10 – 5 Fr.u/20


    Weather: Rain & slippery

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.05.17 13:46:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Yellow card Jr.Boks 11 for a trip….18mins.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.05.17 13:50:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Our scrum owning the French in the eet is slightly unexpected, but very welcome.

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.05.17 13:53:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 24) : *wet

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.05.17 13:54:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Another yellow against our 1….27mins.

    13 vs 15 and France scores.

    Jr.Boks 10 – 12 Fr.u/20

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.05.17 14:02:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Thank goodness for the rain, French flair nearly scoring a try but passed ball is lost 5m from our tryline

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.05.17 14:07:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Finally back to 15….38mins

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.05.17 14:13:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Half-time

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.05.17 14:15:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Still Jr.Boks 10 – 12 Fr.u/20

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.05.17 14:16:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I know it’s slippery and all but, If this is the future of our rugby, I’m going slit my wrists. Shocking skills levels, poor discipline, sloppy defence and no leadership. Actually, now that I think about it, that describes SA rugby as it is already.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.05.17 14:24:51 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • 2nd half under way….and we start by knocking a simple kick-off

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.05.17 14:26:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • …subsequent scrum translates to an easy try for France.

    Jr.Boks 10 – 17 Fr.u/20


  • Comment 33, posted at 31.05.17 14:27:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Let’s see if they have “character”.

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.05.17 14:29:56 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 31) : Very disappointing game thus far….last year we tried playing a bunch of runway models who couldnt front up, this year we’ve gone back to the Neanderthals, who cant think.

    Big skilled players will always beat small skilled and big unskilled opposition.

    We still cant figure that out.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.05.17 14:31:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Penalty conversion Bosch.

    13 – 17 Boks trail.


  • Comment 36, posted at 31.05.17 14:32:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Drop goal France.

    13 – 20 Fr.u/20


  • Comment 37, posted at 31.05.17 14:35:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : I can’t see us doing that EVER 😥

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.05.17 14:35:45 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • We might win this game through brute force and some luck but I can’t see them challenging for the cup if this is how it’s going to go for the rest of the tournament.

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.05.17 14:37:35 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Clearly the jr.boks are dominated by streamers and bulls player…..dumb slow lumbering rugby. So many stupid mistakes.

    Drop goal France.

    13 – 23 Fr.u/20


  • Comment 40, posted at 31.05.17 14:40:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Emile’s lightie kicking Bosch’s arse today.

  • Comment 41, posted at 31.05.17 14:41:37 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 40) : The back three are especially useless and that’s saying something

  • Comment 42, posted at 31.05.17 14:44:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Fr. 18 year old flyhalf running the game with his boot.

    Fr. playing as a team with structure….Baby Boks playing like a bunch of egotistical individuals thinking they’re back in high school impressing girls on the side line. Garbage all round.

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.05.17 14:45:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 42) : Shockingly poor.

    Should’ve selected the 2016 Lions u/19’s and sent them and their coach over.

  • Comment 44, posted at 31.05.17 14:46:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 43) : Well summed up – that’s exactly how it looks 😆

  • Comment 45, posted at 31.05.17 14:49:05 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) : Jip

  • Comment 46, posted at 31.05.17 14:49:22 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • French deserve to win here, and we don’t deserve to be on the field….I really hope we dont face England, they will wipe the floor with us.

  • Comment 47, posted at 31.05.17 14:49:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Penalty kick Bosch.

    16 – 23 baby boks trail.


  • Comment 48, posted at 31.05.17 14:52:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) : I dont even want to think about this lot facing England.

  • Comment 49, posted at 31.05.17 14:59:46 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Just a few minutes to go any EVERY SINGLE IDIOT kicks the ball away!

  • Comment 50, posted at 31.05.17 15:12:54 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Try jr.boks

    21 – 23 Fr.

    Conversion to come on full time

  • Comment 51, posted at 31.05.17 15:15:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • 23 all draw

    Full time

  • Comment 52, posted at 31.05.17 15:16:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Augustus just about the only one that can hold his head high.

  • Comment 53, posted at 31.05.17 15:16:40 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Bad luck Frenchies! Deserved to win.

  • Comment 54, posted at 31.05.17 15:17:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 54) : They sure did

  • Comment 55, posted at 31.05.17 15:34:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • That all sounded vaguely missable…

  • Comment 56, posted at 31.05.17 17:47:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 56) : Would rather have watched paint dry.

  • Comment 57, posted at 31.05.17 18:38:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 56) : I was actually pissed off with myself afterwards for watching all of it.

  • Comment 58, posted at 31.05.17 18:58:11 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Mvovo called up to the SA A squad, together with Ruan Ackermann. To replace Mapoe and JLdP

  • Comment 59, posted at 31.05.17 20:28:33 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 59) : I like Mvovo but really not sure that he’s currently better than van Wyk.

  • Comment 60, posted at 31.05.17 20:57:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 60) : I would have liked van Wyk or Nkosi to get this opportunity before Mvovo

  • Comment 61, posted at 31.05.17 21:17:48 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 61) : Mvovo’s playing his best rugby at fullback….a Stephan Terblanche type conversion.

    Wing he hasnt shone in ages, far be it from the national selectors to see what is patently clear.

  • Comment 62, posted at 31.05.17 21:54:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @JD (Comment 60) : @Baylion (Comment 61) : There were 3 wings, 4 centres and 1 fullback in the squad. Mapoe, a centre, moves up…they don’t need another wing so Nkosi or van Wyk. They don’t really need another centre. The only fullback is Gelant and he has been shocking in the last two weeks for the Bulls. And so they picked Mvovo as a fullback. Fair enough…

  • Comment 63, posted at 31.05.17 21:54:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : I accept your explanation 🙂

  • Comment 64, posted at 31.05.17 22:19:55 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 64) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 31.05.17 22:30:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : I’m afraid the new additions won’t do more than holding tackle bags. Hoping for their sake (Mapoe & JLDP) I’m proven wrong, but have seen some exciting talent demoralized after a “call-up”.

  • Comment 66, posted at 31.05.17 22:45:31 by Rienke36 Reply


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