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Once in a lifetime game


Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :2021 Lions Tour on 5 Jul 2021 at 11:01

Due to the 12 year cycle of Lions tours, very few provincial players will get the opportunity to play the British and Irish Lions. Phepsi Buthelezi will lead a pretty unchanged team from the WP game on Wednesday night at Ellis Park.

Mpilo Gumede and Dan Jooste drops out of the squad to make way for Phepsi Buthelezi and Kerron van Vuuren respectively. Anthony Volmink comes onto the bench replacing Boeta Chamberlain.

Hopefully the Sharks can put up a stronger performance than the Lions from Johannesburg managed on Saturday. Our forward pack will be really tested by a Lions pack filled with world class players, and likewise the slick handling from the Lions will test our defenses.

15 Manie Libbok, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (captain), 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Khwezi Mona

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Reniel Hugo, 21 Dylan Richardson, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Anthony Volmink


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  • I just want our score to be more respectable than the lions.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.07.21 12:05:00 by jdolivier Reply
     
  • Its not rocket science in identifying Bosch’s channel as one to target. To deny the Lions insane momentum early on, Bosch is going to have to tackle like never before. Our front row, and the front row reserves (except maybe Wiehan Herbst) are very green. I think we’re going to have a hard time in the scrums.I like the look of our locks and loosies, and I’m certain that the rarity of the occasion will motivate the team. They’re going to have to keep their heads with Jaco Peyper (yuck).

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.07.21 12:18:12 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Flip, look at the class in the opposition squad:
    British & Irish Lions – 15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Ian Henderson (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Mako Vunipola.
    Subs: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Stuart Hogg, 23 Chris Harris.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.07.21 12:22:20 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • I just hope the Sharks never give up and give their all until the very end of the match.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.07.21 12:30:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sure that kok can keep duhan in place, anthony vs thaakir is damn interesting. We can pull one here.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.07.21 18:20:07 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • Now Nienaber plus five more Boks tested positive (Lood, Pollard, Frans Steyn, Marvin Orie and Frans Malherbe) for Covid. Also 4 players from Georgia tested positive. BI Lions – Bulls game has been cancelled – due to Covid outbreak in the Bulls camp.

    So far the Sharks game tonight is still on.

    Not looking good for the Lions tour

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.21 07:45:06 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : Moved to 20h00 kickoff because BIL management member tested positive. They’re waiting for PCR tests, may be called off too.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.21 14:46:59 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 7) : I was really looking forward to this game. Hope it is not called off

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.21 15:44:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : It seems like its going ahead. The Sharks are speaking of the game as if it is.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.21 18:07:00 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Of all the refs in the world, why toilet peyper

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.21 20:01:29 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • Last pass was forward

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.07.21 20:04:30 by byron Reply

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  • Lions play the game at a furious pace. 7-0 Lions

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.07.21 20:05:23 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 2 tries in 6 minutes.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.07.21 20:07:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Getting ugly…

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.07.21 20:08:40 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Sharks need to start defending – otherwise this is going to be a cricket score

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.07.21 20:08:41 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • First scrum

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.07.21 20:11:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • No possession at all…

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.07.21 20:11:11 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 11) : definitely

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.07.21 20:14:13 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • That was a pity… a try butchered.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.07.21 20:15:10 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Sharks putting some phases together, Kok breaks through but Libbok can’t hang on

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.07.21 20:15:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Another forward pass from duhan to Liam on their 5m

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.07.21 20:15:25 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • With a bit of possession, we look good

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.07.21 20:15:49 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • Farrell doing his usual shoulder charge

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.07.21 20:16:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • So 160 vir 24 stukke

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.07.21 20:18:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Think Lions got away with a bit on the line there. Pity

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.07.21 20:18:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Curwin Bosch is just shite. Im sorry. He peaked 2 years ago. We need better than that in this team.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.07.21 20:22:01 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Shit yellow card … Might have been a break but the tackled player had no support

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.07.21 20:22:10 by byron Reply

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  • At least Bosch irritated the guy so Kok can tackle him

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.07.21 20:22:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Hendricks giving Farrell some lip

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.07.21 20:24:15 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Need to hook this ball out fast

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.07.21 20:25:13 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Lions front row hinges and Sharks get a penalty to get out of trouble

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.07.21 20:26:55 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks need to settle down and get the basics right. Really dumb basic handling errors arent helping

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.07.21 20:28:35 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Bholi keep going into contact too high.

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.07.21 20:29:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Compare the speed the Lions get on the ball on attack with what we produce. Light years apart

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.07.21 20:31:31 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 19-0

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.07.21 20:32:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Curwin, my man, puts the sharks right back under pressure from the kickoff

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.07.21 20:33:31 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Grass cutters

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.07.21 20:35:44 by byron Reply

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  • Come on Sharks – hang onto the bloody ball

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.07.21 20:36:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Were we expected to win this? No.
    Is this our best team? No.
    Is this level of crap rugby acceptable? No.
    We’re making school boy errors and look clueless as to what to do to rectify the poor play.

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.07.21 20:39:48 by Hulk Reply

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  • The Lions player after tackling Abrahams was very lazy and slowed the clearance. But another drop slays a great opportunity.

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.07.21 20:40:39 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Abrahams does well but Sharks cannot hold onto the ball again

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.07.21 20:40:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Lineout is operating pretty well, but the scrum is struggling

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.07.21 20:43:13 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Kok has to do all the tackling for our backline

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.07.21 20:44:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • At least Kok can tackle.

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.07.21 20:44:34 by Hulk Reply

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  • Lions beating us comprehensively at the contact point

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.07.21 20:45:39 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 26-0

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.07.21 20:46:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Well, there have been some good moments, but the Sharks have made a lot of basic errors. They wouldnt beat a Currie Cup team making those kinds of errors, they sure as hell arent going to trouble an international team. They need to play with some pride now and at least get some points on the board. The problem is the sharks usually fade in the second half, which is not a good sign of things to come.

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.07.21 20:48:42 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • Kok and Abrahams grafting hard, Libbok hasn’t done much tonight, and Bosch off his best, still. Too many. There were 2 opportunities for tries if they stayed cool. I fear we’ll have a big goose egg if we carry on like this.

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.07.21 20:50:18 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • 12 turnovers conceded – just not good enough

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.07.21 20:55:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 4 passes between stationary players in the backline.

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.07.21 21:03:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Better defense from the Sharks

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.07.21 21:07:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Lions are miles offside

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.07.21 21:10:39 by byron Reply

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  • Lions killing us at the breakdown

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.07.21 21:10:53 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • What breakdown

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.07.21 21:13:40 by byron Reply

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  • Sharks manage to score a try after they manage to cut the errors

  • Comment 55, posted at 07.07.21 21:13:42 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Now rinse and repeat

  • Comment 56, posted at 07.07.21 21:14:49 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks looking a lot better now

  • Comment 57, posted at 07.07.21 21:18:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Louw steal the ball but then throws it back wildly allowing the Lions to score

  • Comment 58, posted at 07.07.21 21:20:47 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Louw is the proverbial curate’s egg

  • Comment 59, posted at 07.07.21 21:22:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Farce of a ruck there

  • Comment 60, posted at 07.07.21 21:23:45 by byron Reply

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  • Side entry …. Side entry … Not rolling … No penalty

  • Comment 61, posted at 07.07.21 21:24:23 by byron Reply

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  • 40-7

  • Comment 62, posted at 07.07.21 21:25:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Silly penalty JJ

  • Comment 63, posted at 07.07.21 21:26:21 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Abrahams not the biggest but does not shy from the physical stuff

  • Comment 64, posted at 07.07.21 21:29:44 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bosch’s line kicks have been good tonight

  • Comment 65, posted at 07.07.21 21:31:40 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • We do so well, do not control the ball in a ruck and then gift the Lions a try

  • Comment 66, posted at 07.07.21 21:35:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Well done Phepsi

  • Comment 67, posted at 07.07.21 21:37:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Side entry ref

  • Comment 68, posted at 07.07.21 21:38:47 by byron Reply

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  • And forward

  • Comment 69, posted at 07.07.21 21:39:19 by byron Reply

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  • Pyper has been shocking tonight

  • Comment 70, posted at 07.07.21 21:39:50 by byron Reply

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  • Eish – just too many turnovers

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.07.21 21:40:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Sharks need to work on ball presentation at rucks. No way a scrumhalf can speed up the game when having to dig for the ball

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.07.21 21:45:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • 54-7

  • Comment 73, posted at 07.07.21 21:47:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • So James Venter is the only player in a Sharks jersey for the next 12 to have scored a try against the Lions

  • Comment 74, posted at 07.07.21 21:49:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Lineout went well, scrum surprisingly competitive. Werner Kok my man of the match for the Sharks, Phepsi also never gave up.

    Sharks actually manufactured quite a few line breaks, but our attack is generally just too ponderous. Need to speed up the play when taking the ball through phases – just too easy to defend.

  • Comment 75, posted at 07.07.21 21:54:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Abrahams should also get an honorable mention for some good runs and at least not shying away from the physical stuff. Not always an effective tackler but at least he does put his body on the line

  • Comment 76, posted at 07.07.21 21:56:54 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • First Try since 1997

  • Comment 77, posted at 07.07.21 21:57:20 by byron Reply

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  • The guy who played like it was the end of the world and maybe the last game of rugby was Werner Kok, All heart an gristle. Even copped a yellow card for his dedication. I must say, Peyper and the ARs let the BIL get away with murder at the breakdown (especially when they were defending 5 metres out “Turnover’s good!”). In the last 3 titles at Currie Cup level, we’ve had Lambie and Rob Du Preez (not my favourite) as fly halves an they got it done. Over time – although I’m impressed by Bosch’s ability to kick far and sidestep – my thinking has become that he’s more suited to fullback (except for the aversion to tackling). We’re not going to win any titles with Bosch as fly half.

  • Comment 78, posted at 08.07.21 07:40:32 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • What yesterday’s game really emphasized is that local South African teams are in urgent need of foreign competition. I do realize the Lions players are the cream of the crop from the British Isles but if you compare the results so far vs Lions against provincial teams in 2009 the gulf has grown. I cannot imagine WP or the Bulls (should that match be squeezed in) do much better than the Sharks / local Lions. In 2009 the Cheetahs scored 3 tries vs the Lions 2 and lost the game 26-24 due to penalties. Even the Kings managed a respectable 20-8 loss.

    The long inactivity during the Covid pandemic and then forced to play only other SA teams has caused local SA rugby to go backwards at a rate of knots. It does not really affect the Boks so much as the majority of our stars play overseas.

  • Comment 79, posted at 08.07.21 08:43:39 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Guys the scoreline sucks, we did butcher 4 tries though, against the best players Europe has to offer. The only thing this match showed is that unfortunately curwin no longer belongs at this level

  • Comment 80, posted at 08.07.21 12:21:20 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • @jdolivier (Comment 80) : A number of French players will disagree with you

  • Comment 81, posted at 08.07.21 12:53:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • The Sharks to play British & Irish Lions again?! https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/sharks-set-rematch-against-lions/ if that’s not a piss-take, I don’t know what is

  • Comment 82, posted at 08.07.21 13:08:39 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Curwin Bosch has done nothing to change the mind of Nienaber/Rassie about his awesomeness. Would it be wrong for the Sharks to recruit a world-class bloke?

  • Comment 83, posted at 08.07.21 13:11:11 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 81) : very true, forgot about the French

  • Comment 84, posted at 08.07.21 19:04:36 by jdolivier Reply

     
  • @SeanJeff (Comment 83) : boeta and manie are both better choices

  • Comment 85, posted at 09.07.21 13:30:46 by jdolivier Reply

     

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