Canes vs Sharks



  • The Canes will head into this one with a lot of confidence, something that Justin Marshall believes has been a bit of an omen in the past with their tenacity to switch off after solid performances, failing to back up the following week. I would have to disagree. The coaching set up at the Canes and the new culture they have instilled in this side will surely put them in good stead leading into the game at the Shark Tank. Plumtree and Boyd know the Sharks inside out so that will be a huge advantage for us. I believe if the Canes play with the same attitude and guys like Michael Fatialofa can d-up the way they did against the Lions then I think it will be a long night for a Sharks team coming back from NZ and missing key players like Cobus Reniech, Jacques Potgieter, Marcell Coetzee, Phillip van der Walt and Ruan Botha.





  • I would have persisted with Jason Woodward. He was just starting to find some form if you ignore the blunder against the Chiefs. He has been fairly solid and is starting to punch holes more often on attack with his size
     
    Overall its a good squad and it should to the business in Durban.



  • Woodward on form looks very good. But when he has a quiet game like he did last week he offers almost nothing. That's an issue with him. He is too inconsistent
     
    Shields was quiet last week. He needs to up his game this week. But this is the starting best side. My only concern is the lack of game time for other options in a number of positions. Esp HB and 1st 5. I agree with these selections though and just hope there are not any injuries in these positions if they make the finals. (who is the 7 cover)



  • That's the same with Marshall though. If he isn't in form then he doesn't really have the x factor to create much else. He deserves another crack though I guess considering he was inform before his concussion. 
     
    In terms of having open=side cover on the bench I guess Victor Vito can cover there if need be. He started there for the All Blacks against Canada in WC 2011. Actually id prefer someone like Mark Abbott off the bench rather than Callum Gibbins. Gibbins doesn't have too much impact at this level. That showed in last years final when Ardie was ruled out and he was forced to step into his shoes. 
     
    I know its a risk against the Reds next week but I would like to see TTT and Black get a chance in the halves with Barrett and Perenara as insurance on the bench. They need some game time and I think the Reds will be the perfect challenge for them.



  • That's the same with Marshall though. If he isn't in form then he doesn't really have the x factor to create much else. He deserves another crack though I guess considering he was inform before his concussion. 
     
    In terms of having open=side cover on the bench I guess Victor Vito can cover there if need be. He started there for the All Blacks against Canada in WC 2011. Actually id prefer someone like Mark Abbott off the bench rather than Callum Gibbins. Gibbins doesn't have too much impact at this level. That showed in last years final when Ardie was ruled out and he was forced to step into his shoes. 
     
    I know its a risk against the Reds next week but I would like to see TTT and Black get a chance in the halves with Barrett and Perenara as insurance on the bench. They need some game time and I think the Reds will be the perfect challenge for them.

    The thing with the Canes now is they can't afford to lose any more games. And the coaches seem to have gone the Marshall as cover for 1st route anyway with JGP as the next half options. So TT and Black will (thankfully) not happen as a starting combination
     
    Agree on Gibbins. Very limited as a player. Vito would be a much better 7 option



  • Sharks

    1. Tendai Mtawarira (c)  2. Franco Marais  3. Lourens Adriaanse  4. Etienne Oosthuizen  5. Stephan Lewies  6. Keegan Daniel  7. Jean-Luc du Preez  8. Daniel du Preez
    2. Michael Claassens  10. Garth April   11. Lwazi Mvovo  12. Andre Esterhuizen  13. Paul Jordaan  14. JP Pietersen  15. Willie le Roux
       
      Reserves:
    3. Chiliboy Ralepelle  17. Dale Chadwick  18. Thomas du Toit  19. Hyron Andrews  20. Jean Deysel  21. Stefan Ungerer  22. Pat Lambie  23. Odwa Ndungane


  • The thing with the Canes now is they can't afford to lose any more games. And the coaches seem to have gone the Marshall as cover for 1st route anyway with JGP as the next half options. So TT and Black will (thankfully) not happen as a starting combination
     
    Agree on Gibbins. Very limited as a player. Vito would be a much better 7 option

    I would rather Black run the cutter than Marshall if Beaudy gets injured. Plus Black has the best boot in the squad in regards to kicking goals and that could be vital come the playoffs, TTT too is an exciting talent but is untested at this level. I would love to see them get a run at some point in the season. Maybe if/once we are confirmed in the playoffs they may give them a go to blow out the cobwebs. Both are still very young (20 I think) so I guess the coaches want them to watch and learn this season and only take part if need be.



  • Sharks up 3-0 - James Marshall a tad lucky not to be binned.



  • Ardie Savea with the turnover penalty win and then Perenara takes the quck tap and kicks it out - could see that coming.



  • Nothing new, but TJP is a fucking idiot.



  • really like that ref van der Westhuizen



  • Nice play Canes - Goodes try. Coles is running very effectively.



  • Nice try. Sharks' D very good.



  • Good lineout maul D by Canes.



  • Some aimless kicking from Barrett and Le Roux. Sharks 10 April looks a good player.



  • Very nice try Sharks. Some soft D by Fatialofa, Barrett and Julian Savea.



  • Those Ivan Drago twins aren't bad.



  • piss weak tackling attempt by Fatialofa and good work by the Sharks and after a few phases JP Pietersen in. 8-8 HT



  • SAvea J has to do better than that on defense doesn't he?
     
    He's done that about 3 weeks now. It's bloody difficult defending in that circumstance but I'd bet there's a better technique than that that Wayne Smith has passed on



  • Yeah blemish on Fats that close to HT



  • Bedtime for me. Will be interesting to find out who won tomorrow. Flip a coin.



  • SAvea J has to do better than that on defense doesn't he?
     
    He's done that about 3 weeks now. It's bloody difficult defending in that circumstance but I'd bet there's a better technique than that that Wayne Smith has passed on

    Yeah he was in a tough situation on this particular occasion but yes he has a real knack for getting beat for tries on his line where he puts a half-shoulder hit on which doesn't do the job.



  • Brad Shields with a terrible pass to no one, uh, JP Pietersen, and he scores his 2nd. Sharks lead 15-8



  • Jesus, Coles has some pace off the mark, runs faster than some of the backs



  • Brilliant hit and ruck drive Fifita



  • Barrett off, looks to be in some pain, limping slightly
    Woodward on, Marshall in at 1st receiver



  • Sharks lineout having a field day



  • Canes sucking in some big ones,really up against it and on the back foot, 5 meter scrum on their own line



  • Canes are in real trouble here.



  • got to say, the Sharks have improved massively since their one point victory over the Highlanders.
    22-8 Shorks leading



  • Why the heck would the sharks pull April? He's been great.



  • what a huge play there by ardie savea.. chased the backs all the way and made the steal..



  • Holy shit whar a play by Ardie



  • How many goddamn advantages do they need FFS



  • Sharks have completely dominated this second half - impressive.



  • I think this ref, Van Derwesthoissn (like Joost I think) is actually one to watch for. I've seen him be good on numerous occasions
     
    Calls it accurately, communicates well, stays calm. He had to succumb to a pointless TMO intervention at a kick of but handled it pretty well



  • Yep ref has been good - has a good feel for the game. Rare these days.



  • Sharks will win this due to an excellent second half
     
    You won't beat a decent SA team at home if you don't front up in the forwards and find some physical parity
     
    Too much through the middle from Sharks
     
    Enough of talking up these locks who run around in the field if they can't get 99% of their lineout ball. Romano gets the AB nod because of core role execution. Canes LO has been dire
     
    The Sharks will win this having made twice as many tackles, a telling stat. Canes have been hassled all night
     
    Have to stop the rancid Todd baiting. Ardie isn't the second coming by any stretch but he does a lot of really good things that can't be denied
     
    Expect Barrett to have weeks off for concussion - he got his head in the wrong place on a head on tackle with the smallest guy on the field
     
    Coles is awesome all round the field



  • The Bus has gone walkabout again this last few weeks


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