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Super Rugby Nabetragting – Sharks only light in very dark weekend for SA fans

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Not the way we wanted Round 8 to play out with only the Sharks able to get a win this weekend.

Seems that injuries and resting players are the biggest problem for SA Teams. Teams like the Stormers and Bulls just do not have the backup players to fill the space for players like Etzebeth, Du Toit and Pollard, Kriel.

 

 

Vodacom Super Rugby Round 8

Results:

Highlanders 28-31 Hurricanes MATCH REPORT

Reds 24-12 DHL Stormers MATCH REPORT

Emirates Lions 5-42 Cell C Sharks MATCH REPORT

Crusaders 36-14 Brumbies MATCH REPORT

Blues 32-29 Waratahs MATCH REPORT

Rebels 42-15 Sunwolves MATCH REPORT

Vodacom Bulls 20-22 Jaguares  MATCH REPORT

Highlanders Highlanders  28 31  Hurricanes Hurricanes

The Hurricanes hit back after the loss against the Crusaders with an important away win against the Highlanders on Friday.

It was one of the matches of the season son far with both teams playing some incredible rugby from the first minute to the last.

It was end to end stuff in the first 10 minutes with the Hurricanes making the most play but they were met with great defence form the Highlanders.

TJ Perenara were rewarded with becoming the first halfback to score 50 tries but it was Ardie Savea that stole the spotlight at the end.

The All Blacks is playing some of the best rugby we have seen and he scored two tries in the match. One from an intercept in his own half showing off his speed and the second when he showed that he can step as good as any backline player in the world.

The Highlanders had a chance to steal the win at the end camping in the Hurricanes twenty two but some brilliant defence kept them out to give the Hurricanes a great win.

Reds Reds  24 12  Stormers Stormers

The second match on Friday was night and day different between the quality we saw in the Highlanders v Hurricanes match.

Both the Reds and Stormers just made too many errors in all aspects of the game to excite anybody.

The fact that the two teams went into the break with the score at 0-0 shows exactly just how poor the rugby was.

The Stormers had again plenty opportunities and could have had a good lead but handling errors and poor decision making was in the order of the day again.

Their inability to finish opportunities in the game has become a serious problem for the men from Cape Town.

The fact that their captain Kolisi was send off with a yellow card did not help but did gave the Reds the opportunity in the second half to opening the scoring.

They quickly scored two tries to take the lead and with the poor execution of the Stormers never really looked that they will give that lead up.

When Kolisi came back after his sin bin the Stormers got their first points when van Dyk got over the line.

The Reds got their third try through some poor defence from the Stormers and although De Allende got over for a second try they just did not have enough to trouble the Reds.

SP Marais missing another easy kick at poles summed up the Stormers game on the day.

Lions Lions  5  42 Sharks Sharks

Most properly the best game of rugby we have seen the Sharks played in years.

On a cold and wet field the Sharks dominated the match from the start and the Lions was never really in the match.

The fact that it took the Lions 76 minutes to get their first points on the board explain just how much they were outplayed by the Sharks.

Curwin Bosch got his opportunity to start at fullback and he took full advantage earning him the man of the match award.

He was brilliant on the counter attack and had a hand in almost every try the Sharks scored.

He even took over the kicking duties from Du Preez and did not missed once.

The Sharks domination start upfront where they just outplayed the Lions in all aspects.

Their hand to hand skills were brilliant and for the first time we were not watching a Sharks team making 20 handling errors on attack.

As good as the Sharks attack were as good was their defence.

For the Lions, it was just not one of those days were nothing that they tried work. It was a off day and one that they will just forget and move on.

The Sharks with this win also took over the top spot in the South African conference.

Crusaders Crusaders  36 14  Brumbies Brumbies

It was one of those strange matches were it looked like the Crusaders are going to be beaten at home but as they have done so many times, they came back with a perfect second half performance.

The Brumbies was dominating the first half and were rewarded with a 7-0 lead.

It could have easily have been more as the Crusaders struggled to get into the game.

They made some ordinary errors in that first half and just struggled to get their hands on the ball.

The second half saw a different team coming out and they quickly took control of the match with some as expected brilliant skills.

They just moved into a higher gear which the Brumbies was unable to keep up too.

They put 36 points past the Brumbies in that second half which just stunned the Brumbies.

The Brumbies will take some pride out of the way they kept the Crusaders at bay in that first half but a game of rugby is played in 80 minutes not 40.

Scorers:

Blues Blues  32  29 Waratahs NSW Waratahs

We were treated to other great game when the Blues hosted the Waratahs on Saturday.

The Blues have been a revelation this year and made it four in a row wins when they squeezed out a win over the Waratahs with a final score of 32-29.

Both teams were looking to bring out heir attacking abilities and it was an important game for the visitors after the loss against the Sunwolves last week.

The Blues has become a team who are not just looking at attack to win games, but have a solid pack who actually starting to dominate teams upfront.

There defence has been a good aspect of their turnaround and closing out game that they in the past lost.

The Blues led at the the break 17-14 and were quickly on the board again in the second half.

They were able to answer the Waratahs every time they scored against them and at the end was good enough for the win.

Rebels Rebels  42  15 Sunwolves Sunwolves

The biggest problem for the Sunwolves has been consistency, and after the great win over the Waratahs they were just not up to it against the Rebels.

The Rebels have send out a clear message that they are a team to watch out for this year with brilliant bonus point win over the Sunwolves.

They dominated all aspects of the match and were quick to take advantage of any mistakes the Sunwolves made.

The Rebels have the great ability to put teams under pressure and then use that to score points.

As the clear best team in Australia this year they were just too good for the Sunwolves who was never really in this match at all.

Bulls Bulls  20 22  Jaguares Jaguares

The Bulls was a real disappointment on Saturday as they throw away the game in the last 9 minutes against the Jaguares.

With a conservative approach they frustrated the Jaguares who struggled to get into the game but a few subs that came one and two silly yellow cards from the Bulls saw the Jaguares scored two tries to snatch the win.

This was their first win at Loftus and they were clearly happy with the great comeback after looking down and out with 10 minutes to go.

The Bulls loosing more players to injury also did not help and with Brits, Pollard and Kriel out of the match they struggled to get any momentum.

It was just not a good day out for the Bulls and it may be a struggle going forward with so many players out with injury.

Here is next week schedule for Round 9

The Current Log Standings:

PosTeamPWLPFPAPDPts
11610243125717453
2161233833216252
3161153753354051
4161063553154048
516863383182041
616783242923237
716673683561236
81677392457-6536

I have decided to bring back the Jackass of the Week award.

This goes to SANZAAR who are single handedly killing our game with incompetent officials.

It is shocking that referees are allowing teams to be consistently offside on defence, not punishing dirty play and the worst still letting attacking teams to clean the rucks from the side and not through the gate.

With three men on the field and a TMO SANZAAR is failing the supporters to enjoy the game these days.

The biggest worry is that we are in a World Cup year and unfortunately this is not just a SANZAAR problem.

Things need to change and change fast…

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Same Sardines who lost against the Cows last week? Same Lions and Stormers who have bulk of players in Bok team? Hmm, we are stuffed!

  2. Hard to argue with Ol Andre here…

    Cape Town – Former Springbok coach Andre Markgraaff believes South Africa’s Super Rugby players are not mentally strong enough to deliver the goods on a consistent basis.

    In an interview with Netwerk24, Markgraaff said the Bulls’ recent 56-20 home defeat to the Chiefs and their 22-20 loss to the Jaguares this past weekend were inexcusable.

    Those losses came after the Bulls had achieved impressive wins over the Lions and Sharks.

    Before the Chiefs game, the Bulls beat the Lions 30-12 in Johannesburg and the Sharks 37-14 in Pretoria. They also beat the Sharks 19-16 in Durban before coming unstuck against the Jaguares.

    “It’s been a problem in our rugby for years. Our teams will deliver a fantastic performance one Saturday but can’t keep it up. After so many years of professional rugby we’re still not over the mental barrier. I have no doubt that overall our players are mentally soft,” Markgraaff said.

    Markgraaff, who coached the Springboks at the dawn of professionalism in 1996, said it should have been “impossible” for the Bulls to lose by such a margin to the Chiefs and added that the Jaguares should have been “beaten by 25 points” at Loftus Versfeld this past weekend.

    The Bulls led 20-10 heading into the final minutes before two late tries from Jaguares replacement flyhalf Domingo Miotti stunned the home crowd.

    Markgraaff was a renowned coach of Griquas and also had a stint as coach of the-then Cats franchise in Super Rugby

    Cheers

  3. @Methos The French Bull(Former Stormer – Fire WAKEFIELD): I think it is something we have been talking about for years now. For some reason our players becomes pissies.

    For one we get injured more often than any of the other SR teams and we struggle to put more than one weeks good performances together. The Lions was able to do that when we had old school Akkers as the coach.

    I know I know as much as the next tv supporter about coaching but I believe this is all due to the pissies we have as coaches.

    How many times have we heard that players did not like a coach and then a few months later he is gone.

    Jake the Snake at the Sharks was one, Mitch was one and for the same reason a guy like Stonehouse can not get a gig at one of the top franchises.

    If your coach is a liberal slapgat who believes in players having as much say as he does the this is the result.

    We need old school hardgat coaches who does not take shit and have respect of the players from day one like Markgraaff, Stonehouse, Mitc and Oom Mac.

    Players are soft because every tom dick and harry has mos rights and we do not dare make there feelings hurt.

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