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Stormers v Sharks sizzler!

2012-07-21 15:23

Cape Town - There have been many ding-dong battles between the two but next Saturday will see their most important confrontation yet in Super Rugby when the Stormers host the Sharks in a semi-final derby at Newlands (17:05 kick-off).

The only certainty will be “house full” signs at the venue ... because a clear favourite is unlikely to exist in the minds of most shrewd critics.

This tantalising fixture, guaranteeing a South African presence in the final after a year’s gap, has been set up courtesy of the Sharks’ massively praiseworthy 30-17 triumph over 2011 champions the Reds in a qualifier in their Brisbane backyard on Saturday.

The Bulls’ campaign ended without the required bang when they were well beaten, in line with majority expectation, by the ever-competitive Crusaders 28-13 at their long-time bogey venue of Christchurch a little earlier.

But if Pierre Spies’s side were error-prone and largely outwitted and outmuscled - ensuring an all-New Zealand other semi with the Crusaders now headed to Hamilton to tackle the Chiefs - the Sharks were the team to quickly restore smiles to neutral enthusiasts in our country.

Keegan Daniel and company can certainly be branded the form team of Super Rugby as they have seen off all of the Bulls, Cheetahs and Reds, often with surprising comfort, in the space of three weeks.

Springbok great Victor Matfield rightly noted in the SuperSport studio that the Sharks, their cause naturally not helped by the long haul to Queensland, “played with their hearts today ... you could really see that”.

And former Bok coach Nick Mallett joined the rightful praise-singing: “The Sharks offload in the tackle better than any other South African side; this was an extraordinary performance by them.”

Despite the Durban-based team’s current head of steam, a big impediment for the humungous clash with the log-topping Stormers will be the gruelling return journey from Australia, something that will play extra havoc with their body clocks ahead of the Newlands fixture.

The Stormers have been resting up through the benefits of a week’s bye into the semi-final, so really should have an edge in freshness even if the more multi-dimensional nature of the Sharks’ game-plan is a likely tick in their favour for the big crunch.

The Sharks do have the satisfaction of knowing that they won 25-20, and more convincingly than the scoreboard suggests, in the most recent ordinary-season meeting at Mr Price Kings Park on May 26; this was one of only two losses by Jean de Villiers’s side in the conference phase of the tournament.

Victory went the Stormers’ way 15-12 in the Newlands tussle back on March 3, however, when there was precious little to pick between the sides and the hosts won courtesy of Peter Grant’s late-show penalty from a difficult angle.

On Saturday the Sharks showed off two particularly encouraging aspects to their current mojo: a first half in which the fluidity and thrust of their attacking play came into favourable focus and a second, by contrast, in which their necessary defensive resolve became the key tool.

There were heroes all across the park for them, with customary big, seasoned names like Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen and Willem Alberts healthily to the fore, but some less-heralded players like Louis Ludik (some outstanding tackles, including a likely try-stopper on a flying Digby Ioane) and the centre pairing of Timmy Whitehead and Paul Jordaan also standing up to be counted.

The game was a bit of a triumph also for coach John Plumtree’s important tactical decision not to break up the vibrant loose trio of Messrs Daniel, Coetzee and Kankowski, and instead place the returning, versatile Alberts in the second row of the scrum.

Considering the ruggedness yet also commendable mobility of the Sharks pack, the Stormers will be gratified by the near certainty that emerging Bok hard man Eben Etzebeth will return to their own plans for the semi after a spell out with an ankle problem.

They will also monitor with renewed interest the rehabilitation of Duane Vermeulen, a long-term loose forward injury casualty who is finally just about ready and is being whispered as a possibility for 40 minutes or so of exposure against the Sharks.

These teams have not previously met in knockout play in Super Rugby, and neither has yet won the competition since its labelling as the Super 12 in 1996: the Sharks boast three appearances in finals (1996, 2001 and that special Durban heartbreak in 2007 against the Bulls) and the Stormers one (the 2010 defeat to the same Bulls in Soweto).

Both sides find themselves a mouth-watering 160 minutes from maiden tournament glory once more ... who will come up shy again after Saturday’s potentially enthralling 80?

The stakes could hardly be higher.

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Comments
  • mark.botha.184 - 2012-07-21 15:33

    Enthralling rugby...Sharks now real the championship contenders. Stormers are in for the fight of their lives! Cant wait!!! Sharks number 1!!!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-07-21 15:43

    SHARKS MET 17!!!!!!!!!!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-21 16:33

      @Isak , keep on dreaming !! No open your eyes !!

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-21 16:36

      @isak, is there something wrong with you? First you say you don't want to make a prediction, but then you go ahead and make one. Oh dear heavens, I don't want to be in your house when your team loses. Heartbreaking stuff

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-21 16:46

      Nee @Isak, ek SKREEU (hulle skree net in Kaap) vir die Sharks. Sterkte met jou span, ek wil jou nie Saterdag oggend sien nie, want jy is al klaar half oes. Senuwees??

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-07-21 17:18

      Isak... senuwee is kalm..... want die papsak is vol?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:30

      they met 17 what?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:15

      I don't want to make any predictions for this game. It will be a very TOUGH game, with 2 very GOOD teams. But I think this will be a WALK in the park for the WELL RESTED TABLE TOPPING team from Cape Town!!!! that is called a prediction Mr Potato head

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 19:21

      @ isaak By the attitude in your writings it's seems as though you enjoying a bit of tik with your Johnny walker as well.... What ever comes out your mouth/head is utter crap ....Johnny walker blue is a mix of different whiskeys and is actually kuk compared to most others.its not a preference but a image and precisely why you made Mention of the grade of Johnny walker.enjoy your kuk drink and just for the record man handling is what your precious stormers Received in Durban.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:28

      jandel, hot girlfriend or not, your comment is deemed BOOM!

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-21 22:27

      Blue Bull whiskey is Klippies poured into an empty Three Ships bottle to impress the guests. Hehehehehe...

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-22 12:04

      moenie drome droom nie

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:01

    Stormers supporters have been rather vocal since the beginning of the competition and rightly so however the Sharks are the form side of the competition and all that rubbish of blowing hot and cold will count for nought come Sat 28 July. I believe we will see the Stormers defence come up against the Sharks attack and personally I feel that attack and NOT defence will win this contest? I'm sure the Stormers fans will have their say and no doubt some will mouth off garbage however this is my opinion. I forsee another barren year for the Stormers and a flight to NZ to try and win the Super 15 the hard way for the Sharks?

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:25

      Now now Isak why not say something of substance as opposed to just throwing out an attempted insult? Substantiate my friend and people may take you seriously? Yes the Stormers won 14 from 16. Yes they topped the overall log and yes they have been rested for an additional week. That all counts for relatively little should you consider that the longer a team plays the better the gel and the fact that the Sharks have been in "knock out" mode from the Bulls game may very well play in their favour no? I wish Province luck however you may have to eat massive doses of humble pie come 19h00pm on Saturday 28 July.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:47

      Agreed Mr Isak......... Lets hope for an intriguing game of rugby come Saturday? Good Luck mate and I'm sure we will talk further in the week

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:30

      more like a bottle of autumn harvest

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 18:41

      *professional

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-21 22:54

      When Tardis dates, he only dates "professionals"... Hehehehe...

      craig.williams.14224094 - 2012-07-22 13:01

      Sharks were lucky to win that ONE... that interception was from offside play and offcoz BLIND Kaplan never see forward passes because he is always AHEAD of play!

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-21 16:02

    Not to talk any bull, but I think the way the Sharks are playing now, it will take a bus to bring them down, just think the up and down traveling might get to them. But hope a sa side takes the cup, will atleast have 1 in the final. Bulls Groete!!!

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:29

      @Dave you make a valid point regarding the travel however do you not think that the fact that the boys are doing things the hard way is actually spurring them on as opposed to bringing them down? History beckons for this Sharks outfit and it seems that under the leadership of Keegan Danial they are rising to the challenge. Should they win the Cup they would have been to 3 countries in 3 weeks and defied all logic and science and also becoming the lowest ranked team to win the Super Trophy. There is something really dangerous about this team of youngsters and they seem to be really hungry for it.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-21 16:33

      @ Isak why bring the Bulls players into this? I somehow don't see Heyneke Meyer dropping Pierre Spies for Duane Vermeulen either as Spies has won many Currie Cups and a Super 14 trophy under the coach and whether we like it or not Spies is still a rare talent and slowing coming into his own. I've never been a big fan of his either however I trust that Heyneke Meyer knows how to win and that is enough for me. Sharks 4 Life!!!

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-07-21 16:56

      Thanx dave!isak moenie so windgat wees nie man!wag tot na saterdag se game dan kan jy celebrate indien stormers gewen het!gaan n baie taai stryd wees!go stormers!baie bly vir sharks!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:30

      they play against other humans not buses. how dof. hope a NZ team takes the cup. the crusaders deserve their first ever super trophy

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-21 18:09

      Tardis is Cape Maori's creation of his stereotypical Bull supporter Kia Parra Cape Maori!!! Hehehehehe...

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 19:12

      @isaak you were beaten recently by the sharks in Durban and you only won at newlands due to a last second penalty.the score in Durban was not a true reflection of the game and your explanation that we the sharks are going to be manhandled is what you guys got in Durban and Considering this your assumption

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:30

      stormers are going to get a moering similar to my spellcheck smackdowns these fools receive. jandl, what did nick mallet say about your chick? i think he would approve

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:04

      @dim.turdis. Last week you predicted the Bulls will smash the Crusaders. So as long as you predict a Sharks victory, I'm happy.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 07:48

      Where did I predict that? thought we would finish within 10 points of the saders but fouche's missed conversion denied me that winning bet

  • sbonelo.dladla1 - 2012-07-21 16:03

    I've never heard of a storm striking a shark! Fear for ur life stomers coz we gona bite u unexpetedly! The title for this Super Rugby for the Sharks is, \Against all odds\!\r\nGo Sharks!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:29

      have u seen that supergees ad? the stormers supporters have to be naked to compare how much they support their team. ghey

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-22 01:02

      Sorry Tardis, your team has been eliminated. You should have commented under Crusaders bury bumbling Bulls. Hope to hear again from you next year. hehehehehe...

  • jakes.stormer - 2012-07-21 16:27

    nice to see no bull idiots rampaging through this article. Esp johan kamtige dokter spies. i am a stormer supporter, and will root for the stormers, but i am a bit worried. I do hope the stormers win so we can have the final at newlands, and if that is the case, i thin we will take the chiefs... Go Stormers

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:28

      u better be worried because the sharks are going to rip you a new one and i think u r a bit dof if you think u could take the chiefs or the crusaders. u biatches are going down town to china town

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-21 17:56

      Hier is 'n Bulls "idiot" Baie geluk Sharks!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-22 07:20

      Jakes - dit was n baie goeie game deur die Sharks. Maar as jy vat hulle het Australie toe en terug gevlieg in n week - dit gaan hulle vang, maak nie saak hoe fiks hulle is nie. Die Stormers sal moet defend vir hulle lewens en geen penalties afstaan nie... maar as daar een span is wat dit kan doen dan is dit die Stormers. Na gister se game is ek nie so bang vir die Crusaders nie - hulle het gewen omdat die bulle te veel foute gemaak het en BAIE penalties afgestaan het.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 01:09

      @frans Nie bang vir die Crusaders nie? En jy reken seker ook jy sal Tyson in jou dae uitgeslaan het. Dis nie lekker om heeltyd aandag te moet soek nie ne, niemand steur hulle aan jou nie. Was jy 'n middelkind? PS Julle gaan nie die geleentheid he om teen die Crusaders te speel nie

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 04:28

      Ja, Johan... julle het gelukkig die geleentheid gehad om teen die Crusaders te speel, ne.... ek dink ook nogal dat die Chiefs dalk die Crusaders kan uithaal, maar is nie seker nie... Het gehoop dat ons die laaste van jou gesien het.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:10

      @dr.spiertjies. Laasweek het julle ook geclaim ons gaan nie die geleentheid he om teen die Crusaders te speel nie, want die Bulls sou hulle mos begrawe het. Miskien moet julle Bulls supporters ophou om sulke voorspellings te maak en maar net reguit se: julle WENS en HOOP ons gaan nie die geleentheid he om teen die Crusaders te speel nie.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 05:46

      @Frans @Chris ons twee kernfisikuste op die blog Julle gaan nie die geleentheid kry om teen die Crusaders te speel nie oor julle nie in die finaal gaan wees nie. Is dit rerig so moeilik om dit uit te werk? Foeitog seuntjies

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:00

      @dr.spiertjies. Hou aan om sulke voorspellings te maak. Ek like dit, veral as ek na jou rekord van voorspellings die afgelope tyd kyk. Die Bulls sou mos die Crusaders vertrap het Saterdag. Wanneer jy en dim.turdis gaan begin verkondig hoe maklik die Stormers gaan wen, sal ek bekommerd begin raak. Maar in die mean time sal ek maar net vir jou lag.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 07:58

      Johan Spies... denser than the Higgs Boson...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 14:02

      check frans the pseudo pscientist

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-07-21 16:51

    Sharks certainly looking like the better team at the moment but have a feeling the travel factor is gonna be to much for them.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:28

      why? they fly business and first class? and dont they all have ipods?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:38

      @dim.turdis. Yes and the Stormers have their own beds, in natural air, not crossing timelines. Oh and they probably also have iPods.

  • alexisamanda.cloete - 2012-07-21 17:09

    I'm a Lion's supporter, but for this derby, it's Sharks all the way!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 17:29

      im a bulls supporter but i dont have to put that every time i post

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:11

      @dim.turdis. Yes you don't because you certainly behave like one.

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-07-21 17:34

    Rugby word nie gepraat nie, maar tussen vier lyne gespeel.Saterdag gaan 'n groot stryd wees tussen twee harde spanne.Die span wat sy kanse die beste gaan gebruik gaan die een deurtrek.Ons tuisveld voordeel maak ons kortkop die gunsteling,maar dit gaan nog steeds hard wees.Kom ons hoop vir 'n aanskoulike wedstryd.Een SA-span gaan final speel.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-21 17:50

      ek stem - ek hoop dat dit n goeie game is, ek hoop die stormers wen, maar wie ook al wen, ek sal vir n SA span skree in die finaal!!!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-21 17:59

      Go Sharks!

  • maryna.vanwyk.71 - 2012-07-21 17:50

    Despite these two teams in the semi's, the Bull players will remain in the Springbok team to take on the All Blacks in the four nations.....ja....

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 19:04

      Are you blind girl.....or maybe just hopeful.bulls are useless!!! Pies tops the pile

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:18

      maryna you ugly grrrl

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:18

      jandel, hot girlfriend....comment deemed VALID

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 21:00

      Tom...a little off the subject and if checking ones profile on Facebook and then commenting whether they good looking,hot,ugly etc Etc Is actually wrong ,stalker like and disgusting .you a pig !!! Big mouth behind your keyboard! Grow up

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 21:22

      hey jandy i will tell your chick she is hot to her face bud

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 21:50

      First of all I'm not your bud because you a prick to say the least and secondly you referring to my wife.its not about being jealous or protective but about you going onto Facebook pages and Then publicly broadcasting what they look like.you a idiot and if you don't get it then catch a wake up.tell your own "chick/cherry" she's hot or maybe you still pulling Your Wire.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-22 00:49

      Hey jandl's Flossie, u hot u bimbo. Reevo ur wife or Flossie is hot boet bud. How much did that white tail deer cost u to track and hunt? Cos personally looks catch n release to me bud boet. U publicly broadcasting ur pics numb sack. It's therefore acceptable to comment on observations based on publicly accessed pics of flos

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-22 01:24

      JAndl , hot tip , if you don't want the public to look at your pics don't make it PUBLIC .. how hard is that to grok ??

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-22 07:23

      Wow - Random ! I am impressed! last time i heard the term Grok was in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a strange land!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-23 01:53

      Spot on Frans. You run across it quite bit in the IT world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGrok .

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-21 17:59

    My Boys in Black in White. Rest Well. Then...CREATE HAVOC. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-22 12:09

      jy ylk net soos daai piesang span van jou

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 14:04

      at least his wife didnt cut bananas with her vag hahahaha isaan! in bangkok!

  • willem.pelser.9 - 2012-07-21 18:40

    As a bulls supporter I feel very disappointed at the bulls performance over the last 7 weeks of super rugby as for who I am gona support next week I stiil have not made up my mind, at the moment the sharks are playing great rugby and I think they our strongest team and I believe if they can over come the travel factor they will beat the stormers the problem is the they will have to travel back to new zealand to play the winner between the chiefs or the saders. And by then the travel factor will take its toll so logic tells me the stormers are our best hope of a sa team winning the title but I really don't like the stormers but at the end of the day as long as a sa team wins it all ill be happy I look forward to every ones comments on this

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:19

      as a bulls supporter i dont care who wins the super 15. as long as its not the stormers

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-07-22 23:23

      Sadly, and I hate to say this, the powers that be in SA rugby are in a position to determine whether the S15 final is played overseas or on SA soil. What will be more important to them. Sportsmanship or huge revenue?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:01

      @dim.turdis. As a Bulls supporter, you should not care about anything anymore. There is nothing left for you. NOTHING.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 14:05

      yes there is as a bulls supporter i get more satisfaction out a stormers loss than anything in the whole world

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 14:25

      Shame Tom... then you have only been satisfied twice the entire season? better dust off your girlfriend and blow her up then...

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-21 18:49

    Well done Plum and the Boys, well done! NRU let's stick on this path. Be cautious though on signing ex-Cheetah centers that fumble 5m from the try line, let's not even go to over the hill Stormer centers...wtf were you thinking? Ian Mac, keep working your magic behind the curtains, I hope your knowledge has been passed on, you are truly a National and Provincial Gem. Well done Plum, again, you have build credibility and created a bunch of Inglorious Bastards.

  • harry.strandloper.7 - 2012-07-21 19:11

    I can't remember when last the Sharks front row played like they did the last three games. Add to the mix Kankowski - he's playing out of his skin and JP like he did in 2007 World Cup, Sharks will put the Stormers away, unfortunately the flight back to SA and then straight away back to NZ means a NZ side will take the trophy this year. Watch out for the Bokke - if HM chooses wisely.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 19:20

      as long as the stormers dont win it

      johann.mouton.92 - 2012-07-21 23:01

      @tom, the bulls are out, what are you still doing here, I predict the CC will not be much beter for you...tata etter.

      johann.mouton.92 - 2012-07-21 23:01

      @tom, the bulls are out, what are you still doing here, I predict the CC will not be much beter for you...tata etter.

      johann.mouton.92 - 2012-07-21 23:01

      @tom, the bulls are out, what are you still doing here, I predict the CC will not be much beter for you...tata etter.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-07-21 19:15

    Moer die Stormers.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-21 22:48

      Azurite wat is dit met die dun armpies - is jy OK? Hehehehe...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 05:01

      hey Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2... why so anti-stormers? Just because you lost to us twice? Come on - you have to admit, the stormers were the best and most consistent SA team through the season, and deserve to be on top of the log.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:28

      @Malachite. Jy kan nie eers uit die bed uit moer nie.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 07:39

      lol - Malachite... good one - what you get when Azurite gets watered down... also green... and he's probably green with jealousy...

  • leonardo.hendricks.1 - 2012-07-21 21:03

    Playing at about 65% strenght the stormers managed to win 14 out of 16 games. Yes they do have a way about them that seems like they will loose every match they play. But the fact is they know how to win games. So with a stormer team now at 90% strenght there will be no way that the sharks or any other team will beat them. Yes the sharks did beat the stormers earlier but that was with 6 injured from the stormers. So I know based on that win the sharks and some bulls supporters feel that the stormers will get hammered, but that will just not happen. It will be close but stormers to win by 4.

      stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-07-22 14:08

      @leonardo- the sharks would have put Quaid under pressure, he doesn't like people running at him under a high ball. One or two hits and he is rattled. He also needs space to become creative and forward ball. He does not perform on the backfoot and as you saw neither does Will Genia and he is the better player of the two. At least Genia has a defensive game as for Quaid Cooper he sucks at tackling and doesn't like mixing it with the forward if he can avoid it. Would not have made a big difference if he was there, the Sharks wanted it more. Accept the Sharks did well and on the Reds homeground. Not a Shark supporter....

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-21 21:23

    the sharks probably played the weakest team in the top four today further they lost their playmaker and stand in flyhalf.dont get ahead of yourselves.on saterday the sharks will find it a bridge too far like the bulls did this morning

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 21:59

      And that's why all 3 south african provinces the cheetahs,province and the bulls got a hiding from them of recent....stormers were lucky in their own back yard to get a last gasp kick in the dying seconds to win 15-13.the bridge we Crossed with the reds was a little more challenging than a 2 hour flight to cape town .remember that the flight back from Australia is easier than the flight to Australia.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-21 22:44

      Dame Graeme is repositioning himself as a Shark supporter. We know your team, and your team's season is over. Finito. Klaar. Sorry mate. Hehehehe...

      john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-07-21 23:17

      Actually it's much more uncomfortable flying back in time... It's rather obvious don't you think Jandl?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-22 10:02

      sorry was the lions match recent or not? just checking. and unfortunately the reds nor the bulls failed to stop ball moving from forwards to backs and vice versa . the sharks gain momentum when they can get ball to move freely and if you look how the sharks shut out the only true danger man the red had digby they played well not saying they not but at the end of the day next weeks derby will be won by the team who did the homework best. both sides have great defence and brilliant attack so its not a one way traffic game. super bru won't be easy in fetidp semi . chiefs to redeem their recent loss to crusade and stormers who want the title most and sharks and crusader both coming into form near the tail end. yes i support stormers but may the best team win and go on to who the cup and not an nz team. btw kanko is the sharks new dangerman . . since he been performing they been doing very well

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:26

      @Greameltd. The Sharks beat the Stormers by only 5 points in Durban. Not really that easily. They play at Newlands this week after flying to and from Aus in one week. Everything is stacked against the Sharks.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 05:49

      @Chris But they playing the blind, so it will still be a walk in the park for the Sharks. We all know and agree the Stompies got 7 games on a plate from refs this season. Not nearly the team you think they are.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:04

      @dr.spiertjies., Like I said somewhere else on this forum. It is impossible for the Sharks to play against the blind. The Bulls have already been kicked out of the season. Or was that also the refs fault? Jou ou lagwekkende, patetiese, klein mannetjie.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 07:08

      Dokter Spies - dis nou tyd vir jou om jou asem te spaar - jy moet jou girlfriend opblaas en gaan slaap. dis al laat in Vancouver...

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-21 21:53

    Tom tardis you a pig....going onto Facebook profiles then posting/sharing information of people you don't know from a bar Of soap on to a public domain to get a kick out of people's reactions is proof in itself that you have been dropped on your head once to many

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-22 00:52

      Reevo buddy boy! Hot broad there buddy. Chaan she is a stuk from the top shelf. Good thing u didn't let that ferment up there. Nicevacquisition man. Catch n release, bam and scram, hit it and quit it, I like ur style

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:32

      @jandl. dim.turdis has nothing else to do now. His poor excuse for a rugby team got brushed aside and booted out of the Super Rugby tournament. He has to check out other guys' women, because he has no girls that want to even look at him without losing thier lunch. Even those he pays, closes their eyes.

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-07-21 22:02

    SHARKS 4EVA !!

  • Jco - 2012-07-21 22:09

    My goodness, this will be a "BIG ONE"! The winner, I believe will win the Super 15! I hope the best for the two teams, but only one can win!

      steve.danielz - 2012-07-22 10:59

      Fence sitter...

  • stephanie.sutherland41 - 2012-07-22 02:00

    If the sharks play the way they did against the Reds, the Stormers are in deep trouble. My Bulls desevered to loose, they performed like a B grade side when it counted, so they got their arses handed to them by the better side on the day. I believe the sharks can win this entire comp this year, they seem to be improving each game now, their defence is fantastic and their attacking game is on par. Stormer will have to bring a lot of magic to put it over the Sharks this time round. Good luck to both teams, let the best team win, its going to be an EPIC BATTLE :)

  • ouparegan.pearce - 2012-07-22 03:17

    Regan Pearce,im a stormers fan from Australia and i can see from here that we will win

  • kay.hansen.5661 - 2012-07-22 04:57

    Shame you poor shovelmouth Stormer supporters - FACTS are that you last won anything in 2001, the Currie Cup. You have only won CC three times since 1990! Sharks have won six since then and Lions four times. No wonder you are known as a bunch of chokers

      johann.mouton.92 - 2012-07-22 09:21

      kay

      johann.mouton.92 - 2012-07-22 09:22

      kay

      hoffjw - 2012-07-22 10:21

      So wat...sour grapes i think....now go sit in the corner n shut the f#%k up.stormers groete

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:34

      @kay. Thanks for the information. What should we do with this info now? No, I don't know either. So shut up untill you have something relevant to share.

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-22 05:10

    Looking forward to the sharkfest! And another big choke...

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-22 05:52

    Very interesting game upon SA. From a neutral SA fan its going to be one heck of a game. But I must admit, its going to be tough to predict. May the best team win

  • john.tipple - 2012-07-22 06:58

    Crusaders are waiting for you

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-22 07:27

      Tippler (sic). That is if the Sharks beat the Stormers, which is possible. Otherwise the latter will be waiting for a NZ team, and not necessarily the Crusaders either. Because SBW and his mates are actually waiting for you first. That could be a problem unless Brycie Lawrence will be officiating. And also should not be a problem if you organize the same TMOs that gifted you 2 tries against the Force. Hehehehehehe...

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-07-22 07:32

    Stormers must be quivering in their slippers. They don't have the front row or the game plan to trouble the Sharks. Another trophyless year, and maybe it was their best opportunity. Another year, with no major trophy! 11 years and counting?

      hoffjw - 2012-07-22 10:22

      Like you just wet yr panty.....hahaha

  • roland.mouers - 2012-07-22 08:59

    Kom ons gee albei spanne n gelyke kans.en kyk wie sy kanse die beste genut.ons is almal van SA en dit gaan lekker wees ons 2spanne van ons land in aksie te gaan sien.mag die beste span wen en SA se naam hoog hou.

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-07-22 08:59

    From a SA point of view. Which of the 2 teams would have the best chance to win the Super 15 this year? The Stormers lost to Crusaders 31-24 in NZ. The Sharks lost to the Chiefs 18-12 in NZ. The Sharks is the inform team, but both will struggle again in NZ although a win is not impossible.

      niel.walt - 2012-07-22 09:42

      Sharks lost in durban, interesting fact, 3 of the 4 teams left are coached by new zealanders

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-22 09:52

      actually 4, the stormers are coached by a cape maori

      Robsschele - 2012-07-22 16:25

      No matter which teams go through to final, the final is in Cape Town if Stormers win their match because Stormers ended top of log. No need for them to travel to NZ.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:40

      @ockie. If the Stormers are in the final, they will play on home soil. They won't need to struggle in NZ. And the Sharks lost to the Chiefs in Durban, not NZ. If the Sharks are in the final, they will cross the Indian Ocean for the third time in less than two weeks. So the answer to your question is: the Stormers have the best chance to win the final.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 05:53

      @Chris But we all know and agree they won't be in the final. Sharks are a way better team, only thing that could be against the Sharks is the ++travelling. And for the small chance the Stormers make it to the final the Crusaders will kill them by 25+ points.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:09

      @dr.spiertjies. In your own world you wish and hope the Sharks are better than the Stormers. Very few people believe that. The Crusaders have not beaten the Stormers by 25 points in Christchurch. Why do you think that will be the case at Newlands? I think you are just hoping, praying and wishing the Stormers loose. Because the moment the Stormers lift that cup, your whole pathetic reason for existance disappear. You will not be able to say that same old boring rhetoric about the cupless years and the three titles etc. You are scared sh#tless that this will happen. Your little world will cease to exist.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:28

      Ek kry my plesie uit `n Bulls wen en `n Stormer verloor. Ek kry oneindig lekker as die Stompies alweer faal. Go Sharks, Go Crusaders, Go Chiefs, Go Angola Enige iets teen die Stomertjies

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:36

      @dr.spiertjies. Ag shame, wat 'n saai, eensame, patetiese en depressiewe lewe het jy nie. Ek begin nou amper sommer vir jou jammer te kry. Kan ek vir jou die welsyn of die SPCA bel? Dalk kan hulle jou help.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:42

      @Chris Laat maar jou Supratentoriale area ondersoek, as jy wonder by watter fakulteit van geneeskunde: Psigiatrie

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:01

      Oooo. Iemand het 'n groot woordjie gebruik. Ek kan ook Google.

  • John - 2012-07-22 09:30

    Its perfect,newlands get ready for a day of brilliance from stormers!!!! Pity it needs to be the sharks to see the stormers peaking,gelling for the first time this season. Go stormers!!!!!!!

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-22 09:39

      It is going to be a hard game I know, but I really doubt the Stormers have what it takes to overcome a inform Sharks team. Whether they are too tired we will have to wait and see. I just have this gut feeling that they have the right mindset and all the travelling will not affect them to such an extent that it will cost them the game. Good luck for Saturday. Sharks Rule 2012!!!! Sharks forever!!!!

  • John - 2012-07-22 09:36

    Get tickets ready for Stormers & Chiefs final guys,both semis not goibg to be exciting/close as everybody are asuming

  • malcolm.williams.127201 - 2012-07-22 10:03

    This is a true test for the stormers! The sharks is a great team, but I think the difference this year with the stormers are the fact that they have young players that really want to win a cup! Players that really want to leave their mark in the across the rugby nations. Good luck boys

      anwil.jantjies - 2012-07-22 20:03

      second that

  • Lee - 2012-07-22 11:19

    F9...I'll make the excuse for Snarkies b4 they do...No FRANS STEYN. Stormers vi' home final!!!

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-22 11:51

    ons praat saterdag wee, die beker gaan kaaaaaaaaapppppppppppppppp toeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-22 11:55

    wat soek julle blou aap supporters hier, julle het niks mee te se, julle het kla julle gatte gesien, maak soos rokof en f@#$$%^&f

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-22 19:42

      @jacobus Die man met die Thailand bruid

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-23 00:24

      "Dr." is terug, Moet moeilik wees om elke week verkeerd te wees met die voorspellings. So 'n dik vel dat jy moet pasop dat poachers nie jou horing gaan afsny nie.. Hehehehe...

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 01:02

      @backstabber Wa was ek verkeerd? Ek se al die laaste 2 maande Crusaders-Sharks final Maak die FAS jou klaar?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:43

      @dr.spiertjies.Hoe kan jy al die afgelope 2 maande se die Crusaders gaan in die final wees as jy laasweek voorspel het die Bulls gaan wen? Lyk my jou regter breinsel weet nie wat jou linker breinsel doen nie.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 05:55

      @chrissie boy Ek het gese die Stormers sal nie die kans kry om die Crusaders in die play offs te speel nie oor die 'n Crusaders Sharks final gaan wees. Vir meeste mense is dit 'n redelike eenvoudige sommetjie. Maar nou ja, jy's ons spesiale klas outjie op die blog

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:12

      @dr.spiertjies. Jy kan maar spin en try om uit hierdie een te kom. Laasweek het jy gese die Bulls gaan die Crusaders wen. Nou claim jy dat jy al vir twee maande se die Crusaders gaan in die final wees. Lyk my jy moet bietjie jou sokkies uittrek sodat jy verder as 10 kan tel. Jy's nie baie skerp nie, is jy. Het mamma jou "doktersgraad" op Printmaster gemaak?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:31

      Hi ou Chris, jy try nogal hard vir a FAS. Gaan lees maar wat ek, jou meester hier, geskryf het en voorspel het: Crusaders-Sharks final Enige iets teen die Stormers actually

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:38

      @dr.spiertjies. Is daai sokkies al uitgetrek? Ek worry nie te veel oor jou voorspellings nie. Die Bulls sou mos die Crusaders opgeneuk het Saterdag. G'n wonder jy kon nie werk kry by die weerburo nie.

  • Robsschele - 2012-07-22 11:55

    The Stormers should be the team that go through to final. The Sharks had to travel east and now they got to travel all the way back again for another bruising encounter. I cannot see them winning another big game. The Bulls, the Cheetahs, the Reds and now the Stormers. Four big games in four weeks and with the last two while travelling around the globe. If the Stormers do not take this match then they do not deserve to play Super rugby. So please my Stormers be there, play the game and win it. Then you can prepare for the big one. Whether it's the Chiefs or Crusaders. Imagine the Sharks taking this one, then they got to travel again, to NZ this time. Maybe they should start thinking of sending their second team there early to play NZ team because this team will definitely not manage another game after travelling again.

      sbonelo.dladla1 - 2012-07-23 06:59

      Then u are in for a suprise!

  • clive.fuhri - 2012-07-22 12:21

    Plumtree must keep Ludick as # 1. Lambie has been off to long to be at his best. He needs to e brought in slowly

  • Ran - 2012-07-22 15:45

    The s.15 -final will be curtain raiser for the forthcoming S.A vs All Blacks tri-nations games.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:49

      @Ran. Not really. Heineken Meyer will still go with the "best team's" players in his side. Remember, the Bulls are the best SA side. They won the cup a few times way back when, so all of Heineken's maatjies must be the best. We will conveniently forget the fact that they were useless this year and brushed aside by a Crusaders team that never looked like needing to get out of second gear. So the qualifying final between the Crusaders and the Bulls this past weekend were the curtain raiser for the Tri-Nations. Scary isn't it.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-22 19:01

    Walk in the park for the Sharks, they playing the blind. Sharks Crusaders final, will be epic

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 04:34

      mmm... Johan - no Bulls, and no Canadian team. remind me again why are you commenting?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:50

      @dr.spiertjies. The Sharks can't possibly play the blind. The Bulls exited the Super Rugby on Saturday, remember. The blind has left the compitition.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 05:59

      @frans Want daar is 2 maniere hoe ek ongenadiglike plesier uit rugby put. 1) Bulls wen (en kan jy dink hoeveel plesier ek al daaruit geput het, koppie op koppie op koppie) 2) Stormers verloor, dit gee my onmenslike plesier as die goed so jaar in en jaar uit faal. Ek lag partykeer so ek tuimel van my huis se 4de verdieping af

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:14

      @dr.spiertjies. Dit moes dan maar 'n baie depressiewe jaar gewees het vir jou. Moet net nie van daai 4de verdieping afspring nie.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-23 06:21

      Karavaan met 4 verdiepings wat uitkyk oor "Vancouver Beach"... Hehehe...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:24

      Ek dink daai 4 verdiepings verwys na hoe diep die longdrop in sy backyard is.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:33

      Ai lekker loop die jaloesie alweer. Lekker lekker. Dokter het julle presies waar ek julle wil he, en sommer maklik ook. Darem vir bietjie van `n challenge gehoop

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:41

      @dr.spiertjies. Eintlik lag ons vir jou, jou patetiese klein mannetjie. Ek sal nooit in der ewigheid jaloers wees op 'n lewe waar jou enigste plesier is om te sien hoe die Stormers verloor en die Pink Pansies wen nie. Dis 'n baie depressiewe lewe met min om na uit te sien. Ek sou al lankal in my vier-verdieping longdrop afgespring het as ek jy was. Jy het my nerens. Ek dink ek het jou vas en jy squirm nou soos die wurmpie wat jy is.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:48

      Ou Chris, kom dokter wees eerlik met jou. My uitsluitlike doel op die blog is om my besimpeld te lag vir breindood idiote soos jy wat sy bes try om saam te praat hier en dan dag in en dag uit sy naam met n plank slaan van onnoselheid. Jou naam is obviously lankal weg en ongelukkig is jy toe so verward onnosel dat jy my nie eers mee vermaak nie. Uit èn professionele oogpunt wil ek maar net vir jou aanbeveel om hulp te kry. Sterkte

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:03

      @dr.spiertjies. En wie het vir jou daai professionele oogpunt gegee?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 07:19

      @Chris - die idioot wil he ons moet glo hy is in sy dertigs, verdien $1.5 miljoen per jaar, het n 4 verdieping huis in Vancouver, ry n Aston Martin, en sit sonder skuld met $10 miljoen in die bank. Nou ek weet nie of hy by die Malema fakulteit van ekonomie klas geloop het nie, en of hy die illegitemate kind van Harry Oppenheimer is nie, maar ek lag my gat af elke keer as hy probeer mense impress met sy sogenaamde skatte... hy het nog nie een keer rugby kommentaar gelewer nie, leef net om mense af te kraak en stupid comments te maak. Ek support die Stormers, maar as hulle Saterdag verloor teen die Sharks, sal ek my longe uitskree vir die Sharkies as hulle in NZ moet gaan speel. Hy is een van daai negatiewe mense wat leef vir Schadenfruede...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 07:20

      So Johan, jy het dan vanjaar nog net 12 keer lekker gekry - die 10 keer wat die Bulle gewen het, en die 2 keer wat die Stormers verloor het? arme man... moet maar moeilik wees om jy te wees...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:30

      @fransvisser. Ek stem. En dis wat dit so lekker maak om hom so uit te lok. Dis my comic relief vir die dag. Ek sien elke dag daarna uit om vir dr.spiertjies die aas te gooi. En sonder twyfel vat hy dit elke keer. Mens moet seker nie so mors met verstandelik gestremde mense nie, maar ek kan nie my keer nie. En al daai goed wat hy homself verbeel ons jaloers maak: ek het al laasweek hom uitgedaag om foto's daarvan op sy fb page te sit. Het nog niks gesien nie. En ek weet ek sal ook nooit. So, dr.spiertjies, wanneer sien ons daai foto's, klein mannetjie?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 15:03

      @fransie en Chrissie, mamma se seuntjies BWA HA HA HA, dankie, daar kry dokter klaar sy oggend laggie in, kan julle outjies tot by 10 tel? En ek sien die jaloesie bereik nou breekpunt. Sterk wees weseltjies, dit raak nie makliker van hier af nie, en onthou die Aston is my somerkar, dis nie my enigste kar in die garage nie Bye bye

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 20:56

      Haai oe, regtig? Yy het seker n Bugatti as jou winterkar... so se my 'dokter' wanneer het jy gekwalifiseer? of het jy jou graad op die internet gekoop?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 21:57

      @dom Frans Visser M.B.Ch.B (Stell) 1998, M.Med (Ortho) Stell, 2005 Enige iets anders wat dokter jou mee kan help?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 23:05

      @dr.spies. So jy het nie net 'n Ford nie. Watter ander kar ry jy? Jy moet regtig plan maak om 'n foto van jou massiewe garage op fb te sit. Is jou garage ook 4 verdiepings? By the way, hoe weet jy iemand het op Stellenbosch geswot. Hulle vertel jou.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 23:10

      @Chrissie boy Ek het net sy vraag geantwoord, anders as wat jy tipies doen

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-24 02:06

      so.... Jy moet my uithelp hier Johan. jy het vantevore gese jy verdien huidiglik $1.5 per jaar. en jy ry n Aston Martin. En jy het n 4 verdieping huis. en jy het geen skuld. En jy het $10 miljoen in die bank... reg? so as jy 2005 gekwalifiseer het, sou jy sekerlik met so n klein bietjie studie skuld gesit het... en as jy 7 jaar werk, selfs teen $1.5 miljoen per jaar (wat hoogs onwaarskynlik is) dan is dit slegs 10.5... so vertel my bietjie - is jou tweede naam dalk Malema? en verder glo ek nie dat enigiemand wat op Stellenbosch geswot het so n idioot kan wees nie.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 03:58

      @frans. Nee hy sou nie studieskuld gehad het nie. (dis nou as mens aanneem dat hy wel op universiteit was - hoogs onwaarskynlik). As, en dis 'n groot AS hy op varsity was sou hy geen skuld gehad het nie. Pappie sou hom mos gesponsor het. Weet jy wat is vir my meer lagwekkend as sy vreeslik "wonderlike" ryk lewe wat hy claim: se nou maar net dit is alles waar en hy het die geld en die kar en die huis. Maar hy weet niemand hier glo hom nie. En hy wil tog so graag afshow - en almal lag vir hom want hulle glo hom nie. Ha, dit laat my maag seerkry van die lag.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 05:09

      @Chrissie: Bly ek laat jou lekker lag, dis al wat ek wil se, jy's nou nie nie juis die intelligentste geselskap in die wereld nie. @Frans: Pappa het betaal ja, ek is gelukkig ja. As jy dan nou so als weet en verskriklik slim is, hoekom doen jy nie bietjie navorsing en kyk wat 'n ortopeed/spesialis in Kanada verdien nie. Daar is baie wat heelwat meer as $2mil per jaar maak. En net om jou vragie klaar te antwoord, ek het mos nie gese dis net mediese inkomste wat my $10mil in die bank gemaak het nie. Daar is mos ander beleggings, real estate, aandele, aandele in mediese toerusting etc etc. Dink bietjie verder as wat jou plat neus lank is en doen bietjie navorsing asb

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:24

      @dr.platneus spies. As dit dan tog so belangrik is dat die ouens hier moet glo jy het alles in die wereld en dat jy in die nek blaas van Richard Branson en daai Microsoft ou, hoekom bewys jy dit nie. Ek het nou al 'n rukkie terug gevra vir 'n fototjie op fb. Self al is dit net van daai Ford van jou. Tot jy dit gedoen het sal jy maar altyd daai patetiese klein mannetjie bly wat werkloos in sy krot in Danville sit en wag vir mamma om huis toe te kom en hom weer besimpeld te foeter. Jy mag dalk in die proses iemand kry wat net so patetiese lewe soos jy het en jaloers raak op jou gefabriseerde snert, maar die oorgrote meerderheid hier lag net vir jou.

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-07-22 20:58

    Bye bye storm-and-tacklers, and good riddens. Go Sharks!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 05:54

      @eugene. Another grootbek Sharks supporter that suddenly crawled out of the woodwork? Or just another one of those Bulls supporters that has nothing else to do now that your season is over?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:09

      eugene Ignoreer die ozChris vent, die ding bly nie eers daar nie maar soek verskriklik aandag! Die arme ellendige aborsie dink steeds Stormers gaan die reeks wen

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 06:17

      @dr.spiertjies. Ag shame ou vetseun. Jy kry dit nie reg om my te ignoreer nie. Nou try jy dat jou ander blou bul maatjies my ignoreer. Jy is pateties.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 06:37

      Dankie Chris, jy rock. Vra jy cover charge as mense na jou moet luister

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:06

      Ek dog almal moet my ignoreer. Dit sluit jou self blykbaar uit? En nee ek vra nie cover charge nie. Het genoeg geld. Ek het mos $2billion in die bank en ek ry 'n Bugatti Veyron en bly in 'n tien verdieping huis. Of iets in daai lyn, ek kan nie mooi onthou nie.

      eugene.brink.9 - 2012-07-23 08:35

      @ Chris-is-'n-Os: Jou IK blyk net so laag soos jou span se aantal driee vir die seisoen te wees. Ek kan skree vir wie ek wil en Saterdag gaan die trane soos die Atlantiese Oseaan vloei as jou spannetjie sy gat gesien het. Black and White is dynamite!!

      eugene.brink.9 - 2012-07-23 08:36

      @ Chris-is-'n-Os: Is 294 jou gewig of iets? Vra maar net . . .

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 23:10

      @Eugene. Dankie. Jy het my vraag geantwoord. Another windgat Shark that suddenly crawled out of the woodwork. Good luck with this weekend. Ek hoop jy het genoeg tissues. Is die 9 jou ouderdom of wat?

  • jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-22 21:07

    Stormers! Let me say it again! Stormers!!!!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 07:13

      You can say that again.

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-07-23 09:46

    I think the Sharks will win the Game. Stormers are running out of Luck....(Sharks on a Better Form)

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-23 10:09

    Daniels leads super rugby for off loads and leads line breaks for forwards(before the Knockouts) This is a massive achievement for a player so disliked in SA. Big up to HM for at least including him on the bench

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-23 10:13

    I think Campo is back with the sharks! Our play hasn't been this dynamic since 2007 when he coached the backs, and was also when JP Pietersen set the tournament alight.

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-23 17:47

    Jis, ek is soo bly vir die proteas!.... Hoekom skryf ek dit hier? Want nou is die stormers ons land Se grootste chokers... So dit pas in by saterdag Se uitslag.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-07-23 21:26

    BREAKING NEWS: Sharks Break stormers 37-13 In Super Semi.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 23:12

      @gavin I think you just being nice, closer to "Sharks by 35"

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 04:15

      @gavin.simpson. Aren't you a bit unrealistic. During the season, the Stormers gave away more than 30 points only once (31 against the Crusaders). Their only two losses were by less than 7 points. They give away 16 points per game on average. Now suddenly the Sharks will smash all these stats after playing a pretty tough game and flying to and from Aus? Highly unlikely. The team that wins on Saturday will not win by a huge margin. So stop being windgat like most of the Sharks supporters you suddenly see running around (personally I believe the majority of them are undercover Bulls supporters who naturally knows nothing about rugby - are you one of them?).

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-07-24 11:53

      i don't think so christo. stormers will have to throw caution to the wind once the sharks pull ahead, allowing jp and co to open up even more. i just cannot, on form, see the stormers coming close. It does all of course depend on the day....

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:15

      @gavin. The Stormers game plan the whole season was to prevent teams from getting ahead. And they did it pretty well. I agree, probably not pretty rugby, but effective winning rugby. I do not see them do something different. I believe the Sharks will need to adapt their gameplan if they want to get ahead early on. And that might just play into the Stormers hands. The only thing worrying me is the scrums. If the Stormers keep on picking Kitshoff and Malherbe, the Sharks might get the upper hand in the scrums. Please Allister, pick Carstens and Harris.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-07-25 08:11

      Chrisinoz... perhaps you missed the last game where the Sharks drubbed the stormers. Lucky the Stormers got so close after the Sharks stopped playing after such a blatant forward pass which led to a consolation try, but at the end of the day the Stormers got a fair drubbing. Methinks it will be much of the same, only the Sharks form has improved, hence my prediction for a bigger winning margin.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 05:02

    Dokter gaan van more af bietjie aftoer deur Washington na die Oregon kus en sal dus nie beskikbaar wees om julle weseltjies te antwoord oor die naweek nie. Kom ons wys bietjie goeie sportmanskap en laat rugby die wenner wees: Go Sharks, Go Crusaders, Go Chiefs

      niel.roos - 2012-07-24 09:07

      Bly asb. tog net waar jy is. Stem maar vir die Sharks... maar die res! ai

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-24 09:22

      Newsflash. I e-mailed a buddy in Canada to check on the credentials of "Dr." Johan Spies. Apparently there is no Dr. Johan Spies, Orthopedic Surgeon, registered in British Columbia! Well well well, that explains why "Dr." Johan Spies the Bone Surgeon" has so much time to troll this website. The only bone he has ever touched is his own... Enjoy Cannon Beach... Bwahahahaha.....

  • andre.nell - 2012-07-24 14:48

    Sharks by 10 + ....

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