Sharks too strong for Bulls

2011-07-16 18:47

Durban - The Sharks began the defence of their Absa Currie Cup title in some style as they downed the Vodacom Blue Bulls 35-16 (half-time 22-9) in their match at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

The Durban-based team was full value for their win as they ran in four tries to one with flyhalf Frederick Michalak, who scored 20 points thanks to a try, three conversions and three penalties, and newly-appointed captain Keegan Daniel putting in very strong performances.

Both teams were missing a plethora of players because of international duty but the Sharks’ new-look team made light of the absence of many of their star players to put in an impressive showing on both defence and attack.

The Bulls opened the scoring thanks to a penalty from the boot of flyhalf Francois Brummer but the home side was quick to strike back as Michalak took advantage of a period of sustained pressure from the Sharks with the flyhalf taking a scoring pass from scrumhalf Ross Cronje to dive over from close range.

Michalak succeeded with the conversion as the Sharks edged into a 7-3 lead after nine minutes.

Brummer nailed two penalties as the Bulls regained the lead at the end of the first quarter before Michalak took centre stage.

The pivot succeeded with a penalty before he showed superb composure to set up a try for wing Louis Ludik.

The Sharks had been awarded a penalty, 10 metres from their opponent’s tryline, and the visitors presumed that Michalak would have a shot at goal.

But Michalak noticed Ludik lurking unmarked on the left-hand touchline and the flyhalf put in a pinpoint cross-field kick to Ludik who slipped over for an unconverted try.

The Sharks were gradually gaining the upper hand over their opponents and their growing superiority told with two minutes left in the half through a try from flank Marcell Coetzee.

Cronje began the movement with a sniping break from a scrum. The halfback carried the ball up to the Bulls’ 22-metre line before the ball travelled through the hands of loose forwards Daniel and Jacques Botes with Coetzee on hand to dive over between the posts.

Michalak popped over the simple conversion as the Sharks went to the break holding a handy 22-9 lead.

The Bulls fought their way back in the match six minutes after the restart when flank Derick Kuun barged his way through a weak tackle from Sharks centre Meyer Bosman to crash over the line for a converted try.

But the Sharks struck back almost immediately when flank Daniel was mauled over for the bonus-point try.

Michalak extended the lead with two penalties, in the 64th and 75th minutes, as the Sharks’ defence shut the Bulls down for the rest of the match.


The Sharks - Tries: Frederick Michalak, Louis Ludik, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel; Conversions: Michalak (3); Penalties: Michalak (3).
Vodacom Blue Bulls - Try: Derick Kuun; Conversion: Francois Brummer; Penalties: Brummer (3).


Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Mark Richards, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Eugene van Staden

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Jan Andre Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Jacobus Reinach, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Sibusiso Sithole

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Corné Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Okkie Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter


  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-16 18:50

    Boys against men. At least I get 1.5 Superbru points. Phok.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-16 18:59

      Ek het jou gese, jy wil nie LUISTER nie. Jy gaan LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG trane huil. En volgende saterdag is dit weer so op LOFTUS. Die CHEETAHS gaan julle KARNUFFEL!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-16 19:01

      Jou eerste prediction wat jy reg het hierdie jaar nou is jou bek groter as gewoonlik.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-16 19:05

      Where to from here, for the Bulls? Jy't gesien hoe struggle 'n Griekwa span vol super rugby en ervare spelers om my B/C span te wen???

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-16 19:06

      Bulldozer, kan die span van jou die Cheetahs, Leeus en die WP wen? Wees eerlik....

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-16 19:33

      Ja my vriend, jy en jou manne was die heel week WINDGAT!!!!! Dit gaan 'n laaaaang seisoen wees. Maar ek moet byse, jou span soos die sharks en wp het baie van hul ervare spelers verloor vir springbok diens, beserings ens. So ons gaan net so sukkel. Sterkte met jou papsak wat jy nou drink...

      Hayden - 2011-07-16 19:43

      Loving it WPBLIKSEM. Bwaaaha Bulldozertjietjie heehee

      Zion - 2011-07-16 19:50

      Well, well well. Bulldozer, see where your big mouth has led you too. Ha,ha,ha you make a laughing stock of yourself. If I have to analyse the statistics it will appear that the magtige blou bulle masjien behoort in the palooka afdeling ook. Jirre man, n score van 16/35 is iets om oor selfmoord te pleeg. Ou vriend die enigst raad wat ek jou kan gee is "Bly eerder still voordat jy as n idioot voorkom". Come with an argument ,you are going to lose it.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-16 19:51

      Hayden 10 years no cups and no light on the horizon. Bwaaaha Haydentjie heehee

      Zion - 2011-07-16 19:59

      Gooi vir hulle die Boland. Miskien kan hulle dan its wen as die skeidsregter op hulle kant is.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-07-16 20:28

      The title of this report says it all. SHARKS TOO STRONG.

      JJRR - 2011-07-16 23:09

      O hel maar julle is n patetiese spul! Tevrede met min! Se julle wat... Ons sal julle sogenaamde educated comment vat tot en met die Final.. maar daarna moet julle ons darm die kans gee om julle maar weer te vertel hoe wannabee jou Wie Pie Sonder n beker is, How is that!!??

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 00:04

      Well done Sharks goed gespeel!! Hou by die BLOU!!! WP wat het met jou span op sy tuisveld gebeur?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-07-17 07:28

      Ons verloor in die eerste rondte en ons praat van final !!!!! Ai ai ai Klop nie lekker nie. Pasop maar vir die Ossies - hulle maak so - maak of hulle nie kan rugby speel in die vroee rondtes en moer ons dan op later - hulle het dieselfde gedoen in S15 of hoe ??

      Ian - 2011-07-17 08:11

      Jeez Bulldozer.... get your head checked buddy! facebook... come one? you're a complete dick, get off news 24 before someone looks you up facebook and pays you a visit..... hehehe

      Zion - 2011-07-17 08:17

      Bulldozer, let us get the issue straight re facebook. The profile has an attachment which I never asked for. I seldom go into face book for my own reasons. The link between face book and the News 24 forums was not initiated by myself.I am not really interested who goes into my profile and I am not ashamed of what I write. It is my opinion and if you do not like it then it is your problem. Ok. As for the attachment on facebook it is called CUPID and it was put there without my initial consent. In fact it is a scam of sorts because about 17ladies partook in it. The trouble is all the ladies except 2 came from Bloemfontein, obviously a scam. As for my age you are wrong as usual I am 61 and semi-retired but I do a full days work to keep myself busy. If you care to look you will notice that my comment entries are usually late in the day being done after work. Most of the persons on facebook are not "Facebook" friends but people I know personally ie, my 2 daughters and her son who has my name. For example. At any rate you seem to be a rather disgruntled person caught up in a personal tragedy relating to your rugby aspirations. If you are trying to make a fool of me via the facebook profile and attachments then It has not worked because I am immune to that type of childishness.

      Zion - 2011-07-17 08:23

      Bulldozer, Just by the way: The Adult kids who have forgotten me was a joke with my daughter. The reference was to family members in Namibia. Anything else?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-17 08:41

      @Lloyd - My team (WP) have a non-existent tight 5 and a captain who can't throw in straight.....What's your excuse? (ok you also have a captain who can't throw in straight...) Thankfully the Currie Cup is not won in round 1. However, there could be some serious gnashing of teeth ahead for WP and Blue Bulls fans. @Proudfoot: we loyal fans need some proof that you are serious about sorting out the front-row!!!!! Gary v Aswegen and Siya Kolisi 'shining lights'......and Gary (%^*$%^&*() hoping like hell your knee hasn't folded again in your 1st outing back...damn damn damn. Go the Boks - and PS: hope you Bok chaps have a little rethink about the threat Samoa pose in the group stages.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 08:47

      SAFFA, last night my team also had a non-existent tight 5 and a captain who can't throw in straight. That's not an excuse, it's a fact.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-17 09:13

      @Lloyd - forget the "dismal" Blue Bulls for the day, and hit the winelands - tis a glorious day in the Cape once again. That is what I will be I silently fume about a WP light five that will probably cause me much anguish in the months to come......

      Zion - 2011-07-17 09:26

      Bulldozer, Why don't you just admit your conclusions come out of a dogs a*se. Your arithmetical acumen requires some overhauling. I was born in1950 and am according to you 59. Maybe if you post a photo of yourself then we all will see a dogs a*se. In a certain sense I admire you because you can go around arriving at conclusions out of the information you made up in the first place. This is 2011 not 2009.,maybe just delusional and suffering from a psychoses. Thanks for the publicity on Facebook.

      DORINGDRAAD - 2011-07-17 10:26

      Bulldozer, why are you forever fighting with someone? Conflict, conflict,conflict all the time? You seem to have serious problems bru?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 10:43

      DORINGDRAAD. My post - ''Boys against men. At least I get 1.5 Superbru points. Phok.'' Vaalseun se reply: ''Well, well well. Bulldozer, see where your big mouth has led you too. Ha,ha,ha you make a laughing stock of yourself. If I have to analyse the statistics it will appear that the magtige blou bulle masjien behoort in the palooka afdeling ook. Jirre man, n score van 16/35 is iets om oor selfmoord te pleeg. Ou vriend die enigst raad wat ek jou kan gee is "Bly eerder still voordat jy as n idioot voorkom". Come with an argument ,you are going to lose it.'' I didn't really start this argument, did I?

      Zion - 2011-07-17 14:14

      Doring draad , thanks for that comment it explains all.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 14:46

      Nou is die ou man se bek stil oor die verkeerde informasie op sy fb profile. Onthou die katte.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-17 19:53

      WPBlik#$m, jy moet dalk jou naam verander jou plank. Jou naam is net so vulgêr soos die span wat jy ondersteun. Die Curriebeker het nou eers begin, maar onthou net dit is hoe jy begin nie, maar hoe jy eindig. Die Stormers het goed begin in die Super 15 maar swak geëindig. Kan jy nog onthou of het jy al vergeet, of verkeer jy ook nog in staat van skok en denial oor die kuikenmoord van die Crusaders teen julle. Moet nie te vinnig droom van bekers nie, anders is almal van julle volgende week teleurgesteld en dan is julle terug in Rehab met skok terapie en is julle weer op anti -depressante..

      BlouBos - 2011-07-17 20:18

      Daar is net 2 soorte rugby ondersteuners in SA nl: Blou Bulle en Anti Blou Bulle (WP, Sharks, Cheetahs, ANC, Idiote ens ens ens). As jy goed is dan is jy goed en dan sal almal jou haat. Ten minste kan die Bulle baie bekers wys van die afgelope 10 jaar, maar die afgelope 11 jaar kon die Stormers/WP nie eers die Vodacom Beker wen nie.................ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Zion - 2011-07-18 06:24

      Hey, ou grootbek, My last comment was deleted that explains all, loser . I see your comments are not so popular with the thumbs down signs. Please spend today and teach yourself to read.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 06:50

      Hoekom is jou comment delete vaalseun? Het jou ongekultuurdheid heeltemal deurgekom? Jy weet wat jy en jou aanhangers met julle duime kan doen? Vasbyt, min dae. Wanneer begin die skole waar jy bly? Onthou die katte.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-16 18:58

    FANTASTIC WIN by the SHARKS. My prdediction for this game was the Sharks by 20+. It was close. WELL done Sharks!!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 00:05

      Eerste ene wat jy nog ooit naby was... Get urself a papsak!!!

      Creeky - 2011-07-17 05:45

      WPee.... your mouth is rather big ....after Alister's team looked so ORDINARY against Grikwas... Vlou Bulle got the HIDING they DESERVED.... and the Luions scraped home by the skin of their teeth! Teams to watch this season..... Sharks and F/State!....... rest are just ordinary...

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 10:25

      @Creeky wie de %$& is die Luions?

  • half-pint - 2011-07-16 18:58

    Well done, Sharks. You did us proud tonight.

  • sinvol - 2011-07-16 19:07

    George Coetzee going strong at the Open!!!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-16 19:08

    Good game by the Sharks ... well done! I would have a little more sympathy for the Bulls if it wasn't for their (apart from a handful) foul mouthed supporters who seem to delight in bad mouthing everyone else (mainly Stormers/WP supporters) and apparantly know very little about rugby. It does appear though that the depth of Bull's rugby is a little suspect although, probably a little early to say for sure.

      Zion - 2011-07-16 19:54

      Mike, here you are referring to a group of people that will never transmute to a level where rationality prevails. Ha, ha,ha,ha,ha, haa.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-16 21:19

      10 Years no cups.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-16 21:32


      Bulldozer - 2011-07-16 21:45

      True though.

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 00:08

      @Mike en geluk met julle wp se diepte... Uitstekend gevaar op dieweland...

      jontheb - 2011-07-17 00:58

      Bulls don't need to worry about depth - they just steal it from the Cape and the rest of the country. The Bulls will suffer without Matfield and co in the years to come tho. I can't see them making the semis of the CC. Griquas and the Cheetahs should perform best (maybe Sharks) as they've lost the fewest players to the Bok cause, with Sarel Pretorious def unlucky to not make the team. WP are having flyhalf troubles again, which is no good (How do they only manage to contract Grant for only the S15, while the Sharks have the bucks to keep Michelack for the CC?) and don't get me started about that frontrow...does Brok Harris even want to play?

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-17 11:00

      Look into your own kraal as well. ....

  • MrMojoRising - 2011-07-16 19:23


  • Echo Pta - 2011-07-16 20:07

    I'm very happy with the result. Deserved victory sharks

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 00:09

      @Echo Sharks was baie better en het die een verdien met meriete...

  • Pears - 2011-07-16 21:02

    Well done Sharks, far too good. Wasnt expecting us to win, but 19 points are bad. Congratulations Sharks. Bulls and WP looked bad today. WP didnt win a homegame and Bulls lost by a big margin.

  • JohannV - 2011-07-16 21:05

    Bulls B-team. No biggie.

      Johan du Toi - 2011-07-16 21:18

      Yep, their B-team beaten by The Sharks B-team!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-16 21:30

      @JohannV - correct! The CC is becoming a boring second string comp in any case. These big mouths from the Stormers and Sharks better get ready to eat humble pie again. Griekwas and Cheetahs will be the teams to beat.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-16 21:34

      Yep, everyones 'B' team...except the Griqua's!

      Malcolm - 2011-07-16 21:38

      Johann V and Graeme BB: You are sad Bulls supporters. It was the Sharks and Bulls B team! And the Sharks owned your team fair and square. Both sides were missing 16 players. And lets not forget what happened the last time the Sharks 1st team played against the Bulls 1st Loftus nogal...

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-16 23:45

      Graeme, you have always struck me as being one of the more intelligent and level headed Bull's supporters, and for that, I commend you. This evening, your comments have made no sense.

      Whoosa - 2011-07-18 05:24

      Funny how mike emerges from his hole as soon as the bulls go down or his team wins. But jeez these days he gets excited about a draw, cant blame him! What a smuck!

  • TRiP - 2011-07-16 21:57

    Absolutely LOVE the headline to this article! This should bring back the Bulls back to earth, B-team or not.. not too long ago they seemed overly arrogant, from player to arm-chair coach

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 00:11

      As jy nie op 'n trip was nie sou jy geweet het Bulls 3 super cups Res van SA 0... twakstert

      Creeky - 2011-07-17 05:50

      Frik..... they also got LOTS OF TISSUE BOXES..... now that they are sponsored by KLEENEX!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 06:24

      Creeky, if I'm not mistaken, you were very quiet for a long time. What happened?

      Creeky - 2011-07-17 10:10

      Bulldozer.... been around... Watched a bit of rugby over the weekend, and Curry Cup rugby looked like HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY!! Enjoyed the Aussie Hiding tho... think Samoa will party till the moon comes up!!!!!

      The Spear - 2011-07-17 10:31

      Frikseppa - You are only as good as your last game. You can have 10 cups in 10 years, it doesn't matter. You got OWNED and beasted by the Sharks.

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-17 13:51

      @Spear dan is die Sharks pateties in Super 15 formaat... - 2011-07-17 15:44

      Bulldozer, jou bek is groot,kyk na die duime op jou posts,jyt minderwaardigheids kompleks en n dik vel.Doen asb intelligente posts.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 21:01

      Joey, ek voel n veer vir jou en almal se duime.

  • Bootstrapp - 2011-07-16 22:21

    jeez people i thought we were all south african??? save your anger for the world cup and other national teams!!! haha

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-16 23:53

    Well, well, well, what have we here? It seems to be an ugly son of a gun! But, take heart, Blue Bulls, it is only the first game of the season and your youngster had to cut their teeth on grown up rugby. Sharks, you had several old timers there that might make it difficult for you to keep up the pace once the seasons starts in all earnestness. Still, you have 5 points on the log, and the Blue Bulls 0.

      Creeky - 2011-07-17 05:51

      Bulls don't even deserve the 0 that they got..... they were LUCKY to get it!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 06:26

      Kleinboet, the Bulls were never going to win last night if you compared the 2 teams' experience. Any team with Stefan at fullback will start with an advantage.

      Creeky - 2011-07-17 10:13

      Bulldozer... Stephan played pretty well against the VLOU BULLE! Not enough youngsters were brought up thru the ranks for the Bulle... same as Weepee... left it a bit late! Sharks Rugby Academy is paying dividends!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-17 10:46

      @Creeky - WP have blooded youngsters all year. Any way, first game.

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-17 11:02

      Naas always said, the cup is not won in the beginning of the season...

  • Greenpoizn - 2011-07-17 06:20

    Great game Sharks well done

  • Oukoos - 2011-07-17 07:05

    Kom ons wees eerlik met mekaar: (a) Die Sharks het die Bulls 'n behoorlike rugbyles gegee (hoe lekker het ek nie gekry nie!); en (b) As dieselfde Bulls span Saterdag teen die WP gespeel het, sou hulle (die Bulls) gewen het - Die WP span was pateties (hoe seer is my hart om dit te sê)

      Durasmart - 2011-07-17 11:02

      @Oukoos. Jy slaan die spyker op sy kop. En Michalak het die rugby brein en visie van 'n Naas Botha, wat oombliklik die hele veld kan opsom en dan die regte opsie uitoefen en was die groot verskil tussen die twee spanne gewees. Dit krap eintlik bietjie aan my gat dat spelers van oorsee toegelaat word om in die Curriebeker te speel, want dit is waar ons eie talent die kans gegee moet word om op 'n hoër vlak te ontwikkel. As Michalak nie 2 jaar gelede beseer was en die Sharks toe geforseer het om Lambie op loskakel te kies nie, was Lambie vandag nog 'n never been gewees. In S15 gee ek egter nie om dat hulle speel nie, want dit is 'n internasionale kompetisie.

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-17 11:03

      Ou Koos, dit is vroeg in die seisoen. Gee al die spanne kans om weer gees te bou. Griekwas kan dalk bietjie vroeg reg wees maar kan hulle so volhou tot die einde van die seisoen. Bulls forever, gebore Griekwa...

  • Crusaderinvader - 2011-07-17 07:59

    OMG..wallabies beaten by samoa lol...hahahahahaha..32-23

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-17 10:57

    Ja die Sharks was die beste. Daar was altyd manne by die afbreekpurnte en die Bulle het verkeerde besluite geneem. Dit is nie altyd die beste om om die skrum te speel nie. Driee word gedruk as jy wyd speel. Teen die tyd dat hulle wyde gespeel het was die Sharks verdedigers lankal daar. Maar nou ja, soos Naas altyd gese het, die V+Curriebeker word nie vroeg gewen nie maar in die laaste wedstryd.

  • Claude - 2011-07-17 12:42

    Bye Bye Bulls for the Currie Cup

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-17 14:21

      Too soon to make a comment like that!

  • Agile - 2011-07-17 14:22

    About 5 Blue Bulls playersor more will be returning from the Boks for the remainder of the Currie Cup. The Sharks won this battle, but the war is has just begun.

      Sharkie4ever - 2011-07-17 16:47

      And the Sharks will win the next one!

  • Sharkie4ever - 2011-07-17 16:45

    Kings Park butchery is selling Blou Bulle stakes with a side plate of salads after da Bulle got slaughtered.

  • Bianca - 2011-07-17 19:32

    Bulldozer - I pity you. Jy is 'n tipiese Afrikaner wat net Rugby het vir 'n lewe 'n verder niks nie. I pity your lack of understanding. Actually let me tell you about Zion. He has ADULT CHILDREN that adores him like crazy and that are constant fighting to have him with them. He is looking just for friends. His wife died about three years ago due to the NEGLEGENCE OF A KIMBERLEY DOCTOR. She was the light of his life and yes, his daughter suggested he go onto facebook to be friends with other people. And I know it is difficult but do try to count reasonable - do basic maths! He is not 59 years old - please look when the Profile was created. And between you and me I think he has more things going on than you do. Bulldozer moenie 'n dom Afrikaner wees nie, wees bietjie meer intellegent. Ek voel jammer vir jou!

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-18 08:47

      Bianca, by saying he is a typical afrikaner that only has rugby and nothing else makes you just as bad as he is. Who gives you the right to judge all afrikaners like that. Shame on you and you are down at the same level as he is by saying things like that. You don't even know if he is Afrikaans or not. As far as I know his previous name is Loyd on these blogs and his english is pretty good, so he can just as well be english, but that doesn't matter.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 16:18

      Thank you Sharks Fever. Bianca, let someone assist you. I made a decent comment and the old hag started abusing me for no reason whatsoever. You have no idea what I've got going for me. The only info on his facebook profile is '59 years of age'. Ek voel net so jammer vir jou.

  • flat bier - 2011-07-17 19:35

    ...en die blou bul skippie sink nog 'n meter.

  • Bianca - 2011-07-17 19:36

    I think more people agree with Zion as with stupid Bulldozer. And stupid Bulldozer - I only have my facts straight - you don't have a real name, so just be quiet!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-17 21:02

      Blah blah blah.

  • mike - 2011-07-17 19:50

    Not bad with all things considered. The experience of the Sharks ultimately made the difference. Bulls had to pull allot of youngsters into this game and although there lots of talent there, there's no sub'ing for experience. I think with a few games under there belts and a couple of boys back from the current tri-nations squad things will pick up drastically. Didn't see the Cheetahs game but based on the rest Sharks would of beaten everyone else on week 1 too. My only real concern with the Bulls team at the moment is Jinka, he killed most of the attacking oppurtunity for the Bulls single handedly with bad decision making, poor kicking and very slow service.

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-18 08:06

    Well done SHARKIES...yes pleeeaaase!!!!!

  • jk - 2011-07-18 08:21

    all taht i want to say to the bulldozers of this world, accept the loss and that you not just gonna recover from a exodus of seniors, its gonna take time. An bulldozer, om elke keer wanneer jy nie weet wat om te se nie, dan die 10 jaar no cups in die lug op te gooi is pateties. kry iets anders om te se, soos ons hakers kan nie lynstaan balle ingooi nie of so iets...

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-18 08:49

    Well done Sharks, you guys played excellent rugby all round. Hard luck Bulls, I am sure you guys will bounce back. Showed some good moments in the game.

  • Travis - 2011-07-18 08:54

    Well done to the Sharks. Deserved the win. I am so much happier to be watching CC rather than S15. It may be that the new S15 format stinks, but I have lost interest, and am very happy to see the CC kicking off and I can sit back and enjoy some rugga.

  • Shelley23698 - 2011-07-18 10:05

    Why are we always looking BACKWARDS for honours and not forwards?? And - rugby is a sport from a very young age so if we have all lost key members to the springbok squad - when should have younger members to step up to the plate ... so far ... and sorry if it seems biased ... but the only team who's "Youngsters/Newbies" (sorry Stefan) seem to be stepping up to the plate so far are the Sharks. Yes .. .it is early days ... but instead of concentrating on what was done in previous years - let's see who has invested in their future's correctly ...

  • Zion - 2011-07-18 16:17

    First of all I would like to apologise to those who read this particular forum and may have taken offence at what transpired between myself and Bulldozer. Rugby and what happens on the field does not interest me at all and hence I have no preference to teams. My interest in rugby is merely from a statistical point of view and not what happens on the field. Rugby is chaos on the field and I am much more at home with the score only, the chaos being embedded in that score. Referring to the WP/Griqua game I commented that WP had become a palooka team as a result of the drawn score. The score was too high as a draw and indicated the attacking and defence from both teams was poor.Bulldozer, uncalled for, stated that I was a palooka yet he was unaware of what I was referring to. And so the recriminations began. My facebook is not private and Bulldozer tried to use that avenue to humiliate me in someway or other, yet he did not even read the profile properly, I,from a personal perspective would never drop to a standard at that level. The conclusions he came to relating to specific excerpts of the profile was hugely amusing to my family. In this particular case I did not directly go for the Bulle in anyway whatsoever. I did however attack the attitude Bulldozer exposed. So Gentlemen again I apologise for any offence to you. I would, however, wish to thank my daughter, Bianca, who clarified the matter: Her posting is found some where at the end of this forum.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-18 16:52

      The lady doth protest too much for it to be a heartfelt apology. I'm a Stormers man. If you only look at the score to make farfetched judgments, like calling a team palookas, you are going to have to appologize many more times in the near future. Perhaps you and your daugther should rather leave the discussions to people who actually watch rugby?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 18:20

      Sukkel om jou eie battles te fight sien ek. Het jou dogter al gesien hoe jy almal beswadder op News24? Jy het niks goeds oor enige iemand te sê nie. Wat is die big deal met jou ouderdom? Jou facebook profile sê jy's 59 en daar's nêrens wat sê wanneer jy die profile geskep het nie. Ek het die informasie op jou profile ge-quote. Dis seker maar te verwagte dat n klomp roomys kinders sal dink dis amusant. As sy n dom Afrikaner wil sien hoef sy nie vêr te kyk nie. Terloops, dankie Kleinboet.

      Zion - 2011-07-19 06:39

      Kleinboet, as a matter of interest I have been watching rugby for almost 45 years and genuinely I find it more interesting to compare the statistics of all the teams in a series and the results are startling. Just as an example: working from a points angle the Crusaders were the best team in the S15 while the Waratahs were second. The statistics can give information that is not obvious Predicting a win is not too difficult but predicting the final score is close to impossible. It may seem funny to some but to myself it is fascinating. Reds were 4th best team. It indicates the flaws inthe accepted methods of judgement.

  • Bianca - 2011-07-18 18:36

    Bulldozer - that old hag never abused anyone, you started to abuse him. You started to be personal and visit his Facebook and call him "Vaalseun" and referring to cats ... I know what you mean with that and totally dislike that. He is not your old hag, he is much more liked than you. Everyone seems to dislike you and by counting the thumbs everyone liks him. Maybe just a bit of anger for not being so popular. Shame on you! Shame for hitting and abusing an older person, tell me what type of person you are. I don't agree 100% with everything Zion say since we differ much in politics and about allot of other topics ... but I don't abuse those that differ. Shame on you!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 18:55

      Bianca, please go to the top of the page and see where it all started. I made a comment about the game and I actually received a lot of thumbs up (That seems to be very important to everybody here). Your father started abusing me after that, please read his comments up top. He called me 'laughing stock' and 'idioot', which was totally uncalled for. I like to irritate everybody on these forums just to see their reactions. It's nice stress relief for me. The comment I made right up top had nothing to do with your father, but he felt the need to lash out. You have no idea how old I am and you'll be surprized as to what I've got going for me. You have no idea. Now I apologize for calling him an 'old hag', 'vaalseun' and whatever else. It's just that he seems to be a very negative person who's got nothing good to say about anybody. Maybe, like me, he's totally different in real life. (I'm totally different). I promise I will stop the childish bickering. It got a little out of hand (both hands). Please accept my apology. Your father as well.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 18:58

      Zion, lighten up asb. Die feit dat jy alles aan die begin so persoonlik opgevat het, het bygedra tot die snowball effek van alles. Ek is opreg jammer oor alles wat ek jou genoem het, en ek hoop ons kan oor begin. Ek is actually n baie nice ou en ek is seker jy is ook. Lekker slaap.

      Zion - 2011-07-19 06:24

      Ok, Bulldozer, I will apologise too and I assure you it comes from the heart.In retrospect I did over react on some occasions and am sorry therefore. However, and whatever my comment may be in connection with rugby it must be seen from the outcome of the game not the game itself. Cheers, friend, and see you on the weekend. I will be wearing a gag.

  • Bianca - 2011-07-19 18:30

    Bulldozer - I accept your Apology and I also apologies for being such a DOGFEMALE about such, anyone that say bad things about Zion makes me crazy since if you know him you will find that he is actually an "okay" guy. My reason was when you touch his status as a widower, since that is making fun about him losing my Mom. However apology...I was such a cow about that. My Father is English and not an Afrikaner and when I said that I wanted to anger you - so that was silly of me, and as the Afrikaners will say ; "Aspres".Ek stem nie saam met alles wat Zion skryf en met al sy menings nie want ons verskil baie maar niemand noem my Pa 'n "hag" nie. Ek is ook regtig jammer. Sorry. Miah-Miah....

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