Alberts starts for Sharks

2011-06-23 12:42

Nelson - The Sharks are presently in New Zealand and face minimal disruption to the squad for selection purposes as they prepare for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby qualifier against the seven-time champions, the Crusaders.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, all the talk this week has been on certain uncontrollables - the travel factor and weather - but the Sharks know that as long as they control what they can, this game represents the fantastic opportunity to claim a place in next week's semi-finals, dependant on a similar effort to last week's against the Bulls.

Coach John Plumtree admits that it's a case of "Having to play to the conditions… It's great going to New Zealand in February, March when the weather's the best, but at this time of the year, the weather is not so good and apparently the weather is not great for this weekend, but you expect that."

For the Sharks, not only a complete, 80 minute performance is going to be good enough against a side like the Crusaders who know how to win important games, but one based on a thorough team effort.

Lessons have been learned from their pool match when the Crusaders won 44-28, primarily that the Crusaders' play-makers will need to be contained if there is to be any chance of avoiding a rerun. "A big part of what we got wrong at Twickenham was not stopping Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean, with their ability to shift ball into space either by hand or by kicking, which is key to their game.

"The foundation of their game is built around their scrum, they're a good scrummaging side so we need to scrum really well against them and if we can look after them defensively and look after their scrum, then anything can happen."

The Sharks front row of Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira will have their work cut out for them contesting scrums against the opposition.

"They have a very short front row and they scrum low and while we have a pretty good front row ourselves, we will need to scrum a lot better than we did against the Bulls, that's a big area for us.

"We have the forward pack that can compete and that's going to be key if it's wet and cold there. Frederic Michalak can control the game and we have Pat's kicking game at the back as well, so as long as we defend really well and our setpiece functions and we make sure that territory is in our favour, you never know."

Changes to the Sharks side that beat the Bulls last week have been kept to a minimum, with just one personnel swap to the starting XV, where Willem Alberts replaces Ryan Kankowski at eighthman.

There are two changes on the bench, Eugene van Staden and Jacques Botes coming in for Wiehahn Herbst and Marcell Coetzee respectively.



15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotuali'i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty/Brent Ward

15. Patrick Lambie, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche (captain), 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Willem Alberts, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Gerhard Mostert, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. John Smit, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Ryan Kankowski, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Louis Ludik


  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-23 12:51

    Team looks great. It's gonna be another hard and physical encounter. Perhaps if things open up in the second half Kanko will get a shot. Pitty Herbst and Coetzee isn't there. THey have really impressed me the last 2 weeks.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:12

      KANKO will get a shot from OWEN FRANKS

      Malcolm - 2011-06-23 13:27

      I think Herbst should be on the bench ahead of van Staden. Herbst has loads of potential!

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:50

      Herbst has the potential to suffer server down time :)

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-23 14:26

      Great team, man what the human body can go through, I know when I have picked up minjor injuries how tender I feel,, very impressed with their attitude.

      yagyah rabin - 2011-06-23 14:59

      RJ are you on drugs

  • Logoll - 2011-06-23 12:59

    Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel starting. That is a good move for the Sharks. Add Bismarck to the linup and the Crusaders could be in for a beating.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:04

      Not really andy ellis got them coverd

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-23 13:04

    Looking at the respective midfields of both teams one can only see one winner.

      Capso - 2011-06-23 13:10

      Ace, have u heard about the Bulls still being able to make the final?

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-23 13:10

      Luckily this is a team sport and 2 players won't dictate the outcome. Bosman has improved allot over recent weeks, so I am less worried about him facing SBW.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-23 13:13

      Aaah Sharks, you guys are a fickle bunch. Two weeks ago this oke wasn't good enough to go to hell, now he's your saviour.

      Werfbobbejaan - 2011-06-23 13:14

      Oh you sharkboys are gonna get sooo klapped this weekend. Please stop these delusions of grandeur!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:15

      Ace, you are our savior.How your Bulls enjoying time off??

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:16

      Ace, hate to break this to you but Alberts does not play in the Midfield !!! LMOA!!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 13:19

      Spark=low class

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:27

      Go Ace,Go Ace,Go Ace

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-23 13:46

      Where did anyone mention Alberts' name?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:29

      Thanks for admitting that you have a fetish for underaged girls,now get help

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:32

      Alwyn, we are in love and nothing can tear us apart.

      Krugga - 2011-06-23 14:43

      Sparkie, I' m getting the impression even your parents woulnt be upset to see you talking like this. In Essex they have a name for people like you - chav. Jy is hopeloos kommin my ou, verlore.

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:16

      Ace Ventura is cool Hehehehehehehehe

  • sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:05

    Good choice.If you watch the Highlights when Alberts runs towards Spies he does a little skip to the left to get out of his way!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 13:18


      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:23

      Spark= sexy

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:11

      Spark-sexual predator

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:30

      My Daughter is 12 years old,nice one low class,and we went down this road before, You knew what her age was ,sick little man

  • StBad - 2011-06-23 13:09

    Some classy lads in both sides, game of the season so far!!!!

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:24

      Its a semi it will be good but game of the season was SADERS and bulls :) == and also Cheaters and hurricanes :(

  • DeonL - 2011-06-23 13:10

    Sharks are def. the underdogs again, the travelling is making it worse. They will do well to keep within 10 points.

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-23 13:17

    Very glad to read the Sharks have arrived safely in New Zealand!

      Marcell - 2011-06-23 13:52

      yip, heard tonight that they will keep to their SA clock. Going to bed at 2 in the morning.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:53

      Only to get Whiped back unsafely

      Anneleen - 2011-06-23 14:18

      @Marcell and RJ...nothing like humour to brighten the day!

  • Just_saying - 2011-06-23 13:17

    This is ridiculous! I have never in my life heard of the any captain of any nation of any sport being benched week after week like John Smit. If you cant make your provincial team how on earth can you make the nation team let alone be captain of it! I think its time the his Springbok position of player and captain is replaced. Perhaps he can coach/consult etc

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-23 13:34

      I have to agree. I like John Smit and he has been a credit to SA rugby, but it is time to step down...

      FranklySpeak - 2011-06-23 13:37

      And don't forget, he was just voted as best Springbok of all time......

      Makutu - 2011-06-23 15:19

      @ FranklySpeak... The operating word being WAS. We are talking about NOW and the future. Smit is PAST. Let's GO FORWARD! He is finished goods, end of subject. We must move on. Smitty, just let go please. We actually need to win trophies.

      shucky - 2011-06-24 08:40

      just saying ... fully agree with your statement on how can the captain of a nation be on the bench... Well I blame Dumbtree.. Smit is still the best hooker in the country and probally the world. It's an embarrassment to the nation and springbok supporters that this decision is made.. He needs to play and captain the sharks and bokke... you don't get to be SA's best ever player for nothing..

      Makutu - 2011-06-24 10:33

      Are you mad shucky?

  • Werfbobbejaan - 2011-06-23 13:18

    I see a big hiding for the guppies this weekend. Unless of course the crusader spot them a few then it might only be 10 points in it.

      Martin - 2011-06-23 13:48

      You should change your name to Werf Etter - Hak hak die Blou bul het gekak! Hey, if we come short this weekend at least we can take solace from ending the vlou bul surge!

      dstyler - 2011-06-23 13:55

      So who is your team bobby ??

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-23 18:17

      @Martin - jy lyk soos n werfetter ou! Hak-hak - com kry vir jou a cup - of nie. Wees maar eeder groot bek na julle gewen het!

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:17

      Werfbobbejaan is ook cool! Hehehehehehehe

  • sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:18

    According to Ace, Alberts has moved to center!!!!!!!! LMNO(Laughing my nuts off)

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:21

      Even that will not stop the mighty SBW

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 13:23

      Spark= tik user

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:26

      Spark= chick magnet

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-23 13:47

      I said that where?

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 13:52

      Give us a A.C.E what do we get Ace "ICEMAN" Cool!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:12

      Spark ,no ACE said that if you compare the midfields the Sharks does not stand a chance,Selective reading and commenting must be one of your strong points

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:19

      Yes Alwyn, if you believe that then you are also a Donkey.Ace "Ice Man"Cool is a legend

      Frik - 2011-06-23 15:35

      When did you grow a pair?

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-23 18:20

      Sparkie, the women you pull are probably hairy with no teeth, hardly something to brag about. Besides, men who pull woman hardly need to boost their egos on the net. You probably just a little loser. Your trash talk speaks volumes about you.

  • CobaltZulu - 2011-06-23 13:19

    SBW has hardly been as much of a factor since Twickenham, his battle with JDV was pretty even, he was totally played out of the game against the Cheetahs and in the few games he has played since in between "injuries" hasn't done all that much. Go Sharks

      RJ - 2011-06-23 14:07

      Perfect chance to show he's worth, this will be like a test and every1 saying he will not perform the same, well...This is he's time to really step -up the game especially with all the NONU talk

      Makutu - 2011-06-23 15:27

      Did you forget what happened in Newlands?

  • Oukoos - 2011-06-23 13:35

    Willem Ysterman Alberts! Die snaakste oomblik in die Shark/Bulls wedstryd was die naakte vrees in Pierre Spies se oë toe Alberts die eerste maal op hom afgestorm het. Darana het Spies gesorg dat hy uit Alberts se pad bly

      Raka13 - 2011-06-23 13:43

      Oukoos, hier gaan 'n paar nuwe Crusaders ondersteuners jou toeval met kritiek oor jou goeie observasie.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:57

      Alberts is LAS, he peaked to early no he is squeeking like a little girl, useless just like lambie cant wait to see them get hammerd, maitland will run doughnuts around MPOPO

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 14:00

      Spies speel elk geval nie rugby nie - DODGEBALL is sy game.

      Deon - 2011-06-23 15:13

      Oukoos die Crusaders is oppad Nuweland toe so ek stel voor julle berei voor vir dit, los die groot rugby vir die manne wat kan speel.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 15:13

      @SAFFA You are a seriously insecure person.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 15:26

      and you Dr van Zyl have a God fix the bones, I fix psyches remember.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 15:34

      @ SAFFA Oh, so you a mindf@cker hey? You should consider Anatomy 101, you are confusing what sits between the ears with what sits between the legs my girl.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 15:37

      @SAFFA How does someone fix other peoples psyches if her own is screwed up?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 15:51

      Dr van Zyl - you repeat yourself..........and it bores me. Have a good evening.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-06-23 15:53

      Oukoos ... naakte vrees is wat jy gaan beleef as die SADER's jou vissie spannetjie verwoes ... en jy en hulle totaal inplof!

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 16:22

      @SAFFA Did you want to make friends? I'd like to have normal conversation with you

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:18

      Dowwe Duane also cool - he shafts the Stormers Heheheheheheheh

  • FranklySpeak - 2011-06-23 13:40

    I'll always support the Sharks, but this is one heck of a hill to climb. We still do have the players to do it, but then everyone has to fire from the first whistle to the last. Let's just hope this game isn't ruined like so many others by the ref and his cohorts.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 13:55

      Frankly thr is no hope of a upset, no matter how much we want a SA final

  • Barbara - 2011-06-23 13:46

    Good Luck to the Crusaders You will go well love you all

      CobaltZulu - 2011-06-23 13:48

      Yup preferably back to Christchurch with their tails between their legs

      Oukoos - 2011-06-23 13:53

      The Crusaders will need more than luck to survive. Go Sharks, go!

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:19

      Crusaders do not need the luck Heheheheheheheh

  • jk - 2011-06-23 13:54

    hes way to slow for the running rugby the c\saders gonna dish up. Let me tell all of you one thing in life, the quicker loose trio of daniels etc would have worked. Bad plummo, bad boy...

      kosie - 2011-06-23 14:46

      it's going to be wet and freezing, handling difficult, i'll rather give the big guys the ball and let them ram the saders defence.

  • jk - 2011-06-23 13:58

    dont know why the sharks supporting a loosing battle, no brains

      kosie - 2011-06-23 14:46

      you said so before the bulls game as well.....

      Oukoos - 2011-06-23 15:43

      And @JK will say it once again before the Shark/Stormers final. Some people never learn

  • jk - 2011-06-23 14:00

    the only good thing is that vettie smittie is on the bench, and that for the 2nd time a no 10 that can take the lead. but without the ball, even grant looks average

  • Kok - 2011-06-23 14:06

    In the history of Superrugby, the Crusaders have never lost a home final or semi-final. They have won 16 of their 21 playoff matches for an amaging winning percentage of 76%, with all five their playoff defeats coming from away from home.

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:09

      Thanks Kok but we are also able to use Google in S.A.But thanks anyway chum.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 14:12

      And up until this year @Kok, the Stormers had never won in Canberra......The Sharks have just as much chance of upsetting history as what ANY other team has. Fortunately, the ACTUAL Crusader team are nowhere near as "super confident" as what their refugee fans are. (They realise that the game won't be a 'walkover' - regardless what their fans think)

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-23 14:25

      Great 16 out of 21, so that means lets erm do grade 1 maths, that means they lost 5? Wow, that means they can be beaten, that means we have a chance to make it 6? Or isn't that possible? Because you actually said 21/21 and that you have been told the future?

      Kok - 2011-06-23 14:36

      This is the best provisional team that has ever graced the face of the earth. I can't think of another team that is half as good as this team. Unfortunately, the Sharks will experience what I am talking about. Sparkies, let's all be decent and leave the name calling. SA rugby supporters already have a bad, barbaric identity. Don't show it plz.

      Kok - 2011-06-23 14:38

      You guys must go for reading skills or simply go back to school. The article clealy states that they never lost a home playoff match. The 5 they've lost were away games. So, they playing at home this time round and a defeat is not possible.

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:41

      Kok, are you talking about your Tap Dancing Class.If you read above this article is about rugby!!

      kosie - 2011-06-23 14:50

      the saders doesn't have a home!!!!!!! it's basically an away game for all of them...

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 15:14

      @SAFFA You are a seriously insecure person

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 16:08

      @Dowwe Duane - Effel - Profile stealer - Dr van Zyl - I am not the one stealing profiles to hide behind. THAT old chap is insecurity. (Expert?)

      Kok - 2011-06-23 16:40

      @kosie die dosie - Crusaders have a home in Cape Town (Newlands)

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:19

      Kokkie one of the few cool guys Hehehehehehehe

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-23 14:12

    Makes me laugh how some of these Bulls supporters think that the Sharks have not chance, which is the same as last week. So what you are saying is that we proved nothing by beating you on your home ground in front of 50000 people and it was the last game for so many heroes in the Bulls side. I bet if the Bulls were playing the Saders it was another easy run for you guys to get to the finals. Anyways I have learnt not to argue cause you get thick headedness and then you get Bulls Supporters. And I always say this. This doesn't apply to all Bulls supporters. Only to about 10 on these threads RJ being the front runner

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-23 14:23

      Dude 100% in their mind what ever is said, their blood is blue, let a doctor draw it out and when they see it its blue, when the doc says its red they say its blues... There is no way their team 'lost' against us, we 'cheated' to beat them.. No the Lazer was not an issue, no the forward 2 passes before the offload to Bason for the try he Scored was not an issue, -7 for that try, + the 9 for the kicks missed due to Lazer games and then include the 3 points we did win by, would have mean we would have smashed them by 19.. Thats more like it, and that score would reflect better the true might we had over those Baby Bulls...

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:23

      Look you deserved to win against the Bulls ,but the same can be asked how was it possible that we won you on your home turf after you were the favourites,i am not saying that the Sharks dont have a chance,they have,its only very slim

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:29

      I dont get your brain Alwyn.One day you say if the Bulls were playing the Saders on Saturday they would stand a better chance of beating them, then today you say that the Sharks have a very slim chance of winning.Yet the Sharks clapped you on Saturday??????????

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-23 14:41

      And I am the first to agree that yes we do have a very slim chance. We have travelling, the weather, now apparent;y the ref all against us, and that's besides playing against the mighty Crusaders. So I have no issues with someone saying it's tough and you have only a small chance in winning the game. But for some of these Bulls fans, I don't know if it's sour grapes or thick headedness they became Crusader supporters overnight instead of supporting the SA teams. Look I am not having sleepless nights because of these comments. All I am asking is support the SA teams and if you can't then just shut that pie hole. I know I would have supported the Bulls this weekend if they went through.

      RJ - 2011-06-23 14:52

      LOL RJ the front runner, lokl I would like nothing better than to see us whip she sharks in the final at newlands, like they did us in the CC.. but The saders want to make the final a PUNY sardine team with a french hasbeen will not get in thr way...

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-23 15:15

      Sorry Bulls fans. I thought RJ was one of you. But RJ your comments does tend to sound like old ACe and some of the other oaks. I think it's the second time a make this mistake. Any ways have a little faith in your fellow SA teams. If all is done and dusted and it comes to a Saders and Stormers final I would be cheering the Stormers on no matter what. Willem Alberts, Lambie, Mvovo will all be part of the World Cup squad. You might as well start cheering them on now just as I would be cheering all the Stormer springboks. OK enough of this. Your a woosie and a trator.

      Oukoos - 2011-06-23 15:51

      @Sharks Fever, the final will be between the two best teams in SA - the Sharks & Stormers. Why? The Sharks are going to show character and BMT on Saturday, the same character & BMT shown when they won my beloved Stormers in the CC finals last year.

  • kameeldoring - 2011-06-23 14:20

    Die vraag is, kan die Stormers dit doen die naweek?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 14:36

      Die Stormer ouens hou lekker vakansie op die oomblik ou maat. A lot of golf has been played (before the rain hit town), and the chaps are relaxing....

      Kok - 2011-06-23 14:40

      Stormers speel nie die naweek nie.

      sparkies - 2011-06-23 14:52

      The Stormers need to change one thing in their game plan and that is to open up their account sooner then last week.They were a bit slow off the blocks.Our defense is fantastic when we have only a few players commited to the rucks BUT then when we get quick ball have you seen how forwards hands the ball goes threw thus we are unable to always have our best players attacking.So its something they have to try and sort out

      Krugga - 2011-06-23 15:08

      Saffa, checkout some of your mate, Sparkie's sexual comments on children. Nice people you associate yourself with. Soos hulle se, jy word geken aan jou vriende... Ideologies, I dont think you have the faintest idea what that means.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-23 15:14

      Hulle kan, ons hoop net hulle bring BMT saam, dink die Stormers kort bietjie van dit?

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 15:14

      @SAFFA You are a seriously insecure person

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 15:39

      @Krugga and Dr van Zyl - I care very little for what either one of you think of me, I think I have made this clear on numerous occasions. Krugga is a bittereinder with his feet firmly in the past, and his hatred firmly settled on anything and anyone NOT born in or based in Pretoria. FAIL. The other is a doctor, with a rampaging ego, who in my mind should focus more on patient care (as per reviews) and less on making crude, common and abusive statements on a South African website. FAIL. You both dislike in no particular order: The Stormers, Sharks, People not from Pretoria, Cape Town, South Africa and ANYONE who does not fit into what YOU chaps deem acceptable. You don't like me and I don't like you cretins. Go forth and be miserable.

      kameeldoring - 2011-06-23 16:01

      kok, is jy seker?

      Marcell - 2011-06-23 16:19

      SAFFA-CAT: Wat is fout met Krugga se siening? Daai tyd toe die groot trek begin het was daar 'n bord teen die kasteel se muur vas gespyker met die woorde: Aan die wat kan lees: More vertrek ons na die Noorde waar ons vry kan wees. Die wat nie kon lees nie het agter gebly. Vir die ander, Ek was nog nooit een vir titels nie.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 16:27

      @SAFFA Please paint the full picture, one bad review, on a site that anyone who does not like the way you say goodmorning to them can write a bad review! What about the 85% positive rating? 8/10 very good. But typical Stormer, you'll tell us how good you are from ONE game you won in 2008, that's not the true picture my girl

      CliffB - 2011-06-23 16:28

      Krugga : Listen here idiot , I am not taking his part , but many , many more derogatory remarks are made by the Bulls fans, ( Sexually deroatory remarks about , sisters , mothers & children) Check if you are to arrogant to believe me , that being said , SPARKY , dont lower yourself , come on STORMER fans have class !!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 16:48

      Dr van Zyl, or may I call you Paul? - I am sure you are a very competent and dedicated surgeon. Your personality type would in fact ENSURE that. Sadly I don't get to judge you on that, but rather on some of the things you have initiated here - which have been less than "pleasant". I respond to people and treat people (regardless of who they are) in the manner they approach and treat me - simple. I wish you no harm. Good evening.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 17:32

      Ok SAFFA, point taken Did you want to have some normal/friendly conversation now?

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 17:33

      @Cliffie Ai tog, loop koop jou tampons outjie

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 17:40

      @Dowwe Duane - I am off to gym now - but we will meet again. You went to the finest University in the world, so I reckon a pretty cool person lurks behind the "Effel" facade. Ditch the profile thieving though - pretty please? Have a pleasant day in BC.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-23 19:45

      @SAFFA Ok then, I'll stop teasing you/being SAFFA. Just something i'd like to mention, it was NOT me stealing Hannes' profile and many others. 3 of my profiles had been stolen too, so there was a fake Plesier/Effel and another one. And you know 90% of what i said was teasing though? But i don't rate Duane, that's a fact, LOL Talk to you later

      Capso - 2011-06-23 20:23

      @Marcell, mooi storietjie van die kasteel van jou, maar dan ken jy seker ook die ene van die see wat eens tot in Pretoria gestrek het toe trek dit terug en net die skuim bly agter

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 05:21

      Saafa Cat not cool - probably had a happy childhood Hehehehehehehehe

  • jk - 2011-06-23 14:29

    o ja, and they dont have locks, snorre takes muller who's in Guiness land, if i was the sharks locks i would see it as a slap in the gut

  • Kleinboet - 2011-06-23 14:33

    Nonsens about teams knowing how to win big games. It's players who win games (big or small) and the composition of teams change regularly. The Crusaders was not so sharp this year and the Sharks is peaking at the right moment. The biggest problem for the Sharks is to overcome jet lag, and I believe it was the right thing to do to leave the RSA late. The S15 format is unfair in this regard ~ more rtime should be allowed for travelling. I say this knowing that my Stormers team will benefit from this inherent unfairness.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-23 14:36

    Must be honest over the last few months i had some fun,joking arguing and some under the belt comments ,Saffa ,Gooinat i must admit ,you guys are decent but Spark is a real piece of work,his low class comments targeting underage girls,always refering to sex must be a concern to many kids in his area,i cant believe he calls himself a rugby supporter,and he calls himself a Stormers supporter,Real low class

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-23 16:13

      @Alwyn - you sure it's not the fake mate?Effel/Dowwe Duane/Dr van Zyl is online at the moment? With a whole host of new fake profiles I am certain. It looks like comments have been removed, so I didn't see them? And NO Alwyn - I would never condone any sick comments about kids/women etc. Last time it happened - Effel was bust for making them, so maybe it is him again?

  • Kleinboet - 2011-06-23 14:40

    Don't you play your world class captain in the start-up team? Seams to me John Plumtree knows something that Peter de Villiers does not know! The Shark team started lifting its head only after John Smit was relegated to the bench. He is so slow now-a-days that he never reaches the mauls and loose scrums in time to give his men world class captain advice. Because of this the Sharks were playing with fourteen men whenever he was on the field.

  • Kok - 2011-06-23 14:42

    Hoe hou jy drank weg van 'n Sharks speler af? Antw: Gooi dit in 'n super rugby beker. hahahahahahaha!!!!!!

  • Aabels - 2011-06-23 14:54

    Excellent Sharks team for dry humid Durban weather but if it rains as it normally does in N.Z. the Crusaders will have the upper hand and they know how to win vital games. Good luck and may the best team come to Cape Town. (I hear if the Sharks win they will have to go down under).

      InternetMan - 2011-06-23 16:04

      "dry humid Durban weather" - You realize that's an oxymoron right? Am i missing some kind of joke?

  • jk - 2011-06-23 14:56

    newlands here- i agree sparkies, we dont want to chase

  • Wayde - 2011-06-23 14:59

    My biggest question is how many tries the ref will allow the Crusaders this time from forward passes... my guess is that they'll be allowed to play American football again while our boys play rugby.

      Marcell - 2011-06-23 15:09

      Is that an excuse? Remember how your team got where they are, Plonker Jonker?

  • jk - 2011-06-23 15:04

    hi all, anyone got the score of the national bowling champs, ladies over 72 please!!

      InternetMan - 2011-06-23 16:06

      Its 25-0 to the grass at the moment

  • BardofAvon - 2011-06-23 15:26

    Will the Springbok coach have the courage to bench himself for the World Cup?

      Makutu - 2011-06-23 15:31

      Good question. I certainly hope he does bench him aswel.

  • Greenpoizn - 2011-06-24 04:47

    Ace 2 weeks ago W Alberts was injured wat u talking about must be bad weed up country

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