Doc: Jet lag will catch Sharks

2011-06-22 22:20

Marco Botha

Cape Town - In theory the Sharks could sidestep jet-lag on Saturday.

However, reality may prove a big obstacle in their quest for Super Rugby glory.

Sports scientist Dr Ross Tucker told Sport24 on Wednesday that he would be surprised if the Sharks were rested by the time they take the field against the Crusaders.

The Kwazulu-Natal side travelled from Durban on Tuesday night and are only expected to arrive in Nelson, New Zealand, on Thursday.

"I heard that John Plumtree wants to keep his side on South African time, but it's very difficult if you travel for half the week. A person's natural rhythm is determined by light and dark, and a team that travels east over several time zones, has its days and nights turned completely upside down. Your body stays in the time zone from where you departed for a while," said Tucker.

"The time that the Sharks play on Saturday is when they usually get up. And while the body is capable of incredible things under stress, the chances are slim that it will be at its best after such a lengthy journey."

He added that there are ways of beating jet-lag - with, for example, chemical treatment and the manipulation for light and darkness around people.

"But it only really works for a two-day journey. It takes almost a day to recover for every time zone that you cross and the Sharks are flying over 10. They will want to sleep when they are awake and vice versa. Add to that the physical exhaustion of last weekend's game against the Bulls and this trip makes Saturday's game almost 100% more demanding than one in Durban would be.

"There are individual factors, which may mean that certain players will be ready by then. But it probably won't be the case with the whole team."


  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 22:32

    The headline should have read ''Doc: Sonny Bill will catch Sharks''.

      Frik - 2011-06-22 22:58

      and eat them alive... Go SAders!!!! Go SAnny Bill!!!

      Frik - 2011-06-22 23:12

      @Ace dink hoeveel tik-verslaafde-papsak-bedremelde-stoffers sou gehelp kon word...

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 23:33

      Ek dink nie daar is genoeg tik of papsak in die Kaap nie. Ek wens die arme drommels wil vrede maak.

      Frik - 2011-06-22 23:36

      LOL Nee wat Ace hulle het mos al reeds die Super reeks van 2012 en 2013 verower...

      Grootbroer - 2011-06-23 00:11

      Sal julle klomp asb ophou kakpraat?

      Spies_JJ - 2011-06-23 07:00

      Ace Ventura, Bambie & Frik is dieselfde persoon .... blykbaar het die ding nog ander name op die forum ook. Na verneem word is hy 'n oorgewig admin klerk wat die forum gebruik as sy "claim to fame" met die hoop om aan die einde van die jaar een of ander currie beker vir swak kommentaar te verower.

      Timothy - 2011-06-23 07:10

      Lyster gou julle klomp Bul ondersteuners. Die Haaie het julle laas saterdag opgeet, die Bulle is uit. Aanvaar dit tog nou. Kom ons staan saam en ondersteun die stormers en sharks. Hulle hou suid afrika nog lewendig in die kompetisie en hopelik sal 1 van die 2 (meer spesifiek die stormers) die kompetisie vir ons wen. Alhoewel ek n stormer is ondersteun ek al ons spanne as hulle teen n buitelandse span speel. Om tedink dat n bulls supporter eerder sal wil he die crusaders moet saterdag wen is pateeties. IDIOTS

      Renny - 2011-06-23 07:12

      Let's hope the sharks can stay at least awake to watch all their hard work through the season go down the drain, what an easy game its gonna be for the Crusaders it almost seems cruel. Don't send a shark to do the bulls work

      Mojojo - 2011-06-23 07:21

      @ Renny Ahm... Didn't the Bulls work result in a BIG FAT 0. 27 - 0. Not even 3 points, nothing, nadda, a duck, a humiliation of note. Defending champions scores nothing against Saders...

      Malcolm - 2011-06-23 08:19

      Some of you Bulls supporters are a bunch of sore losers! Sharks beat your team fair and square, hell even at their own game! So get over your pathetic selves and get a life. You really feel the Bulls can do a better job? Well at least when the Sharks played the Saders they were competitive and apart from 10-15 minutes of the best Crusaders rugby ever seen the Sharks pushed them hard. They didn't get murdered 27-0! Face it. Your Bulls were castrated on Saturday, the era is over. Accept it and move on you sorry excuses for SA rugby supporters!

      Frik - 2011-06-23 09:03

      @Grootboet mooi foto van jou jong... Waar het jy dit afgeneem?

      Frik - 2011-06-23 09:08

      @Spies Nee, nee, nee ek is 'n tow truck bestuurder in danville... En ja ek het 'n pens waarop ek my brannas, biltong en bier kan balanseer... Ek dink ons commintaar is uit die boonste gestoeltes...

      Frik - 2011-06-23 09:15

      @Renny slaan die spyker op die haai se kop!!

      Frik - 2011-06-23 09:21

      @Tim het jou voorvaders nie baklei vir 'n demokratiese Suid-Afrika nie? Is dit nie ons reg om te kan skree vir wie ons wil nie? Go SAders Go SAnny Bill!!!

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 10:47

      Ace ,we are not talking about all the old men in the Bulls. We talking top 6 rugby here. -You know big boys rugby. The Sharks will do the job. Are you playing Netball at the old age home on Saturday afternoon. The tannie with one eye fancies you.

  • DOWWE EFFEL - 2011-06-23 00:07

    Ek wens ek was so slim en aantreklik soos Duane gewees.

  • RaySon75 - 2011-06-23 01:47

    How old are you little kids on this site?? No debate, nothing sensible to say, infantile comments, my 5 year old possesses more "intellectual" property than most of you that comment on here have! Has the standard of schooling regressed so much in SA that you spout this utter drivel out of your mouths. I support the Bulls and I am embarrassed by their so "called" (tw#ts) supporters. WP and Sharks supporters are not far off, why not support foot (p##f) ball in the UK as this is just how their supporters act mostly. S#xually frustrated or what??? LOL

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-06-23 02:59

      It's a bit of foreplay for Frik and Ace, who are probably the same person anyway.

      Timothy - 2011-06-23 07:11

      well said mate

      Frik - 2011-06-23 09:21

      @Tim once again your racist comments is unacceptable in an open democratic society!!

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 10:56

      Your son never got his intellect never from his Dad.The U.K. are not very good at soccer. Watch euro soccer

      Shazred - 2011-06-23 11:14

      Well said Ray Son 75, 10 points. It is actually sooo boring to hear the same old drivel and Bull Sh@# coming out of their mouths... You know @Frik every time you open your mouth crap comes spewing out. You say all these big words and do not have a clue as to what they mean. You know the work "Racist" has a specific meaning, and has a specific use, and I am pretty sure it has no place in the conversation that is going on at the moment... So do us all a favour and if you don’t have anything inteligent to say, rather say nothing at all....

  • BardofAvon - 2011-06-23 04:21

    Well, at least they are in the position of having a chance. Unlike my Bulls team... *sob*. Good luck Sharks. Full credit for getting this far.

      Malcolm - 2011-06-23 08:22

      Thanks Bardof! One of the few sensible Bulls supporters. I salute you!

      Shazred - 2011-06-23 11:16

      Thanks Bardof, It is so awesome to see a decent Bulls Fan... You Rock.... :)

  • slg - 2011-06-23 05:27

    Why did they leave on Tuesday night then?

      Ross Tucker - 2011-06-23 08:26

      Presumably because they made a call that the extra time at home (and familiarity) would be more advantageous than early arrival. You're always weighing up the odds, remember, and balancing the possible effects of each action. There are merits to staying on and traveling late, but the concern is just whether you've got drained players there on match day. I would have gone sooner, but to each their own. My experience is just that when you go that far east, it's a mighty big challenge those first few days to be at your best, physically. And you can't sleep - you go to bed at 11pm NZ time, which is 11am SA time, so unless you're adjusted, you don't fall asleep. Then the next morning, say at 8am, you want to get out of bed, but your body is telling you it's 10pm, time to get INTO bed. That's the main issue, and then the second one is that you run out to play at 7pm local time, which is 9am SA time, and so unless you're adapted, your body is exposed to an unfamiliar activity at an inconvenient time. But we shall see. The Sharks may well win this anyway, I wouldn't be that quick to dismiss their chances. But it's a tougher challenge than not traveling. Ross Tucker

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-06-23 12:09

      Thanks Ross, great to have an expert on hand.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-23 05:51

    To ALL Sharks and Stormers supporters, PLEASE IGNORE this Blue Bulls comments. Please don't comment, let them fight amongst each other. Sharks wil overcome these obstacles, I STRONGLY believe that the Sharks WILL BEAT the Crusaders!!!!!!

      Chronoman - 2011-06-23 08:43

      Jys maar vrek bang die Stormers moet teen die Crusaders speel né.

      Cobus - 2011-06-23 10:27

      As 'n blou bul andersteuner, hoop ek regtig ons kan die eerste super 15 beker in S.A wen..dit gan nie maklik wees nie!!! Hoop die sharks wen saterdag, dit gan 'n tawe een wees!!!!

  • chris - 2011-06-23 06:27

    Grootboer ek stem tenvole saam met jou die klomp wat so baie KAK praat se IK!!! Moet seker maar laag wees ek dink hulle ly aan back lash en nie die Sharks nie en die spel is nou profesoneel so los hulle uit ek kyk maar wat gebeur.En dan as ons Springboke verloor dan word die Time sone ook seker opgehaal Ek vra maar net.

  • Mojojo - 2011-06-23 07:20

    @ Renny Ahm... Didn't the Bulls work result in a BIG FAT 0. 27 - 0. Not even 3 points, nothing, nadda, a duck.

  • sparkies - 2011-06-23 07:43

    Ace, it should read...Lloyd after SBW Penis

  • sparkies - 2011-06-23 07:45

    Personally i dont think it was fair to make any side fly a 18 hr flight to play for a place in the quarter finals after after 1 week.Crazy!!

  • KB - 2011-06-23 08:03

    Looking at past games, the Sharks have travelled the best out of the SA sides. I think they will be ready to face the Crusaders and can pull this off. We hav only beaten the Crudaers once in NZ, and this will be our second.... Go Sharks

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-23 10:32

      Agreed, Sharks have proven they can travel and play. Go Sharks, go!!!!

  • jk - 2011-06-23 08:08

    ace, saterdag is die sharks liefdadigheid...

  • BigD - 2011-06-23 08:09

    I think the Sharks will take this game. But the next week they might feel the pressure of the season and travel.

  • Heinrich - 2011-06-23 08:19

    Bambie. DIe bulle kan nie in die visse se plek gaan nie want hulle is UIT!

  • Heinrich - 2011-06-23 08:19

    Bambie, die bulle kan nie in die visse se plek gaan nie want hulle is UIT!

  • Kok - 2011-06-23 08:57

    Doc, the biggest obstacle will be the mighty Crusaders. Leave the excuses. Saders by 9 (just because it's going to be raining in Nelson).

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 10:58

      Is your first name Small

  • Frik - 2011-06-23 09:14

    @Tim het jou voorvaders nie baklei vir 'n demokratiese Suid-Afrika nie? Is dit nie ons reg om te kan skree vir wie ons wil nie? Go SAders Go SAnny Bill!!!

      Timothy - 2011-06-23 11:19

      Hey Frik. Ek gaan nie val tot op bloubul vlak nie want dan sou ek al laas week uit die gesprek uit gewees het. Kan ons asb by die rugby bly (meeste mense hier op is rugby ondersteuners en soek nie net aandag nie) My punt is die volgende, eindelik baie eenvoudig. Jy my liewe friend is n f@ken draad sitter. n Groot hoeveelheid van die sharks spelers is opgeneem in die springbok span so ook is n groot gedeelte van die Saders in die All Black groep. Saterdag gaan amper soos n toets wees, aangesien soveel van albei spanne se spelers vir hulle land gekies sal word. As jy Saterdag vir die Saders skree moenie eers dit waag om vir die Bokke te support nie, want duidelik ondersteun jy nie SA Rugby nie. Jou arogante idioot.

      Shazred - 2011-06-23 11:19

      Frik, you are such a Tool.....

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