JP: First 20 minutes crucial

2012-08-01 07:47

Cape Town - Sharks backline ace JP Pietersen has emphasised the importance for his charges to start well in the Super Rugby final against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Sharks started well in both knockout wins over the Reds and Stormers, and Pietersen expects more of the same against the men from Waikato - who he feels will provide a sterner test than the last two weeks.

"The Chiefs were probably the best team overall thus far in the series," he told Beeld from the Sharks' base in Sydney, Australia.

"Their attack and defence are very good - a few of their backs and loose forwards are phenomenal with the ball. Then you also have to watch out for Sona Taumalolo (prop), who has already scored nine tries this year by picking the ball up at the back of the ruck.

"We'll simply have to be at the top of our game and keep them at a distance in those first 20 minutes. And if we want to do that, then every single one of us would need to bring his A-game. If we don't do that then it can become a long day," said Pietersen.

It will be interesting to see where Sharks coach John Plumtree picks Pietersen on Saturday. The regular winger was a last-minute inclusion at centre last week, and produced a match-winning performance in midfield.

The clash at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton kicks off at 09:35 SA time on Saturday.


  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-01 08:05

    I see the sharks . . . in black and white These boys from Durbs . . play like dynamite And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world I see the Sharkies score .. . and the crowd that boo I see them win . . . for me and you And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world The colors of the rainbow . . so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces . of the fans going by I see friends shaking hands . . .sayin howzit bru They really sayin . . we’re the best that’s true I hear stormers cry...... I watch them choke They never win a cup..... They're a Joke. And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

      andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 08:11

      Fantastic lol

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-01 08:26 Super-cups... Currie-cups.... ...11 years.... ..and counting..... :-)

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-01 09:54


      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:28

      Isak jou suurgat!!!!!!!!!!

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-08-01 14:46

      The Pink cow from moftus

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-01 17:36

      wow spear that cuts deep!

      shane.hayne.92 - 2012-08-01 19:26

      Man that was Beautiful , you just made a Sharks supporter very very happy !!!!!,,,, My wife is a Bloubul as well and as a second team she shouts Sharks together we hate Stormers

  • fred.gatvol - 2012-08-01 08:08

    I never usef to rate JP but he has improved and I really rate him now. Bok match winner

  • andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 08:08

    I think that's the best plan, build a early lead (points wise) and starve them of the ball as long and as often as possible. And if we kick we have to kick it out you cant afford a team like the Chiefs running at you all night. Come on boys you can do it.BRING IT HOME

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 09:08

      Interesting profile comment. The main difference between South African teams and overseas teams is the ability to think on the field. They just do what coach tells them and stick to the plan even when they see it isn't working. This is why you often see a game of two halves, because the coach changes the game plan at half time. South Africa must get out of this army mentality and give more decision making authority to the captain on the field.

      andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 09:45

      @Skin To a degree, I have to agree. We need to be able to change tactics in a half if you see our plan A is not working. Case in point the Bulls game vs the Crusaders. There kick chase game was not accurate from the get go, yet they persisted with it. At some point the half back or Captain needs to say "Ok plan X is not working, we need to change. tactics " I think this comes in with players (Flyhalf and flyhalf) being able to read the game and exploit weaknesses on the go. I am not sure players like that are in abundance at the moment

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 09:56

      For me this is the difference between players like Lambie/Goosen and Steyn. When Steyn gets the ball, what’s he going to do? You know. Kick and chase right? When Lambie gets the ball, what’s he going to do? Well you just don’t know. He might kick it but he might also pass it wide, or even inside, or if he sees a gap or missmatch he’ll run it. He reads the game at the instant he gets the ball and makes the decision on instinct. This is what I call a rugby brain. Lambie & Goosen have it. Steyn doesn’t. In general overseas flyhalves who don’t have a rugby brain don’t ever get to play at national level.

      andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 10:13

      Yes exactly We cant play according to a set plan all the time. If the plan is accurate like the one the Sharks used against the Stormers then it's fantastic. But lets say the stormers really used all the ball we gave them and attacked wide and ran hard at gaps. Then a player like the one's you mentioned is needed to change direction to save the game.

      andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 10:26

      Yes he is Raven If i was in plum's shoes I wouldn't replace him with Lambi. Freddie is also on song and that french flair is working over time

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-01 11:22

      @Skinfaxi...I totally agree with you. This is why Lambie must be Bok flyhalf now, and then if Goosen shows that he is the real deal over time, then you have Lambie at 15, Goosen at 10, and a young combination that can last us for years to come. Goosen has played only 6 Super games if I am not mistaken, and he needs to be tested a little more, but he certainly has the makings of being a remarkable find for SA. Freddie is on song at the moment for the Sharks, so don't change that, but he took a pounding last week, and it might be a good idea to have Lambie available as a replacement because he is fresher, and certainly does not weaken our side at all. Sharks Forever. Complete the fairy tale finish!

  • johnny.sidestepper - 2012-08-01 08:10

    SA Player of the year = JP Peterson

      andries.becker.1 - 2012-08-01 08:12

      Agreed, he is just on fire at the moment.

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:00

      well his name is written right here in the f-ing article but none of you have half a brain to spell it correctly in your post. who the f is JP peterson?

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:17

      having shot hands is no excuse

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 10:22

      @Tom LOL

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-01 08:13

    I just want to thank the Sharks for comprehensively bashing the stormpies! ,To be honest, If the stormers had won the Super 15, with their lackluster, mundane game plan, it would have done irreparable damage to the game I love so much. Rugby would have become like croquet, only played by a few senile old farts with no friends.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-01 17:40

      100% correct

  • boereroo.jackman - 2012-08-01 08:29

    Actually the first 80 minutes is crucial.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 11:45

      When Steve Walsh is reffing a Super Rugby final it’s usually the few minutes after the 80 that are crucial.

  • sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-08-01 08:51

    I wouldn't mind 20 minutes with JP…

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 08:57

      Are you also a gold digger? Cannot wait for the final. The Saarks will probably take the Chiefs on in the forwards and hope to strangle them. Saarks need to contain Cruden and Messam - those are the danger men. Understand that SBW has bad memories from the Durban game earlier this year and wants to make amends. Chiefs might lose captain Clarke due to injury - will be big blow.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 09:11

      For a news article we presume? When you going to replace Rob?

      sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-08-01 10:11

      Hey Tom, you know the saying, those in glass houses…

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 10:27

      If I recall correctly Sam is studying sports journalism and will one day be paid for her comment unlike you who comments incessantly without adding value. Thou talk’st much and sayeth nothing. Fortunately Sam is too much of a lady to put a sex starved teenager like you in his place the way you were sorted out yesterday. Rob is right you are a repulsive classless brat whose mommy didn’t spank his bottom often enough. Your mindless comments and inane jokes are irritating but expected from someone your age, but when you make anti semitic jokes and sexually harass the women here you’re going too far. Why don’t you spend less time correcting other people’s spelling and use it to learn some respect for women?

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 10:44

      You would have noticed that your “auschwitz” joke yesterday was treated with the distain if you were not so self absorbed. You cannot pass judgement on value until you know what value is. Please show me one one comment that you have made that has made anyone wiser. (rating women and repeating pie jokes ad nauseum doesn't count)

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:51

      ok ok ok, i retract all comments. the only comment i should have put here was "i wouldnt mind 20 minutes with you, do u want the quickie or the full 2 minutes?"

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 11:00

      Thanks for the offer Tom, but even if I was into guys you still wouldn't be my type.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:34


      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-01 17:55

      I'm sure he would mind ...

  • wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 08:54

    GO sharks!!! You can do it! Make history and win this cup!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 08:58

      How? Please explain how you think the Saarks can do it! Not impossible though.

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 09:03

      Because we have JP!! So NAAAA!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 09:28

      @Wesley - I must give you the benefit of the doubt and concede that you are a very shallow rugby supporter!

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 09:48

      @Cape- thats not very nice. We can all say how things should be or played but your not Qualified or have the experience as a coach. We all can only assume……which make an Ass from You and Me!! So let’s leave it to Plum. He’s done a great job so far. So we will see!!! Go Sharks!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 10:08

      @Wesley - I withdraw my (not so nice comment) unconditionally! Sorry mate!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-01 11:19

      two Kevin.

  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-01 09:12

    I am expecting a lot of off the ball niggle from the Chiefs directed mainly at Jannie and Bis. I am really hoping that they don't take the bait or we could be seeing yellow or red.

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 09:29

      The Chiefs players are tough buggers - Bizzy and brother are dirty! That's the difference.

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 09:53

      Yes and Cape is the expert!!!! What a pooh hole he is!

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-01 09:55

      Did you not see that punch up that happend Cape????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Chiefs and Cru's?????

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:02

      well the chiefs do play in yellow, red and black, dont leave out the black, racist

  • john.maree.90 - 2012-08-01 09:16

    The chiefs will win with 10+. Sharks will not be able to control Cruden and SBW.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-01 09:45

      Lol. Remember Jomu?

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:03

      who the f is jomu?

      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:10

      oh jomu, as in jomu lomu? one of those idiots. JONAH LOMU jomu...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha remember jomu? hahahahahaha nope never heard of it. is that the retard way of saying jonah?

      vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-08-01 10:26

      Isak! You must be the most pathitic looser I have ever come across! Don't hate on the Sharks because the mighty Stormers saw there arse! You know do us all a favour,pick your bottom lip up off the ground and carry on,its just a game,better yet why don't you just end it now because you wasting oxygen that us true SA rugga supporters can breath,SHARKS 4 life and may the best team win!!!!!!!!! As for you Isak,you lower than a piece of pig #* @

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:35

      ISAK JOU SUURGAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-01 09:56


      tom.tardis - 2012-08-01 10:18

      there are some weapons that can hit a very small target from a mile and a half away. oh but you are a big fat potato head target so it would be easier

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-08-01 10:20

      That's what you said the stormers would do isaak.....back obviously for some more banter and you where so convinced before the stormers and sharks and they then proved you wrong even though it was you that had the biggest mouth.whats the difference now? Or is just that you can't pluck up the courage to support another south African team.they do play the attacking game like the all blacks do that you coloured boys so admire and support due to the kind of rugby they play why not now have little bit faith in your own south African boys or maybe you just holding a grudge.i wonder what the real reason is besides the fact they have to travel even though they have proved all the pundits wrong

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-08-01 10:33

      Goodwaaaan!!! However banter banter is also done with a smile an afterwards a dop in the pub and a friendly handshake.i wouldn't go as far to say its arrogance but more " what goes around comes around " if you can dish it out you must be able to receive it back .just a general rule!! Take it like you give it !

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:36

      ISAK JOU SUURGAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fred.gatvol - 2012-08-01 11:29

    I am a rugby supporter Izak

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:37

      ISAK JOU SUURGAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fred.gatvol - 2012-08-01 12:40

    @Izak. You are a dispicable person. Playing the race card is the lowest action you have ever taken. Why do you not realise that all rugby lovers in this country(including Stormers) despise you. I challenge the management of this blog to chastise you. I suggest you read comments policy and abide by it

      cape.maori - 2012-08-01 13:02

      @Fred- I suggest you get castrated!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 13:12

      ISAK SUURGAT!!!!!!!!

  • dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-08-01 23:18

    Are Papasak and Papsak Visserman the same person, with Bi-Troller disorder? Or are they just cousins with the same Troll grandaddy? Either way...I feel sorry for them...kinda...

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2012-08-02 08:02

    Be disciplined... have best front row on attack and defence.. and do the basics right. Don't be intimidated.. keep composure and focus. Catch up rugby will not help in this final. The Sharks mostly, so far, played well on non home field advantage games. Lot if things not favouring them now.. and that is in itself a motivational reason to turn defence into attack. Common Sharks.. Show them what you are made off.

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