Michalak gets thumbs up

2011-06-22 08:45

Christo Buchner

Durban - The Sharks will be able to call on French flair for Saturday's Super Rugby playoff against the Crusaders in Nelson after all.

Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli said that  had gained permission to play, even if he has not played four games for the Sharks in the tournament.

"The reason is that he has come in as a replacement for the injured Conrad Hoffmann and is therefore entitled to play in the playoffs, even if he does not meet SANZAR's requirement of four games," Straueli said at Kings Park on Tuesday.

Michalak started a game for the first time in last week's victory over the Blues, though he was also involved as a substitute against the Lions the previous weekend.

He was on the bench against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein just days after arriving in South Africa, but was not involved then. Michalak was locked in the change room that day and nowhere to be seen during the first 10 minutes of the game.

It's only when players on the bench started to look around and wondered where their new team-mate was that they eventually realised a security guard had accidentally locked him in the dressing room. His calls and hammering against the door fell on deaf ears.

However, Michalak's five-star performance against the Bulls certainly proved an attention-grabber and he was one of the main reasons - especially with his excellent drop goal early in the first half - for the difference between the sides.

A different kind of test awaits him in Nelson. There is a prediction of rain and he will be expected to control the game more with his boot.


  • rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 08:59

    Woopa, lets see what magic you can bring to this game...

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-22 09:24

      Sharks by 3+!!!!

      Marx - 2011-06-22 09:56

      Why should a SA side rely on a French Player to win in the play-offs ?? Crucify me for this, but it's the truth.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-22 10:40

      @Marx - good question. Butch was available for the Lions, were the Sharks not "looking" or was Butch not interested? Why did JL Potgieter not perform at the Sharks, wrong game plan, wrong team culture...?

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 11:03

      JLP is te slim.

      DeonL - 2011-06-22 11:06

      He won't do so well in wet condtions.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-22 11:36

      @DeonL - interesting how Sharks seemed to press on with Bosman who also struggled up until recently yet they were quick to discard JLP. Butch James could have been an option to cover both 10 and 12....

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 13:55

      Marx yes you so wise, the same guy that wasn't there when we SMASHED the Bulls out of the Currie Cup semi final,the same guy who wasn't there when we beat the top of the conferance Blues for most of the super title... Yes let him play by himself and win the game? you such a smart guy are you not... We lost Ruaan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Kocket, and how many other top players? Yes we need an extra good player in the midst... get lost you fool

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 14:11

      @Rob he could have, however he is old, expensive, and got a bad attitude, we need 15 players to win, and we don't want thugs in our team, that is why Kocket stopped getting game time, after he decided to give someone a nice flat hand.. thugs... now the Lions wont play him either, so he is leaving SA to play aboard, good idea..

      MN85 - 2011-06-22 14:28

      @Rob - Butch had to be bought out of his contract with Bath. The Sharks wanted him but were not prepared to pay that much for him as they expected the same treatment they gave Bath when Butch went there which was to just release the player when he wanted to go. The new management at lions have deep pockets so they were happy to pay for an experienced play to revive a struggling franchise...

  • greenpea - 2011-06-22 09:03

    'Blues' uh dnt you mean bulls?? freddie has that X factor, and I for 1 am a fan, especially after last week.. Go Sharks, we can do it!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-22 09:25

      Go Sharks, make us Prooooooooooooooooud!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-22 09:03

    French flair deluxe...go Michalak...go SHARKS!!!!!

  • EFFEL - 2011-06-22 09:08

    Ek is die profiel dief,ek is dof,ek like mans en ek dra vroue onderklere,en weet niks van rugby af nie

      rustler - 2011-06-22 09:46

      Dit klink meer soos sparkie, watalife en gooinat. Oh en wpbefoek

  • Spartan - 2011-06-22 09:22

    French jinx Kiwi's....

  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-22 10:53

    @Marx - this is what I have been saying. Why are the Sharks looking outside their SA for players. Now they are looking for Nonu. This in no way promotes SA rugby. It takes away chances for SA to groom younger players for the future. I also like NZ approach to players playing rugby for teams outside their country. Why should they be Boks if they dont want to play their rugby here?

      kosie - 2011-06-22 11:27

      the best players should play in the game, doesn't matter where they play their first class games.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-22 11:40

      Agreed, why on earth did Sharks release Waylon Murray and Brad Barrit now to bring in Bosman and Nonu?

      Jason - 2011-06-22 11:43

      Totally agree with GraemeBB, this is not good for SA rugby at all. The Sharks dont need to buy expensive French players when there are plenty of good SA players to choose from. I dont look forward to the day when there is absolutely no correlation between Super Rugby and SA rugby because all the players play for other countries.

      Spartan - 2011-06-22 11:44


      Marx - 2011-06-22 12:10

      That's my point, Potgieter went from the Bulls to the ShĂȘks to get game time, now they're playing a Frenchie, that's bad for SA rugby.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 13:57

      Marx that is JLP fault, were was he supposed to play? Bad for SA rugby, why don't you play him in front of Morne Steyn, Lambie is twice as good as Morne, so why not sacrifice Morne? JLP cost us the game to the Saders, our team was strong enough to smash them, proved it 4 tries against their 5 and we were so close a 5th too, 2 tries right past JLP fingers cost us the game, sorry but whats bad for SA rugby is him pulling our team down, he should have stayed with the Cheetahs where he would get game time...

      MN85 - 2011-06-22 14:32

      @GraemeBB - Michalak is insanely good, other than Peter Grant, Morne Steyn and Pat Lambie who else in SA even starts to come close to him. Surely a team going into playoffs should put the best foot forward they can? And Lambie can learn from a master this way to boot, what is the problem with that?

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 15:19

      MN85, they Bulls supporters, what can you expect, because they no longer have any Threads on sport24 due to their team now training for Vodacom cup, they come and give the Sharks a hard time, who is clearly better than them.

      Theuns - 2011-06-22 23:48

      Strange that if he is so insanely good that he doesn't make the French XV...Care to explain or is he to good for the French... I'm sure if Chabal played for the Sharks you would say the same..and no he isn't in the French squad...

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-22 11:39

    Dear News24, Please add a feature to filer and or block input from selected contributors. This is a great forum which is being spoilt by the useless dribble from a small group of people who call themselves fans. BTW - do you ( News24 ) use the data gathered on thumbs up / thumbs down - if so how is this used?

      Gavin - 2011-06-22 12:26

      As it stands news24 cencors anti-anc comments . Don't spur them on please, and much as I could understand not needing any news about the kings... 8)

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 14:07

      Rob 100% i'd also love a few of the Haters to disapere or a ignore option like you said, so I can add all the guys I don't want to see comments from! Wise thought there bro.

  • Travis - 2011-06-22 14:02

    Hahahaha, Michalak got locket in the changeroom.

  • Schweet - 2011-06-22 14:06

    Where are all the sharks comments now abour rules are rules and should be adhered to! Rule: have to play four round games to qualify for semifinal games! Crusdares by 18+!!!!!!!!

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 14:27

      You truly are a clueless goon, because he filled in on a injured player he is allowed by the rules of SANSAR, some guys had to stay at home that have toured the whole season, because of not playing 4 games, this however is not the case, so please don't show everyone how stupid you are, he is allowed too, shame wana cry about? here is a tissue, you remind me of matfield, crying about everything, pathetic.

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