Proudfoot: Sharks can do it

2011-06-21 22:00

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - The Sharks are the only South African team that has been able to win an overseas play-off match in Super Rugby and that was in 1996 when they were still simply known as Natal.

Even so, Stormers forwards coach Matt Proudfoot believes that an upset is possible when the Durban-based side play the Crusaders in Nelson on Saturday.

"With the momentum the Sharks have now, I think it will be difficult to beat them. They will have the same attitude than in the past weekend's game and that is that they have nothing to lose. It makes them a very dangerous side," said Proudfoot.

The Sharks were widely written off ahead of the game against the Bulls, but managed an excellent 26-23 win to clinch the sixth place on the overall log.

"They have their tails in the air and will be difficult to beat. It looks as if they're in the zone that they were in during last year's Currie Cup final when they played us off the park in the first 20 or 30 minutes," said Proudfoot.

"The Crusaders are a phenomenal side and it's only a team like them that will be able to handle the Sharks. I think it's going to be a 50-50 affair."

Proudfoot also does not believe that it's a forgone conclusion that home advantage will be decisive in the Blues' favour when they host the Waratahs in the other quarter-final.

"I fancy the Waratahs. It's a blow to lose Al Baxter and Tatafu Polota-Nau, but their physical approach has impressed me since the first game."

Natal beat the Reds 43-25 at Ballymore in Brisbane in 1996 before losing the final 21-45 to the Blues in Auckland.

In 1997, playing as the Natal Sharks, they lost their semi-final to the Auckland Blues at Eden Park 36-55, and in 1998 it was the Coastal Sharks that went down 32-36 to the Crusaders in a Christchurch semi-final.

The Sharks lost the 2001 final 6-36 to the Brumbies in Canberra, and in 2008 were beaten 28-13 by the Waratahs in a semi-final in Sydney.

The Bulls have lost three overseas playoffs - in 1996 as Northern Transvaal, and in 2005 and 2006. Their respective opponents were the Auckland Blues (11-48), Waratahs (13-23) and Crusaders (15-35).

In 2004 the Stormers lost 16-27 to the Crusaders in Christchurch, while the Cats (a combined team of the Lions and Cheetahs) took a 28-5 hiding from the Brumbies in a semi-final in Canberra in 2000.

Meanwhile, Proudfoot has described the injury blow to Stormers No 8 Duane Vermeulen ahead of next weekend's semi-final as "tragic".

"I really thought it was his time. He started carrying the ball more and was becoming really dynamic at it. It's a big blow for him personally and for us.

"Nick Koster will now get his chance."

The Stormers are not yet sure which loose forward will be added to their squad for next week's semi-final.

Siya Kolisi has been called up from the SA under-20 squad in Italy, but the Stormers will only make a final call when they know who their semi-final opponent will be.


  • Joe_Massahar - 2011-06-21 22:10

    Thanks Proudfeet - nice to know you beleive in us :)

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-22 06:00

      G Sharks!!!!!! Go Meyer and Stefan Go!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 07:20

      @WPBEFONK: Waarheen moet hulle gaan?

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-22 08:39

      Hulle moet en GAAN die game wen, dit is wat dit beteken IDIOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:22

      Is al die mense so uhm... Groot in Durbs?

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-21 22:15

    On a hiding to nothing.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-22 06:00

      Go Sharks Go!!!

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 07:38

      Ace same hiding the Bulls gave us? Please say its so? :D

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 07:40

      The same hiding we gave you in Durban.

      werner.coetzer - 2011-06-22 08:48

      @Ace bly om te sien dat die stereotipes wat ons het oor blou bul supporters is waar. Nou doen my n guns en gan sit ini hoekie en sukkel met jou puzzles vir 3-4 jariges en los die gesprekke vir die res van die land se mense wat, anders as jy, n IK van meer as 30 het. Selfs my downsindroom nefie van transvaal sê " Daai Ace is stoopid"

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 09:01

      Ace you mean the one in the Currie Cup semi when we knocked you out that compo too? Sheesh we starting to get a record for removing you from play offs, we becoming your bogi team for play offs, you going to start wishing you dont meet us in play offs because you know before the game you not going through.

      SuperCooper - 2011-06-22 09:19

      Sorry Ace, the hiding in Durban u say? where are the bulls now? Go Stormers Go Sharks!!!!!

      Shazred - 2011-06-22 09:53

      Hey Ace Ventura.. China, stop living in the past, and most importantly stop been a wanker and a sore loser, for two days you have been pissing and whining... You know its fans like you that make it soooo hard to like a really good team like the Bulls, because your arrogance puts us all off. So stop sulking and support what SA teams have made it, because all the Shark supporters would have supported the Bulls if the tables were turned. So grow up, and grow a pair..

  • Marcell - 2011-06-21 22:17

    I believe I can fly!

      Theuns - 2011-06-22 00:18

      He should be proud to be walking with all that weight..

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 00:23

      Daai knieë gaan nie lank hou nie.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-22 06:33

      Yes, that's what all the Bull's supporters were saying last week as well!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-22 08:14

      Great @Marcell. Now do us all a favour and go 'test' your aviation skills - I reckon a building with 60 floors might be ideal.

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:23

      En die week se ons Go SAders!!!

  • Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-21 22:44

    Ag asseblief news24, kan die swaap wat die goed screen en wie se tor van die kurkprop afgeval het asb op tee gaan en die staat se geld verder mors. Wat was nou fout met my post? 'n One -liner met geen "offensive" materiaal

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-21 22:49

      Post dit weer, ek wil sien.

      Cadder - 2011-06-22 02:39

      So gepraat van dubbel k middel a: gaan vee julle monde af, voor julle kinders dit sien.

      Theuns - 2011-06-22 04:19

      LOL...Latest news...Dit is Ronde

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 07:00

      Het jy gesien hoe klap Ronde Ricky die manne op die boud. Laat mens wonder.....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-22 08:08

      Dear Dowwe Duane/Dr Paul van Zyl. You might work with 'frail' bones, but I work with 'frail and not so frail' egos. And your ego - as expected (and predicted) could not 'handle' being questioned and doubted on this forum. Psych 101 mate - Step 1) challenge the ego. Step 2) challenge the ego a little more Step 3) Sit back and wait for the ego to 'fight back'. True to form - you did all that, in the steps I mentioned (The minute your wealth/success/professional credentials etc were challenged, your ego too over and did exactly what I expected it to do: It "revealed" itself, which is possibly not the wisest move you have ever made. Your lesson for the day DR - never try and mindf**k a mindf***r. That said - lose the God complex, send the ego packing - and step into the light.

  • StBad - 2011-06-22 00:09

    It'll be bloody tough, but the Saders have been beaten at home this year!

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 01:57

      Yip. Die aardbeweing het die plek verwoes.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 07:40

      Forget home, forget anywhere in the world, if the Sharks pitch up we going to be a difficult team to beat, doesn't matter if we playing in our backyard or in Nelson or even in Chirstchurch, we are hungry, the boys are amped!!! Yes, we can get beated? Are we going there to lose? no... We going there to play rugby, and may the best team on the day win.. Thats all.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-22 07:45

      @Guru - I agree, the Sharks have the self belief to walk away with a win against any team right now. Gonna be a great game!

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:25

      So hoekom stuur julle nie maar net punte nie?

  • Witsand local - 2011-06-22 06:04

    Dis sad as mense met hulself praat- dof en ace = duidelik dieselfde persoon.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 07:11

      n Bietjie oningelig as jy my vra.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-22 12:21

      Nie bietjie nie ACE sommer baie

      Witsand local - 2011-06-22 13:22

      Dan ly Ace aan schizophrenia. Almal weet Dof is n idioot.

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:24

      Is almal in Witsand so?

      Witsand local - 2011-06-22 15:35

      Hoe Frik? En as jy weet waar Witsand is dan ken ek jou tien teen een so wie is jy?

      Frik - 2011-06-22 16:02

      Ken jy San Sebastian Witsand?

      Witsand local - 2011-06-22 18:00

      Moenie vir n ou vra wat van Witsand af kom of hy dit ken nie ou Frik. Almal weet dis die baai. Hou jy miskien vakansie in die Witsand?

      Frik - 2011-06-22 18:51

      Ok Wit ek sal nie vra nie...

  • The Dutchman - 2011-06-22 07:15

    He kinda has to believe they can win, doesn't he?

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 07:22

      You can't blame him for being like that.

  • ROOI_DISA - 2011-06-22 07:35

    99% of all SA rugby supporters are behind the Sharks on Saturday. You will always find the deranged few SA citizens who for some dubious reason support the overseas teams ..........

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 07:40

      I agree, It's pathetic. Go Crusaders!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 08:30

      I agree, It's pathetic. Go Crusaders!!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 08:42

      I agree Marcell, It's pathetic. Go Crusaders!!!

      Kok - 2011-06-22 08:44

      I agree, It's pathetic. Go Crusaders!!!

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 09:04

      Typical bulls. Theses blogs give me new insight into the blue bull brain. Before you guys get exited no, it is not a compliment. So glad there is SO much country between us and them! WP jou lekka ding

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-22 10:33

      @GreyB - Stormers and Sharks have supported any team to beat the Bulls this year, and they have made no secret of it. It seems as if there are more Crusaders supporters in Cape Town than in Christchurch. So what insight are you talking about. It would also appear that the "support" for the Sharks is superficial. I would bet that the Stormers would fancy meeting the Sharks as apposed to the Crusaders and Redds in the play-offs.

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 11:08

      @graemebb. Sorry to disapoint you. Even if the Bulls played the Crusaders, I (and 99% of my WP friends) would have been behind the SA team. Yes, i do not like a Bulls supporters, but it is more important for us to have a ALL SA final than my dislike in Bulls supporters. Also I am actually not commenting on what team they the support, but the general tone of comments from the bulls on theses blogs. It is generally in bad taste and show very little knowledge on rugby. Their comments are not on the article itself, doesnt ad positive suggestions or feedback and is generally insulting. Makes you think what they are saying at their own homes?

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 11:14

      @Grey B,you spot on!!!!!!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-22 12:03

      @GreyB - I have heard all this dribble before. Speak for yourself, you cant speak for others. Speak to someone, your open attack on all Bulls is rather narrow minded. I dont particularly enjoy the tone of some Stormers supporters. As for rugby knowledge, it strikes me as funny how some guys think because their team is in second place on the log, that they now know everything about rugby and selections. And it amuses me that you speak of insults, as I wouldnt reply if you never insulted me, after all, I am a Bull. Did I insult you?

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 12:38

      @ GraemmeBB. I do apologise if i insulted you. Cant remember the perticular insult. Maybe you could refresh my mind.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-22 13:02

      @GreyB - so your comments about our brains was a compliment then? And that very comment has no undertone? The reference to what is going on in our houses is out of goodwill? Look GreyB, we can argue in circles all day. You seem to be passionate about rugby, your team and your country - perhaps we have more in common than you would like to think. Have a good day.

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 13:24

      GreameBB, Good, let us stick to rugby then.

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:28

      @Grey I agree, It's pathetic. Go Crusaders!!!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-06-23 10:07

      @GraemeBB, there's a big difference - that unpatriotic minority in the W.Cape is against any SA team, particularly the team from their own city, whereas that minority of Bulls supporters who want the Saders to beat the Sharks are simply sore losers!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-06-23 10:08

      And there may be some Stormers supporters who only want the Sharks to win because they don't want to face Saders, but I believe the majority are simply being patriotic!

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-23 16:10

      @Grey B I have been following these blogs for awhile now. GreamBB is right in saying Sharks and Stormers supporters have supported any and every team that plays against the Bulls. Derogatory statements are made against the Bulls and their supporters on a regular basis on these blogs. Gosh the one guy actually stated that even if the Sharks loose the next game he is just so happy that the Bulls are no longer in the competition. So please don't be surprised when Bull supporters do not want to support your teams.

  • gooinat - 2011-06-22 07:35

    Morning All,we are all behind the Sharks this weekend regardless..............

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 07:42

      Morning gooinat, I'll be in front of them.

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 07:46

      Morning Ace,you have a good night????

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 08:09

      Up till late. The wife was in bed talking to Sonny Bill snr. on the phone and I wasn't allowed go go into the bedroom until they were done 'talking'. Thanks for asking.

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 08:11

      If you ever need someone to talk to Sparkies is the man!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-22 08:15

      Morning soldiers...

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 08:18

      Morning SAFFA.

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 08:20

      Morning Saffa:)

      Marcell - 2011-06-22 08:29

      Is daar oorlog iewers?

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-22 08:44

      Nee Marcell, ons is mos maar soos familie.

      Kok - 2011-06-22 08:45

      You are behind the Sharks, becoz you are afraid of the Crusaders!!!

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 08:49

      @Kok,no my friend,we behind the Sharks because we are proudly South African!!!!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-22 08:51

      Yup @Lloyd - we are the frikkin Brady Bunch..nah, The Adams Family.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-22 08:53

      @Kok - I can only speak for myself - but I am 'scared' of global warming, carnival folk and Cape Cobras.....The "Saders" don't quite fall into that category - although the Caped Crusader supporters are knocking at the door.

  • EFFEL - 2011-06-22 07:45

    Ek is common en stupid ,en sukkel om by die intelligensie vlakke van almal op die blog in te pas daarom steel ek profiles

  • Otello - 2011-06-22 07:59

    I can't wait for the Crusaders to slaughter the Sharks and send them back to drown in their sceptic tank. Crusaders and Stormers in the final.

      Staalbal - 2011-06-22 08:17

      It's impossible for the Stormers and Saders to meet in the final

      Kok - 2011-06-22 08:47

      Oeps!!! Someone (Otello) doesn't read sport articles.

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-22 08:24

    Sharks...YES, YOU CAN!!!!!

      Frik - 2011-06-22 13:30

      En yes hulle gaan volgende naweek biekie kan rus...

  • jk - 2011-06-22 08:28

    you oaks make me laugh, sure we all believ untill there is nothing left, but gees some point you sharks got to be realistic!! mr bill and mr reed by 14 pionts, thats if the plane doesnt get rerouted and you just give the game away!! morning ace... you up early for a change...

      gooinat - 2011-06-22 08:33

      Ace has got a fan,jk,how much is Ace paying you?????

  • vdwjasper - 2011-06-22 08:33

    Strange name. How can you be proud of something that you haven't seen for years?

  • Kok - 2011-06-22 08:42

    He is just afraid of the Crusaders - don't want to play them in semi. Crusaders will come and break alot of hearts next weekend.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 09:05

      You right Kok like they did against the Bulls, just imagine if Lambie played for us in the UK, we not only would have saved 2 tries we would have walked that game.. And smashed a 'full strength' sader team who was on mind blowing fire... Pitty we cant all get what we want when we want it... Its fine, we will smash them this this weekend too, hopefully then you will shut your mouth and we wont need to see your comments on here again. When we do, please come back to this thread and admit we a stronger outfit than the saders and shutup the whole of next season? k, tx

      Kok - 2011-06-22 09:17

      If we lose, it's becoz our captain, Richie McAwesome is injured. hahaha! just joking. I will admit that you were better on the day. I hope the ref doesn't determine the outcome of the match.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-22 09:38

      Kok deal, and i will say the same too :D

  • Grey B - 2011-06-22 08:55

    Sharks: Yes you can. Go Sharkies!

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 09:38

      Would LOVE to play you in the finals.

  • Bosj - 2011-06-22 09:01

    Proudfoot, you must go on diet, bro.

  • jk - 2011-06-22 10:55

    hi kok, no ace doesnt have to pay me anything, im the bank manager here.

  • Tombstone - 2011-06-22 11:11

    How do yu marinate a shark - snot en trane ....

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 11:36

      It was funny when the joke came out about a blue bull steak. Come up with your own original

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-22 12:24

      Grey B may i call you prick from now on?

      Grey B - 2011-06-22 12:47

      What? Cant handle the truth?

  • Tombstone - 2011-06-22 11:11

    Is Proudfoot related to Bennie ....

  • sam kaitawa - 2011-06-22 18:02

    Why are saffas so fat? wonder the Boks can't last 80 minutes on the field. Geesh, instead of oranges at half time, John Smit passes out pies. OMPA LUMPA

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