Round 11: Sharks v Blues

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Sharks (ranked equal 6th) take on the Blues (also ranked 6th equal) at home. The Sharks took out the lowly Cat’s last week and the Blues took out the equally lowly Force.
    The Sharks have a good chance here as the Blues have had a long way to travel for this game plus they will be missing their standard 2nd5.
    I think that the Blues will have no problem restructuring their backline however and will take this one out.
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  3. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Blues by 11
  4. This will be a very close game. The Sharks are the form RSA team at the moment, and building momentum. The Blues are on a roll as well. However, the Sharks are back in familiar territory and this will allow them to focus more. I sense that they will get a largish size crowd to the game.

    Sharks by 7 points.

    However, if the Sharks decide to keep Adrian Jacobs in the Starting XV, Blues may well getter closer and possibly win. His performance against the Cats last weekend should be enough to see him get dropped.
  5. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    I reckon the Sharks will win this one by 14..........there forwards should dominate.
  6. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Personally I wouldn't put money on that Truth until the Blues finalise their selection. I'd rate the Bulls to have one of the strongest forwards packs in the comp and Blues got through them...
  7. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    Sharks forwards have really impressed me this year.......there much better than the Bulls.

    The Blues are without Tipoki,Flavell and Joe, they have to travel ....... i think the Sharks will be too strong, there the best SA team by a mile.
  8. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    I don't think that Tipoki will be hard to replace (they'll most probably go with McAllwayshurt and Nacewa combo) and on the wings though they have Waqaseduadua and Howlett to go with.

    Flavell however will be a BIG issue, maybe they could put Lavea in as blind side flanker (and hope he breaks his kneck)... but agree that for the Blues to replace Flavell is going to be an issue. Think they'll go for that long haired idiot to replace him.
  9. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Haiu? f*** off.

    Tight 5 is preety much set

    6. Kaino
    7. Braid
    8. Williams

    9. Senio

    10. Nacewa/McAlister
    11. Rocokoko
    12. McAlister/Nacewa
    13. Tuitavakie
    14. Howlett if back (Wasa if not)
    15. Brent Ward

    McAlister is a better Fly Half than Nacewa, but he could be lethal with the extra space at 12, and IMO is a better defender and more likely to break the line similar to how Tipoki did... and the more time he gets at 12, the more chances he will finally displace Mauger there at All Black level.
  10. The Sharks forwards dominated the Reds, and the Reds pack dominated the Bulls. Everyone keeps talking up the Bulls pack, yet they have been below par all year, and failed on a lot of occasions to live up to the hype.

    BJ Botha (tighthead), has really impressed all season for the Sharks. If he keeps up his form, he should get very close to Springbok Squad selection.
  11. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Wahooo, forgot about Kaino... what’s this about Rocco though... Truth reckons he's out?
  12. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Probably, his body at times seems like its made out of wire.

    Just did a quick google, can't find anything on it though.
  13. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Haven't heard anything either... Truth defend yourself...
  14. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    I just assumed he was out as he limped off the field last week with what looked like a hamstring injury.
  15. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    It would be a shame if he was out... Rocco has always played well in SA.

    Has anyone heard what's happening with Bernie?
  16. Ripper

    Ripper Guest
  17. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest [/b][/quote]
    I just posted an updated story on the Brumbies/Canes thread

    4-6 weeks they say
  18. Rassie

    Rassie Guest

    Tough call. Who`s going to lose can kiss any hope to reach the semis good bye! IMO Sharks have the edge, close edge but still i think they are favorites in this game.

    They have the home ground advantage (Blues fail to produce smth extra in the away games), are on their best form so far and can pull this through.

    It will be very close and in theory it`s everybody game! Looking forward to see this!

    Sharks to win if you ask me by less than 7 points !
  19. esoj

    esoj Guest

    could go either way but i think the blues can win in a close one. I don't think the sharks will dominate the blues pack at all. the blues have showen that their pack this year is very good and can match anyone in the comp with it.

    joe went off with a calf injury and had it iced as a pre-caution. he will proabbly be fit I think othwerwise wasa or dougie will take his spot. either mcAlister or nacewa will play for sure with the other one playing 10. that I think will be a lethal combination and will cause the sharks lots of problem with the likes of tutivake dougie ward joe and wasa to finish things off.

    blue by 1-12
  20. Interesting that you say that esoj, I think it could well come down to the forwards. But I think it will be a closer battle in the forwards than most people would think.

    BLUES side to face the Sharks

    15. Brent Ward
    14. Doug Howlett
    13. Anthony Tuitavake
    12. Isa Nacewa
    11. Joe Rokocoko
    10. Luke McAlister
    9. John Senio
    8. Nick Williams
    7. Daniel Braid
    6. Anthony Boric
    5. Ali Williams
    4. Greg Rawlinson
    3. John Afoa
    2. Keven Mealamu ©
    1. Tony Woodcock

    16. Tim Dow
    17. Saimone Taumoepeau
    18. Jerome Kaino
    19. Onosai'I Tololima-Auava'a
    20. Junior Poluleuligaga
    21. Ben Atiga
    22. Viliame Waqaseduadua
  21. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    I hope the Sharks start Pieterson on the wing and i'd also like to see Barritt get a start......they both look like future stars

    I wouldn't underestimate the Sharks backs if i was a Blues fan..... they got some classy players.
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