Round 2: Sharks v Waratahs

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Both winners last week but I think this week the competition for both sides is going to be a lot stiffer.
    The Tah’s showed that they can play equally well in the forwards and backline and have now another week under their belt of being in altitude.

    However I for one was impressed with the Sharks, they still looked a bit edgy in places but overall they showed good promise in their forwards and backs.

    I’m going for the home team in a close one. A very very bruising close one.
     
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  3. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Tah's line up for this weekend:

    1. Benn Robinson
    2. Adam Freier
    3. Alastair Baxter
    4. Will Caldwell
    5. Ben Hand
    6. Rocky Elsom
    7. Phil Waugh [c]
    8. Wycliff Palu
    9. Josh Valentine
    10. Daniel Halangahu
    11. Lote Tuqiri
    12. Ben Jacobs
    13. Morgan Turinui
    14. Peter Hewat
    15. Sam Norton-Knight.
    Reserves
    16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
    17. Aaron Broughton-Rouse
    18. Dean Mumm
    19. Beau Robinson
    20. Brett Sheehan
    21. Kurtley Beale
    22. Sam Harris.
     
  4. ALLBLACKS

    ALLBLACKS Guest

    How did Kurtley Beale go last week??
     
  5. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Head to Head:

    Sharks
    1. Deon Carstens
    2. John Smit (capt)
    3. BJ Botha
    4. Steven Stkes
    5. Johann Muller
    6. Jacques Botes
    7. AJ Venter
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    9. Ruan Pienaar
    10. Butch James
    11. JP Pietersen
    12. Brad Barritt
    13. Adrian Jacobs
    14. Francois Steyn
    15. Percy Montgomery.
    Reserves
    16. Bismarck du Plessis
    17. Kees Lensing
    18. Albert van der Berg
    19. Warren Britz
    20. Rory Kockott
    21. Waylon Murray
    22. Cedric Mkhize.

    HSBC Waratahs
    1. Benn Robinson
    2. Adam Freier
    3. Alastair Baxter
    4. Will Caldwell
    5. Ben Hand
    6. Rocky Elsom
    7. Phil Waugh [c]
    8. Wycliff Palu
    9. Josh Valentine
    10. Daniel Halangahu
    11. Lote Tuqiri
    12. Ben Jacobs
    13. Morgan Turinui
    14. Peter Hewat
    15. Sam Norton-Knight.
    Reserves:
    16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
    17. Aaron Broughton-Rouse
    18. Dean Mumm
    19. Beau Robinson
    20. Brett Sheehan
    21. Kurtley Beale
    22. Sam Harris.
     
  6. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Any team with Kees Lensing and Bismarck Du Plessis on the bench will have a monster front row, and this is where the Sharks will start their onslaught. They are extremely solid in the tight 5, and there is plenty of skill and pace at the back- they are really looking solid, and I can`t see the Waratahs taking the points at the Shark Tank.

    Freed from the derby mentality that prevailed last week, I reckon that the Sharks will kick less and keep the ball in hand more, a recipe that worked well for them during the Currie Cup last year. If they prefer to rather keep on kicking away possession like last week, though, they`ll be in for a long afternoon- I don`t reckon that the Waratahs will either kick it straight back down their throats or knock the ball like the Bulls did last weekend.
     
  7. well done bulls

    very poor from the tahs...
     
  8. Wally

    Wally Guest

    Lay off the liquid cleanser.

    Tahs - haha.
     
  9. my drugs are my bizness!!!
     
  10. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    WOW that was terrible from the Tahs, they had enough opportunities to win that game three times over and they fluffed em all. I've never seen Hewat kick that bad.

    I'm not impressed by the Sharks, they need to move Steyn to flyhalf and fast!



    Tahs backline looks impotent atm, time to switch things up....

    9.Valentine
    10.Beale
    11.Tuqiri
    12.SNK
    13.Turinui
    14.Siale/Turner
    15.Hewat

    or

    9.Valentine
    10.SNK
    11.Tuqiri
    12.Halangahu
    13.Turinui
    14.Siale/Turner
    15.Hewat
     
  11. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Effective if very unpretty rugby by the Sharks, but with their pack they`ll be a very tough nut to crack in Durbs. Pretty unimaginative stuff by both teams- very little creativity on display.

    For the Sharks, I reckon everyone needs to take notice of young Ryan Kankowski, comfortably the best Saffa no.8 on show during the 1st 2 rounds. Now, if only he can curb his enthusiasm for the high hit when he`s off-balance, he`ll be even better. Very good with ball in hand, pretty impressive in broken play and excellent link work with the backs.

    What I struggle to understand, however, is the poor handling by all 3 teams who`ve been in action at Kings Park to date. Sure, the high humidity in Feb. will play a part, but the Sharks, Bulls and Tahs are professional teams and I expected better.
     
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