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Just_win

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Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
June 30, 2014, 20:41:39
Jake White has hinted at a bold strategy to rest his returning Springboks with the Sharks having sewn up the South African conference and guaranteed some play-off rugby already.
 
The Sharks have an unassailable hold on the South African Conference and cannot finish the tournament any lower than third.
 
However, the plan is to finish in the top two and earn a direct route to a home semifinal without having to play a qualifying knock-out match.
 
White has indicated that if they are to really be competitive when it matters, it may require some tactical selection policies.
 
“The Boks can have a rest, if we box clever we can let the Springboks have a little time away, so we could be in a really good space come play-off time,” the Sharks Director of Rugby said.
 
The likes of the Du Plessis bothers, Jannie and Bismarck, have been heavily involved in both the Sharks' Super Rugby campaign and the national team's mid-year Tests with many pundits calling for them to be rested.
 
White will not have to deprive his team of Springboks totally.
 
With the likes of Pat Lambie returning from injury and estranged Bok Frans Steyn, who has been training in Durban again, White has some depth to call upon.
 
The Sharks also welcome back stalwart lock Anton Bresler from a long injury lay-off.
 
White has clearly thought through all the permutations of his team's path to the Final and the potential shot at securing Super Rugby silverware for the first time.
 
"The nice thing about where we are is that we’ve won the conference, we are going to play play-off rugby and the worst case scenario is that we’re going to have to win three games – one at home and two away – to win the competition," White said.
 
“But from a positive point of view, we’ve been the best South African touring side, so we’re not worried about having to win away from home.
 
If White is to be believed, it would seem to suggest that he would rather back a fresh set of Springboks playing away from home than a tired and worn-out group playing in Durban.
 
“People speak about the break and the momentum [lost], but we see the positives," the Director continued.
 
"We have to make sure we’re on song for the play-offs, whether it’s a quarterfinal first or straight to the semifinals.”
 
The Sharks have two games remaining, both away from the Shark Tank, they take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday with a trip to the Cape and the Stormers to follow.


Just_win

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
June 30, 2014, 20:51:22
Here is the chance for the Cheetahs & "mighty" stormers get another win (& coincidentally help out a few kiwi teams). We appreciate your support:angel:


Sharkbok

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
June 30, 2014, 21:12:46
 Just_win, I am sorry but the Kiwi teams are out of the running, they were just not good enough. Their forward packs in particular could not stand up and man up when it really counted.

The championship teams this season have really been the Sharks and New South Wales. These are the only 2 teams that I believe could beat any team away from home in a final. 

The Sharks of course have been the best touring team in the competition, so it is a case of winning the 2 remaining games and then travelling to Sydney for the final.


Just_win

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
June 30, 2014, 21:18:46
 Sharkbok: we will see. NZ conference is the toughest so whatever team(s) get through will be tough. 


Sharkbok

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
June 30, 2014, 23:07:21
No excuses Just_win. 

Regardless of how tough you claim the NZ conference is, the Sharks did not see it that way. 

The Sharks went to New Zealand and beat the NZ Log Leaders Crusaders, then beat Auckland Blues- and this was after 2 games in Australia.....

Hell, the Sharks were resting players on tour in the Sin Bin- this is our new rotational policy to manage players. 
It is at the directive of Hieneke Meyer to not over play the team.

Dont cry me a river, a loss is still a loss :P





Just_win

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
July 01, 2014, 06:44:02
Sharkbok: the sharks got a lucky break & were allowed to play the game with only 13 players. The Saders had to coordinate 15 players on the field at the same time - hardly fair is it mate?:angel: 

We are on to ya now though & our plan is to put very few teams in the playoffs so the players will be well rested for the RC. Kiwis- always one step ahead, lol


Sharkbok

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
July 01, 2014, 15:44:56
Our players will be peaking for the RC, and the Sharks players having just collected the SuperXV trophy will be leading the way.


sebastienchabal

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
July 02, 2014, 14:39:21
 '20131005_Niël van Vuuren': Africartoons.com


Just_win

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RE: Sharks to rest returning Boks; Rugby 365
July 02, 2014, 15:18:36
 Kiwis on our high perch as usual, lol


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