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SW Awards – Bloggers

Written by André Meyer (Culling Song)

Posted in :Meet the bloggers, Original Content, Reader Submissions on 24 Jun 2011 at 14:32
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In lieu of the recently launched Sharksworld Awards thread, I’ve decided to weigh in with a few opinions of my own. Although I’m a relative newcomer to the site, having been posting for six months or so (although I’ve been following it for somewhat longer – thanks Pokkel!), I’ve had enough exposure to develop an appreciation for the personalities that populate the site. Some of them are somewhat shy and demure, other announce themselves with the subtlety of a silk-swathed sledgehammer, but all of them contribute towards making my daily interweb browsing entertaining. So without further ado, here are my (non-officially sanctioned) awards:

Part 1 – The Forwards:

The Front Row:

This is the coalface, the make or break of your team, the place that ultimately determines the success of your plays; a place for strong men with even stronger backbones. Buckle here, and you will forever be on the back foot.

Loosehead: Someone who can not only do the hard graft and bear the pressure of fronting up to the opposition, but can also feature prominently in the loose across the park. Someone, in other words, like KSA Shark, who can be counted on to show up with his thoughts on every thread, and who, based on his avatar has the physique to boot… apparently.

Hooker: The guy who throws in at the lineouts, and secures the pill in the scrums; basically, the man who gets the ball rolling, as it were. As a regular contributor of articles, the captain at the helm of our Superbru pool, and our man at King’s Park, it could only ever be Richard Ferguson.

Tighthead: The anchor around which you base your team. The guy who ensures you don’t “turbo-reverse”.  The great Atu’an, carrying the Discworld through space… no wait, I’m mixing up my metaphors. Anyways, Rob Dylan neé Otto, take a bow, you’re the glue that binds us all together!

The Second Row:

The beating heart of the machine, providing the team with the necessary thrust, steel, attitude and altitude.

No 4: While not always that visible, good number 4 locks are the enforcers of a team, who stride the field of play like colossus among men. When they clean you out, you stay down for a while, and when they klap you, you leave the field of play. Not necessarily under own steam either. Ladies and gentlemen, the man with the gravitas of Gandalf, Big Fish!

No 5: The flashy side of locking. They’re busy. They jump. They run. They show up in unexpected places. Like Muzi, the Blue Bulls fan with an open mind, a soft spot for the Sharks, and way, waaayyy too much time on his hands, judging by the volume of posts he generates.

The Back Row:

The hounds of war, disrupting the opponent’s every move, and attacking with scant regard for their own safety and wellbeing.

Open side: Open side flankers tend to be committed, passionate, energetic, and to occasionally get a little carried away. Rather reminds me of one Sharon van Wyk, actually.

Blind side: There’s only way to describe blind side flankers (at least the ones that matter), and that’s as indefatigable. Tireless in their endeavours, being it bone-jarring defence or carrying up the ball into the teeth of the enemy. For his unwavering belief in his favourite player, and the fact that he can always be counted on for a heartfelt “GO SHARKS!!!”, my nomination goes to Charlie.

No 8: Kind of sounds like the domestic help, because he has to be able to sweep in defence, clean the rucks and tidy up at the base of the scrum. Add to that linking with the backline, and attacking the gainline, and you see that you clearly need a multi-faceted individual. And as with the Springbok selectors, I’m not entirely sure who my first choice here would be… So I’ll leave that one open for debate, and barring any accidental mishaps in the drug lab, will be back next week with the backline nominations.


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