The next two matches for the Sharks could quite possibly make or break their Currie Cup campaign as they face the Griquas and then Western Province in two vital away fixtures.
With a host of Springboks set to return to the Sharks on September 1 – following the denouement of the Tri-Nations – it really is vital that the coastal franchise accumulates as many points as possible over the next two rounds.
Following their matches against the Griquas and Western Province they will enjoy a well-earned bye before facing Boland at the end of the month. So really it is their performance in the next two matches that will go a long way to ensuring they are still near the top of the log when their Bok reinforcements arrive.
In fact, the Sharks may receive an earlier than expected Bok boost with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers expressing a desire to just work with a 22-man squad for the home-leg of the Tri-Nations.
Those players who are not in that reduced squad will therefore be released to their unions, and quite a few could well be Sharks.
Back to this weekend’s match though, the Sharks side that takes to the hard Kimberley turf on Saturday might be one of the more inexperienced teams to have done so but they will know deep down that they should still have enough firepower to come away with at least four points in the bag.
However, you can also rest assured that the Griquas’ giant-killing exploits would have not escaped their attention.
A mouth-watering clash awaits…Tweet