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More of same for Sharks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 15 Oct 2008 at 09:10

The Sharks have no plans to fix something that’s not broken. What has worked for them since the start of this year’s Currie Cup rugby competition will have to do in next week’s final.

Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that that is the approach the Durban team have adopted for the battle against the Blue Bulls.

“We’re going to try to keep things the same,” assistant Sharks coach Grant Bashford said on Tuesday.

“In terms of mental preparation we also do everything the same way. But we have not discussed specifics for the final. We may make adjustments next week,” he said.

The Sharks are clearly comfortable with whatever enabled them to finish on top of the log after the league phase and with whatever helped them win their semifinal.

“The players don’t like changes. It’s about routine; keeping things the same,” Bashford explained.

Before the semifinal against the Lions, the Sharks called on three victorious captains from the 90s – Craig Jamieson, Wahl Bartmann and Gary Teichmann – to help motivate the players. A similar ploy is not being planned for the final.

Three captains

“It was a very special occasion to get the three captains together. We had similar events earlier in the season.

“I must add that we prepared very hard for the semifinal. We approached it as if it were a final because what’s the use if you don’t give everything and then you don’t get into the final?”

The Sharks will take a break on Friday after getting through a tough week. Their workload will also be eased next week.

“We’ll use next week to work out finer details for the final,” Bashford said. “We’ll decide then exactly how to approach the game.”

The Sharks are not saying, but they are unlikely to make more than a slight change or two to the team that eliminated the Lions.


  • Mouthwatering prospect this final. Even for us ‘neutrals’. :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.08 10:07:52 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : How can any non-Bulls supporter ever really be neutral?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.08 10:10:26 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 2) : You’re right. I don’t like them. Hope they get smashed. :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.08 10:16:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • The same squad would do for me. I feel calm…is that good?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.08 10:50:52 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 4) :

    I have that weird calmness like when you just go under the water when you dive…and then I feel this little funny tickling feeling in my tummy…you know, that bit of nervousness, as you know there might be SHARKS!!!! :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.08 10:58:32 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 4) : let’s see how we feel this time next week

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.08 11:02:11 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • SHOSH!!!! :shock: I see i have climbed 6 spots in the fantasy League!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.08 11:06:17 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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