So, was it a bad Sharks performance of something ominous from the British and Irish Lions. Or perhaps a combination of both?
JJ Harmse reports for sport24.co.za:
Watching the game last night I could not believe how one-sided it was and the score in the end certainly flattered the hosts I thought.
I remember some of the remarks made in response to my suggestion last week that the Sharks are on a downward spiral, and after this showing, I’m even more convinced.
Yes, they do have world class players out due to their Bok commitments, but if this is the next level of player, they are in trouble, sorry to say.
Coach John Plumtree said afterwards that he knew they would be competitive for a while, but still felt that the score did not reflect the true story.
Plumtree felt that a full strength Sharks team would have beaten the Lions, hypothetically speaking of course.
Johann Muller gave the Lions credit for their good basics, but did feel that the Boks would have their number.
The tour is certainly gaining momentum and I can’t wait for next week’s first Test. Let’s hope Western Province can give the Lions a decent go.
The WP match represents the ideal opportunity for Ian McGeechan to test his Test combinations, although that would mean two games in four days for the likes of Jamie Roberts and Brian O’Driscoll.
I watched the Emerging Boks training this morning and could not believe my eyes seeing Willem de Waal running among the backs.
I have nothing but admiration for the flyhalf’s contribution to South African rugby, but how on earth did he made this team? He is too old and playing him prevents another youngster from having a crack at the Lions. De Waal is playing against the Lions this weekend anyway and some other youngsters would have benefitted more with their inclusion in the Emerging Boks squad.
The fact that Derick Kuün is not involved either, makes me unhappy.
There is some real talent in that team though and they will certainly give the Lions a decent run. The Emerging pack scrummed against the Boks in Durban in a practice session and held their own against the country’s first-choice selection.Tweet