For the chance to stand any chance whatsoever of sneaking into this year’s Super 14 semi-finals, they simply have to find a way to win in Wellington this weekend.History has shown that a team will typically need to accumulate somewhere between 41 and 43 points to go through to the play-offs, with the Bulls in 2006 being the only team to ever qualify with fewer (they got through on 38). The Sharks, 6 games into the season, have amassed a paltry 8 points and cannot afford to lose again.
It’s an old cliche, but every game from here is a final for them.
To get to the magic number of 42, they’ll need another 34 points from 7 games. That means that, over and above simply winning each and every one of those matches, they’ll need to score a staggering 6 four-try bonus points along the way as well. In other words, if the Sharks still harbour any faint hopes of winning this year’s tournament, any thought of conservative rugby will have to go straight out of the window.
It’s a pretty big ask, though, having just managed to turn a string of losses around, to expect the Sharks to down the Canes, at home, with a bonus point. My thinking is that a win here, any old win, will be good enough and that the team can then regroup and start chasing those tries once back on home soil. One thing that is absolutely clear, though, is that winning against the Hurricanes is absolutely non-negotiable.
There are no more chances, Sharks – you simply have to get this one right.Tweet