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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 26 Apr 2010 at 07:30
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The Sharks head to Loftus this weekend with their semi-final dreams hanging by the narrowest of threads. Regardless of the permutations that will doubtless unfold over the last few weeks of the season, the Sharks have a far more important reason to give their all against the Bulls this weekend.

The fact is, over the lifespan of Super Rugby, the Sharks have actually done remarkably well against the Bulls, particularly at Loftus. Apart from a somewhat embarrassing 8-30 defeat back in the first year of the Super 12 (1996), the Sharks have never lost to the Bulls by more than 8 points and have only once failed to score any log points against the Bulls, losing 16-24 in Durban in 2000 (the year the Sharks finished last).

While the statistics are incredibly even, with the Bulls ahead by 7 games to 6 with two draws over the course of 15 years, it’s surprising that the Sharks actually perform slightly better against the Bulls away from home , statistically speaking. Apart from that first result in 1996, the Sharks have only lost two other games at Loftus in Super rugby, while they have won three times and drawn once. Turning that into a percentage, we can say that the Sharks have either beaten, or drawn with, the Bulls, on 57% of the occasions that they’ve played in Pretoria, whereas back in Durban, that figure falls to 50%.

Points-wise, the Sharks can expect to leave Loftus with an average of 2.57 points when they play the Bulls there. That points to the fact that they really should be looking at a draw at the very least, lest they end up performing statistically below par against their blue rivals. Those looking for an upset, bonus-point victory for the Sharks are likely to be disappointed, though. While there have only been five try-bonus points scored between these times over 15 matches, the Sharks will take a lot of comfort from the fact that they have achieved the feat four times against the Bulls, with the Tshwane chaps only once managing to do it once. It’s a pretty sobering fact, though, that the Sharks have only once managed to achieve a four-try bonus point and a win at the same time! The Sharks are very good at scoring lots of tries in a losing effort against the Bulls, just like they did in 2009 and 2006. In 1997, they scored four but ended up drawing the game, whereas 2008 was the only time in history they’ve managed to leave Loftus with all five points in the bag.

The Sharks class of 2010, though, don’t really score lots of tries, so perhaps expecting the unthinkable is really a bridge too far. I’ll settle for a decent performance, just like we always deliver at Loftus – and if we happen to burgle a win along the way, so much the better.



23 Comments

  • What will it mean to the Stormers and Bulls should the Sharks beat them? It could be devastating for their hopes to have home field advantage come play off time. Even though it is highly unlikely that the Sharks will make the play-offs I still hope that they give both the Stormers and Bulls a run for their money.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.04.10 08:35:24 by Farlington Reply
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  • GO SHARKS :!: :!: :!:
    I dont expect us to reach the semies but I dont expect us to roll over either. The Bulls and Stormers has to work hard for a win. :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.04.10 08:50:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 1) :
    In such situations- let the better team win. Stormers and Bulls must look after themseves, so are Sharks. The only time they can do favours to one another is by beating foreign teams (wish somebody told that to Lions and Cheetahs :lol: ) Sharks already done their bit by beating Reds :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.04.10 09:18:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • So let me get this straight : The Loftus pitch is in a far worse condition than Free State`s pitch . . .yet Free State`s game is moved to Welkom to accommodate FIFA, but the Bulls just ignores them flat and continue at Loftus? :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.04.10 09:53:57 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Bulls and Stormers still need to play each other – and both need to play Crusaders as well. I just don’t see both sides making a home semi… and one of them might just miss out altogether.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.04.10 10:17:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • We can fine all the people who rock up at Newlands with Bulls flags on Super Saturday the 15th! Use the money to keep the lights at the foot of our Mountain on all through the year!

    Everyone`s a winner!! :idea:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.04.10 10:23:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : The pennys dropped ! :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.04.10 10:35:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • If we beat the Saders this weekend we will more than likely make the semis.

    If we lose I’m afraid it will be all over!! :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.04.10 10:55:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : It’s never over until the fat lady sings !

    Lose this week…but win the next two with say one bonus point that’s 43 points…….that should be enough !

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.04.10 10:58:26 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : hope you’re going to find some props in time for your visit to Durban…

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.04.10 11:18:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : maybe they should stop the transfer of JdV and invest that money into a (few) good prop(s). Jean in a sharks jersey, now that would be nice :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.04.10 11:27:18 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Well as always when the Sharks play the Bulls – I will wear a Sharks jersey and a Sharks hat I bought last year when watching the Sharks vs Bulls (S14 game) in a Blue Bulls pub in the middle of Pretoria! . Go Sharks!

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.04.10 12:35:58 by RugbyGal Reply

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  • so statistically speaking it would have been better in 2007 to play in Tswhane…

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.04.10 12:42:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • @RugbyGal (Comment 12) : :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.04.10 12:43:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : And then offcourse there is the Reds… The only side that has played and beaten the top three. If the Stormers, Bulls and Crusaders lose one game each, it will mean that the Reds could make the # 1 spot. The Reds still have to face the Brumbies (away), Hurricanes (away) and Highlanders (home). That is not even mentioning the Waratahs odds of making the playoffs. I bet you there is going to be a fair amount of support coming the Sharks way from Australia when we face the Stormers and Bulls. :lol:

    I won’t mind a Stormers vs Reds Final on Newlands. That should be a cracker.

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.04.10 12:54:00 by Farlington Reply

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  • Go SHARKS!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.04.10 13:09:10 by wpw Reply
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  • It’s goiing to be interesting – I hope we’re in for a cracker of a game!

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.04.10 14:23:59 by MB1810 Reply

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  • @MB1810 (Comment 17) : I’ll settle for a boring game that we win :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.04.10 15:25:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : me too :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.04.10 15:37:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : you took the words right out of me mouth :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.04.10 19:07:14 by Chaz Reply

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  • :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.04.10 19:08:38 by Chaz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : A boring Sharks game? No such thing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.04.10 19:58:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : cough cough 5 – 6 vs Reds. That had to be about the UGLIEST game I ever had the misfortune of watching.

    The same season we beat the Crusaders (who were losing finalists) and then 2 weeks later play the ugliest game of rugby.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.04.10 20:11:22 by lostfish Reply
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