All three Sharks teams will be up against the Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday, in what promises to be a great day of rugby.
For the senior team, the match is clearly a must-win; you can’t lose any home games in the ABSA Currie Cup and what’s more, since the Blue Bulls are virtually guaranteed to be in the top four at the end of the competition, any chance to deny them log points is crucial and must be taken, lest a semi-final at Loftus become your destiny! The Sharks have their back to the wall here, having lost narrowly to Griquas last weekend. They did manage to take two points from that game, though and a good win over the Bulls will move them nicely into the top half of the log.
A second defeat in two starts and the campaign is already in trouble.
Flyhalf Steve Meyer appears to have a cracked rib, but is nevertheless confident that he’ll be able to play. Hooker Craig Burden is another carrying a niggle and the Sharks would be in real trouble were he to cry off, with John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis both unavailable for the bulk of the competition. JP Pietersen may just be fit enough to come into the selection frame this week, however, while Ross Skeate should also be a good bet to make his Sharks debut.
The Bulls appear to be nursing a few injury concerns of their own, with halfbacks Ruan Snyman and Jacques-Louis Potgieter both in doubt, along with promising loosehead Dean “McGyver” Greyling. Any further raid on the under 21 ranks will play into the hands of the Sharks Under 21 team, sitting pretty at the top of the log courtesy of a huge 106-3 win over Boland last Friday. The Baby Sharks will know that they face a far tougher test against the young Bulls, always strong at age group level and boasting formidable depth. The Sharks themselves should be further bolstered as well, with Baby Bok representatives Sbu Sithole, Monde Hadebe and Kene Okafor coming back into the selection frame. Promising number Lubabalo Mthembu has been released to the SA Sevens team.
The Sharks Under 19 side, coached by Vodacom Cup coach Sean Everitt this year, will kick off their 2010 campaign with the toughest possible fixture. Despite impressing in warm-up games, the team will need to find each other very quickly in order to surprise the Bulls, who already have a good bonus point win under their belt. A number of promising players will be in action, including flyhalf Jaco van Tonder, who trained with the senior squad last month, as well as promising former Wynberg star, Kieran Goss.Tweet