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Bulls to pose a tough test


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Jul 2010 at 09:40
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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.



19 Comments

  • you dont get 3 games at on venue too often these days,well worth the entrance fee! :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.10 10:09:09 by ruggabugga Reply
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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 1) : amen to that… and anyone who wants to do live score updates for the under 19 and under 21 games will get extra points

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.10 10:10:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Would love to get that next star but damn blackberry is on the blink!! :oops: :sad:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.10 10:14:04 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • Are any of the these other games on the telly?

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.10 10:32:40 by Jarson Reply
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  • Where is Petoors?

    Surely he would be invaluable at 10 in a game like this?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.10 10:49:11 by Morné Reply
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  • As I’ve heard, JLP and Snyman will both be fit to play with only Greyling missing out. Steve is only going to hurt his cracked rib more if he plays.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.10 10:53:17 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : need you ask!

    He has set up his laptop on the physio table

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.10 11:10:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rob, concerning your ‘Win Shark’s Tickets’ questions, How about giving us the answers after you’ve selected the winners :idea: . I, for one, have no freakin idea who played for both teams :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.10 11:31:01 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 8) : sure… can do

    It’s not that hard, though…come on!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.10 11:51:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 8) : I can think of 4…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.10 11:56:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Google is my friend :razz:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.10 12:11:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Ok, after much thought and no help from google I have 1 and a half :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.07.10 12:34:48 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : What time are the games Rob? If you want scoring for the U21 game I can always go through earlier?

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.07.10 12:39:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : I think under 21s is at 3… under 19s prob at 1

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.07.10 13:03:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’ll go through to cover the U21 game as well.. I dunno if I will be able to be there early enough for the U19..

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.07.10 13:08:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) : do as much as you can manage… no stress.

    There usually aren’t more than 4.5 people watching the under 19 game anyway.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.07.10 14:28:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Will I get extra points if I make the journey from Mpumalanga down to the Shark Tank to watch all three games? I will take notes and do a post match analysis of the game, give it to you to proof read?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.07.10 16:27:45 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 17) : If points are really THAT important to you I’m sure Rob will give it to you. A cheaper option would be to buy some points from me….cheap cheap. :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.07.10 16:36:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 17) : that will definitely be worth lots of points :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.07.10 16:38:37 by robdylan Reply
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