Okay this is what possibly can happen in the rest of the Currie cup.
Seriously guys, we shouldn`t have a problem with the Pumas this weekend, any team with serious Currie Cup aspirations should be able to take the Pumas in their stride. As long as you don`t underestimate them and bring your A team . . . with your A game . . .
You might frown on my prediction for the next two rounds but hey let`s face it, I`ve learned my lesson with the Cheetahs in Durban and the Lions are on the up. If the Sharks don`t keep their eye on the prize here I foresee serious difficulties with both these fixtures. The Leopards will probably be another must win for us to hold onto a home semi final position. Luckily the Leopards have not been too good on the road. Having said that, a bonus point win is absolutely crucial in this fixture. We will know what is needed before the final match in Cape Town. Who knows, maybe the Sharks are sitting pretty on the log by then? I would be surprised if Plum pulls a Bulls stunt by sending an inexperienced team to Newlands though.
So according to my crystal ball we could very well end up with the following semi-final fixtures: Sharks vs Bulls, WP vs FS.
Of course points difference will come into play here as well. We already know FS is a difficult proposition even in Durban, some might say especially in Durban so maybe the Sharks should look to secure a semi final against the Bulls rather? I know they proved too difficult for us this weekend but depending on our injury position come semi final time I feel we might be in with a shout against them. A lot will depend on our personnel at the time. It looks to me as if the Sharks might be a little out classed . . . on paper at least. But if rugby was a predictable sport the guys at Sportsbet wouldn`t be so happy to hear my voice! Remember chances are we would`ve suffered a loss against Free State in Durban by then so Free State will come into the Sharktank with their tails up! The Bulls, not so much. The last time they travelled to Durban they lost. . . Ditto Western Province, if they can get past Free State in Cape Town of course, which won`t be that easy if you take into account the unexpected defeat they suffered against Free State two weeks ago, at Newlands.
The Lions are the wild card in this equation. If they can get a result in Snor City the Bulls might miss out altogether. Unfortunately the realist inside me feels this is a long shot so, I won`t go any further down Optimistic Street.Tweet