The Sharks did fantastically well to pick up the pieces of two lacklustre performances in the last two weeks to convincingly beat the Cheetahs this weekend. One interesting thing is that the turnaround match was at sea level and not on the highveld where the Sharks have struggled to put a 80 minute performance the previous two weekends.
This coming weekend is in Johannesburg which is at a higher altitude than both Pretoria and Witbank. The match will also be against a desperate Lions team who are clinging onto their semi final dream by their fingertips. Warning bells for the Sharks indeed. John Plumtree and his coaching staff will do well to warn the players against falling away in the second half against a team who are quite good on the counterattack, as WP in particular found out. Once again ball retention, composure on attack and rock solid defence will be required to beat a Lions team who are much better on their home ground. Plum’s use of the bench may again be vital, as the lungs start to burn in the last twenty minutes or so.
This is a vital match for the Sharks as it might just about seal top spot but more than that, an effective team performance in a tricky away test would do wonders for the team’s confidence and reinforce their title credentials but make no mistake this will be a very difficult game and the Sharks will have to replicate their fantastic effort to have a chance at beating the Lions.Tweet