At the start of the Super Rugby season, all of us had high hopes for the Sharks to reach the final. We had some new signings and some young and exciting players coming through the ranks.
Its was a very emotional season, with lots of ups and down, a lot of players sticking up their hands to be counted for, some players not living up to our expectations, and some older players gaining our trust and support.
A few weeks ago we all though the quest of reaching the play offs was all over after a shock defeat against the Lions. After an outstanding team display of quality championship rugby we beat the Bulls at home, leaving them with no answers to our strong forward play, solid defense and running rugby from our backs.
As we turned our attention to the Cheetahs, some what of a bogey side in the past few seasons, and all we needed was for them to spoil our chances of reaching play offs which were still in our grasp. Needing to beat them with a 5 point difference, it almost looked impossible in that first half outing.
Once the thorn in the flesh of the Sharks, Heinrich Brussow was forced to stay off the field at the start of the second half and some changes from Plum and co. after the first 20 or so minutes, things starting to change in the favour of the men in black and white.
On the night, just by winning with 5 points was not good enough for the Sharks and it was encouraging to see the boys going for a full house of 5 log points, in the process scoring 4 tries and beating them 34-15.
You could immediately see the difference when Bismarck and Alberts came on, not to take anything away from Burden and Du Toit (injury), who will get ample playing time in the Currie Cup.
The Sharks will unfortunately face the Reds without the likes of Frans Steyn and Pat Lambie, but apart from them Plum needs to field his best possible team. No funny stuff, please John.
Can the Sharks put another 80min effort together like two weeks ago against the Bulls and give us another exciting game to cheer about and more reason to be proud of our boys.
If the last two weeks are anything to go by, did the Sharks keep the best for the play offs?Tweet