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A good weekend for the Sharks, all in all


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Mar 2014 at 11:11
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Even without SANZAR’s gimme points for not playing, the Sharks came through this weekend’s bye pretty well and are still on top of the South African conference log.

The Bulls did the Durban team a favour by knocking over the Lions – and keeping them out of bonus point territory – meaning the Sharks retain a 1-point lead on the log over their Johannesburg rivals, now with a game in hand. The Bulls, Cheetahs and Stormers are all at least a win behind on the log at this early stage, with only the last-named on the same number played as the leaders. A good opportunity, in other words, for the Sharks to capitalise and consolidate their position at the summit of the local log by beating the Lions this weekend.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Waratahs, whom the Sharks play in around a month’s time, loom large as the early tournament favourites, having picked up a maximum haul of 10 points from their opening fixtures. With their big win over the Reds this weekend, they shot to the top of the table, knocking the Sharks into second place overall. The Rebels made a statement, though, with a perfect haul from their only match to date and are one of only four teams yet to taste defeat after just three rounds of this year’s competition.

The Chiefs’ strange inability to pick up a bonus point in either of their two derbies to date sees them lying third, on eight points from two games, but nevertheless well placed to lead the New Zealand challenge in this year’s competition (once again) as the only unbeaten side from that conference after the opening fortnight.

The Sharks don’t play the Chiefs in round-robin action this year, but that 29 March clash against the Waratahs in Durban is already starting to loom very large on the upcoming fixtures list as the one the Sharks will need to target for their best performance of the early season. Jake White and his coaching team, though, won’t be looking any further than the Lions game this weekend (and rightly so), with the Sharks needing all five points to make a statement ahead of tougher games to follow.



9 Comments

  • Sharks all the way to top the SA log and play in the S15 final, barring major injuries. :lol: The Lions were the only other SA side that showed some balls in the first two rounds! Not one of the other SA sides are showing any signs of a good season. My worst performing team considering quality of players, and predict to continue decline – 1. Stormers 2. Cheetas 3. Bulls 4. Lions………….

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.14 11:40:52 by Observer Reply
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  • long range prediction…Sharks Tahs in final. Durban

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.14 11:43:33 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • and i will be at the Tahs game :razz:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.14 11:55:27 by pete69 Reply

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  • Let’s not underestimate the Lions. They are also well coached and play with 100% commitment and determination. Need to starve them of ball. Love the way their scrumhalf passes from the base of scrum and ruck.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.14 12:44:17 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I’m all for the lions commitment and determination. BUT they played a borderline brain-dead game-plan against the Bulls. You don’t play toward the Bulls strengths in dry weather, let alone wet weather.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.14 13:06:58 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : Im thinking the commitment and determination can only last that long…If the Sharks really want to, we can absolutely smash them

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.14 13:17:57 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Yes – If the Sharks REALLY WANT TO! I so hope they are going to play this Sat as if they’re in a final!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.14 13:58:02 by [email protected] Reply

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  • The Sharks could and should win the SA conference this year. The Bulls will probably be second because the Stormers have a tour from hell and will be lucky to win a game on tour. Beating the ‘Tahs is non-negotiable if we want to end ahead of them on the log. Only the first 2 on the log are guaranteed home ground advantage in the semis and I think this is very important for the Sharks’ chances of success. Before everyone starts pointing out that we’ve won away in the playoffs before I do realize that ;-) but I just feel if we’re going to win the whole thing we need that top two finish :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.14 17:36:30 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 8) : Agreed if history taught us 1 thing it s that home ground is important for the finals.
    Chiefs and Tahs are the biggest threats… As long as we finish above them we should be all right!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.14 20:47:36 by Original Pierre Reply
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