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Sharks tour late in 2015


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Sep 2014 at 08:24
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While there may be some rather significant obstacles in the path of the Sharks, who will seek to finally capture a Super Rugby trophy in 2015 – the last year before the competition as we know it disappears – should they fail to do so, they won’t be able to use their draw as an excuse.

Just as was the case this year, a favourable itinerary sees the Shark afforded the opportunity to build up a real head of steam (and hopefully a good log buffer) before a late tour, with the Waratahs looming as the only major hurdle on that trip.

Home derbies against the Cheetahs and Lions kick off the campaign, before a three-week block that will comprise away matches against the Bulls, Stormers and Cheetahs – a good early challenge. This is followed by another tough block of matches against foreign opposition, with the Chiefs, Forse and Crusaders taking it in turn to visit Kings Park.

Return fixtures against the Bulls (away) and Lions (home) complete the pre-tour phase and there is a handily placed bye just before the Sharks head overseas to take on the Highlanders, Hurricanes, Waratahs and Reds during the month of May. Their pre-tour home game, often a banana-peel fixture, is against the lowly Rebels next year. That game is followed by a bye.

The final game is a home match against the Stormers. The Sharks will not play against either the Brumbies or the Blues in 2015.

Adding to the loveliness next year is the absence of the stupid June international break, meaning Super Rugby will be completed in one stretch, from February through to July.



39 Comments

  • Ai jai jai! :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.14 08:31:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • A strong squad with careful rotation will be needed just to survive (let alone win) in this competition next year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.14 08:31:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Hi Rob,
    Can you confirm, I don’t see a test window break? whats up with that?

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.14 08:33:21 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • I’d rather we start overseas immediately and then build momentum on home soil

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.14 08:35:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Uli, there is no June tests in a World Cup year

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.14 08:36:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 5) : oh yea sure, I forgot about that, well that’s just great, at last a proper super15 season again .

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.14 08:37:41 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Sjoe all those derbies early on… If we can start as well as we did this year then things could be really awesome but ay, We had very high hopes this year only to have them dashed near the end… I’m almost to scared to hope for next year

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.14 08:41:07 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 6) : did you read the article, my friend? :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.14 08:43:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • It’s a pity we don’t play the Blues. Our bunny side.

    To be honest, all the home derbies so early on are actually a negative for us. We get sucked into the doldrums when we play SA sides, so the reality is, we’ll probably have taken a proper beating or two already by the time the real competition starts.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.14 08:44:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Yip – we have both the obligatory Cheetah or Lions away banana skins before we travel.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.14 08:48:10 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : agreed and add to that the fact that SA teams try to annihilate each other on the field – so that will leave us with at least one or two crucial injuries..

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.14 08:51:56 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : True that, derbies make for a real humdinger! We will most probably groan at loftus, own newlands and fall short in bloem or Ellis park. On the plus, we will own the saders again this year… The Tank isn’t a happy hunting ground for them :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.14 08:53:07 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Glad we miss the Brumbies as they seem to have our number of late. The Blues really depends which side rocks up so that game always a lottery. Not the hardest away games, especially if can get a win first up in Dunedin- easier said than done. Waratahs will be tough and Reds tricky but beatable. If we can pick up 2 wins away on tour id be happy. Then the lottery of the derby games…yeh i wouldnt bet on any of those!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.14 08:53:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : haha nope :D

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.14 08:54:04 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • I expect there will be fair bit of pressure from SARU not to have the Boks overplayed in a WC year – not that I expect the franchises to play ball though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.14 08:55:14 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : I reckon HM can follow Jakes formula (seeing as he is obsessed with 2007 anyway) and let a second grade team play the rugby championship next year (its slashed down to playing each team once anyway instead of the home/away fixtures) that way he can work extensively on preparing his boks for the WC and who knows, maybe, like Jake, win the Cup?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.14 09:17:42 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Best thing I see on this is that BYE separating our SA games from the tour. When we come back we have to face the Rebels at home before another rest.

    Whether this is a good or bad thing I’m not so sure. All our home games against NZ/AUS are after they’ve already played an SA opponent.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.14 09:56:19 by gregkaos Reply
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  • We have to (and should be able to) win at least 3 of the 4 matches on tour next year if we want to finish in the top 2

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.14 10:05:38 by HeinF Reply

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  • Must say I’m glad to see this idiotic mid season break is gone!!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.09.14 10:07:24 by JD Reply
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  • I wonder if the All Blacks is going to pull out their stars for the majority of the SupeRugby again?

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.09.14 10:08:17 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : Jake will ignore that pressure

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.09.14 10:11:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Would be a good thing if the franchises rotate their boks though, It would increase our boys’ chances of winning the WC. Jake, having been a Bok Breier himself, should at least for next year oblige to this pressure

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.09.14 10:17:11 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 22) : he would if he cared, but he doesn’t.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.09.14 10:21:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : any idea on when the Sharks team will be out?

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.09.14 10:25:50 by JD Reply
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  • Why the double derby fixtures in the WC year, why not just drop that for next year. That would have made it 12 games to the play offs, which can also then fall away… just semi’s and finals would do. 14 games, compared to the 19 you play with this format, if you get to the final. That’s a whole month extra to rest and condition for RWC.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.09.14 10:26:50 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : It will also be good for the Sharks chances to win – not just for Boks. The first leg will be 10 games in a row before we have a break, including a couple of very tough and physical derbies.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.09.14 10:33:28 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Hmmm it’s hard to start with a loss at home!! :evil:
    Pah!! Win the Super 15! That ship sailed mid 2014, won’t be docking soon lol

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.09.14 10:33:31 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 27) : I see trouble for your boys next year in super rugby – losing your start flyhalf to France and your captain to the Bully boys.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.09.14 10:37:27 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 27) : as long as we fuck your boys up twice, I don’t actually care.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.09.14 10:44:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : To be honest their captain just dragged them down the plug hole this year.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.09.14 11:04:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 19) : Not gone, just not in play in a WC year

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.09.14 11:25:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • hopefully this time we will utilize it properly.
    Jakes second year in charge is always a good one for any union he has been part of.

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.09.14 11:54:06 by Dunx Reply

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  • Hey Rob I’m so glad I’m not the only that sees the June Internationals as “stupid” Stupid is what they are!!! Thanks for confirming that!
    Seems like a fair draw!

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.09.14 12:10:35 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : To a degree yea, but Torsten is ding a good job sofar, and Elgar Watts, Joe Pietersen, and Willie du Plessis can d the job. In 2012, we lost Goosen after 8 rounds, and Sias was off form, and with a mahe shift flyhalf in Riaan “True Blue” Smit we still played good attacking rugby.

    We have the backs to finish, and Sadie will be back, its at lock and and prop where we are thin.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.09.14 14:18:25 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Nah, can’t see that happening, you barely scraped through against our VC B side lol

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.09.14 14:19:09 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 35) : @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : ja ja ja blah blah blah………………. same old same old not falling for any of your trolling!!!!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.09.14 16:29:00 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 36) : Spoilsport! Will have to up my game lol. Just like my Cheetahs

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.09.14 08:23:16 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 34) : The Cheetah golden year was really 2013, and you have now lost quite a few of the guys who were instrumental in that – Ebersohn, Strauss, Lappies and Goosen. How long before Willie heads off to another union as well?

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.09.14 08:37:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : ja atleast our teams won!!!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.09.14 16:56:14 by JD Reply
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