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Sharks secure semi-final spot


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Oct 2014 at 09:10
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With their win over the Lions on Friday night, the Sharks managed to avoid the truly awful scenario of failing to qualify for this year’s Currie Cup semi-finals, a scenario that looked all too likely a few weeks back after back-to-back losses against the Pumas and Griquas.

As defending champions, bowing out at the round robin stage really should have been an unthinkable prospect, but with turmoil both in terms of playing and coaching staff affecting their approach, the Sharks certainly plumbed the depths and have done incredibly well since then to pull themselves back up.

Heading into a final match against Western Province, the Sharks are in the strange position of not really having too much to play for, unless the truly unthinkable should happen and the Lions manage to lose at home against the Cheetahs in the game immediately beforehand. Western Province, in recording a bonus-point win in Bloemfontein, have now sewn up top spot on the log and certainly have no incentive to play any front-line players this weekend, while the Lions will need to throw everything they have into the contest against their erstwhile franchise partners in order to secure second.

The Sharks know they can end no lower than (and realistically, no higher than) third, which is the sort of result most fans would have gladly taken during that very low point midway through the campaign.

Well done, Sharks. Now we’re into “anything can happen” territory.



15 Comments

  • looks like it will end as it stands. Go Sharks! Go Bulls! Final in Durban…

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.14 09:20:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Well, if the WP picks a B team, I think we should at least go for the bonus point, just as practice.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.14 09:37:54 by PTAShark Reply
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  • No disrespect to the Sharks but I honestly did not think we’d advance this far after our start to the season. Kudos to BMH, assistant coaches and the players for pulling together on this one. The Sharks have been playing some really watchable rugby in their past three games.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.14 09:39:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I wonder if BMH’s words to the group after White left was something like, ok boys, the headmaster is gone, now let’s go play. Because suddenly our attack is miles better than at the beginning of the CC. Friday’s game was really good, except Cronje having an off day with the boot.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.14 09:42:05 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Must say I enjoyed the way the Sharks played on Friday night more than I enjoyed any of the Shark’s S14 kick for territory approach games under Jake White.

    Except maybe the win in Christchurch :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.14 10:07:13 by jonnow Reply

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  • Congrats boys :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.14 10:09:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 5) : Our opening game against the Bulls was also great and our game against the Blues was entertaining if memory serves.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.14 10:20:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @jonnow (Comment 5) : @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Our win over the Tahs had the markings of a plan coming together.

    Its good to see the team seeming to be enjoying their rugby again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.14 11:06:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : I think it might have happened while JW was there hence the breakup. BMH and his assistance esp SE enjoy a running game and the makeup of our squad supports that, so he told the players they should rather F-up playing what they believe in rather than die for someone ideology.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.14 12:34:07 by Chippa Reply

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  • Well done boys three games left!!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.14 16:57:01 by JD Reply
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  • Mooi so manne!! 2 weeks ago I thought we might not make it but we turned the corner and we’re heading in the right direction – upwards ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.14 08:50:23 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • Jonothan Kaplan on Rate the Ref:

    “I thought Pro Legoate had a tough time on the night. He looked ill at ease and flustered, and most of the calls appeared to go the way of the home team. The decision to card Minnie with about 14 minutes to go was completely inaccurate as he complied totally with law. Pro could not have seen the incident clearly, and the net result is that the Lions were reduced to 14 players for the remainder of the game barring the last 2 minutes. I feel for Pro as he is one of the genuinely good guys on the circuit, but that effort simply is not enough at this level.”

    Use it, don’t use it :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.14 09:37:14 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : won’t necessarily disagree with you on that. I didn’t think he was good and have said before that I thought the decision to card Minnie was a poor one.

    But you take your luck where you can get it.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.14 09:58:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Absolutely. The players aren’t the ones making the reffing decisions. The Lions made too many forced and unforced errors and struggled to break the sharks defence.

    Hopefully they have a better game against the cheetahs to get the home semi spot

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.14 10:01:03 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 14) : you’ll forgive me if I root for the opposite result :)

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.10.14 10:15:09 by robdylan Reply
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