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Sharks to play Cheetahs in pre-season


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Jan 2017 at 10:18
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We’re still waiting for the final fixture list, but we can confirm that the Sharks will definitely play a Super Rugby pre-season game against the Cheetahs in early February.

February 3rd is the date that’s been mooted for this game, but we have no further details in terms of kick-off time or venue, other than that it will definitely take place in Durban.

The Sharks have opted against a pre-season tour abroad this year; travel has a debilitating effect on players’ bodies, after all and the squad are clearly looking to take full advantage of a favourable draw that sees them face an early two-week trip to Australia as their only major travel commitment of the season.



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  • Think we learned a lesson or two from last year’s pre-season, great for the growth of the Sharks brand, bad for our title aspirations in terms of travel fatigue and injuries. Can’t wait to see our pre-season fixture list though. I hope SS broadcast the games!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.01.17 11:05:18 by Quintin Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 1) : at least this way we get Pat Lambie fit for the first game. God willing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.17 11:06:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I really hope he can get back to his best! Any news on AC? What’s going to happen to him? As far as I understood we would have known by last week Friday , but nothing from Saru yet?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.17 11:08:42 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 3) : I’ve been checking all the rugby sites since the 1st week of Jan to find out whats happening however the lack of news on this, to me, suggests there’s no news.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.17 11:37:27 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 3) : I know nothing, I’m afraid.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.17 11:49:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • “……..that sees them face an early two-week trip to Australia as their only major travel commitment of the season.”

    I havent studied the schedule but if the above is true then it just shows one how stuffed up this competition is. I say that with last years travel commitment that the Sharks had in mind and knowing that some other team will have the same to contend with this year. How are teams so advantaged / disadvantaged meant to compete on an equal footing with each other?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.17 11:55:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : Preaching to the choir on that point I’m afraid

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.17 12:36:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : well, well….

    Ask the Stormers how well this schedule worked out for them last year?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.17 12:43:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Yep, totally out of their depth when it counted.
    Now how do we counter that if we are still in the running come the business end of the competition…..hopefully an article for a few months from now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.17 13:13:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : it’s something that’s worrying me a lot.

    One thing I will say, though – having the Lions in our pool means we will not have any room at all for complacency. If we are not where we should be, they will prove that to us long before we get to the knockouts.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.17 13:19:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Id love to see these two teams play a preseason game:
    1. Beast 2. Marais 3. Oosthuizen 4. Oosthuizen 5. Botha 6. Daniel 7. Deysel 8. Mthembu 9. Claasens 10. April 11. Mvovo 12. Deysel 13. Ward 14. Nkosi 15. Smith
    Vs
    1. Meyer 2. Chilliboy 3. Adriaanse 4. DuPreez 5. Lewies 6. DuPreez 7. Vermuelen 8 Van Der Walt 9. Reinach 10. Lambie 11. Sithole 12. Esterhuizen 13. Am 14 . Poitrenaud 14. Bosch

    Now that could get interesting…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.17 13:44:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : I’m very keen to see what Deysel will provide us with as AE played too many minutes last season, we were luckily he didn’t get an injury/breakdown. Also hoping to see Ward/Am put in good showings on 13 now that PJ is gone. Going to be a tough season for our back-line as they look quite thin experience-wise especially if Pat or AE gets injured.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.17 14:19:55 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 12) : Yes there seems to be enough depth amongst the forwards, even though the likes of Daniels and Deysel are getting a tad long in the tooth.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.01.17 14:31:37 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : You just made me cross my fingers…

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.01.17 14:45:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Quintin (Comment 12) : Yes agreed. Backline is fairly inexperienced but hopefully they keen to have a go

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.01.17 15:10:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • This pre-season approach sounds sensible. The “growing of the Sharks brand” overseas trips had their place, but I am very much for this…

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.01.17 16:32:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The sensible approach would be for the Sharks to play warm up games in Cape Town and Wellington. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.01.17 16:34:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : I would hang on to Keegan. He still plays hard game and is valuable as a leader and utility forward. But agreed that Deysel is quickly becoming a liability.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.01.17 18:45:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : Or PE?

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.01.17 18:46:23 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : @KingCheetah (Comment 13) : why not play the Cheetahs in Welkom?!?!?!

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.01.17 21:22:57 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Good call, better field than the concrete pitch in Kimberley

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.01.17 09:27:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Have the Sharks ever won a game in Welkom, that place was a graveyard for many a Natal / Sharks team in the 80′s.

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.01.17 10:00:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : Eric Bloody Herbert

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.01.17 10:37:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Thats the one….

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.01.17 10:45:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Eric bloody Herbert. I think he was the first grown man to make me cry!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.01.17 18:49:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Rob, do you know whether that Sharks Fun Day – that was postponed last year – will still be scheduled in before the season starts? I had wanted to take my boys…

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.01.17 18:53:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 26) : turns out it’s on Saturday!

    Sorry man – i will get a thread up about it tomorrow.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.01.17 19:42:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 26) : saw on Facebook it’s on 21 January.

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.01.17 20:33:01 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : @robdylan (Comment 23) : oh but it’s so close to home!!! ;-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.01.17 20:35:19 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 25) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 24) : @robdylan (Comment 23) : they just had a bad habit of beating the Banana boys but don’t think they won to many games against the Sharks. ;-) On Eric he was a great player so very strange that he did not play more games for the big teams!?!?!?

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.01.17 20:39:51 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : @JD (Comment 28) : Ah, thanks a stack guys…I may even be able to organise getting there…let’s see…

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.01.17 20:43:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : hope you can make it! Enjoy and save travels!

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.01.17 22:43:33 by JD Reply
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