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Sharks look for revenge

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 24 Jul 2008 at 12:29

In early October last year, the Sharks came up against the Lions in the Currie Cup semifinal and lost a game they really should have won.

Craig Lewis writes in the Daily News that this Saturday, the coastal franchise will come up against them again and although it’s not a knockout match this time, another loss for the Sharks could well deliver a knockout blow to their confidence.

The Sharks have made an indifferent start to the season but with four key players returning from the Boks and two from injury this week, a win at home is non-negotiable.

Lions coach Eugene Eloff said he was all too aware how hard it would be to beat the Sharks with the likes of Springboks Tendai Mtawarira, Ryan Kankowski, Ruan Pienaar and Odwa Ndungane back in their line-up.

“The Sharks are obviously stronger having got their Boks back and playing at home it won’t be easy for us,” he said.

“When you get Boks back, they bring with them an aura and a calmness that’s very beneficial.”

After losing their first two matches, the Lions have begun to show signs of resurgent form, a pattern that Eloff said was very familiar.


“It seems it’s the same every year in the Currie Cup. We start slowly and then end well. I’m happy that we are starting to play constructive rugby but we still haven’t played for the full 80 minutes yet and hopefully we will get that right soon.”

This was certainly the case this past weekend when the Lions had the giant-killing Griquas down and out but let them back in towards the death.

“Ja, we played well for 60 minutes against Griquas but then we had a lapse in concentration and conceded a few tries,” Eloff admitted. “We know we have to maintain our intensity levels throughout the match if we want to beat the Sharks.”

Eloff emphasised that their semi-final win last year would count for nought this time around.

“We are not thinking about that win at all. That’s history and it was one of those matches that could have gone either way. On the day we need to perform well and attack and defend constructively.”

For the most part the Lions returned injury free from Kimberley and this Saturday are unlikely to make many if any changes to their starting lineup that includes Springboks Jacque Fourie and Jaco Pretorius.


  • Sharks should really take this one.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.08 12:32:13 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) :

    We shoulda taken the Semi last season as well. 🙁

    But there HAS to be a more realistic chance of a win this time

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.08 12:35:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Keep telling yourself that! 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.08 12:55:27 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) :


    I am STILL nervous.

    Ironic that the SA team that has a history of using French players is the SA team that is as unpredictable as the French side.

    As with the french we better just hope that the correct team pitches up on the day

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.08 12:57:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • The cash-strapped Lions have injury woes and I believe this is why
    they have delayed naming their squad. What more motivation do the
    Sharks have but to turn the tables on the Lions who surprisingly
    went on to beat them in their own backyard and rob them from meeting
    the Cheethas in the 2007 CC final.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.08 13:05:53 by rugby brain Reply
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) : The Sharks should really TAKE THIS ONE!

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.08 13:07:15 by Ragged Reply
  • I do not know of the French being that unpredicatable which can
    work both ways but I know of French flair in their play

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.08 13:09:24 by rugby brain Reply
  • @rugby brain (Comment 5) :

    After selling the rights to the naming of Coke park, i would hardly call them cash straspped though.

    i will not be very surprised to see a good signing or two in the off season

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.08 13:10:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • A few weeks back they changed from naming the side on a Wednesday to a Thursday, normally gets announced at about 14:00…so nothing funny, but we had about 6 players with niggles, that’s why I can’t quite understand the last sentence in the article at the top.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.08 13:10:41 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 9) : Hey Walter, face it , you,re backing a bunch of sissys!!! Always nursing bumps and bruisies and grass burns!! 😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.08 13:39:55 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : “Coke Park”???? The stuff that they sniff??? 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.08 13:46:54 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Well i’ve voted on the poll, will be interesting to see how this one pans out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.08 13:47:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • okay, my vote is also in! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.08 14:10:58 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) :

    I think the name is Coca Cola Park…

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.08 14:12:35 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 13) :

    No prizes for guessing YOUR vote. 😉

    You have any info on whether they will use some of that money to buy players?

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.08 14:14:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I think that money will almost exclusively used for players (I HOPE). They already made an offer for an international nr 10 but he turned it down….something like R7m

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.08 14:21:37 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : No prizes for guessing mine too.

    Suddenly my weekend looks so much brighter.
    Have mixed feelings about who I want at 10 btw Fred and Ruan…
    Fred owes us a flawless performance and Ruan is our future…

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.08 14:23:42 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 16) :

    Any idea who the # 10 was?

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.08 14:25:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 16) : Are they really that desperate? 😀 He,he,he, clearly the fellow they had in mind are not an idiot.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.08 14:26:02 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 16) : Someone should’ve told the Lions they need to offer a WHOLE LOT MORE than R7m for Dan Carter. 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.07.08 14:27:21 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • i vaguely remember talk that they were talking to Butch now that i think about it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.07.08 14:29:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 19) :

    @blackshark (Comment 20) :

    I hope you guys laugh like this when they return to their old glory :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.07.08 14:30:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    That was a while ago, his club wouldn’t release him.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.07.08 14:31:52 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 23) :

    Okay thanks for clarifying.

    So any idea who it was?

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.07.08 14:36:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : Now you’ve got me seriously worried. “Return to their old glory”? Who? The Lions?? That glory must be antique!! 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.07.08 14:36:39 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • Currie Cup semifinal and lost a game they really should have won.

    Is that right..but you didn’t.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.07.08 14:39:40 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Hell the Sharks supporters have their swagger back and have not even won the game yet.. 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.07.08 14:41:08 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 25) :

    they only need a player or two in vital positions and then the rest of us will have reason to worry.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.07.08 14:41:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 27) :

    Some of us hide our nerves better than others 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.07.08 14:42:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @rugby brain (Comment 5) :

    Robbed them..beaten fair and square I’d say..this was not a Super14 final 😎

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.07.08 14:43:03 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 27) : we are at our best on paper, dude 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.07.08 14:45:01 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :

    The beauty of being a Lions supporter , you don’t feel nervous anymore 😛 although I wish I could say the same for our Capt and players 👿

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.07.08 14:45:11 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    😀 clearly the Lions aren’t..

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.07.08 14:46:11 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    that was what John Robbie used to say about the lions at the start of everyseason in the late 90’s and early 00’s 😳

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.07.08 14:47:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Just wait till we get our playmaker fixed up and back into the side..the one and only (drum roll) ……..

    Andre Pretoruis!

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.07.08 14:51:32 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 35) :

    Now i HAVE to 😆

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.07.08 14:52:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 35) : Last I heard, he was out for the year. OK with me if you can wait that long. 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.07.08 15:00:39 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 27) : That’s what usually happens when you have something to “swagger” about … :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.07.08 15:09:52 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 27) : No I think we were just very worried before the announcement of this team, now most of us are just plainly relieved 😐

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.07.08 15:16:33 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette
  • Bad news for the LIons and Boks and good news for the Sharks Jaques Fourie is out of the match on Saturday.with this amount of Luck

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.07.08 15:24:56 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 40) : Better that!! 😀

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.07.08 15:29:44 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • Truth is if you guys don’t beat us then I seriously will have to wonder.

    @Silver Fox (Comment 37) :

    Lucky for you guys then..he is a points machine 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.07.08 15:34:43 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Yes you quite right CoffeeShop but what was meant by rob in that
    context was that the Sharks at home and having finished second on
    the log table to the Lions’ third slot were expected by more rugby
    followers to come out tops in that encounter.
    The Sharks are unbeaten at home in the CC and I think they also won
    all games at home in the S14 too in 2008.

    I am really satisfied that Jonathan Kaplan of Cape Town has been
    appointed to handle the Sharks-Lions tussle so we in for a free-
    flowing match. Why Kaplan is a top referee is because he plays the
    advantage rule to such good effect.

    I am waging a big bet on the Sharks to sink the Lions come Saturday which is the pick of the rugby clashes excluding the Wallabies-All Blacks dust-up.

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.07.08 17:01:37 by rugby brain Reply


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