Sharks take a step back – just not on the log

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Sep 2011 at 17:55
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That was a pretty bizarre Currie Cup weekend, now wasn’t it? The Sharks went down to Bloemfontein and got handed a proper thumping, yet strangely, in the process, made just the slightest bit of progress on the log.

The key here was, of course, the bonus point for scoring four tries, which while scant consolation in a game where 53 points were conceded, actually turned out to be very important in the grander scheme of things. Add that to the slightly fortuitous loss-by-more-than-seven by Western Province and the results actually moved the Sharks slightly closer to a second-place finish and the associated home semi-final than they were before the game.

That said, if they’re going to go around tackling as poorly against all the other sides they face, Plumtree’s men may as well forget about playing in the knock-outs altogether, with the Cheetahs and Blue Bulls both looking dangerous and sure to put up an almighty scrap over the next few weeks. Assuming, though, that the Sharks can write last weekend’s horrific showing off as an anomaly and manage to eke out wins in their remaining home games – two of which are against the sides above them on the log, they should still be able to end up second. This, of course, assumes that they don’t lose to Griquas or the Leoaprds, which is by no means assured.

In fact, Province are starting to look like the side most under pressure, with the Cheetahs and Lions, along with the Sharks, poised to take advantage of the Cape side’s increasingly horrific injury toll as they face them in the coming weeks. With away games in Durban and Johannesburg still to come, don’t be too surprised to see Province slide a place or two down from the second spot they currently occupy. Whether it will be the Sharks, or perhaps the Cheetahs, who profit, remains to be seen.

The Durbanites are in pole position, but need to rediscover their mojo – and fast – starting with this weekend’s clash against Griquas in Durban.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 19.09.11 18:19:39 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 1) : it was actually a comment dude.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.09.11 18:45:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can`t help wondering what role Plums` defeatest attitude last weeek had on this result.

    If the sharks team decided to give up they should let us know, there`s money to be made here 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.09.11 19:11:27 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Play like this again and you can kiss the Currie Cup farewell! Hope we can bounce back! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.09.11 19:14:05 by Ben Reply
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  • You see, province still have to tour, been saying it for weeks now 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.09.11 20:16:56 by Greg Reply

  • Very interesting weekend of rugby coming up. Let’s hope for the rest of the log’s sake that the Bulls can down the Lions at the Coke tin . . .

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.09.11 20:49:16 by war1 Reply
  • @Greg (Comment 5) :
    Don’t you dare start that again! 🙄 😆 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.09.11 21:47:08 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Al the Lions have to do to stay top is win al their matches, simple as that

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.09.11 07:15:10 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 8) : all the Sharks have to do to retain the trophy is win all their matches, simple as that.

    Come on, dude… raise your game, eh? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.09.11 07:18:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Come on Boys – we need you back into this competition! You can do it!

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.09.11 08:45:54 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
    Competition Winner Ice

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