Which Sharks will face Lions?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 4 Jun 2013 at 12:43
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Those following the news of late will have seen that the “Lions Challenge” tournament, aimed at keeping the Golden Lions team fit and motivated ahead of the Super Rugby promotion games in July, has been continually beset by match cancellations and withdrawals. One fixture, though, that is (currently) still on the table, sees the Lions face the Sharks at Ellis Park on 21 June. Which Sharks, exactly, they will face, remains to be seen.

This is going to be one of those games, of course, where only one team really has anything to play for and while the Lions, I’m sure, would go to town on the result should they manage a victory, the reality is that the Sharks are unable to send their first choice side (sure in no small part to Bok call-ups), but also unlikely to send even their next-best team, being the Super Rugby team minus their eight national squad representatives. Given the monstrous injury toll that has derailed the side so far this year, there’s simply no way that the Sharks would further risk any of their Super Rugby “stars” in a nothing game against the Lions, particularly given that their opposition will, I’m sure, be going all out to inflict as much hollow humiliation as they can on the second strings sides sent to face them.

This leaves the Sharks with very little option in terms of finding a side to send to Joburg. Since the under 21 squad has already started with their pre-season preparations for the upcoming Currie Cup campaign, it might make sense to let Sean Everitt take a “Sharks XV”, composed mostly of his under 21s, along with one or two seniors who are currently out of the Super Rugby picture, to go and see what they can do against the Lions. Perhaps, though, a better idea would be to throw the net a little wider and let one of the better-performing club coaches, such as Rovers’ Robert du Preez, select a Sharks Invitational side to take up to Ellis Park, with the goal being to establish whether any of the local club stars on the fringes of the Sharks system might be worth a look in for the Currie Cup season to come.


  • I’m sure most of the SHarks XV jerseys will fit the boys from Colege Rovers – send them 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.13 13:08:06 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • It’s a lose lose game for the Sharks, they gain nothing from it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.13 13:13:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Up to Joburg, not down. Joburg is 1600 metres above sea level, durban is a little lower than that

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.13 13:20:47 by Greg Reply

  • Brannigan and Harhoff should have had a chance years ago!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.13 14:00:47 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : Brannigan?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.13 14:14:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like the idea of an invitational side – we might discover someone, without risking any of the current crop.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.13 14:30:14 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 6) : Now there’s a plan, maybe invite a new head coach and assistant coaches too :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.13 14:45:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Sean Brannigan. Very good loosehead prop!

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.13 15:04:29 by ChrisS Reply
  • This will be a practice match with rolling subs etc. for both sides.

    The Sharks might give some of their non-Boks a run to get them match ready for the game against the Blues on the 29th, a vital game if they want to close off the season on a slight high seeing they play the Bulls the next and the “mighty” Kings the last week.

    But hey, it’s up to the Sharks if they want to get some value out of the game or not.

    With the Sharks record in Joburg the last few years it doesn’t really matter which team they send to lose

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.13 15:34:28 by Baylion Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : I really like 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.13 15:38:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 8) : oh ok – can’t say I’ve heard the name. Which club?

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.06.13 15:44:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 9) : see what you did right there?

    Tell you what, THAT is the reason that Lions fans get little sympathy for their current predicament. Given your current situation and how little this match means to everyone, do you really think that arrogance is what’s called for?


  • Comment 12, posted at 04.06.13 15:46:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : So you think we must sit in a corner, shut up and be thankful that the Sharks deign to send a team?

    Sympathy means nothing. Just like I don’t have sympathy for the Sharks and the Stormers because of their injuries. Empathy yes.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.06.13 16:07:10 by Baylion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : He was with Rovers but I think he’s since moved to Joburg.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.06.13 16:13:41 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 13) : no, but at least acknowledge that it really means nothing whatsoever to the Sharks if they lose this match…. so crowing in advance about a hollow victory comes across as nothing but arrogant.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.06.13 16:39:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : My whole comment was about it being a practice match (except for the last sentence, which was a bit of a tease) and that I think the Sharks can get value out of it before the final stretch of Super Rugby.

    I promise I won’t “crow” about the result, whatever it is.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.06.13 16:53:23 by Baylion Reply

  • Good to see you get your excuses in early Rob… you should be in PR!

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.06.13 17:22:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Rob, it (unfortunately) doesnt seem to mean much to them if they lose any match lately… sorry chum. 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.06.13 17:24:02 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 18) : Sadly, you have a point there 😥 🙁

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.06.13 18:39:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • The best thing to do is to use this game as a “warm-up” game for the currie cup team. The same would apply to the last three super rugby games. Let’s get the team in place to do well in the currie cup.

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.06.13 08:48:17 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : problem with that approach is it means we don’t pick our Boks for the last three Super Rugby games?

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.06.13 08:55:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Hehehe! I like the way you think!

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.06.13 09:00:58 by King Shark Reply
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  • Your plan is a damn good one, lets hope someone at the sharks are using their brains!

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.06.13 09:04:25 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 23) : haha… you made a funny 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.06.13 09:10:38 by robdylan Reply
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