Defeat: not an option

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Jul 2013 at 09:13
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While it’s unfortunately true that most, if not all, Sharks fans have already consigned Super Rugby 2013 to the scrap heap, if talk coming out of the camp is to be believed, the Sharks team themselves have done no such thing. Fighting words about desperate last chances seem to be the order of the day and the players, at least, have set their sights on doing everything within their power to grab an unlikely play-off spot.

It’s unfortunately too late for that result to rest solely in their own own hands, of course. The permutations remain eye-wateringly complex, as they always do at this time of year, but the one that is a given is that the Blues will somehow need to record a win in Bloemfontein earlier on Saturday for the Sharks to stand any real hope pf progressing, Whether that happens or not, though, you fancy the men from Durban will be going all out to beat the Bulls regardless, if not for a meaningful gain on the log, then certainly for pride.

Bok prop Jannie du Plessis is the one who’s been doing much of the talking, which is perhaps significant. After all, should the Sharks go on to repeat their 2011 heroics at Loftus, one fancies that it will be a victory based in no small part on a strong scrummaging display from du Plessis and his front-row mates. With the Bulls boasting a far stronger backline, as well as clear supremacy in the second row, it’s only really at loose forward (where injuries have removed the likes of Pierre Spies and Arno Botha) and the front row where the Sharks appear to hold the cards.

Du Plessis is not naive enough to think that a strong scrum alone will win the game, though. It very nearly didn’t against the Blues last week and with an inexperienced referee in Jason Jafta taking charge of the game, the Sharks would do well to save at least some of their eggs for a different basket. Jafta blew the Sharks to pieces in PE earlier in the season, despite every man and his dog being able to see that their scrum had the Kings outfit under the cosh and Jannie is quick to highlight this as another factor key to a win.

“The Bulls are a side that plays so well under pressure, that’s why they are second on the log,” he told the Sharks website. “Last time we tried to get one over them, but unfortunately it didn’t work out because they take the points when they’re on offer. Our focus will be to touch up on the discipline because we gave away a few silly penalties and try to match them in the game they play.”

Don’t expect the Sharks to stray too much from the blue-print that worked so well against the Blues, then – especially in the first half. With coach Grant Bashford admitting that chasing four tries will be firmly on the agenda, the Sharks are likely to look at a dominant pack and a strong driving maul as the simplest route to getting most of those scores.


  • Mission: Impossible??????

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.07.13 09:28:29 by R Hayward Reply
  • I really hope that the Sharks can beat these Bulls….. Go SHARKS…. Just dont know if I can risk my Superbru on the Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.07.13 09:30:14 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) : I have backed them all the way this year in SuperBru….
    Hence my log positions!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.07.13 09:33:08 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 3) : Me as well. I just can’t get myself to pick against the Sharks. It borders on being a sacrilege.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.07.13 09:38:07 by Riaan??????? ??????? Reply

  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) : Well if I look at your log position on Superbru you`ve been backing the Kings this year so why not take a chance on the Mighty Sharks this weekend?! 😈 😈

    Seriously though, I think all of us would love to get a result against the Flou Nulle, but it`s probably not on the cards. 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.07.13 09:40:57 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : I might just back the Sharks this weekend….Maybe just maybe I can get back into the top 30 in Superbru…..LOL thanks for the tip. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.07.13 09:44:17 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • A shocking record that the Sharks need to arrest right now is that they have only won 2 of the last 7 Super rugby games against the Bulls…

    Their overall away record at Loftus doesn’t look too bad – played 9, won 4 , lost 4, drawn 1.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.07.13 09:55:20 by Feather Reply

    Gold's Member
  • Mission impossible for the second year running

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.07.13 10:15:52 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 8) :The sequal.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.07.13 10:40:39 by Blue Centurion Reply

    Blue Centurion
  • We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again!

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.07.13 10:43:14 by PTAShark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
  • @PTAShark (Comment 10) : You going to the game

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.07.13 10:57:29 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • I think the sharks have a very realistic chance of winning at Loftus on Saturday. Last time we played them they only just beat us, and now our team is stronger than it was while theirs is weaker.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.07.13 11:42:53 by jonnow Reply

  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 8) : fifth…

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.07.13 12:33:37 by klempie Reply


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