Sharks set for R&R

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2014 at 13:48
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The Sharks may not be terribly far into their Super Rugby campaign, but having achieved the key objectives set by Jake White a fortnight ago (that is, win both games!) the side is set for an early opportunity to recharge their batteries.

White’s Sharks have also achieved their secondary objective of coming through the first two games without any new injury concerns – although admittedly that was more of a hope than an objective, since it’s obviously not something they could control.

The team has been given the majority of this week off and will return to training on Thursday. Playing two high-intensity games in the Durban heat (coupled with White’s policy of training in the same hear as often as possible) has taken a toll and there were certainly some very tired Sharks players on the field by the hour mark against the Hurricanes. The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for White’s team and with nine log points out of a possible 10 now in the bag, it’s with few concerns that the team and coach will enjoy their few days’ rest.

I need to correct a misconception that I unfortunately created a few weeks back, though. I reported that JP Pietersen would be returning to the Sharks after the Bulls game, but it seems that his commitments in Japan have kept him there longer than I realised. He is only expected back next week, meaning a potential appearance against the Lions, but a more likely chance of game time against the Reds in week 5.


  • I see the sharks are now officially the bookies favourites. Not a betting man (anymore) but that is quite cool!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.14 14:07:57 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I am a little worried that against the Lions we won’t be sharp after a week of rest. Even worse is the fact that the Lions capitalize on any territory that they get.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.14 14:40:00 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : I have a feeling the Lions won’t allow Boshoff the same time and space on the ball. I have been impressed with our attempted and successful chargedowns in the past two games. We’ve managed to put a lot of pressure on the half backs.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.14 15:00:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Absolutely no disrespect to the Lions, but any SA team that is not complacent should beat them. But I am enjoying watching them giving the big dogs a hiding.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.14 15:09:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 1) : That depends on which bookie you’re looking at, but yes, some of the online betting sites have installed the Sharks as favourites to win the whole thing at 3/1. In Oz you can still back them at 8/1 which are very generous odds I think 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.14 15:14:59 by Greg Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : I tend to agree. The Lions haven’t won back-to-back games since 2007 so if they manage to beat the Bulls this weekend the odds against them achieving 4 in a row would be pretty high! Just a case of probability theory 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.14 15:19:10 by Greg Reply

  • I dont think we will have a big problem with the Lions if our forwards do to them what they did to the canes. Gonna be a great game, pity i cant attend this one.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.14 07:18:42 by Dunx Reply

  • The Sharks do have a habit of conceding a fair number of penalties in a match. Boshoff looks like he can punish you from anywhere in your half. So if you are not careful, you can suddenly end up chasing the game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.14 09:35:13 by Bokhoring Reply

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