Advantage: Sharks as Lions stumble

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Aug 2016 at 10:15
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While Friday’s decent win against Boland in Wellington was good news for the Sharks in itself, later results in the competition this weekend played into the Durban side’s hands too.

It’s early days yet and not all teams have played an equivalent number of games, but coach Rob du Preez certainly must take some confidence after a weekend that saw a number of the Sharks’ main competition rivals lose some ground.

With a full house of 15 points after three bonus point wins, the Sharks have done as much as they can in the opening rounds, but have yet to face any traditionally-strong opposition. The early advantage is firmly with them, though, especially after the Lions conspired to lose against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday. Despite having lost more than half of their team to the Springbok cause this year, the Lions are rightly still regarded as among the tournament favourites due to their strong systems and continuity in coaching. For them to lose in the Currie Cup for the first time since 2014 was significant indeed and the Sharks will be pleased that their rivals are now on the back foot this year, and will also be very happy that they already have that Griquas clash out of the way.

Both sides still have plenty of tough games to come, but the Sharks would do well to keep an eye on the Cheetahs too. Franco Smith’s team did drop a point in not scoring four tries in Cape Town; that said, they are only a single log point behind the Sharks and with wins against both the Blue Bulls and Western Province already in the bag, the early money could be on their clash with the Sharks on 10 September being a potential Final dress rehearsal.

The Bulls and Province are both struggling. The former managed to labour to victory over a veritable club-strength EP Kings side at Loftus on Friday evening, while the latter are now winless in two starts and already have plenty of work to do to qualify for the semi-finals.

The real test for the Sharks comes over the next three weeks; they face the Bulls at home and then Province away, before welcoming the Cheetahs to Durban in the third of a set of tough, but vitally important, strength v strength clashes.


  • Think the Sharks are looking good as in previous years they had a habit of losing to sides like the Kwas and Pumas and this year both teams were easily beaten! That said the next couple of weeks is going to be tough but I believe the Sharks can do well if they carry on playing like they did in the first half of the previous three games!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.16 10:36:57 by JD Reply
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  • As long as they’re more scared of Oom Rob than they are of any team in the CC they’ll do great.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.16 10:44:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Any news on when the following players will be available for selection: Mvovo (assume this week?), Jean-Luc DuPreez (assume this week?), Pat Lambie?, Lukhanyo Am?
    Think Rob DuPreez could have a bit of a selection poser for this weekend if everyone available

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.16 10:45:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.16 10:45:53 by DuToit04 Reply

  • and here i was being all windgat and what not .. back to earth .. hoping the team can pull together and get things back on track …

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.16 10:47:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) : Was just one of those games from the Lions…couldnt get anything going and when you play that high risk rugby and get it wrong..well ya. Lions needed to suck it up game plan wise and play a slow pick and drive game…kick to corners and let Griquas play themselves out of trouble. Instead Lions tried to keep ball in hand and the Griquas guys were very happy to line them up and smash and then use the turnover.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.16 10:50:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 5) : Happens to the best teams and keep in mind that Griquas are a well-drilled side. They dominated the qualifiers. I was expecting at least one big team scalp in the CC proper but wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few more.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.08.16 11:17:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Not sure why the Sharks let Sias Koen get away…perhaps because of the DuPreez brothers. But i would have kept him and sent others to the big hole

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.08.16 11:31:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : He has too much of a ‘flavour of the week’ to him at the moment. If we’re still pining for him by the end of the CC I’ll be more than willing to lament his loss.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.08.16 12:04:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : He was one of our better u21s at one stage…he has had 2 good weeks in a row. So not really lamenting his loss…just think we retained guys we could let go as they dont add much value and could have retained Koen as a 4/7 option

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.16 12:09:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • Did anyone watch the WP/ FS game, I didnt, I was not surprised that FS won but when I saw that Fred kicked 6 penalties I just thought that that seems so improbable that WP would transgress to such an extent in kickable positions…..were they under that much pressure?

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.16 12:55:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Apologies, not implying that you were but rather that I would do that if there’s enough reason to do so.

    In saying that, Tera looked very useful at 7 up until his injury. I was really enjoying his play. Hope it’s nothing too serious.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.16 12:57:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : Tera did look good but think his knee is a bit of a problem now…not sue we will see him again this CC. Really hope Van Der Walt stays fit and we get DuPreez back. Deysel also needs to do better- he is a better player than these performances of late

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.16 13:06:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Agreed on Deysel, you could see he was really trying but he’s probably still struggling with confidence. I think he took quite an emotional knock last year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.08.16 13:18:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Yeh i really just think he hasnt played enough rugby. He is always just kept in squads but when last did he play 40min nevermind 80min of rugby at any level

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.08.16 13:43:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • Wow! Only week 3 with plenty of more rugby to play. Let’s be careful of being arrogant. Cheetahs looking good. Why not advantage Cheetahs? Let’s take it week by week and not get ahead of ourselves. We all want the boys to do well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.08.16 15:41:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : Cheetahs are definitely looking good. They benefiting from some continuity in selection from Super rugby to CC…

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.08.16 15:56:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • Does anybody know how the juniors did, they dont seem to exist for the Sharks union as there is less than squat info on them on their website. Poor.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.08.16 16:11:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 18) : both teams actually won. I’ve been trying to get an article up but have been battling for time today

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.08.16 16:13:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : thats good news on those results

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.08.16 16:19:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Good to hear, very glad that you do these articles because if we had to rely on the “officail” website then we would not get anything substantial.Thanks.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.08.16 16:20:07 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • In other news the cheetahs kicked WP ass. Big smile…

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.08.16 07:00:02 by coolfusion Reply


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