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Sharks could own top spot

2010-09-20 09:14

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - This week could settle the race for top spot on the ABSA Currie Cup log, and the following week could well determine who ends second.

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That was the upshot of another exciting round of matches, with the Sharks responding well this past Saturday to the challenge laid down by Western Province’s big win over the Pumas in Nelspruit the night before.

What the Sharks’ 30-16 win over the Cheetahs which included a four try bonus point means for the Durbanites is that they retain their eight point lead at the top of the log. With just three matches to go, it looks unlikely they will be caught – but that could change dramatically if the resurgent Lions beat them in Johannesburg this coming weekend.

Province play the Sharks at Newlands in their last match, and a defeat for the Sharks at Coca Cola Park will bring them back within range and could set up the final league match as a play-off for top spot and the right to host the final should the winning team get that far.

The Sharks’ other match is against the Leopards in Durban, and they should get a full-house of five log points from that, so this coming weekend’s game is the last stepping stone for the Sharks in their quest to book top spot. If they win, they just have to do the necessary and expected against the Leopards the following week; but if they lose, then the trip to Cape Town at the end of the competition could become all important.

We say “could” because WP do not exactly have it easy from here on in. They host Griquas in Cape Town on Friday and then travel to Pretoria the following week for a north/south showdown that will see the Blue Bulls on final footing as another defeat could see them knocked out of the top four.

They should pick up five points this coming week against the Leopards, so the Loftus match could also put the Bulls in with a chance of lifting themselves into the top two as they are currently five points adrift of WP and thus within range of the current second placed team.

However, WP do have a dramatically superior points difference to the other teams, so it is going to require more than just a win for the Bulls over WP if they want to overtake their Cape rivals to secure a home semi. Assuming WP are able to pick up a full house of five at home against Griquas, the Bulls will have to deny WP a bonus point at Loftus while getting five themselves, and then bank on the Sharks preventing Province from getting full points the following week.

At the same time, they will have to do the business against Griquas in Kimberley in their last match, not a given even though the Bulls, like the WP and the Sharks, will have all their Springboks available for that round of competition.

So it’s a long shot for the Bulls, but they might consider themselves to be better placed to strike for a home semi than the Cheetahs, who did their campaign immense harm with their failure to pick up a bonus point in their defeat to the Sharks. It means they are six log points behind Province and with three matches to go that means they are going to have to pull out all the stops.

At this stage it would appear the Sharks are the only team assured of a place in the semi-finals, with it still being mathematically possible for WP to drop out of the top four. However some of the four teams hovering behind WP on the log who still have a chance of catching them – Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Griquas – still have to play matches between each other, so the prospect of the Cape team falling out of the top bracket is not really realistic.

For them the objective must now be to secure a home semi and, if it is made at all possible by the Lions on Saturday, maybe top spot on the log. The battle for top spot could well be sewn up though by Saturday night, leaving WP the task of travelling to Pretoria a week later to wrap up second.


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Comments
  • Johann - 2010-09-20 09:31

    Die Sharks moet hoop die Bulle eindig nie vierde nie, want dan gaan die Sharks nie eens die eindstryd maak nie. Die Bulle sal weer vanjaar die beker wen.

  • dave - 2010-09-20 10:11

    Johann jy is reg en so n mond verdien 'Jam'. Dit is net jammer dat heelwat van die Bulle se topspelers teruggehou word vir die Springbokke. Ek hoop net hulle maak n plan met die swak skoppe van Saterdag, want dit sal ons wedstryde kos.

  • WP Profeet - 2010-09-20 10:17

    @Johann- I'm a WP supporter but agree with your view, that if the sharks ends top and the Bulls 4th that might just be the end of the sharks. Obviously as you know, we would like to play the Bulls at Newlands in the FINAL. Because that day we'll BEAT the HELL out of them. Bo-Kaap groete....

  • mike - 2010-09-20 10:26

    Well it would be great for who ever ends 3rd and 4th if there is still something to play for when the Sharks play WeePee. If they go at it will make the semi's so much more interesting...

  • mari - 2010-09-20 10:41

    Nee wat Johann kry maar vir jou 'n biertjie en trek die gordyne toe dat jy in stilte kan huil, want hierdie keer gaan die Sharks wen en die boer bulle gaan nie eers die semi's maak nie.

  • @Johann - 2010-09-20 10:48

    Bwahahaha - is nog nog bietjie gesuip na gistraand? Die bulle MET bokke soos suster Olivier kon nie eers die Pumas wen nie..Sterkte daar net die babbelas..

  • Max - 2010-09-20 11:05

    Ag dis so oulik om die bulle egos te hoor praat. Die Sharks moet miskien weer die pienk truie aantrek as hulle teen die bulle speel, net om te bewys dat selfs 'n pienk Sharks masjien die blou masjien (sic) kan aanvat, en goed wen!

  • Gemmerkat - 2010-09-20 11:11

    Johann, ek is nie seker watter bulls span jy die afgelope paar weke dop gehou het nie, want dit is verseker nie die een wat met die trofee aan die einde van die toernooi gaan sit nie. Daai beker gaan kus toe vanjaar, Durban of kaap. VERSEKER nie loftus toe nie. Jammer ou maat, maar die waarheid maak partykeer nogal seer.

  • WP mannetjie - 2010-09-20 11:32

    @ Dave - Die bulle kan nie rugby speel nie, hulle verloor teen die Pumas en julle het drie bokke daai game gehad, WP het die selle hoeveelheid bokke as julle en hulle wen! So hou op mown! Julle verdien nie om in die semis te wees nie, daai ref het julle gehelp teen die lions, want daai was nie `n dangerous tackle nie dit was by die skouers, so as julle in kom sê dankie vir die ref!!!!!!

  • Johan vir haaikos - 2010-09-20 11:50

    Dis net bul ondersteuners wat dink hulle gaan die sharks so maklik wen.Kom ons kyk waar staan die beker hierdie jaar.Wat betref na volgende jaar as ou Victor en die manne nie meer daar is nie sien ek maer jare wat voorle vir die bul ondersteuners,lang en MAER JARE!!!!

  • hasie - 2010-09-20 12:17

    Julle klomp Blou Bulle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Al wie iets daar beteken is Bees Roux!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharkie - 2010-09-20 12:31

    Hereeeeee bully bully bully... We're not scared. HAHAHA HAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  • Raka13 - 2010-09-20 12:50

    I hope it is a WP- Sharks final. You can't loose against a team that is second from the bottom and claim that you are a champion?( A team without Springboks)

  • Kwagga - 2010-09-20 12:54

    Ek wil ma net se dat die jaar se CC gooie rugby oplewer. Ek is moer ongelukkig dat die Bulle die leeus gewen het. Ek dink die Leeus was die beter span op die dag. Ek hoop en glo dat die semi's gaan wees Sharks1=Leeus4, Wp2 = Cheeta's3. F@k die bulle vir n slag. Gooooo Sharksssss....!!!!!

  • Johann - 2010-09-20 13:39

    Sharks, sharks, sharks! Ai ai ai, kan iemand net 'n bietjie my geheue verfris - wie het nou die dag gewen toe die Bulle teen die Sharks gespeel het? Ek kan nie meer onthou nie maar ek glo nie dit was die Sharks nie! En dit nogal sonder die Bul Springbokke. Nou wonder ek maar net........

  • Roelf - 2010-09-20 14:30

    Johann.. ai maar as jou geheue dan so goed is, kan jy MY asb se wat het gebeur met dou ou flou bloues in die haaitenk so paar weke gelede? en dan teen die PUMAS?? ag en dan ook sommer teen wp EN cheetahs... hoe goed is jou geheue? ek wonder ook maar net...

  • @Johann - 2010-09-20 15:48

    Ek sien jy begin nou by kom in die lewe...."Sharks, sharks, sharks!"....sien, nie eers julle blou nul ondersteuners kan anders as om vir die Sharks te cheer nie. lol

  • JR - 2010-09-20 16:51

    I think it is time to make shark fin soup and leave the rest for fish bait.

  • mari - 2010-09-21 01:48

    Nee wat Johann kry maar vir jou 'n biertjie en trek die gordyne toe dat jy in stilte kan huil, want hierdie keer gaan die Sharks wen en die boer bulle gaan nie eers die semi's maak nie.

  • riaan - 2010-09-21 06:55

    Al die shark ondesteuners haal bietjie asem en dink bietjie terug.Julle bekke is lekker groot en julle weet julle maak gewoonlik net die semis dan moer julle uit die bus uit want julle het nie wat dit vat nie.Bulle speel met n b span wag tot die bokke terug kom.Wie kry julle terug siestog vetgat smith.

  • Paul - 2010-09-21 08:33

    The Sharks are going down this week ...LIONS by 12 points ! GO LIONS GO !!!

  • John - 2010-09-22 07:36

    Fok julle almal,julle is net jaloers omdat die Sharks bo aan die lys is.Geen wonder die bokke speel so kak met al die Bulls in die span nie.Go Sharks

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