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Sharks target fast start

2012-10-25 07:45

Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford has stressed the importance to get off to a solid start in the Currie Cup final against Western Province in Durban on Saturday.

Last year the Durbanites started poorly against the Lions and eventually got hammered 42-16. The previous year - when they beat WP 30-10 in the final - they were the one's starting with a bang when they built up a 17-3 lead early in the game.

"Through the years it's been proven that teams find it tough to come back in a final when they've been on the back foot early on," Bashford told the Beeld website.

"Just look at what happened with us against the Lions. When they built up a lead in the first half we just couldn't catch up. We had to take risks which led too mistakes that gave them more chances to score points.

"Therefore it's of utmost importance to get a foothold in the final and start well. There's so much pressure in a final that once you're behind the pressure just mounts - and that's when you start making mistakes out of desperation to fight back."

The Sharks on Wednesday retained the same backline which started in the 20-3 semi-final win over the Blue Bulls last week, but brought back a few heavies to bolster their pack.

In the front row Springbok Tendai Mtawarira starts at loosehead prop in place of Dale Chadwick, with Bok squad member Craig Burden replacing Kyle Cooper at hooker. Jannie du Plessis - cleared after suffering concussion against the Bulls - remains at tighthead.

In other changes up front, Willem Alberts replaces Jean Deysel at flank, while Steven Sykes starts ahead of Jandre Marais at lock.

Odwa Ndungane also returns on the bench after an injury lay-off. Plumtree this time went for 4-3 forwards-backs split on the bench, which means prop Chadwick misses out altogether.

The final kicks off at 17:00.

Teams:

Sharks:

15. Louis Ludik 14. JP Pietersen 13. Paul Jordaan12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Cobus Reinach 8. Keegan Daniel (captain) 7. Willem Alberts 6. Marcell Coetzee 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Jandre Marais 19. Jean Deysel 20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Carstens, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Marcel Brache, 22. Joe Pietersen Sluys, Jebb Sinclair, Louis Schreuder, Marcel Brache, Joe Pietersen.

Sport24

Comments
  • Small.Mbongwa - 2012-10-25 08:23

    Dream Onnnnn>the cup is definitely remaining in Kings Park (Absa Stadium) after the game> Chokers!!!!!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 09:24

      How can the cup remain in Durban if the Lions won it last year! Wake up!!!

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 09:58

      Dirk don't be stupid....... the man said after the game so let me explain to you slowly : The ABSA Currie Cup will be at the venue of the final- in this case Kings Park and assuming the Sharks win it will remain there. Do you understand? Wally!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 10:35

      Nee dr@l. Jou tjom het gedink hy praat sense toe praat hy stront, soos jy. WP will take the cup to Cape Town....that's a fact!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 10:57

      Mens kan sien wie kom van Randfontein

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 11:07

      Typical bonehead mentality...... as soon as you don't understand something you turn to mudslinging. As you were neanderthal.

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 11:39

      Ja Floumasjien, nog 'n knaap wat agter 'n skuilnaam wegkruip. Pateties!!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 11:39

      Ja Floumasjien, nog 'n knaap wat agter 'n skuilnaam wegkruip. Pateties!!!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 12:25

      @dirkjohannes jou regte naam is Hans Oosthuizen . Hoekom gebruik jy n skuilnaam

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 12:46

      So Hans posts the same thing twice and he still looks like a Wally from Randfontein? What a hero....... BlouMasjien has your number dude, move on and go back to trolling under your bridge

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-25 08:27

    Damn Not Saturday yet GO>>>>>SHARKS

  • Billy - 2012-10-25 08:41

    lies all lies, tell the media one thing and do the opposite. watch out for the second half WP. :P

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-25 08:44

    ten minste het die wp n kansie vir die onder 19 en 21 bekers.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-25 11:51

      Pity you couldn't win the game on grass - seeing as that's a cow's natural environment

  • phuyzer - 2012-10-25 09:15

    @johannes: I'm a huge Sharks Supporter! But WP a flagship team? Come on you have to be joking! Bulls a few years back were a flagship team! WP have never been in the same class as the Sharks and Bulls! Once you start winning some silverware maybe then you can start claiming your statement! Until then......Sharks Forever!!!

      phuyzer - 2012-10-25 09:21

      If you can't make sensible comments please keep your fingers busy somewhere else.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 09:25

      You is really dof, expected a clever person sorry!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 09:34

      Ja Johannes. Jy is 'n Blou Bul supporter under cover. Net toe Flakkies Botha stil raak toe kom jy op. Gaan speel op 'n ander plek, jy maak jou naam gat blou bul. Die flagship storie het Flakkies ook gebruik.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 09:40

      Wrong again Dirk IK, wil jy weer probeer???

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 09:44

      Dan moet dit spyker wees. Indien nie, julle is ewe dof. Word groot.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 09:53

      Thanx Blue Raven!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-25 09:56

      Blue, ek en jy kom al n rukkie saam, sé my net een ding stem jy saam met johannes.chokers se optrede???

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-25 10:29

      Ek stem 100% saam met jou Raven, maar die ou vat dit te ver!!!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-25 13:28

      phuyzer, it is nurse spiertjies, dowwe.duane, etc etc. the guy who makes 2-3 new accounts everyday because they all get banned, and who uses other people's names because he doesn't have a name for himself. Must not be on here a lot hey.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-25 09:25

    Whatever, give as best as you've got. We are coming for you. Go PROVIIIINCE. 30000 vyf in 'n ry - Vodacom Cup, Conference Cup, CC U 19, CC U21, CC Premier. FULLHOUSE

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 09:31

      11jare droogte!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-25 09:34

      nico, nie om op jou parade te pis nie, maar dink die super 15 is redelik nodig vir n FULLHOUSE. dink nie die wp gaan die naweek wen nie, maar nie onmoontlik nie. sharks speel goeie ruggas. ek n fs ondersteuner, maar dink wp sal volgende jaar eers weer ietsie wen en n baie goeie span he.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-25 09:49

      For pronvince the Conference Cup is the Holy Grail of Rugby

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 09:52

      Here is or are WP Lowlights for the last 11 years in CC!!!! 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Soon to be 2012 What fantastic stats for SA Flagship team!!! Providence djou lekka ding!!

  • cobus.groenewald.1 - 2012-10-25 10:04

    Enigeen wat dink die gaan 'n maklike wedstryd wees vir die Sharks ken nie hul rugby nie, maar ek dink nie die WP gaan die skietgoed hê om die Sharks in Durban te troef nie. Die span wat die beste by Jaco Peyper se interpretasie van die reëls kan aanpas behoort die een te vat. Die Sharks het egter beter kans as WP maak nie saak of die veld nat of droog gaan wees nie, hul spelers kan aanpas in verskillende toestande!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-25 11:28

    Two of the best cities in the country and two of the best teams go head to head. Final outcome is Cape Town winners and Durbs runner ups.

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 11:55

    Darem het julle Bulls supporters ook iets om na uit te sien. Die o19 en o21 finals. Gaan goeie games wees. Sterkte. Go wP!!!

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-25 12:26

    Die oudste kar in SA is in Kaapstad opgespoor!Dit het nog 'n bumper sticker op wat sê \Die Currie Cup kom huistoe!\ Maar Saterdag aand is daai sticker die waarheid, want dan is di beker terug in die Kaap. Lol. Go WP!!!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-25 12:41

      Bly om te sien jy kan oor jou eie span spot!!! Groete!

  • khanyib1 - 2012-10-25 12:31

    Dare you WhooPers enter the Shark Tank...shosholoza!!

  • riaan.swarts.35 - 2012-10-25 12:53

    Wat kan ek se johannes chockers is tipies blou bul supporter ag shame hy is n produk van n boetie sussie verhouding. Die inbred maak net die bulle se naam g@t jissie hyt geen klas.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 12:57

      Klas, ek het 6 Afrikaans Engels wiskunde en en en...........

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-25 13:30

      It is Nurse spiertjies, dowwe.duan, etc. Leave the poor troll be.

  • joshua.m.austin.5 - 2012-10-25 13:00

    10 points seperate these teams on the log. 50 points will seperate them on Saturday. GO SHARKS!!

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-25 14:03

    The day after tomorrow. Remember the movie way back; The big wave that hits NY,That wave is the WP comming on to the sharkies wiping them flat............. Bul Groete

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