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Sharks eye Super Rugby glory

2012-02-08 12:43

Durban - With the Sharks' preparations for the 2012 Super Rugby season winding down, hooker Bismarck du Plessis insists his team can finally stake a claim for a maiden title win.

The coastal side has been runners-up and losing semi-finalists on three occasions each.

Even though the Sharks have never won Super Rugby, they have always been one of South Africa’s top contenders and this season will be no different.

"I think if you go into a season with Super Rugby not being one of your priorities, then you shouldn’t be playing," said Du Plessis.

"It’s a massive competition and we want to win it.

"We've been close to it a few times. So it’s definitely one of our major focuses."

The Durban franchise are in the final stages of preparation after a gruelling pre-season campaign that began over a month ago and culminates with two friendlies over the next two weeks.

They face Currie Cup First Division champions Boland on Friday, followed by a clash against the Eastern Province Kings next weekend.

The squad has lost several veterans with John Smit, Stefan Terblanche and Adrian Jacobs no longer on their books.

Keegan Daniel is the new captain, while Du Plessis is his deputy.

"I’m just there to help Keegan out, but it’s a great honour for myself to be named vice-captain," Du Plessis said.

"I think it’s been quite a long pre-season for all of us in the Durban heat, but I think the squad is looking good.

"We’ve got some new guys in and excellent young players so we are looking forward to getting on with it now."

Another major absentee from coach John Plumtree's squad is Du Plessis' front row partner for province and country, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, because of injury.

Mtawarira hurt his ankle at training two weeks ago and may be out for up to four months.

"I think losing Beast in any side will be a great loss, you’re losing a great ambassador," Du Plessis said.

"We’re definitely going to miss him, but I do think there are a few young guys coming through and it's a great opportunity for them.

"You wait for those sort of opportunities, and I do think we have players here who will jump on them."

The Sharks open their Super Rugby season against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 24.

SAPA

Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 12:46

    Nee wat, los maar die titel aspirasies vir die Bulle en Crusaders.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-08 12:55

      @Bulldozer My geld is defnetief weer op die Bulle, ek dink die manne is reg die jaar....!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-02-08 13:03

      yaaaawwwwn. another blind bull who clearly missed their narrow victory over the kings

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-08 13:14

      Bulls, HA HA They wont finish in the top half this season

      Hugh - 2012-02-08 13:17

      Jip, what other comment can be expected from guys with names like Bull dozie; Blue's and the Blue Danube? Lets see what your boys bring to the party on the 24th.

      Martin - 2012-02-08 13:24

      As a PLASTIC union full of IMPORTS that play for money for their ZERO rugby-knowledge, daggakoppie surfer fans, there is no way they will EVER win it!!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 13:26

      Almal wil graag soos die Bulle wees.

      Christopher - 2012-02-08 13:59

      Bulldozer and Blue are right, we don't have a chance this year. Really hope the Bulls don't beat us again like they did in last year's Currie Cup fixtures...oh wait, we won those:)

      Hoo - 2012-02-08 14:02

      Sharks eye Super Rugby glory.... huh?? hahaha

      Nico - 2012-02-08 14:12

      dink hierdie is 'n re-run artikel van laasjaar se pre-season super15 :)

      SNG62 - 2012-02-08 14:30

      Come the 24th - and the Sharks are going to teach the Bulls a rugby lesson, again.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-08 15:06

      @BANANAS, nee my vriend jy is so verkeerd ons wil nie almal met n horing op ons voorkop loop nie!!!!!!!!! ons los dit maar net vir mense soos jy!!!1

      Nick - 2012-02-08 15:13

      blue you're a clown every single commoner from tshwane jumped on band wagon when province c side lost to cheetahs a these days the cows will take any victory and celebrate till monday morning outside moftus

      Stephen - 2012-02-08 15:31

      @Martin: Every team has imports. Hougaard for the Bulls is from the Cape, Vermuelen for Stormers is from Free State, so are the Du Plessis for the Sharks. Don't generalise about Sharks fans or any fans. This is a rugby blog, not somewhere for your small-minded rants.

      Martin - 2012-02-08 16:38

      Sorry Stephen, I am actually from Namibia, WE DONT LIVE ON IMPORTS HERE, WE BUILD RUGBY PLAYERS OURSELF!!!!

      werner.smidt - 2012-02-08 17:56

      Haha. . .Bulls ondersteuner . . daar is nou vir jou 'n tipe mens. Lekker om van jou mislukkings te vergeet deur te leef deur jou span, is dit nie?

  • Paul - 2012-02-08 12:58

    Sharks still have to recover from the humiliation they suffered at Ellis Park. Maybe a buying a few more foreign internationals and Free State players will help...

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-08 13:15

      Thought this article was about Super Rugby not the Currie Cup? Lets see what happens to the Lions when all the big boys are playing week in week out....

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-08 13:38

      hope you smiled as much as I did when the Bulls finished 5 and didnt even make the semi's... Lions and Bulls, pretty happy with the Sharks in the last few years. Unlucky in the final a few years back Lets see where the Bulls end up this year....think these pages are going to be very quiet

      Dirk - 2012-02-08 17:07

      They cannot afford FS players and the ones they did recruit after school, is stagnating in the black and white jersey, while their peers are blossoming elsewhere

  • Ray - 2012-02-08 13:03

    Go Sharks!!! with that positive thinking we have the trophy in the bag already.

  • Lance Briers-Danks - 2012-02-08 13:07

    Stooooormers!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-02-08 13:10

      Hehehe Stooooormers!! No chance......!!!!!!

  • DieKriek - 2012-02-08 13:10

    Al die Bulle wat so lekker wil brag en groot praat, en dan nog die CC finaal wil noem, waar was julle in die CC semi's? Bly maar eerder tuis, die Bulle gaan nerens die jaar

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 13:20

      Kon dit nie beter sê nie Kriek. Hulle kon nie eers enige play-offs (in die bekers wat saak maak) haal verlede jaar nie. Toemaar, darem nog minder as drie weke dan is hulle bekke weer stil... O nee, dan hhor ons weer hoe swak die Stormers is...

      Koos - 2012-02-08 13:38

      wen n super titel dan kan jy sulke nonsense praat ok

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 14:42

      Sien Blue, dit is nie so duidelik watter spanne ons ondersteun soos wanneer jy na 'n Bul se comments kyk nie. So wat jy met ander woorde sê, is dat die Bulle maar gerelegate kan word om plek te maak vir die Kings? Julle het mos nou al die beker gewen, so as dit al is wat saak maak, hoekom neem julle nog deel of doen selfs die moeite om sport berigte te lees?

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 14:49

      En nog 'n ding Blue... As daar "net EEN wenner" is (soos jy dit sal stel), hoekom vat die Bulls supporters al die glorie vir die Lions se sukses? Ek wonder maar net...

      Stefan - 2012-02-09 09:50

      Blue, dit help nie 'n mens redineer met julle nie. Julle ly duidelik aan tonnelvisie en enige span se teleurstelling sal jou tone laat omkrul. Al wat ek sien, is jaloesie. Duidelik het dit jou nie lank gevat om te vergeet hoe die GRIEKWAS julle uitgespeel het voor julle nog kon dink aan 'n semi nie. Klink amper dieselfde as die Super Rugby toe die Sharks julle uitgespeel het en julle nie eers binne die eerste ses kon eindig nie. Wat sal dit jou tog pla? Solank die underdogs net die finaal wen (of enige oorseese span in die Super Rugby). Julle supporters maak dit regtig BAIE moeilik om 'n liking in die Bulle te kry.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-02-08 13:39

    The Sharks have the talent and experience to do it. They just need to BELIEVE! You can do it guys! SHARKS FOREVER!

  • Patrick - 2012-02-08 13:50

    thats wot u say every year........

  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 14:01

    Why the slating on this site. Can't you guys just talk rugby instead of being so biased? I'm a Sharks supporter but I'm not going to insult someone else because of the team they support. It's like a bunch of bitchy little girls!!!

  • mike.rockey - 2012-02-08 14:34

    Why are the captain and vice-captain both in the scrum? Surely that is unheard of.

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 14:51

      Why was it like that in the Bok-team??? Smit was captain, while Matfield was vice-captain...

      mike.rockey - 2012-02-08 15:46

      Cos Smitty seldom played the full 90.

      Freddie - 2012-02-08 16:46

      At least it is a tight and loose forward, the boks had two tighties. Actually not unheard of.

  • Anneleen - 2012-02-08 17:32

    Best of luck SHARKS...cannot wait to see you on the field!!!!!

      Denése - 2012-02-08 21:34

      YEAH! Go SHARKS. This time is probably your best shot since you WON THE SUPER 14 IN 2007!!!!!!!

      Anneleen - 2012-02-08 21:52

      @Denese...whoo,now you're talking...hope you have a massively entertaining Super 15! And to the Kingspark faithful...enjoy!!! Sharks4ever!!!

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 19:11

    Well Sharks, the Bulls are playing, so forget about it straight away

      Zane - 2012-02-09 16:32

      Didn't the Bulls Loose 3 out of 4 matches against the Sharks last year? Wasn't last year the Bulls worst year ever? Have the Bulls not just lost there best players? So for all the Bulls supporters, yes you are looking at a great year. ha ha ha ha ha

  • Sharks - 2012-02-10 13:03

    looks like the sharks are chomping at the bit to get stuck into 2012, cant wait its gonna be a great season of rugby. SHARKS FOREVER

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