Send us your Two Oceans pics!

Will you be taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon? If so, send your pics to sport@news24.co.za - and we'll include you in our gallery!

LIVE

    Loftus took toll: Andrews

    2011-06-22 11:15
    Post a comment
    Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

    Cape Town – Former Sharks favourite Mark Andrews fears the physical demands of their Super Rugby derby triumph against the Bulls last weekend will make the Crusaders a bridge just too far at Nelson on Saturday.

    “If the (finals series playoff) game was being held in Durban, I think I’d be reasonably confident of putting my money on the Sharks,” the Springbok lock and World Cup-winning occasional No 8 told Sport 24.

    “But the realist in me says the Crusaders will probably win in New Zealand.”

    Andrews feels the combination of long-haul travel and the effects of the bruising 26-23 upset of the Bulls at Loftus will count against the Sharks managing another giant-killing so soon after the last one.

    “By all accounts the game in Pretoria took a toll on the guys. There will be niggles and bumps from it, with some blokes still pretty sore. I’m worried about whether there’ll be enough gas left in the tank.

    “And I know what the travel across time zones does to you, however you try to (fight it).

    “I see no reason why they shouldn’t be up for it mentally; they’ll lift themselves on that front as they’re in the knockout stage a little unexpectedly and will adopt a go-for-broke kind of motivation.

    “But physically it may just be asking too much.”

    Andrews may well be right about the task, this late in a much-extended Super Rugby campaign in 2011, of playing juggernaut teams like the frequent-champion Bulls and Crusaders over successive weekends being massively demanding.

    The Bulls, after all, could not quite match on Saturday the intensity they showed a week earlier in beating the SA conference winners, the Stormers, in their own backyard.

    Still, Andrews says the Sharks will be at least competitive at Trafalgar Park if they can adhere to some “Test-match principles like jealous ball retention”.

    He also likes the “uncertainty” seasoned Frenchman Freddie Michalak creates in opposition minds in the flyhalf channel.

    “Look, Pat Lambie is a very talented young man but he was playing in the pocket (at No 10) a bit, trying to make things happen, and taking the forwards out of the game. That is changing a bit for the Sharks with Lambie back at fullback and Michalak calling the tune closer in.”
    Read More On:  super 15 mark andrews sharks

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    101 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    19 April 2014
    • Chiefs v Crusaders, Hamilton 09:35
    • Waratahs v Bulls, Sydney 11:40
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 15:00
    • Stormers v Lions, Cape Town 17:05
    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05

    Results

    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “The Sharks as SA’s lone playoffs side for the first time in Super Rugby’s conference format is a fair possibility, warns Rob Houwing.”

    Opinion Poll

    Which teams will win the two SA Vodacom Super Rugby derbies (Sharks v Cheetahs and Stormers v Lions) this weekend?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.