Sharks seek era of domination

2011-10-25 22:20

Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards says they view the Currie Cup final as an opportunity to establish themselves as the powerhouse of South African rugby.

The Sharks travel to Johannesburg to take on the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

"When I joined the coaching staff two years ago, we dicussed the culture of Sharks rugby. We came to the conclusion that we are in essence a winning team because we win more than we lose, but we weren't a champion team yet," Reece Edwards told the Beeld newspaper.

"It is our aim to develop into a real champion team and win most competitions we participate in.

"For us a victory will be a building block in our goal to become a real champion team."

A victory on Saturday will be the second successive Currie Cup crown for the Durbanites and their third title in four years. When they won the title in 2008 they broke a 12 year drought dating back to the mid-nineties.

However, Reece-Edwards knows full well that it won't be an easy clash against a rampant Lions outfit.

"We probably have the best team on paper, but it means nothing if your players aren't switched on that day and play with commitment. What counts in the Lions' favour, is that they have played with the same group of players for the whole season and are a unit. We really weren't a unit in our semi-final against the Cheetahs and that needs to be corrected for the final.

"For the Lions this is a huge opportunity to host a final and they will definately not lack motivation," said Reece-Edwards.


  • Kevin - 2011-10-26 05:50

    Sharks ,we are behind you all the way. Give those lions a quick glimpse of the Currie Cup and bring it home.

  • kelvinbrink - 2011-10-26 07:16

    Go take them bite by bite, till they lay limp and confused on there own ground.

  • Gregory - 2011-10-26 07:19

    The Lions will be enjoying some Sushi come Saturday!!!

  • Andre - 2011-10-26 07:27

    Ag please the only way to be a powerhouse of SA is to have win a S14/15 title. WHICH YOU HAVEN'T. So win that title first then you can come and talk

      Gunner - 2011-10-26 07:29

      Jealousy Andre...SHARKS FOREVER

      andrew.arde - 2011-10-26 07:56

      Because the ref missed the knock on leading up to Habana's try in 2007! That was the Sharks' game from the beginning.

      Kosie - 2011-10-26 08:43

      I agree, but that is also what he is saying, this currie cup is only a stepping stone to where they want to be

      Denése - 2011-10-26 20:14

      Sharks did win Super 14 in 2007. EVERYBODY knows that. The B only one cos the refs were out of sight and sleeping!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-26 08:20

    Shark supporters please don't get arrogant and over confident like some other unions we know. You will end up just like them!

  • Byron - 2011-10-26 09:04

    I think the sharks and Bulls are championship teams already. The lions may be, we will see Saturday. WP are most certainly not

      Oukoos - 2011-10-26 10:01

      @Byron Bull "are" champions? Surely you mean "were"? The Sharks ARE the reigning Currie cup champion The Bulls WERE the S15 champion last year and WERE the Currie cup & Vodacom champions some years ago.

  • Oukoos - 2011-10-26 09:56

    I won’t mind if the Lions win BUT A good big one (the Sharks in this instance) will always win against a good small one (the Lions in this instance) Sorry Lions – may be 2012 will be your great year

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-26 11:11

    we need a little more depth in player department. i cant help but feel what we are a bit light in that aspect. we need atleast a group of 30 top quality players that can perform. without the top boks we looked a bit ragged. i reckon we need to sign that goosen kid from the cheetahs and keep him and develop him even more. our pack is decent but we need to take it to the next level. super 15 is still a bit of a problem but we need more depth i feel to make a meal of it.

  • Spartan - 2011-10-26 11:14


  • Lida - 2011-10-26 11:59

    Sharkies all the way. Always been and always will be a fan of them

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