Sharks wary of Bulls challenge

2012-09-27 14:11

Durban - Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford expects the Blue Bulls to enter their Currie Cup clash in Durban on Friday night high on confidence, despite their lowly position in the standings.

The Pretoria outfit are second from bottom on the competition log with 13 points, while the coastal outfit are in second place on an overall tally of 21.

With just three regular season rounds remaining, there is still plenty to play for and Bashford refused to write off the Bulls, who were 34-30 winners over the Free State Cheetahs last weekend.

“It’s always difficult against the Bulls," Bashford said.

"They’re a tough team and I think that win for them on the weekend was huge.

“They responded well to the pressure they were under to win it.

“I heard their coach (Pine Pienaar) say it was a final for them.

"They backed themselves and they got it.”

This year’s competition, reduced to a shortened six-team format, has been one of the tightest races witnessed in recent seasons.

The Bulls and Cheetahs have especially found it tough but continue to slug it out in the race for the top four.

“The Sharks and Bulls always bring the best out of each other," Bashford said.

"That win against the Cheetahs will give them a lot of confidence.

“We know how they play and expect a big challenge this week.”

John Plumtree’s men are well placed to mount a strong challenge for a home semi-final.

“It’s really the side that wins the next three games that is likely to have a home semi-final and final,” Bashford said.

“With two of our last three games taking place at home, where we have only lost once this year, we really want to start building momentum heading into the knockout stage.”

Bulls boss Pienaar felt his side still needed to raise their game in order to kick on from the victory over the Cheetahs.

“It was good to win and for the confidence of the players, but we will definitely need to do more this week against the Sharks,” he said.

The under-fire coach also acknowledged that pressure was still on his side to deliver.

“If you want to win the Currie Cup you have to get into that semi-final, and it doesn’t matter where you play, away or home,” Pienaar said.

“It’s great to win against the Cheetahs but we have three games left, as do the sides above us.

“The pressure is back on against the Sharks and we have to be spot on.”


  • Karel du Toit - 2012-09-27 14:23

    Sharks win by 10 points

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-09-27 16:00

      I will cheer for anybody against the Bulls!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 04:20

      Except England.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-27 14:30

    my team won't be good enough. Sharks by 16+

      gavin.bird.96 - 2012-09-27 14:33

      This the same Sharks side that rolled over like kittens and let the Lions take the game? Somehow I don't think it will be at all easy for the Sharks.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-27 15:38

      There are no easy games in this competition, Gavin. Underestimating your opponents in this format will lead to nothing but trouble. I hope the Sharks will take it, as I always do, but I know it is going to be a really tough day at the office!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-09-27 14:32

    ag nee wat Sharks, julle hoef geen sins te worry nie, julle gaan die bulle pak gee op Moftus.

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-27 14:49

      before commenting get your facts right bluntie

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-27 15:16

      Durban my bra!!! Go Bulle!!!!

      denese.newby - 2012-09-27 15:46

      BlueRaven THAT was at LOFTUS. This time it's at KINGS' PARK

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-28 08:52

      Blueraven is convincingly your favorite word. If we are talking about the same game then it was a ding dong battle right up until the last quarter when altitude took effect. Don't expect the same respite in Durban. All that said good luck to your team, I'd really hate to see them go out of the competition at this stage. The CC wasn't the same last year without the Bulls in it.

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-09-27 14:49

    Trap daai Bulle Sharkies!!!! WP Groete

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-09-27 14:51

      soos die sharkies die weepee gemors het!!!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-27 15:04

    if we fall asleep and forget that the game is 80 full minutes even with a lead, like we did last Saturday, then that will simply just not cut it. But behind my boys all the way!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-27 15:17

      Gona be n cracker, but I think Sharks by 5. Blou Bul groete

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-27 15:35

    You can see who is the Superbru players;) Thanks guys!

  • tertius.devereaux - 2012-09-27 19:42

    Kom Bulle trap hule! En ek hoop di Leeus trap daai streep-cupless-donkies!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 05:36

      Shame poor Bulls supporters now have to hope for the Lions, Griquas, Cheetahs and Sharks to beat the WP, because their own pink pansie team can't.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 04:21

    I hope they draw 0-0.

  • bidvir.dowweduane - 2012-09-28 09:11

    Daar is `n page op facebook wat mense kan gan like = `Bid vir Dowwe Duane` Redes vir bid behels : -sy drankprobleem -die feit wat hy werkloos is en tussen werke spring -dat hy geen meisie,vrou,kinders, of vriende het nie

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