Bashford eyes Bulls scalp

2013-07-02 11:23

Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford believes their forward pack is strong enough to topple the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Despite the team struggling during large parts against the Blues last week, a strong forward effort pulled the Sharks through to a last-gasp 22-20 win at Kings Park.

And Bashford is confident they can carry that forward dominance into the derby clash this weekend.

“We know with this pack, with our Boks back, we can match any pack in the world, we saw that in the (Blues) match,” he told the Sharks website.

“When they put their minds to it, there aren’t too many who are going to stop them. It was good to see them operating as they did."

The Sharks narrowly lost 18-16 to the Bulls in their last encounter at Kings Park in late May, but Bashford believes that was a game that could have gone either way.

“Our last match (before the June break) was against the Bulls and bar a last penalty we gave away with some indiscipline, we had that game. This whole campaign has been around critical moments - a little mistake here, a little mistake there - and if we had got that game, maybe things could have been a little different. But that’s rugby.

“And we know that if we can play well, keep the ball and put the Bulls under pressure for long periods, we can beat anyone with this team.”

The clash at Loftus kicks off at 19:15 on Saturday.


  • Skrywer John Murray McKay - 2013-07-02 11:30

    Cute. You won't be the first or the last to try. We are going to mess the sardines up!

      Keagan Mc Goldrick - 2013-07-02 11:42

      Dont be too sure last incounter found the bulls winning due to mistakes by the sharks...the sharks will be eager for some bulls blood

      Raymond Huxley - 2013-07-02 12:00

      HAHAHA, Choking Charks can only topple themselves. Bunch of fishpaste chokers. Just as well this game isn't being played in the Choke Tank

      Jake Rapper - 2013-07-02 12:03

      Keagan, it was pressure from the Bulls that forced the Sharks into making mistakes.

      Raymond Huxley - 2013-07-02 12:07

      Jake, choking charks don't need pressure from anyone else, they always choke, period. Safe bet, mate.

      Jake Rapper - 2013-07-02 12:57

      Also true.

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-02 13:34

      "Bashford eyes Bulls scalp" Sorry mate but are you Apachy or Sioux...those days are gone...just asking?

      Keagan Mc Goldrick - 2013-07-02 15:42

      @Jake true you put us under SOME pressure but our scrum destroyed yours, we dominated territory and possession. I was talking about mistakes such as finishing and handling. If the sharks fix the handling and stay patient we will put a lot more points up against a side that enjoys the kicking game.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 16:02

      Little one, if you know your rugby you would know Dean destroyed poor jannie last time round, but that is the problem with the kids today, to much play station and hard drugs, very confused and delusional

      Keagan Mc Goldrick - 2013-07-02 16:14

      @Brutus you need to watch the game again. Why do you keep insulting people you must have a very low self esteem about your self and your rugby team grow up bro

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 11:36

    I'd be more worried about what JJ and the Serfonator are going to do to your sterile back-line!

      Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-02 11:49

      Good comment, Jimmy. Was the "the Serfonator" yours?

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 12:01

      Sort of, borrowed it from the Kirchanator (seems a wee bit more fitting)...Shampoodle must stick to doing TV commercials!

      Raymond Huxley - 2013-07-02 12:02

      LOL@Raven. Wooley Lambie is a bit of a joke. I know he has number 10 aspirations but he's the epitome of choking chark!

      dono - 2013-07-02 12:46

      Its gonna be about our forwards vs the Bulls backs, Serfontein and Engelbrecht are gonna cause big problems for us but its gonna be a cracker. Lets hope Lambie brings his A-game. Go Sharks

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 12:48

      @dono, last week was shampoodles A-game!

      dono - 2013-07-02 12:59

      Easy jimmynz this weekend he will play even better

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 13:37

      Dono, that's the problem with Lampoodle, every week he will play better for the last three years

      dono - 2013-07-02 13:42

      Like Sies?

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 14:10

      Exactly like Spies, BUT spies lost his form, lambie never had it

      dono - 2013-07-02 14:12

      Not exactly like Sies, he managed to play like a koos for 4 extra years.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 16:03

      What's a koos dude?

      dono - 2013-07-02 17:01

      Sies is a koos

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-02 11:37

    The snaaks will have no trouble at all stepping up to the plate, because they will be under no pressure. If they were under pressure - like if they had not long since been booted out of the competition they have never won - they would choke with blue-faced beauty. But no worries. The Mighty Bulls will be up for it. Maybe not get a bonus point, but the win will be good enough for their march towards their fourth International Super Trophy.

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-07-02 12:32

      @bardof- The saarks can’t step up to the plate... the Bulls will dish them into the plate?? At least the saarks will play in a plate final- their own plate?? "manne maak reg, daar's 'n vissie op di tafel...."

  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-02 11:42

    Ons het 2jaar terug die bulle op loftus gewen op die einde van die seisoen en playoffs gemaak! So ons kan dit weer defnitief doen. Ons n goeie wen rekord die laaste paar seisoene op loftus, so come on sharks en unleash bissie op hul en gee hom n vol game!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-02 11:51

      Literacy is a biatch

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 12:28

      Hoor die windgat katrol kop he he he

      mack.myburgh - 2013-07-02 12:32

      Dis wat meeste BULLE VERGEET !

  • Keagan Mc Goldrick - 2013-07-02 11:44

    This is going to be huge cant wait! Sharks for life!

      Raymond Huxley - 2013-07-02 12:02

      what life? Oh, you mean you still need to get one. Gotcha, mate.

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-02 12:31


      Zane Blignaut - 2013-07-02 13:07

      I personally think this will be a game of guts and glory. It will be good for the Sharks to lose at this moment and time as a change in the union is needed. I think the Sharks will be better off for it, as they can then concentrate on the new brand of rugby John Smit is going to bring to the union, instead of holding on to "dead wood" ideals! In 2 years the sharks will be back in contention for the S15 especially with the number of great players in their squad.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 13:38

      Only great player is Bizzie, and I don't think he will stick around with the new CEO

  • Shaun Neveling - 2013-07-02 11:46

    I also think that the Sharks forwards can stand toe to toe with anyone, and they probably will out scrum the Bulls. But the game does not get played with just scrums. Bulls backline, rolling maul, line outs and goal kicker very potent. Bulls by 10

      Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-02 11:51

      Yes that snaaks tee hee front row is actually the Bok front row. But the Mighty Bulls are no slouches in this department either, on a good day.

      mack.myburgh - 2013-07-02 12:39

      Shuan ,they have ALBERTS playing and DANIELS on 8.........We have 2 POTTIES and a short caveman, without a ball a sharp backline means ziltch. LOOK how easy the opponents scored two forward tries this past Saturday.The will maul us all the time. The Sharks are class and with "The Plumber ' gone their pipes might just be free flow ! I am worried. Playing at Loftus means nothing. (except that the woman look like men)

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 12:59

      ZzZzzzz yawn another ape trying to be funny

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-07-02 11:48

    I agree with Bashford, the Sharks will gain good momentum up front and even with a weakened midfield they'll push the Bulls to the limit. I know Lambie will lift his game and kicking this weekend and that by itself will be a big improvement for the team.

      Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-02 11:57

      Oh yes, shampoodle will be out to avenge his bad hair day last week.

      Johan Mouton - 2013-07-02 12:49

      Even if Lambie lifts his game - he is still less than 50% as good as only one man and that is Morne that should never been replaced by another shark that cannot maintain his performance (it is only the newspaper pressure by their supposed to be rugby expert writers that influenced Heyneke when he made the blunder to select Lambie in lieu of Morne in previous tests).

      Gary Doyle - 2013-07-02 13:03

      Johan you don't think much of Heyneke if you say he's influenced by newspapers. Lambie was better than Morne last year, that was as clear as daylight. Morne better this year but Boks will need both of them to be on top of their game, championship is tough.

      Trav Griffie - 2013-07-02 13:49

      Johan, everyone agrees that Lambie had a bad game last weekend, but at least with him it is only one bad game, and not an entire season like your beloved Morne. If he is 50% of the player that Morne is, why are his kicking stats, defensive stats and attacking stats better than Morne for the season? Not blinkered at all, are you?

      dono - 2013-07-02 14:08

      Johan looking at your profile I would say you are half the man Lambie is.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 16:05

      Se die klein mof dono

      dono - 2013-07-02 17:05

      Not a mof no more, your mom brought me back, now I'm knee deep in pussy

  • Ray Shankland - 2013-07-02 11:50

    Go Sharks....10 points in the last 2 games !!!!

      Raymond Huxley - 2013-07-02 12:03

      only 10 points, thought they'd score more than that, mate.

      Jake Rapper - 2013-07-02 12:07

      Good luck with that. Let us know how that works out for them.

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-07-02 12:23


      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 12:29

      The one that destroyed JdP last time round? Remember Kaplan is not here to save jannie's ass

      Nico Eksteen - 2013-07-02 12:40

      I wouldn't even waste time on a useless player like that, rather target someone else.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-07-02 13:00

      Nco, waar is jou span nou weer op die log? So ek dink Bly jy maar stil seun

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-07-02 12:26

    OR make sure NIK NAK MAN gets a lot of ball ,he always tries to run and gets trapped, as he still thinks he is fast and skilful (parents should lie to their kids) .........that is all where you have a sniff.

  • André Potgieter - 2013-07-02 12:29

    GO SHARKS !!!!

  • André Potgieter - 2013-07-02 12:35

    If the KINGS can score 2 tries with their forwards mauling against the Bulls, then so much more can come from the Sharks ! The Sharks game against the Blues showed how quick a ball must be cleared behind a scrum, maul, loose maul etc. Mcleod showed scrum halfs how it should be done !! Very quick !! Watch-out Bulls !!

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 12:38

      Maybe we were watching different games! I saw a sharks team get lucky right at the end against a weak Blues team!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-02 12:43

      What is a loose maul ?

      dono - 2013-07-02 12:50

      A win is a win besides we put the over rated croesaders on their arse.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 13:32

      You beat a Saders 'B' team by a penalty or 2...Yip, you showed us! Maybe the guppies will make the play-offs, because we all know how that ends!

      dono - 2013-07-02 13:45

      Yes pumpkin, the Sharks C team pumped you fairies good and proper, were the saders in the final last year?

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 16:06

      ??? I saw the game, the guppies weren't in the final either bro!

      dono - 2013-07-02 17:01

      They were bro! Sweet as! They lost to the team you fairies lost to! And got to play an extra game bro!

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-07-02 12:48

    I have supported the side from LOFTUS since 1970........but a)playing at Loftus means nothing any longer b) the SHARKS have the better forwards currently c) Bismarck is back d) Kirschner is still trying to run through a backline this season e ) Dean Greyling still plays prop. The Sharks have to be the favourite ,although we have SERFONTEIN AND ENGELBRECHT. They wont see any ball.

  • Cape Stormer - 2013-07-02 13:45

    For the sake of South African rugby I will the support the Bulls (it hurt saying that). The Bulls needs to keep on winning so that they can secure home advantage for the play offs. By the way the Sharks know to win at Loftus, eish

  • Pieter Huyzer - 2013-07-02 14:25

    Bulls are the form team at the moment. Although I would like the sharks to win, an improvement will be welcomed. Even if the sharks lose, an improved effort from the guys will say a lot about their character. Going out on a limb here...sharks to squek it by 3. Sharks greetings

  • Njabulo Mzulwini - 2013-07-02 19:45

    Willem Alberts bullocking runs through Morne Steyn channel Go Sharks!!

  • Botha Abe - 2013-07-02 20:11

    It took them 79 minutes and a one eyed ref to beat them. The Bulls beat the Blues on home ground as well as the Sharks in the Shark tank. Shake your head so that your ears can bash you awake. This is Loftusburg sonny wake up

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-02 21:12

    Keagan.... Brutus won't insult you if you show respect to the Great Blue Bulls and don't try to defend Team Plankton a.k.a. the Snaaks or the Charks.

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