Bulls, Sharks in playoff scrap

2011-05-20 16:47

Johannesburg - The Sharks and the Bulls have everything to play for in Saturday's Super Rugby clash in Durban, with playoff aspirations for both teams on the line.

Bulls skipper Victor Matfield said this week his side's full focus was on their immediate task, but they were well aware of the long road that lay ahead.

"There are all kind of possibilities and a team that doesn't win could be in trouble, but for us we can't look beyond this weekend," said Matfield.

"It is nice to have two [successive] wins as it gives us confidence and belief in what we are doing, but there is still a lot of hard work that lies ahead."

The Sharks are in fifth place on the log with 43 points while the Bulls are eighth with 36 points.

The Bulls are fresh off a convincing 47-10 victory over the Rebels last week while the Sharks enjoyed a bye.

Less than a month ago critics believed the title holders' chances of defending their title had all but vanished.

The Bulls, however, dusted themselves off and are picking up steam as the competition nears the business end.

The Sharks, on the other hand, have been blowing hot and cold in recent weeks and will look to find some consistency.

Meanwhile, the other Super Rugby match on South African soil will see a resurgent Cheetahs outfit take on the Melbourne Rebels in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The hosts are five tries away from becoming the most prolific try scoring Cheetahs team in Super Rugby history.

They have scored 30 tries in this year's competition and are the joint-leading try-scoring team, along with the Sharks, in the South African conference.

The Rebels, on the other hand, have the leakiest defence in the competition, having conceded 57 tries and 430 points before the weekend.

Cheetahs assistant coach Hawies Fourie, however, said his side needed to improve on attack if they were to claim their fourth consecutive victory.

"We will have to be better on attack. We did not do at the breakdowns against the Crusaders [last week]," Fourie said on Friday.

"The team did well on defence which is an area we would like to build on."

The Lions will be the first South African team in action on Saturday when they take on the Waratahs in the second match of their Australasian tour.

Last week everything clicked for the Lions when they beat the Brumbies for only their second Super Rugby victory of the season.

They will be bolstered by Butch James who is set to receive his first run-on start since he joined the squad in Australia.


  • Lloyd - 2011-05-20 16:51

    Should be a cracker.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-20 18:51

      Yes Lloyd... but I am nervous. If Bakkies and Spies can find their A games we are in with a shout. If not, we will be demolished.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-20 19:52

      Moenie worry nie. Hulle gaan kook.

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-20 16:54

    Yes, the crackling sound of Shark ass vanishing in thin air

      Lloyd - 2011-05-20 17:00

      Ha ha ha.

      Alan guy - 2011-05-20 17:10

      that was pretty lame man, Sharks dont even have an ass

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-20 17:31

      @Alan Gay Ok, shark tail/internal balls/left ventricle, make your pick

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-20 18:52

      Dude... predictions are futile, and, I'm afraid, childish, unless you are taking a wager.

  • molefeP - 2011-05-20 17:09

    Going to be tough! Come on Bulls!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-05-20 17:12

    Good luck Sharks.

  • Morne - 2011-05-20 17:13


  • sannahan - 2011-05-20 17:15

    The Bulls won against the Terribles and now they are Champion material. If the Sharks play like in last year's Currie Cup semi-final the Bulls will taste the bitter-sour taste of defeat. However, too little is heard [because of the Bulls vs Sharks hype] of the Cheetahs. They are like a breath of fresh air after having been dumped by many a SAFFA.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-20 17:31

      @sannahan - you can talk so much rubish. In the first place, the Shark Bull game can go any way - the terrible team you speak of, only lost by 2 to the Sharks. The terrible Chiefs beat the Stormers. Open race. I have seen a heap of praise for the Cheetahs, and none of our teams will see them as a easy game. They are far from forgotten. Sarel, Sias, Coennie and Johnson are pushing hard for Bok selection.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-20 18:57

      @Plesierspier: It's people like you that give the Bulls supporters a bad name. Please take your comments elsewhere. Thank you.

      Marcell - 2011-05-21 02:16

      @plesierspier: as jy verlang na daai ding gaan speel met jou plesierspier. Kom ons probeer om nie so laag te daal nie.

  • SST - 2011-05-20 19:22

    Good luck to both teams. This will be a hard battle. May the best team win.

      Brannas - 2011-05-20 19:30

      And the best team in the competition issssssss, the blou bulle.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-21 02:12

    Ek weet hierdie berig het niks te maak met die stompies nie maar....... ek wil net die geleentheid gebruik om die papsak suigende hordes geluk te wens met hul span se oorwinning. Sien julle, die ref is partymaal ook aan julle kant. Nogmaals geluk. Ek vertrou dat die Bulle goed sal speel en hopelik wen. Bulle by 5.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-21 04:13

      Hel en hoe!! Die ref was pateties, as ek die Blues was sou ek verseker die game laat nullified het. Daar's geen manier die Stormers het gewen nie, die Blues is totaal uit die game geblaas!

      MaestroX - 2011-05-21 10:15

      Plesiespier, you have got to learn something, there is no comments column next to the score, all its says is 28-26. Everytime the Stormers win the turd that spews out of your mouth makes as much sense and the farts that precede it. Grow up and go find some pathetic site that enjoys the vile comments and statements you make on these forums.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-21 15:19

    May we see a very good game of rugby. My support for the Cheetahs and naturally Bulls forever.

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