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Sharks in knockout mode

2013-07-02 23:00

Durban - Sharks assistant coach, Hugh Reece-Edwards says they will go into their clash with the Bulls in a ruthless frame of mind.

They will go into this weekend's crunch Super Rugby clash against the Bulls with a relatively clean bill of health coming out of Saturday’s win over the Blues relatively unscathed.

The Sharks website reports that no new names will be added to the already long injury list at the Durban-based franchise, something Sharks assistant coach, Hugh Reece-Edwards, is very happy about.

"It’s unknown not to get an injury or two, so it’s great that we have the same squad to pick from for this weekend’s game," admitted a smiling Reece-Edwards.

"Unfortunately, we don’t have any backs returning from injury this week, Meyer Bosman and JP Pietersen could be ready next week although we don’t know when Tim Whitehead will be ready, there is a possibility of next week though.

"So we’re still short amongst the backs, but Ryan Kankowski played a club game and he’s adding to the growing number of forwards we can start choosing from.

"So we have the same squad available from last week - the same squad that did the job last week - and we just hope we can go and do the job again this week."

Reece-Edwards was quick to leap to the defence of flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who had an uncharacteristically erratic day with the boot against the Blues.

"I don’t think Pat is too concerned about last week, he had an off day and probably the only one he’s had the entire year.

"He’s settled back here quite nicely after being away at the Springbok camp.

"I also don’t think there will be much problem this weekend, it’s always lovely kicking up on the Highveld, so I’m sure he’ll relish that."

Reece-Edwards admitted that he is looking forward to Bismarck du Plessis, who returned to the team as a substitute over the weekend, to bring his wealth of experience to the team and make an impact on proceedings, whether he starts or comes off the bench against the Bulls.

"Bismarck has come off the bench in the Tests as well as last week for us, he knows where he fits in in the side and he’s ready to start. And if he does, he will last as long as he can and alternatively if he plays off the bench, he will certainly provide some good stealing opportunities, he’s a great guy to provide experience.

"He’s an enforcer, so whatever role he plays, he will help the side."

With their win over the Blues over the weekend and if results go their way in the run-in to the end of the league phase, Reece-Edwards is all too aware that the Sharks are still in with an outside shout of the playoffs, but need to beat the Conference-winning Bulls to keep those hopes alive.

"Last time against the Bulls was almost knockout rugby as well, Morné Steyn punished us with six penalties, so our discipline has to be right up there.

"We received a yellow card last time against them and that didn’t help.

"It is knockout rugby for us and we are reliant on one or two other rugby results, but whatever way you look at it, we need to get two results, whether that takes us into a possible playoff or whether it’s the way we finish off the season, we aim to go out with two wins in the next two weeks."
 

Sport24

Comments
  • Smurwe - 2013-07-02 22:46

    Hmmm good luck Saarks.. It does sound as if you are really trying to talk some bravery into yourselves.. Fort Loftus wont make it easy for you. Bottom line. Saarks very far from top of there game. Bulls by 10

      TravieGrif - 2013-07-03 07:25

      You are right Smurf. It's been a poor season for the us this year, and there ae the usual attempts at mind-games before the match but it is going to be tough as takkie on the weekend. Good luck lad. Hoping for an entertaining game. Sharks forever.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:33

      Trav I am sure it will be entertaining. Good luck to you too.

      Peter L' Estrange - 2013-07-03 09:10

      Lets face it , the Sharks gave the game to Steyn with too amny epnalties. Hope our man have the discipline on Saturday and don't give away stupid penalties. Remember this, Keegan and Beast.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 10:23

      Peter Dont BS yourselves. No one gave anyone anything. Sharks were p@ss poor, bulls were better. End of story

  • Smurwe - 2013-07-02 22:46

    Remember Naka talking similar talks just before the Bulls smashed them...

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-02 22:49

      You call 6 points smashed?

      Smurwe - 2013-07-02 22:50

      Yes. Tannie. You have a problem with it?

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-02 22:51

      No problem just think you're brain dead that's all hehe!

      dono - 2013-07-02 22:53

      Stormers24 trying to put the hoodoo on the Sharks.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-02 22:54

      Says the braindead herselves. Or is it the cheap wine talking as per usual. Has read a lot about the CT Bergies...

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-02 22:56

      Die cheap wyn het jou breinselle gethrash boeta...

      Smurwe - 2013-07-02 22:58

      He he.. Did I touch a nerve. Truth does tend to hurt. Dont worry.. thevare institutions for your type, there are people that cares and love you Bergies as well

      Johan Kleu - 2013-07-03 07:11

      Smurwe, los vir Tannie Choker!

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:17

      Adrian Do you really think I care about your opinion..??? Really !! Don't worry. There are institutions for your kind as well

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:46

      WOWWWWWWW Adrian How long did it take to come up with that piece of brilliance BHWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Vuurwarm Tannie - 2013-07-03 08:05

      Johan ch(ew)oke on this; you is liking das wood haha!

  • Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-07-02 22:48

    Just accept it like the kings. Already knocked out.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-02 23:07

      Never a more true word spoken.

      Chris Lategan - 2013-07-03 05:57

      You're not too good with mathamatics, hey Pompie?

  • Andre Van Der Kaay - 2013-07-02 23:09

    Dit gaan n titaniese clash wees. Ek sien uit na die game. Dink die Bulle is n beter span op die oomblik. 2de helfte op Loftus is nie maklik vir enige span nie. Veral nie as jy van die kus af kom nie.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-02 23:17

      Absolutely.. lokking forward to the game. Bulls just have to pull it off. Non negotiable

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-02 23:41

    When the sharks go into knock-out mode, that's exactly what they do...they get knocked-out of the competition time and time again! History will prove this. But as usual all the arrogance in the world but no silver wear! Go Bulls!!!

      Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-03 03:01

      Thanks Jimmy. Let's friggin well hope so.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-03 07:29

      Yip, that's a classy guppy supporter for you right there!

      TravieGrif - 2013-07-03 07:30

      Blaming others of arrogance is quite rich coming from you, Jimmy.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-03 07:54

      Never been arrogant a day in my life bro! Saying the AB's, Saders and Bulls are fantastic teams isn't arrogant, it's telling the truth!

      dono - 2013-07-03 07:55

      Pull your tongue out, you little biatch.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-07-02 23:53

    Ah get over yourselves... There's no arrogance there! What did you expect him to say... "we have no chance of making the playoffs so we're just not gonna try..." You read what he said... they are just going out there to win the next two games.... It's called a fighting spirit, determination.... Never say die! Try it sometime...

      Jake Rapper - 2013-07-03 04:13

      3 Cups. How hard do you want us to try?

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-07-03 03:13

    Yes the snarks are going to put up a big snout, er, I mean, shout. They won't be choking because they have nothing to choke about. They know very well they are out of the grown-ups' competition. Note: All of a sardine the snarks are in "knock-out mode" - meanwhile, the Flagship Team of the Milky way - the Mighty Bulls - have been in knockout mode for 6 games now. One more on Saturday. Morne is going to have to deal with shampoodle, who has suddenly got all cross (ooooooh!) because he had a bad hair day last week. The Bulls will be in vierwielaandrywing - not going for the bonus point as much as for the win. Although you never know. We want that home semi and home final. Badly. We need to catch up to the Crusaders' seven. And four is a whole lot better than three.

  • Deo Botha - 2013-07-03 04:16

    Poor Sharks are now playing with the BIG BOYS after narrowly beating a strugling Blues side on home turf.....

  • Leon Young - 2013-07-03 05:14

    the sharks should beat the bulls they should destroy the bulls but their weak link keegan daniel make them lose game after game

      Hydronamix Airtowater - 2013-07-03 05:52

      Leon. Don't give Keegan all the credit.. :-). Their is fungis hair boy who missed more kicks than he landed last week.Then brilliant new CEO decided in crunch time of the series to fire and hire. Before that the test of the team were just as pathetic

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:10

      King Start talking sense. This is Rugby, not DIY...

      TravieGrif - 2013-07-03 07:41

      Smurf, the timing of Plum's departure wasn't ideal, but it wasn't supposed to work out the way it did. That's life, and those involved need to get up and move on. I see the insult brigade is out in force again, but that's ok. Lambie didn't have a good game last week, so it will be interesting to see how he responds this week. He has kicked well this season so I'm sure he'll be back up there. He is class, and I have no doubt he will show it. As far as Daniel is concerned...he has be pathetic this season and I for one am really looking forward to seeing Kanko, Alberts and Coetzee as 8, 7 and 6. Should be good to watch. Good luck Bulls. Sharks forever.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 09:43

      Trav Agree, Sharks had a tough season ad you are right. The entire coach thing is just part of life. To be honest, aftervthe "Groot Trek" at the Bulls 2 years ago, I gave them 3 years to reach the top again. I am just glad they could do it in 2. Yes, the final match has not been played, but I am quite happy with where they are. Lets enjoy the rugby

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-07-03 06:22

    Hope they keep the crappy music down during the game. Go Sharks

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:39

      Johny Hahahahaha.. Yes, They should play Liefling again. Daniel will probably think its him and loose with a smile

  • Graham Swart - 2013-07-03 06:56

    Another team talking "off" the field instead of "on" the field. Did they not learn anything from Naka's mistake????

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:12

      Apparently not... :-)

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:42

      Adrian No, maybe just shut up and play the game. Then it is much less embarrassing afterwards. I am not aware of anyone forcing him to say anything.

      Graham Swart - 2013-07-03 08:37

      @Adrian Snyman, typical looser talk as always. Don't get personal if the truth hurts. I can see you bulsh*t your kids everyday because you do not know better, shame

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 10:26

      ThomasLol... unless it,s a turd.. then the anal thing may work.... ;-)

  • Francois Marx - 2013-07-03 07:08

    Sharks in 'fish 'n chips' mode.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 07:43

      LOL... Done forget the coke with it

  • Morwa Motho Selebi - 2013-07-03 07:14

    Y Cosatu & (Z) Vavi don't just tell us to vote for another party coz ANC is not listenin 2 us, Mayb we 'll spend much time @ work than strikn,

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-03 07:17

      That's a valid point! But I still think the sharks, like the anc suck!

      dono - 2013-07-03 08:19

      Jimmynz do you hate the Sharks cos we are black and white and you are neither? There is a place for all in the new South Africa even the cape croesaders. So take the chip off your shoulder and pull your tongue out. Good lad

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-03 08:35

      dono, I'm actually white bro, but I dig at the sharks a lot because most my mates are supporters! Don't worry about it, I never hear the end of it from them either! By the way, what really get's me (a trait you share with the stormers) is the chest-beating and how great you guys think you are without really achieving anything.

      dono - 2013-07-03 08:56

      Jimmy that bubble you live in must be an amazing place. I'm from Durban, and therefore support the Sharks. Just because the two teams you support are the most successful in Super Rugby history doesn't mean that other supporters aren't allowed to voice their opinion. Life must be good for you choosing teams that are genuine title contenders and with it comes trophies but you have no pride and passion. So I'l continue to support the Sharks because thats where Im from and you keep supporting those in front and feel you have all the right in the world to look down on others. And you aren't arrogant, you are too ignorant for that.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-07-03 09:19

      It's called banter Dono! My team hasn't won d#ck since 2008 (ITM doesn't count) and has been knocked out by the Bulls more times than I can remember! I'm trying to say I'm just ribbing you lads...lighten up will you!

      dono - 2013-07-03 10:50

      Contrary to popular belief Tim Tardash and Jimmnz, being a Sharks supporter is not all about getting barreled and drinking at Joe Kools, we are able to look on the bright side of life too and we know the Sharks will make the final hurdle one day and take the Super Rugby trophy and are quite happy to wait for it, Christ its been 19 years without the cup, we can wait. Frans Steyns inability to find touch will haunt him for the rest of his days. But the fact that his mistake brought the whole of the north togever as one and hold hands whilst mofmeyer sung his heart out. Well you can thank the Sharks for that.

      dono - 2013-07-03 11:48

      You read me like a book tardash

      dono - 2013-07-03 11:56

      Besides tardash wasn't that a song called winner by buck?

  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-03 07:21

    Dis rerig goeie nuus vir die sharks vir n slag, net slegte nuus die laaste paar maande nog. Dit sal wonderlik wees as bissie kan begin want hy sal defnitief die bulle by die horings vat, lambie sal ook opstan in die wedstryd, hy hou van groot oomblike wedstryde. Ek baie hoop vir die wedstryd en mag die beste span wen, sharks forever!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-07-03 08:02

      Outcome-based education, sucks big time

  • Mark Russell - 2013-07-03 07:36

    This is going to be a tough game and both packs will be up for it. I suspect that the kicking will play a huge role here so I hope lambie brings his A game. Would be an awesome feat to beat the bulls at loftus but it is only possible if the team performs at its best. A few errors from the bulls would not hurt either but they are looking in form so would not hold my breath. Go sharks!

  • Eben Posthumus - 2013-07-03 07:50

    All I'm going to say is, that in big matches, at Loftus and at Kings Park, Loftus has been the Sharks hunting ground. Not sure why the Bulls fans are so confident. If this match was in Durban, Bulls by 2. But at Loftus, the Bulls will need to give 150% otherwise there will be some kaviaar on their faces....

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-03 08:35

    Beware blue bull neanderthals, the sharks are out for blood.

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-03 08:42

    To daan le roux, top name for that ugly stadium, and the music is horrible steve mofmeyer sounds like nails being scratched on a blackboard

  • Brad Smith - 2013-07-03 08:56

    "Sharks in knockout mode" ....again.

  • Anton Anton - 2013-07-03 09:33

    So glad Frans Ludeke does not predict games on the Wednesday like AC and Drotske and now even Edwards.

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 09:45

      Anton . Its because he is a quality coach

  • Sboniso Gumbi - 2013-07-03 10:11

    Yes sharkies!!,Stormers would greatly appreciate tenderised stake yummy!!;-)

      Smurwe - 2013-07-03 10:19

      Sboniso I assume youre right, but more likely to be fishpaste and dried raising in this case

  • Bill Burgess - 2013-07-03 14:36

    Whilst all local derbys in South Africa are not for the faint hearted and , no matter, how the previous games have gone, you can never to be confident of who will win or lose(ala last seasons Super XV semi final knockout game at Newlands!). The league table however tells no lies and this tells me that the Sharks have no chance! Much better if the Bulls win, get guarantee semis final than Sharks struggling way , as usual, when it is to late, only to reach the inevitable conclusion! A crushing defeat by one or other of top teams who deserve to be in knock out, not a team who creaps in thro back door!

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-03 16:08

    Knock knock...

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