Sharks not out to avoid 'Saders

2012-07-10 22:18

Durban - Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said there was no point trying to influence who they may or may not face in the playoff stages of Super Rugby, adding 'you have to beat the best to be the best'.

The Sharks face the Cheetahs in their final regular season match on Saturday, and by the time they take to the Kings Park field, will have an idea of what they need to do to secure a top-six finish.

As the overall log presently stands, John Plumtree’s sixth-placed team will travel to Canberra to play the Brumbies in the next stage, while the fifth-placed Bulls will have the unenviable task of heading to Christchurch to play seven-time champions, the Crusaders.

“For us we’re going to approach it like we would to any other game,” Daniel told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We’ll have the same mindset, which is win the game first.

“No matter where we are, we’re not going to be on the field thinking let’s not score another try or we might be heading to the Crusaders.

“Obviously it’s a shorter trip to Australia, but somewhere along the line you’re going to have to play the top teams and win away from home to win the competition.

“This is going to be our last game at home. So we’re going to have to win away from home anyway.”

There are several scenarios for the Sharks, who can even make the playoffs with a loss if the Reds and Hurricanes fail to take anything from their matches against the Waratahs and Chiefs respectively, while a win can take them as high as fourth if the Crusaders lose to the Force and the Bulls slip up against the Lions.

The Cheetahs on the other hand are playing for pride, but Daniel is still expecting a tough derby against the men from Bloemfontein.

“I don’t think they’ll change their approach much just because it’s the last game and they’re out of the competition,” he said.

“It’s going to be another South African encounter between two teams that want to dominate up front.”

The Sharks turned in one of their most memorable performances in recent years when they crushed the Bulls 32-10 over the weekend to stay alive in the competition.

“That’s the nature of sport, everyone just seemed to be on the same page on Friday night and it just shows what we’re capable of.

“In my opinion I think it was our most clinical performance of the year, all the players really put their hands up and everyone played really well.” Meanwhile, Springbok pair Willem Alberts and Patrick Lambie along with Steven Sykes and Jacques Botes, who all missed the Bulls game, trained on Monday and are expected to be available for selection.

Junior Boks Paul Jordaan and Pieter-Steph du Toit are major doubts, though, with coach John Plumtree conceding that the former is “still a concern”, while he rated the latter as a “long shot” to play.


  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-10 22:24

    Keep it up Sharks. Well played, now let's see if the momentum stays there.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:47

      Blah blah blah unlike the stormers whose momentum has slowly been spluttering and will come to an abrupt end sooner rather than later

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-11 00:24

      Good luck boys :)

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-11 01:14

      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah The bulls have great momentum hey, 4 losses in 5 games. What a team. Almost as bad as you whale vagina.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 02:37

      Very Mature Lean...

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-11 04:13


      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-11 07:26

      on current form i do believe they can beat the saders (from a stormers supporter)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 07:45

      Tardis means whales vagina Bulls have no momentum, where did I say they do? Crack pipe got u again? Go sharks, go saders, go chiefs, go brumbies, go bulls. Just to screw up lean's year. R u a man or woman? Very ambiguous. From the way u write I assumed u were a housewife Get me a sandwich

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 08:12

      Tom, nice one. Good support of SA sides. So you would rather have an Aussie or NZ side win rather than the Stormers? Well done. Shows your true colours. I have said it on numerous occasions on this site - I am a SA supporter firstly and then a Stormers supporter. If the Sharks carry on playing the way they played on Friday, I think they are our best bet to win the competition, even if they have to travel. But, if the Bulls are playing in the final against any side outside SA, I will support the Bulls. You are obviously of the same ilk as the idiotic cape crusaders who support NZ sides against SA sides...

      Jahendel - 2012-07-11 10:00

      @Tom Replace your go chiefs & bulls with Canes & Lions

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 17:14

      frans, i would support the stormers if they were playing a NZ or aussie team in the final in all honesty but its difficult to watch them because it is genuinely boring. im not a supporter of the team so go on and on about winning rugby whatever, im not a fan so i cant watch something that doesnt entertain me. watching a final of stormers vs crusaders will be as important to me as watching the euro football between teams i have no affiliation to and dont entertain me at all. i have this facade because of people like lean and the like where everything is a comparison to the bulls and even when u have a valid point all u get is bulls bashing

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-10 22:50

    Do it for us Sharks.I'm in need of fresh ammo to offload in the general direction with prefer'able centre hits on our rival Stormer fans.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:47

      No worries, sharks bulls final!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-11 07:09

      thuenis you still wanting to watch frans s in action against stormers? sad mys you will have to wait for curry cup cause should we meet in play offs or finals depending on results he not allowed to play so i pretty sure your Freddy Frenchman gonna get sold a few times with the ball against jdv.

  • Frank - 2012-07-10 23:42

    Just do the four try, bonus point thing again!

  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-11 07:48

    I think that this is going to be a very tough match-up. The Cheetahs have been the Sharks nemesis team in recent years, and they are a good side, so the boys better be very wide awake. Good luck always it's Sharks forever.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-11 11:49

      Actually we've shaken the Cheetahs bogey off in the past 2/3 years, even winning in Bloem. It's the Lions who seem to have our number in recent matches. But it's still a tough game. We'll underestimate the Cheetahs at our own peril. Good luck Sharks!!

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