Trophy hunger drives Sharks

2012-08-01 22:47

Johannesburg - JP Pietersen is adamant that the Sharks can overcome the severities of their recent travels and win the Super Rugby final, saying that the driving force now with them is knowing they stand on the brink of history.

The Durbanites have travelled to Australia and back and have returned again in the space of 14 days.

They also went to Cape Town during that period - having had to play the Reds in a playoff game in Brisbane and then the Stormers a semi-final at Newlands.

John Plumtree’s men are currently in camp in Sydney and will travel to Hamilton in New Zealand on Thursday for the tournament decider against the Chiefs two days later.

“What motivates us is the fact that we’re in the final, and more so that none of us have ever won the trophy,” winger Pietersen said.

“That motivates everyone, players and coaching staff. We’re all very excited for Saturday.”

The Crusaders are the only visiting team from a different country to win the final away from home, when they beat the Brumbies in Canberra in the 2000 spectacle.

Pietersen, a key cog in Sharks team during recent weeks, admits it will be an arduous challenge, but is confident they can accomplish the near impossible, provided they make a fast start.

“The Chiefs have been the best team in the competition this season. They showed that the whole tournament and we’re in for a big game,” he said.

“We’ll have to start well against them and will need to be at our best.”

The Springbok star was twice named Man of the Match in the last three games, but admits it is all about the team.

“I’m happy that my body is in great shape, for the first time in my career,” he said.

“I’m fully fit and feeling very strong and that brings confidence.

“When you play well, your confidence rises and motivates you further, I’m just happy that I’m performing well for the team.”

Pietersen’s success as well as that of several other Bok players, including the likes of Ryan Kankowski and Tendai Mtawarira, has coincided with their dramatic turn of fortunes this season.

They looked unlikely to reach the playoffs, let alone the final, at the halfway stage of the group stages when they only had a 4-4 (win-loss) record.

But four wins in a row boosted their chances, although they went into the June international break on the back of an upset loss to the Lions.

“After the Lions game, we agreed that the challenge was in our hands and we’ve all stepped up each week and faced that challenge head on,” he added.

"The break in June gave us time to refresh and talk about our goals and what we wanted to achieve this season.

“But we have won nothing yet, we have to stay grounded and we have one more mission, one more game.”

The calsh in Hamilton kicks off at 09:35 SA time on Saturday.


  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-01 23:08

    ...Bulls = Super-Champs X3..! ....2007... ....2009... .....2010...! ...CHAMPION-BULLS..!

      slick.hounder - 2012-08-01 23:44

      hahah Jonno,,,, you silly eejit! You brag about the Bulls,,,, they come no where near the Crusaders when it comes to WINS! so what the hell u bragging about?? The Bulls never won away from HOME so Duh! What u got to say about the way Sharks thrashed the Bulls recently again ermmmmm Hellooooo!! LOL! Btw I played for the N-TVL when men still played rugby as its meant to be played. Brigadier Buurman Van Zyl , Thys Lourens, Wynaand Classen, Mona Van Heerden, Ray Mordt and and, ring a bell? Wait Probably long b4 you were born just in case you think I am biased. Now Stop being such a "suur gat" loser and support the Sharks FFS!! Its not going to Kill you now is it?? Best of luck to Plum and the team and never forget whether you win or loose. NO Team or player is bigger and or better than the Game itself. Enjoy and do Natal and South Africa proud. ^5s Buggers!

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 00:30

      ....Go Sharks..! ...Go Sharks..! ...Go Sharks..!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-02 00:44

      "You brag about the Bulls,,,, they come no where near the Crusaders when it comes to WINS!" .. you stupid or what ?

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 00:51

      RandomDude.... The Crusaders are NOT from South-Africa..! ...are you stupid or what..???

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 00:53

      RandomDude.... The Crusaders are NOT from South-Africa..! ...are you stupid or what..???

      denese.newby - 2012-08-02 01:08

      Only 2X 2009 and 2010. 2007 SHARKS 4 EVER Ref Steve Walsh even said in Tribune next day " I think I made a mistake!" He was referring to Habana picking the ball up after the Bulls' knock on and then scoring a try which should never have been allowed. But who cares about what's written on paper. The reality is that the Sharks won in 2007 and that's that!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-02 02:26

      Geesh Denese you talk so much K that you believe yourself... The Sharks had more than enough opportunities to seal that game... The Bulls took theirs.. GET OVER IT.... Good luck for Saturday... Sharks by 5...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-02 06:06

      Denese, the Sharks' name isn't on the trophy. As simple as that. Slick, who the hell is 'Mona' van Heerden? You played for N.Tvl as much as I played for them. Zero times! Idiot!

      steyts - 2012-08-02 06:49

      There certainly is no reason why any bulls fan should brag about their team at the moment with their past success!! At this moment they are only the third best team in SA... WP!! Most currie cup wins!!! (Even though the last one was a lifetime ago!!) GO WP!!!

      danny.cohen.315 - 2012-08-02 08:18

      blou johnny come lately dom droë drol.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-01 23:14

    ....Go Sharks..! ... Go Sharks...!

      denese.newby - 2012-08-02 01:10

      Thanks for supporting the Sharks blou.johnny

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-08-02 09:07

      Go Away Visser

  • andre.webster.10 - 2012-08-01 23:17

    I am the Stormers fan and the way Stormers played last Saturday gave the game away and the Sharks deserved to win. Supporting Sharks this weekend. Go Sharks and make South African PROUD!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-08-01 23:30

      @andre' 17 years cupless, it's official. STORMERS= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-01 23:20

    .....Haai Stormers..! ....Bye-bye Stormers..! ...ha ha ha ha..!!

      slick.hounder - 2012-08-01 23:51

      At least the Stormers made the semi finals ... ole suur gat loser Johnny..... Where did the Bulls end up??? Plat op hulle gatte LOL .... the laugh is on U, Johnny ... on U... LOL woot!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 00:39 Super

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-02 00:42

      "At least the Stormers made the semi finals" .. lucky you

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-02 00:44 Super and Currie cups... ...11 years... ...and counting... :-))

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-02 02:28

      Slick you not that Slick by the looks of things... Who made the Semi's in 2007??? Sorry can't remember... Who won it... OH that would be the Bulls.... Sharks by 5 come saturday...

  • heystek.erasmus - 2012-08-02 06:00

    Only the winners name is etched on the trophy,not the names of the teams who made the semi's,or the play-offs!neither are the names of the teams who played the most attractive rugby or scored the most tries etched on the trophy!only the winners!a team can only claim success and bragging richts when they win the trophy,anything less than that means shyte!i do hope the sharks bag this one!

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-02 06:09

    Sort of a nothing article really. Trophy hunger probably drives the Chiefs as well.

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-08-02 10:08

      Go Away Visser, Go Away.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 07:07

    The final should have a 2 week break to make it a more even contest when teams have to travel overseas. I think the problem is just too much rugby - and they want ot expand the comp further. More is less, its becoming watered down. Anyway, if the Sharks lose at least we'll have the jetlag excuse - it shouldn't be that way though.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 07:31

      Skaam jou Sakkie jy laster!

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  • steyts - 2012-08-02 07:32

    If there is one thing that we can learn rom this super rugby season it is that NO BULLS PLAYERS SHOULD MAKE THE BOKS TEAM!!!!!!!!! OK maybe 1 with hougaard at 9 and Kruger at 5... Boks team for Rugby champs: Ludik/J Pietersen, Pietersen, de Villiers (c), Steyn, Lambie, Hougaard, Alberts, Coetzee, Brussow, Bekker, Etsebeth, du Plessis, Bismarck, Beast... WHAT A TEAM!!!!!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 07:37

      @steyts, Houghaard and Kruger, That's 2 actually

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 07:47

      Not J pieterson, definitely not J pieterson,rather go with Aplon.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 07:47

      As a Stormers supporter and avid rugby watcher, it's not a full chicken and chips without two wings

      steyts - 2012-08-02 07:51

      HHAHAHAHAH sorry for that!!! :))

      steyts - 2012-08-02 07:53

      Aplon is useless at fullback!! If not J Pietersen then it must be Louis Ludik!! Kirchener has been given more than enough chances to prove himself and has failed every time!! Time to give somebody else a go at 15!!!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 08:09

      @steyts,15 Willie le Roux?

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 09:06

      mike.barmy will be happy to know that at least one of our testes is in good shape.

      heystek.erasmus - 2012-08-02 10:57

      Ja asb!los al die bulle uit die bokspan,sommer vir al die toetse die jaar!dan kan ons spelers lekker rus,die CC op 'n drafstappie wen,lekker herstel en uitrus einde van die jaar,en volgend jaar die S15 vat,ja asb,doen ons daai guns!!!!maar,dan kan ek nou al hoor hoe moan die Stormers as hulle hul gatte sien volgende jaar,want dan sit hulle met oormoeg spelers,beseerdes ens,want almal mos vir die bokke gespeel

  • OSSY24 - 2012-08-02 08:00

    dream on dream away

  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 09:03

    "driving force now with them" - see what happens when you put Yoda on the coaching staff? He's turned this whole final into Return of the Last Outpost.

  • margaretha.freyer - 2012-08-02 10:00

    I always have to hear the same thing about the stormers,how great their defense are and how crippled they were with all their injuries,but never have i heard a stormer complementing another SA team.if u want to win or stay on top you must change your game plan and stop being so predicable,i admire the stormers for being a such a force to be reckoned with and the bulls as well for traveling and losing against the crusaders,they are still the only south African team that has the super rugby trophy,now please can we all stop with the chokers and concentrate on supporting the sharks as no one predicted this and yet they are at the moment the best south African team!!!!go sharks

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-03 19:23

      try reading the comments properly then you will see plenty of Stormers complementing the Sharks.

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