Twickenham still on the cards

2011-03-14 22:01

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg – The Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Crusaders may still be played at Twickenham in London next weekend. However, it will have to be on the Sunday.

England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) have already given the go-ahead, but the Sharks are yet to agree to it.

The match was initially scheduled for next Friday, but that would have clashed with Harlequins’ match against Gloucester.

Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli said on Monday that the decision taken would have to be in their best interests.

They play the Stormers the following Saturday (2 April) in Durban. Apart from the Sharks, the Cape side are the only other unbeaten side in the competition.

If the match is played on the Sunday, the Sharks will only be back in South African the following Monday or Tuesday, and that may not leave them with enough time to prepare for the Stormers.

Another stumbling block for the Sunday game is the scheduled maintenance work on the railway network.

Spectators will be dependent on trains to get to the stadium. If the match cannot be played at Twickenham, it will take place in Timaru in New Zealand.


  • JDemons - 2011-03-14 22:26

    Doesn't really matter where they play....the Sharks are going to get there arse handed to them. It's gonna be a good game!!

      birdman - 2011-03-15 00:08

      Wher have you been for the past few weeks? Oh, you had your head up your arse! Must be a Stormers supporter.

      chris.swanepoel1 - 2011-03-15 01:56

      Sound like a fair comment Crusaders are miles a head of anyone else by the looks of it.

      TracerZA - 2011-03-15 05:45

      have you been watching the tournament?

      Neyven - 2011-03-15 06:24

      I agree; it seems that the Crusaders is the only team that has kicked into a higher gear already. But why has the Sharks been handed games against the Crusaders (unquestionably NZ's most accomplished side) in NZ two years running. (I know it's Super 15 now and not Super 14 anymore).

      Doorboot - 2011-03-15 07:20

      You read the part that says only the Stormers and the Sharks are unbeaten?

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 08:57

      This is something we hear every year and it seldom happens. Games between the Sharks and the Saders have generally been close run affairs and I see no different for this year. The game is played on the pitch by professionals not on Sport24 by supporters otherwise the Stormers would have won a few competitions in the last 11 years

      Balsakhater - 2011-03-15 10:41

      Totally agree with you. Saders is hot Sh%t at the moment and will beat any team in this tournament. Hopefully the Bulls will wake up and be able to stop there march.

  • Iann Leonards Pitout - 2011-03-15 03:06

    Oh my gosh, you guys are ignorant...How can the Crusaders be miles ahead, just because they smashed a team that's having domestic issues. You've seen what politics does to a team...Brumbies have major internal issues and is clearly not on par at the moment, Blues beat the Crusaders, so based on your analysis the game against the Crusaders should be a walk in the park for the Sharks. Grow up and start watching Rugby, the game outcomes is based on a combination of resistance factors like Pressure, Defense, mistakes vs. Teams mind set, skill, confidence (which requires enough practice time to be confident in moves or game plays). Keep in mind that teams study each other intensely, so both teams up against each other will bring with them several game plans in order to switch from previous game plans to prevent becoming to predictive and stand the risk of being dominated. That's why Rugby has become like Cricket....any team can win on a day...and that's why the Sharks will be concerned on how much practice time they will have before the Stormers game.

      Hein - 2011-03-15 05:19

      Well said Iann - I agree with you. The Sharks should play the game in NZ and get home to prepare for the Stormers. I feel sorry for the Crusaders because of their damaged stadium, but to travel all the way from NZ to England is plain stupid. By the way I am a BULLS supporter and an anti bergbokkejane supporter.

      Hein - 2011-03-15 05:28

      Well said Iann - I agree with you. The Sharks should play the game in NZ and get home to prepare for the Stormers. I feel sorry for the Crusaders because of their damaged stadium, but to travel all the way from NZ to England is plain stupid. By the way I am a BULLS supporter and an anti bergbokkejane supporter.

      meatusx - 2011-03-15 07:52

      Much obliged coming from a Bulls supporter...I am impressed and that's how you talk Rugby everyone...lets appreciate the game for what it is. At the end only two teams play in the final and if only one of those two teams is a South African team we all support South Africa, won't we....

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-15 05:37

    Stormers suck!!!!!

      meatusx - 2011-03-15 07:55

      Maybe in their personal time, but definitely not on the field...they struggling with their game plan and still win games...I'm hoping they don't find their 2nd gear when we "Sharks" come up against them.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-03-15 07:00

    Playing at Twickenham!?.....sounds like somebody is 'showboating!

  • Lionel - 2011-03-15 07:07

    As a Crusaders supporter I think the whole idea is absolutely ridiculous. I cannot believe that the Crusaders are even concodering this idea when they can play against a home crowd in New Zealand. If it does happen, Twickenham will not even be 25% full of spectators. Is this a pathetic ZANZAR idea?

      Magoo - 2011-03-15 07:45

      I agree Lionel - this is a "southern" tournament I do not understand the mindset to take this game out of NZ. No matter where it's played in NZ it will still be a "home" game for 'Saders and a bigger benefit for NZ and 'Sader rugby than hosting it elsewhere, even in Aus!

      meatusx - 2011-03-15 07:48

      Much agreed, supporters wait all year to see their team play especially if they play against an outfit like the Sharks. It must be a SANZAR Idea, can't see why the crusaders would want to do it...unless they somehow making more money from it then it's understandable because they need money to fix up their stadium and surroundings. catch 22 with this one i must say...

      gooinat - 2011-03-15 07:59

      I agree with what all of you are saying,from previous articles that I have read is that the Crusaders are losing a lot of money because they are having to play there games in smaller stadiums,the 2 form teams will be going up against each other and they want a bigger stadium to cash in.But Ya I think Sanzar has defintely got something to do with this....

      BCC - 2011-03-15 08:24

      They want to do it because the Crusaders are so well known world wide for being the best side in the world that they can fill Twickenham. Even if they don't fill it they will get a massive crowd compared to the 12,000 that can fit into Nelson. Comments like Lionels are ignorant, just you wait and see what a success it is.

  • gooinat - 2011-03-15 07:22

    If the Crusaders are worried about there stadiums being to small for this game then why not take it to Hong Kong or maybe play the game in Oz somewhere,surely to travel all that way is absurd.

  • Viv - 2011-03-15 08:50

    Why not play at Kings Park? Duh! This is a southern hemisphere tournament so why on earth would you want to go to England to play it. Mind boggling. What a stupid suggestion to play in Englamd. Play in Durban. Sorry the stadium in Christchurch is buggered but why on earth go to England of all places. I mean really. Someone took a shot to the head and came around stupid to even consider this idiotic idea.

  • Wovenivy - 2011-03-15 08:56

    Whilst it would be fabulous to see the Sharks play at Twickenham, there is only one scenario that is "in the best interests of the Sharks" and that's to play in NZ. Sharks and Stormers only unbeaten sides so far - remember that the Stormers have played a game less (bye) and they have been allocated 4 points for their bye so not really a true reflection at the moment.

  • hunterdog - 2011-03-15 08:56

    Fuck it man. Grow up Streuli. Co-operate and play in England. Tell the Shark team to BUTCH FUKKEN UP. Just Fukken DO IT ASSHOLE!!!

      Wovenivy - 2011-03-15 08:58


      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-15 09:02

      You need help dude ............... really! This is not The Sharks problem and nor do they need to ''co-operate'' as this was not part of the original planning. They would be doing the Saders a favour and possibly at their own expense so chill dude......

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-03-15 09:13


  • Renesh Rambalie - 2011-03-15 08:57

    Why cant the game just be brought to Durbs :)....if you going to have in Twickenham then you might as well have it in the shark tank,makes more sense then the above arragments!!!....

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