Sharks get far friendlier Super Rugby draw
Cape Town - The Sharks will start the 2017 Super Rugby competition on
tour next year as they travel to Australia for the opening two rounds of
the second edition of the 18-team tournament.
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This year, they played only New Zealand and South African teams along
with the Jaguares from Argentina and Sunwolves from Japan, and although
they will play the latter two again, next year sees them switching to
Australian opposition given the format of the tournament to change
things post 2015 when three more teams were added to the 15 at the
Although they won’t be hosting opposition teams in February
when the heat and humidity saps energy and plays havoc with ball
handling, they will be presented with similar conditions in Brisbane
when they play the Reds in their opening game of the season.
The following week they are in the nation’s capital of Canberra
taking on the Brumbies to conclude a short tour that at one stage of the
competition was as long as five weeks, but will be a less arduous
fortnight in 2017.
Indeed, on their 2016 tour they were away for three weeks, playing the Blues, Chiefs and Highlanders.
On their return from Australia, they will host the Waratahs and Kings
on successive weekends at Kings Park before facing the
Cheetahs and Lions in consecutive away games. They then welcome the
Jaguares to Durban before their Easter weekend bye.
Six matches follow before their second bye, welcoming the Rebels
before flying to Argentina for the away leg clash against the Jaguares
and then back home to take on the Force. Two away games follow - against
the Kings and the Sunwolves in Singapore - before they play three local
This last trio of clashes are all at home, against the Stormers
before the June break for the mid-year Test matches, then the Bulls,
with a bye before the final week of the pool stages where they entertain
this year’s losing finalists, the Lions.
In total, the Sharks will play eight of their 15 pool match
games at home and seven away (four of these overseas) with byes in week 8
and week 16 of the competition.
The qualifiers will take place the following week, with the
semi-finals played a week later and the final scheduled for Saturday,