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Embarrassing crowd at Sharks semi-final


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 21 Oct 2013 at 10:35
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The Sharks get to the Currie Cup semi-final. They do so with a relatively young team and while building a good squad. They unfortunately do not manage to beat Western Province to secure a home-final position on the log, but they nonetheless get to the Currie Cup semi-final. A “HOME” Currie Cup semi-final. They have included all their available Boks. It’s very near to a Super Rugby strength Sharks team coming up against the same Cheetahs team that made it into the Super Rugby play-offs for the first time this year. It would be a cracker of a game. Only no one showed up.

It’s a little known fact that those living in the greater Durban area would in fact melt if touched by rain. In fact, some say many in this area (it is said anything in a 30 minute radius from the Kings Park rugby stadium) do not shower, for the fear of it having the same effect on their bodies as drops of rain will. So it was quite understandable when the Sharks jogged out, after a highly successful Currie Cup season, integrating new young players and re-introducing Bok players, reaching the pinnacle of the Currie Cup competition, that only those willing to melt for the Sharks showed up. Luckily it did not rain and there were no fatalities.

With “friends and family” and a few brave Sharks supporters looking on in the stands, the Sharks did a good job of getting over a spirited Cheetahs side. With a couple of outstanding individual performances, especially from a few of the returning Boks, appreciated by those in the stands and the literally thousands of inaudible cheers coming from the living rooms of Sharks fans everywhere, the Sharks scored 3 great tries met by the empty stands of Kings Park. And when the Cheetahs looked dangerous in the last quarter of the game and looked like getting over the line a couple of times, it was the 40 000 empty chairs when they looked up into the stands, they gave the Sharks the motivation to put everything on the line and hold on to the win for another place in a Currie Cup Final.

Meanwhile Province stormed passed the hapless Lions in front of 35 000 of their own fans.

Luckily the final will not be played at Kings Park this weekend, as rain is again predicted for Saturday and the chances of more people coming out to “risk their lives” to see the Sharks compete for the Currie Cup trophy, would have been to great.

And although some fans would have loved to have the opportunity to see their Sharkies one more time this year, those that showed up for the semi-final, would be relieved that they do not have to endure the embarrassment of an empty stadium again.

Here’s to a great final at a full Newlands, for the first time in 12 years at probably the best supported home ground in South Africa.

PS. If the same melting theory applies to Sharks supporters in the Cape Town area, as it does the Sharks Supporters near Kings Park, please know that no rain is predicted for this weekend and you can safely show up and support your team!



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