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Becoming somewhat predictaBULL

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Feb 2015 at 15:21
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A predictable approach from the Sharks against the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday won’t help their cause in the early stages of the competition. At times over the last few seasons the Sharks have really played some brilliant rugby, stepping up to the occasion and when their backs were against the wall pulling together as a team and achieving the unexpected.

Unfortunately they’ve also become a bit predictable over the last few seasons, and adapting to a certain style of rugby. Bashing it up with their forwards and trying to run their opponents into the ground.

Their opening round match against the Cheetahs was pretty much a typical South African arm wrestling derby, trying to force their dominance down on their opponents and crashing their forwards to a stand still in the process.

We saw a different side from the men in Black and White against the Lions, and though one would have thought taking in account the weather conditions, another brutal fist fight with more Springboks leaving the field with injuries, but on the contrary their approach was quite a refreshing and positive to watch.

The Sharks, however, had a different approach playing positive rugby in otherwise flooded conditions.

The first try of Odwa Ndungane was just evident of that, a pinpoint accurate cross kick from Pat Lambie finding the winger unmarked, very little teams would dare to do that even in dry conditions. And also later in the game chasing the bonus point through scoring the four tries.

Turning our attention to Loftus this weekend, I think most of us don’t expect too much from an entertainment point of view. We’ve all read the story before and we know the outcome.

Out of fourteen games since 2006 the Bulls have won nine, with the biggest being 32 – 23 in Durban, 2011. The Sharks have won two out of seven games played at Loftus, 26 – 23 and 29 – 15 in 2011 and 2008 respectively.

The Sharks have some momentum going into this game, and one should always back yourself against a somewhat struggling Bulls side, you never know when you’ll get the opportunity again.

A win against the Bulls on Saturday will definitely help their cause early on in the competition as they still chasing that elusive Super Rugby trophy.

Returning Sharks eightman, Ryan Kankowski summed it up perfectly when he said; “As everyone knows, you can’t win Super Rugby in the first few rounds but you can lose it.”


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