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Sharks fourth at halfway point


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Sep 2015 at 09:29
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Five rounds into this year’s Currie Cup competition, the Sharks find themselves in fourth spot on the overall competition log, thanks in no small part to a scrappy, yet dogged, 27-26 win over the Pumas at Kings Park on Saturday.

With the competition split into two sections, the Sharks have played home and away against the EP Kings and the Pumas, recording three wins out of those four fixtures. While Saturday’s narrow home win over the men from Nelspruit is a far cry from the sort of result we would typically expect against a “minnow” side in Currie Cup, we must at least applaud the fact that the team recorded a narrow win, rather than another embarrassing loss to these opponents. Neither victory against the EP Kings was at all convincing either and it’s safe to say the Sharks have yet to put together anything resembling a complete performance in this year’s competition.

The only match to date against top tier opposition came in round 3, when the Sharks succumbed to a bonus-point defeat to the Lions in Durban. If that game was the true litmus test of the team’s readiness for the tough games to follow, then there is justifiable cause for concern from fans. While questions continue to be raised on this forum regarding the ongoing lack of cohesion and intensity – not to mention plethora of silly mistakes from the side – it’s the attitude of paying fans in Durban, who turn up in steadily dwindling numbers each week, that should give team management the real wake up call.

The second half of the competition is only going to get harder; with an away match against the Lions still to come and Western Province and the Bulls heading to Kings Park on either side of that fixture, the Sharks probably shouldn’t bank on too many more wins – scrappy or otherwise – in the coming three weeks unless they improve markedly. Away games against the out-of-sorts Griquas and unpredictable Cheetahs complete the roster; the Sharks really need to pick up wins in at least four of those five games in order to finish within semi-final contention and return a passable 7-from-10 win ratio.



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