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Early knock-out round for Sharks, Cheetahs


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Oct 2015 at 09:07
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With nine rounds of Currie Cup action under the belt, the knock-out permutations are becoming less complicated. A big win in Kimberley was just what the doctor ordered for the Sharks and they go into their final round encounter with something to play for, at least – a hope that seemed rather scant after three losses in a row against Western Province, the Lions and the Bulls.

Those Lions just keep on roaring, though and absolutely hammered Western Province at the weekend to (again) sew up first place. There is no now doubt that the team will end comfortably in top spot and could afford to not even pitch up for their game against Griquas this weekend and it would make no difference. Not that Johan Ackermann is the kind of guy who would sacrifice momentum by doing that, though.

The Blue Bulls and Western Province will meet in one of the semi finals, with the venue still not 100% decided. Province will want to record a big five-pointer over the Kings this weekend to put pressure on the second-placed Bulls, but with even just a point or two in Nelspruit enough to seal second place for the men in blue, you’d fancy that a Loftus semi is virtually guaranteed at this stage.

The Kings and Griquas are, of course, well out of the running, while the sixth-placed Pumas could still overtake the Sharks to end fifth. The real battle of the round takes place in Bloemfontein, though, with the Durbanites needing a win over the Cheetahs to leapfrog their hosts into fourth place. It’s a real winner-takes-all quarter final clash, with the somewhat dubious reward for the victors being a semi-final showdown with the Lions in Johannesburg.



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