Sharks focused on home semi
The Sharks, as well as all the other competitors in this year’s Currie Cup, have one last game to secure their spot in the knock-out stages of the world’s oldest provincial tournament. For the team from Durban, they were denied the chance to secure a home semi-final in their last match, which they lost heavily to Western Province. But they will feel they have a good chance to do it this week.
The Sharks head to Kimberley for their final regular season encounter, with the Griquas, and, seeing as they have only lost the one game all season, they will be heading there as firm favourites. However, it would be foolish to take this as a foregone conclusion, as Kimberley is one of the more hostile places for a travelling side to go.
The Sharks sit second on the log, four points behind Province, and four points above the Bulls. This means they have a few permutations left in this last round of games, but a lot of it depends on the final match of the weekend; the Bulls hosting Province in Pretoria.
If the Sharks are victorious, and with a bonus point, which is not that unforeseeable, and the Bulls also win, it will see the Sharks top the log and secure not only a home semi-final, but also a potential home final. However, if Province win alongside the Sharks, the log remains the same and the men from Durban will be assured that home semi-final.
The Sharks can even secure a home semi-final if they lose in Kimberley, that is if the Bulls also lose against WP.
The Sharks will feel they have more than enough to knock over the Griquas, even away from home, as the men from Kimberley have picked up just the one win, against a much weaker Cheetahs side.