Sharks fo­cused on home semi

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - SPORT - DARRYN POL­LOCK RUGBY WRITER

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.

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