Sharks’ un­beaten run puts fate in their hands

Coach not tak­ing Prov­ince lightly

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With the man­ner in which the Sharks have gone about their Cur­rie Cup busi­ness this sea­son‚ they’ve had the least to worry about in terms of semi­fi­nal per­mu­ta­tions.

With their 10-match un­beaten se­quence‚ the Sharks en­sured their fate will be in their hands come the fi­nal round. How­ever‚ coach Robert du Preez is not tak­ing lightly their clash against Western Prov­ince at King’s Park to­mor­row.

John Dob­son’s Western Prov­ince made a dog’s break­fast of a de­cent op­por­tu­nity of clinch­ing a home semi­fi­nal when they al­lowed the Golden Li­ons to over­turn a 10point deficit into a 29-20 bonus point win at Ellis Park on Sun­day.

That means Western Prov­ince have to beat a Sharks side that has yet to drop a game at home this sea­son or wait to see where they will be trav­el­ling next week.

To­mor­row’s 3pm kick-off will also be a poignant one for the Sharks as it will be Odwa Ndun­gane’s 249th game ahead of his planned re­tire­ment at the end of this cam­paign.

The Sharks are guar­an­teed a home semi­fi­nal, but they will only know who they will be host­ing to­mor­row evening.

“Odwa is a fan­tas­tic stal­wart and he’s been great in the last cou­ple of matches that he’s been in­volved in‚” Du Preez said.


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Odwa Ndun­gane will play his 249th game ahead of re­tire­ment.

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