Sharks aiming for new heights

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 17:01
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Sharks coach John Plumtree was encouraged by his team's performance against the Cheetahs, but has urged them to raise the bar even higher this weekend.

Sharks coach John Plumtree was encouraged by his team's performance against the Cheetahs, but has urged them to raise the bar even higher this weekend.

The Sharks claimed top spot on the Currie Cup log with an impressive victory in Bloemfontein on Saturday to secure home advantage in the semifinals and Plumtree said that the win was especially pleasing after some disappointing performances at altitude.

"We haven't been all that good at altitude all year but we turned that around at the right time I guess. It was a huge performance by the boys, they showed character when they were forced to defend for long periods of time.

"We made over 200 tackles against a Cheetahs side that played some great rugby and we had to be right on the money with our defence.

"And when we created some opportunities, we managed to score a few tries which was great. We're not quite there yet with our attack but our defence was right up there generally," he said.

After that boost to their confidence the Sharks will take on Griquas in Durban on Friday, but Plumtree warned that it will not be easy for his side to exact revenge for their defeat in Kimberley earlier in the season.
 
While the home side will be aiming to secure top spot, Griquas themselves will have plenty to play for as they seek to qualify for the semifinals.

"It's been tight the whole way through this competition, similar to Super Rugby.

"We have an opportunity now and we need to try and match our performance in Bloemfontein against Griquas this Friday. They have pretty much beaten every fancied side in the competition and they'll back themselves coming to Durban.

"They have their own ambitions as well and it's going to be one of those really tough games. We have to make sure that we play very well, it doesn't matter that it's at home, they'll come with a tough attitude," he said.

The Sharks will have to make do without hooker Pieter Dixon who broke his arm early in the victory over the Cheetahs, but with Craig Burden back in the mix along with the rest of their Boks they will be significantly strengthened for the final round showdown.

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Sat, 25 February 2017
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
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Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1
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