Sharks want to come full circle

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:17
Large sharks newlands win630 Large hughreece edwards

Having surpised themselves by opening their campaign with a victory over Western Province the Sharks want to end the Currie Cup in the same way.

Having surpised themselves by opening their campaign with a victory over Western Province the Sharks are hoping to end the Currie Cup in the same way.

Coming hot on the heels of an exhausting travel schedule in the Super Rugby play-offs, the Durban side were not exactly bursting with confidence ahead of their opening Currie Cup fixture at Newlands this year, but they took their opportunities well to rub salt into the wounds of Allister Coetzee's team who they had knocked out of the Super Rugby race just a few weeks before.

Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards admitted that the confidence gained from that victory gave the younger players in the squad vital self-belief which they harnessed well to top the standings.

"At the start, we looked at this campaign to see what we had, to assess who would stand up and raise their hands for Super Rugby inclusion, but when we were pleasantly surprised when we went down to Newlands and beat Province in the opening game.

"It provided the guys with a lot of belief and they accepted their responsibilities going forward. And that's been the big thing, the way the guys have embraced the responsibility and performed week in and week out, to the point where we now host a final," he said.

After their back-up players had got them into a position of strength the next key for the Sharks was the way their returning Springboks were phased into the side gradually, which meant that they did not lose any of their momentum heading into the play-offs.

"This side has started to gel and the way the Springboks have been reintroduced has been balanced very well.

"We haven't lost the enthusiasm of the guys who have done the bulk of the job in getting us here, and the Boks coming in have really wanted to be involved," he said.

The Sharks will relish the opportunity to play a final at home after suffering away defeats in last year's Currie Cup Final and this year's Super Rugby Final, but Reece-Edwards pointed out that one of the biggest positives of this campaign has been the encouraging depth that has been unearthed which bodes well for an even brighter future.

"The squad has really showed what they are made of and looking forward, that's a huge attribute for us, that a lot of the guys put their hands up for next year and that's really positive," he said.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 20 January 2017
Castres v Leinster 19h45 Stade Pierre Antoine
Montpellier v Northampton Saints 19h45 Altrad Stadium
Sat, 21 January 2017
Ulster v Bordeaux 13h00 Kingspan Stadium
Clermont Auvergne v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Saracens v Toulon 15h15 Allianz Park
Sale Sharks v Scarlets 15h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Glasgow Warriors 17h30 Welford Road
Munster v Racing Metro 17h30 Thomond Park
Sun, 22 January 2017
Zebre v Wasps 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Toulouse v Connacht 15h15 Stade Ernest Wallon
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
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