No margin for error for Sharks

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:06
Large sean everitt points Large seaneveritt

Underestimate the Blue Bulls at your peril. This is the blunt message delivered by Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt to his charges.

Underestimate the Blue Bulls at your peril. This is the blunt message delivered by Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt to his charges.

The table-topping Sharks travel to Pretoria on Friday to take on a Bulls desperate to get into the play-offs.

With just two rounds of the regular season remaining, the Bulls are well aware that they can't afford another defeat.

The Sharks have set the pace in recent weeks and their 31-24 win over the Golden Lions last week keeping

However, the Bulls sounded a warning of their own with a 52-10 hammering of Griquas - the Kimberley outfit's biggest defeat of the season.

"The Bulls are a good team and a good franchise," Everitt told this website, as his team stepped up preparations for their game at Loftus Versfeld.

"I feel they have been unlucky as far as results go," the Sharks mentor said, adding: "They certainly showed [last] Saturday [against Griquas] what they are capable of.

"The team is coming together nicely and they gave the ball a lot of width, so I expect them to do the same this weekend."

The Sharks know the Bulls will be desperate, as they need to win to stay in contention for a semifinal spot.

"We certainly will have to be on top of our game," Everitt said.

The Sharks won't be lacking for motivation, as they are chasing first place on the standings - which brings with it home ground advantage in the semifinals and a possible Final.

"All provinces want a home Final.

"We know that to stay in the running for that we need to win on Friday and then beat [Western] Province again the following week.

"Neither Province, nor ourselves, if we are hoping for a home semifinal and a Final, can afford to slip up this weekend."

The only difference is that while the Sharks travel, to Loftus, WP are at home - against the Golden Lions.

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 09 October 2015
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Team P W D L Pts
Golden Lions 9 9 0 0 43
Blue Bulls 9 7 0 2 34
Western Province 9 6 0 3 30
Free State Cheetahs 9 3 1 5 21
Sharks 9 4 0 5 19
Pumas 9 3 1 5 16
EP Kings 9 2 0 7 12
Griquas 9 1 0 8 8