It was Shark Fin soup on the menu at Sun Corp Stadium on Saturday. The undefeated Sharks got taught a lesson in rugby by the Reds, who played away from the Sharks strengths and played to their own strengths.
The game was one of missed opportunities for the Sharks and it cost them dearly. The loss of Ruan Pienaar for three weeks with a knee injury was an even bigger blow. François Steyn had a shocker and although not him alone.
Maybe it is time we let him go to France and buy Butch James back for the Sharks and the Springboks. Although the Sharks did show some great flair at times they were just out played. The Reds ran out deserved winners, 25-13.
The Highlander just lost to the Chiefs at home, 14-10. The Crusaders threw away a great opportunity to beat the Force but ended up throwing away a big lead to draw the game 23-all.
The Sharks will have to be in top form to beat the Force on Saturday in Perth. In other games the Blues skinned the Cheetahs, 46-12, the Brumbies beat the fancied Tahs, 21-11, and the Lions got thumped by the Stormers, 56-18. Although the Lions struck early with two wonderful tries they just did not have the gas to keep the tempo up. The Stormers found top gear and the rest was history.
In the Six nations Wales stumbled in Italy but still managed a 20-15 win. The Scotts lost to Ireland, 22-15, in a classic test match, kick vs. kick, only to be sealed off by a late try in favour of the Irish. Early St. Patrick’s Day party for them.
Ireland now look certain to take the Six Nations. If Ireland are to finally win their first Grand Slam they will need to go to Cardiff on Saturday and beat Wales. England finally won a game by beating visiting France, 34-10.
On the soccer front, the big news mid week was that all four English clubs have made it through to the next round of the UEFA Cup. Then onto the game of the weekend was most certainly the Manchester United Vs Liverpool. A game hyped up by United as the title clincher. The only problem was that Liverpool did not stick to the script. Man U getting thumped and deservedly so, 4-1.
The Gunners finally started scoring goals by beating Blackburn Rovers 4-0. Spurs did the Gunners and themselves a great service by beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park. Chelsea moved to second ahead of Liverpool with a 1-0 win over Manchester City. Even though Man U had lost I still don’t see them not winning the title this year. Although who will finish in second, third, and fourth is still anybodies guess.
Next week I will have news on Varsity and their quest for top three finish in the 1st Division. Feedback from the third and final test between SA and Australia and hopefully some updates for the up and coming Formula One season.
Cheers for now, keep fit and enjoy your sport.