Sharks Throw Away Prefect Opportunity To Secure Top Spot.

Ian TaitCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

Well it was a game that should have been won by the Sharks. It was a five point freebie, but instead of it going to the log leaders, the wooden spooners took them all.

It was shocking and disappointing from a Sharks supporter point of view. However, as a young boy the Free State was my rugby team. The White Tornado as they were known by and although they were always top four finishes they never quite lived up to their potential.

So nothing has changed in the 25 odd years that I used to support them. It has also shown the potential that the Cheetahs have shown all year. A pity for them that they player their Cup Final this past weekend. For the Sharks however, I am glad that I am not on the training field this week.

I am also glad that I am not the Crusaders, playing the Sharks on Saturday. They are going to be in for a torrid time! The Cheetahs ran out deserved winner 31-6.

The Bulls thumped the Tah’s in Sydney and ran out 20-6 winners. Although they will by without Victor Mattfield this weekend, they should have enough in the engine room to take on the Brumbies.

The Stormers lost to the Brumbies, but it was a game that should have been won by the South African side. On paper this team is one of the best in the Super 14 but for some reason they just can’t turn it on. The Brumbies won 17-10.

The Highlanders carried on with their winning ways beating the Red 24-19. The Lions crashed to the Blues 36-12 and the Force lost at home 27-28. This result was vital to the Canes hopes of securing a home semi final.

The Log is tight. The Sharks top the log with 30 points, followed by the Chiefs, Bulls and Waratahs on 27 although the Bulls and Chiefs both have a game in hand. The Canes are on 24 points also with a game in hand lying in fifth place.

What will Peter De Villiers be looking for in his Springbok team to face the British Lions? I am not the team selector but an avid fan and I have a team in mind, to face the Lions:

  1. Beast Mtararirwa
  2. Bismarck Du Plessis
  3. John Smit (Captain)
  4. Bakkies Botha
  5. Victor Mattfield
  6. Schalk Burger
  7. Juan Smith
  8. Pier Spies
  9. Fourie Du Preez
  10. Butch James
  11. JP Pietersen
  12. Juan De Villiers
  13. AD Jacobs
  14. Jacques Fourie
  15. Stephan Terblanche

As always this type of selection will cause points of discussion amongst my readers and I welcome all views and comments. I would like to see what the readers come up with.

On the local club scene, College Rovers are the favorite to win the KZN premiership and ran out comfortable winner away to Jaguars 42-15. Collegians and Old Boys played to an exciting 24 all draw. Harlequins went down 16-10 at home to The Rhino’s and PMB Varsity lost at home to Crusaders 3-18.

In the First Division Toti ran out deserved winner against my side Durban Varsity 39-6. Although to be fair, we did hand the game to Toti in the first half by allowing them to score 32 points.

This proved a mountain too high to climb to have a chance in coming back into the match. The only score in the second half was a penalty try on full time (sic). The secret to rugby and my mentor and the opposition coach of Toti always says that rugby is a basic game.

Stick to the basics, do it right and most importantly play for 80 minutes and the results will come your way. I can’t agree with Jeff more, it is a simple game and after playing the best side in the first division one can only say that any team that wants to beat this side this season, they better have their ducks in a row, because Toti is hot.

As for my side, I was proud of the way they came back in the second half and if they play rugby at such an intense pace for a full 80 minutes, they will win a whole lot more game than they will lose. Hillcrest had a very good win away to PMB Collegians 16-35. SCW had a walkover against Ballito and Wentworth had a shock victory over PMB Waratahs.

In other sport, big Kudos’ must go to Angel Cabrera for winning the US Masters on Sunday on the second play off hole against Americas Kenny Perry.

The Proteas have secured the ODI series against Australia by winning the fourth ODI in PE today. Manchester United are still on top on the English premier league. Liverpool look set to be knocked out of the Champions league after being thumped and home 3-1 to Chelsea.

Man U and Arsenal both drew their games although Manchester travel to Porto with two away goals against them. Arsenal go home with an away goal to their favor. In the other quarter final Barcelona drilled Bayern Munich 4-0 which included the 50th champion’s league goal by Terrie Henry.

Until next week, I will love and leave you, to enjoy the short working week. Have a good one and remember when you play, play hard, but have fun doing it.

Take Care