Landmark for Sharks skipper

2008-07-17 00:00

Sharks captain Johann Muller will have a double dose of motivation when he leads his team into battle against the defending champion Cheetahs in Currie Cup action in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

Not only will Muller be playing in his 50th Sharks match — outside of the Super 14 — but the Springbok lock will attempt to do something that no Sharks Currie Cup captain has done since 2003 — beat the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs, however, will be hoping to rain on Muller’s parade in a match that will also be used to help promote — and raise funds — for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.

Today is the Falcons-Western Province clash in Brakpan — a match the Capetonians will be eyeing with some apprehension after their loss to the Griquas in Kimberley last Saturday.

While WP coach Allister Coetzee has not lost a match at Newlands this season, his charges have not been able to register a win away.

World Cup-winning star Fourie du Preez made his long-awaited comeback from injury off the bench against the Cheetahs just last week, but Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has wasted little time in rushing his star number nine back into a starting role.

The Blue Bulls, who beat the defending champion Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld last Saturday, will travel to Wellington for a showdown against Boland tomorrow afternoon.

The Lions lost their first two matches this year, before winning well against the Falcon and Boland in the past fortnight. They face the improving Griquas who are still on a high after their giant-killing antics over WP.

Weekend fixtures:

Tonight:

Falcons v WP (Kick-off: 7.10 pm, Live on SuperSport 5).

Tomorrow:

Boland v Blue Bulls (Kick-off: 3 pm, Live on SuperSport 1/MNet).

Griquas v Lions (Kick-off: 3 pm, Delayed broadcast on SuperSport 1 at 8.10 pm).

Cheetahs v Sharks (Kick-off: 5.05 pm, Live on SuperSport 1/MNet)

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