Rugby: Sharks aim to answer questions against Valke

2008-07-10 00:00

WEEK four of Absa Currie Cup action gets under way tonight at King’s Park, where the Sharks host the Valke in a vital home game that will provide the answer to a few searching questions.

Winning may be important, but paramount is the way it is achieved and coach John Plumtree has backed a pair of young wings in Wesley Bodmer and Chris Jordaan to do the business as the Sharks look to finish off the opportunities they create.

With the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs going head to head in the match of the weekend and Western Province on the road against Griquas in a tricky fixture in Kimberley, the Sharks have the opportunity of regaining the number one Absa Currie Cup log position if they do take the step up.

But they can’t pitch up and expect to win against a team that might not be known for its stars, as there are a number of workmanlike players willing to give it a real go and there is nothing the smaller unions like better than to get one over their lofty opponents.

Certainly, the Sharks’ defence will have its hands full against newcomer Dewald Pretorius, on loan from the Blue Bulls, who made his debut for the Valke last week and wrecked havoc against the Lions in their 35-23 defeat.

The Valke team has a distinctly KZN flavour to it, prop Gavin Wittingham left the Sharks in 2004 and flank Reg Muller played for the Wildebeest last year. Lock Wouter Moore was a popular player in recent times before heading off to new pastures, while Hooker Frik Venter last played in this province in 2005.

The Sharks will be bolstered by the return of Frederic Michalak and the team’s youth looks set to inject some excitement into what could be a very enjoyable game of positive, running rugby.

Kickoff: 7.10 pm (live on SS 1)

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