Sharks taking one step at a time

2012-10-15 00:00

SHARKS coach John Plumtree is not looking any further than Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against the Blue Bulls at King’s Park.

The Sharks, at the top of the log, will be at home for the semi-finals and, if they win, they will stay at King’s Park for the final of the Currie Cup. The Bulls advanced to the playoffs after downing the Golden Lions 50-29 at Ellis Park on Saturday night.

“Home-ground advantage doesn’t give you any right to win the semi-final,” Plumtree said, “you just have the right to host it.”

The Sharks meet the Bulls at 4.30 pm on Saturday while the second-placed Lions host Western Province in the second semi-final at 7 pm.

Plumtree pointed out that the All Blacks had downed the Boks at Soccer City in front of 90 000 people and the Bulls crossed the Jukskei to beat the Lions on home turf.

“There are still 80 minutes before the final and the pressure is on …”

He said he was proud that the Sharks, with so many senior players missing, had ended on top.

“I’m really happy for the whole squad. Some will miss out when it comes to the match 22 on Saturday, but they are still part of our squad.”

Plumtree had Springboks Beast Mtawarira and Wilem Alberts, who were rested for the Griquas game, while flank Jacques Botes was a late withdrawal with a back injury.

“If I make changes, we’ll have to gel quickly during the week to be competitive for the semi-final. This could mean that a couple of guys who have played all year miss out, and that’s sad. But we have to look at what’s best for the next contest in terms of selection.”

Blue Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter said he was relieved his team had made the semi-finals through the backdoor. “We must not get too carried away with this. We did sneak in at the end and there is still a lot of work to do this week.”

See page 19 for Currie Cup round-up

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