Vodacom Cup: Must-win game for Sharks

2010-03-25 00:00

WHILE the teams were not yet finalised last night due to fitness tests for a number of players, indications are that the Sharks XV Vodacom Cup rugby match against Boland at Woodburn Stadium tomorrow will be a humdinger.

The Sharks have had a mixed bag of results, winning two and losing two for their current fourth place in the South Section, while Boland’s Kavaliers have won three from four and lie in second spot, marginally behind leaders Free State. Consequently, victory for either side is vital tomorrow night should they hope to stay in the hunt.

The Sharks were disappointing by their own expectations in losing 16-10 to second-last South Western District last Saturday at Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn.

The outcome pushed the Sharks off the top of the log and took SWD off the bottom. A bright spark in the gloom was centre Jerome Pretorius’s two tries and the Voortrekker Hoërskool product will hopefully be in the starting line-up tomorrow.

SWD disrupted the Sharks in the second half and didn’t allow them to play their game, although it must be said that the men in black frittered away a whack of points-scoring opportunities.

However, only three points lie between the top four South Section teams and with three rounds to play, including tomorrow night’s match, the Sharks are still very much in the running for a top-two finish and possibly home-ground advantage in the semi-finals.

Ticket prices for the Sharks XV versus Boland game at 7 pm tomorrow at Woodburn Stadium are: main stand R30; open stands R20; pupils in uniform free (open stands only). Parking is on Woodburn 2, 3 and 4 from Boshoff Street, and costs R10. Tickets are on sale at Woodburn.

Sharks so far: 10-16 vs SWD in Oudtshoorn; 26-17 vs Free State in Empangeni; 23-26 vs WP at Newlands; 69-8 vs Border at King’s Park.

Still to come – Friday: vs Boland at Woodburn Friday; April 9 vs EP in PE; April 16 vs Pampas XV in Durban.

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