Best gift yet for dads who yell in black and white

2011-06-20 00:00

IT knocks spots off soap on a rope and a pair of socks, doesn’t it? Basking in the warm afterglow of a Sharks’ victory over the Super Rugby champion Bulls at the Loftus fortress is just how Fathers’ Day should be celebrated.

The Sharks, written off as nohopers after a see-sawing season, suddenly found their old intensity and attacking flair to upstage the Bulls 26-23, and ruin their Saturday night party. The victory took the Sharks into the play-offs and they now trek across to New Zealand for a quarter-final clash against the Crusaders in Nelson on Saturday (9.35am).

The Bulls, champions three times in the last four years and after an excellent run of six successive wins, leave with nothing.

Sharks coach John Plumtree was understandably delighted.

“We talked about playing with intensity for 80 minutes and we did, whether we had the ball or not. We had to disrupt their game and we did.”

The Sharks, aiming to avoid the sideshows and Bulls hype, left Durban last week and prepared for the game in Rustenburg.

“Not too many people gave us a chance at Loftus but we got our game plan right. The boys went out and did what we coached and that was most pleasing.

They showed courage and character against a great Bulls team, but they were galvanised by everyone writing them off.” It was a fiercely confrontational contest but Plumtree said the Sharks had escaped any serious injury.

“We leave for New Zealand on Tuesday night and should have a fully fit squad of 24 available.”

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