Sharks Club XV on the brink of changing history

2014-10-10 00:00

CLUB rugby stars could make history this weekend as Sharks Club XV battle it out in the final of the Saru Amateur Provincial tournament in Durban tomorrow.

Coach Derek Heiberg said if his charges win the tournament, it would be a first in 124 years. The Club XV travelled to Cape Town last weekend to beat a strong Province side 27-25.

“We were down 14-6 at half-time; made some changes and scored in the last minute to win,” he said.

Although a close result, Heiberg believes travelling on game day was big factor.

“It was difficult to fly on game day and the guys struggled ... but we made substitutions at the right time and came right in the end.”

They now have a date with the Leopards to win the tournament, but Heiberg admits they were entering the match blind. Not having video footage to review, he has chatted to other teams who have played the Leopards for expectations.

“It is a different proposition, but the Leopards play an expansive game ... with a lot of width. We play expansively as well, but the problem comes when you play it wide too quickly.

“We have the fire power to beat them; we just have to be patient and stick to our structure. That’s where we struggled last weekend.”

Looking past tomorrow’s clash, Heiberg believes the revival of the Sharks Club XV, and its name change [previously Duikers], has helped players’ interest in playing for the side again.

“It’s good for club rugby. This year has been competitive; it’s no longer a case of two or three teams dominating the league and we have picked players from a number of teams.”

Personally, Heiberg has enjoyed working with a variety of KwaZulu-Natal’s top club rugby players.

“They are a great bunch of guys and it’s been good to get to know them. We got together and said we want to get on and make sure we have a good team environment. The guys have all played for each other.”

Spectators are welcome to support the side in the absence of the Sharks travelling to Cape Town for their last Currie Cup round against Province.

“It will be exciting to watch. There won’t be too much kicking as both teams will be looking to run the ball,” Heiberg said.

The Sharks Club XV take on the Leopards at 3 pm on King’s Park 2 field next the stadium.

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