The Sharks have enjoyed a resurgence in the Currie Cup in recent weeks. Last weekend, they beat the Golden Lions in a nail-biting contest away from home to shoot up to fourth on the log.
With just one game left in the campaign before the semi-finals, a win against the Blue Bulls at Loftus this weekend will guarantee them a spot in the play-offs.
After an indifferent start to the competition, which saw them lose to the Griquas and Pumas, winger Kobus van Wyk says the squad now feels a lot more settled.
The Blue Bulls find themselves in a challenging position heading into the final round of fixtures.
It has been a disappointing season for Pote Human’s side who run the risk of having to play the Currie Cup promotion-relegation match if they lose to the Sharks by more than seven points.
Van Wyk says the Bulls will be desperate to avoid finishing at the bottom of the log.
While the Blue Bulls face the very real possibility of finishing last, the tight nature of the log also means if results go their way, they can still finish fourth and qualify for the semi-finals.
For that to happen they must beat the Sharks by 12 points and hope the Free State Fifteen beat Western Province. Van Wyk laughed off the possibility of his side losing by a massive margin.
The Sharks have been boosted by the return of Andre Esterhuizen and Thomas Du Toit from the Springbok camp.
While the duo will feel disappointed to be cut from Rassie Erasmus’s World Cup plans, it is a boost for the Sharks. Hooker Kerron van Vuuren says he feels for them, but business must go on.
– Report by Thahir Asmal