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This years Super 14 was a dissapointment for most SA teams, with only 1 team making the Semi's. So many will be looking to make ammends in the country's premier rugby competition, though many of the squads are missing key players who are off on Springbok duty, there still is a massive talent pool to choose from & this years competition should be very exciting.

This weekends fixtures

FRIDAY, JUNE 20
Griquas v Cheetahs 15:30
Valke v Kavaliers 19:00
Sharks v WP 19:10

SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Lions v Blue Bulls
 

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Should be a great competition as always. Looks like John Smit will be joining the sharks again and Freddy's almost back to full fitness
 

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What game, talk about nail biting & edge of your seat stuff!!!! Was'nt the best rugby but blody exciting none the less! Good on the Sharks for getting a win. Sorry AJ, take ur WP buddys back home :lol:
 

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AJ is playing against us tonight :eek:hno:

Stupid old man, better hope he runs out with the right team :lol:

Wheres Giles? havent seen him around recently?
whatzz up bro,
been travelling a bit but watched this sharks game in London on Friday night

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lekker going to be in Durban in 3 week s and going to the sharks /lions game at KP with wife and lighty, so i hope its cold and miserable so we can dress up warm and eat pies and drink beer following week we are in Slap Stad for Sharks /Province game
strange how my trip happened to coincide with 2 sharks games.....LOL
 

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WP unveil training centre
01/07/2008 22:06 - (SA)

Cape Town - Western Province on Tuesday unveiled their state-of-the-art high performance rugby centre in Bellville.

Western Province head coach Rassie Erasmus said the modern facility will house the Stormers and the WP Vodacom Cup sides during the first half of the year and the Currie Cup and Under-21 sides for the rest of the year.

"Western Province now have a facility that allows us to carry out functions that in the past may have taken four days to carry out," said Erasmus.

"Now whatever the players need will be available instantly and as a result the players no longer need to use public gymnasiums and hospitals.

"All the players' needs such as training facilities and medical needs will all be catered for on the premises."

Apart from full-sized two training fields, the high performance centre offers a gymnasium, two doctors in full-time attendance, audio-visual capabilities, sports science, catering and recreational facilities.

"When a player suffers an injury at training, doctors will be at hand to give attention so that we no longer have to contend with time-consuming visits to hospitals.

Surveillance system

"Also time wasting as a result of travelling between gymnasiums and training grounds is a thing of the past. Players are able to do rehabilitation under personal supervision and there is so much more a physio can do than when working in a public gymnasium.

"It allows the coaches to know almost immediately how an injured player is progressing," said Erasmus.

The facility also boasts a high-tech surveillance system that will ensure no "spying" can occur when the teams train. "Nobody will be able to able come along and video what we are doing on the premises," Erasmus assured.

"Everything that a player needs to develop to his full potential he'll find here. And if a player doesn't make to the top, it's his own fault. We have paid attention to every detail in respect of a player's development, both off and on the field."

The actual building is clearly divided in two sections to bring an element of status to players who have achieved. The Stormers and Currie Cup squads will have access to vastly superior amenities in one half of the building and Erasmus said it was done to encourage the Vodacom Cup and Under-21 players to strive for higher honours.

"What we have done here is to simplify the lives of players so that we can bring the best out of them," said Erasmus. "The other bonus is that as the head coach I'll know first-hand how players in the different teams are progressing, either from a playing or medical rehabilitation point of view."
 

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My god, worst game Ive ever seen in my life on Saturday, all thos refs need to be fed to the sharks, & I mean the real sharks. a 80 minute game going on for 108minutes due to stupid reasonings to go to the TMO. As for the TMO he sounds like a 5 year old who has no idea of any of the rugby laws, disallowing a clear try by the Bulls (which I found really funny) the whole of Loftus was pissed off.
 

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Exciting Weekend BeckonsThursday, August 07, 2008 - 08:13

The Bulls and Sharks were the big-score winners last week with away wins that in the Sharks’ case, included a tricky fixture against Griquas in Kimberley.

The Bulls have already enjoyed a bye – Griquas too – and so for this pair, the upcoming weekend represents the final game of the first round of Absa Currie Cup fixtures while the rest of the teams embark on the return leg of the tournament, having already reached the half-way mark.

But if the Bulls put 50 points on Boland and the Sharks 44 on Griquas, then the big winners were the Lions who scored a 27-13 victory over an ailing Western Province side who have yet to win away and have now dropped appreciably out of the top four, trailing the fourth-placed Lions by four points and face one of the biggest home challenges of the season this weekend, against a powerful Sharks side that has 11 internationals in the starting lineup.

In the final match of last weekend, the Cheetahs were tested in their 15-10 victory over a game Boland side in Wellington in a tightly-contested match that would have been a huge upset had the home side won.

Free State’s win kept them in the running, but the lack of a bonus point saw the Bulls leap into first place, even on 23 log points with both the Cheetahs in second and the Sharks in third, while the Lions trail the trio by two points with 21, with Province on 17. A further 6-point gap separates them from the Valke followed by Griquas and Boland who prop up the table.

With the Springbok Test against Argentina taking place on Saturday, all four Absa Currie Cup matches have been scheduled for Friday night with the coastal derby between the Sharks and an injury-ravaged Province side in Cape Town one of the two mouth-watering clashes, the other, the Blue Bulls hosting the Lions in Pretoria.

The Lions welcome back Super 14 captain Ernst Joubert after a few months out with a shoulder injury and enjoy the confidence that comes with a win over one of the top sides last weekend, although the Bulls are looking ominous, leading the log table having played a game less than the chasing pack.

The Lions will certainly have their work cut out for them, but will no doubt throw everything into this game.

Province have lost flyhalf kingpin Willem de Waal for the remainder of the season and outside back Joe Petersen has been entrusted with the pivotal role with the Cape side’s injury woes at flyhalf compounding an already dire situation that includes injuries to other key personnel and Springbok call-ups.

The Sharks on the other hand are riding a wave of confidence following their most accurate and exciting performance of the tournament, scoring seven tries against a Griquas side who caused some consternation to three other big name teams, including a win (over Province incidentally), and having welcomed back three Springboks to the side as well as a return from injury of Frederic Michalak (pictured) and Bradley Barritt, the Sharks will go into this match feeling good about themselves.

Cheetahs host Griquas in the inland derby and in the final fixture, the Valke travel to Boland.

This weekend could go a long way to determining semi-final places and every team will be attaching great importance to the outcomes.
 

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oh yeh, prob the best Currie Cup game all season. Sharks looked like they were dead and out of it in the 2nd, but a masterfull last 10min gave us an awesome win infront of the Durban faithfull!!!
 
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