Sharks sharpen teeth

The Sharks will prepare for the Currie Cup with a friendly against the Western Force at Pietermaritzburg’s Woodburn Stadium on 7 June.

While the Natalians are using the fixture to give some of their younger players some experience ahead of the Currie Cup, the Force are looking to blood some of their academy players ahead of next year’s Super 14 as they attempt to bolster their squad depth.

The Sharks are currently without 20 players lost to either the Springbok training squad or the SA U21 side who will compete in the IRB World Championship taking place in France from 9-25 June, and this provides the ideal opportunity to see what back-up is available in the province.

The Sharks Invitational side will take on the Western Force Gold side at 6.30pm and in the two earlier matches, the KZN U13 Craven Week team take on NE Free State at 3.45pm and at 5.45pm, the Natal Schools team meet a Sharks Academy side.

Tickets cost R20 for the open stand, R30 for the main stand and are available at the ground from the “Kick and Whistle” or the Biltong Shop at Hayfields Mall.