When the Bulls and Sharks clash in an Absa Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld tomorrow night, it will not be a place for the faint hearted.
The Bulls desperately need a win after stumbling against Western Province a fortnight ago, while Dick Muir’s Sharks were shocked by Griquas in Kimberley last weekend.
“It promises to be one of the matches of the season, because there is so much riding on it,” Bulls coach Pote Human told keo.co.za. “It’s definitely our biggest game of the year so far and I think after what happened in the Super 14, they will be keen to set the record straight.”
The Bulls and Sharks have had a fierce rivalry this year, with the Bulls shading them on two occasions. First they won a thrilling Vodacom Super 14 match at Loftus, before then dumping the Sharks out of the semi-finals with a crushing win over the Stormers in the last round.
“Tomorrow night’s game is definitely more important than the Western Province game. There are four teams in close contention and the race for a home semi-final starts tomorrow night.”
“It’s going to be a huge battle up front. They have an impressive pack, especially the loose-forwards and the guys are prepared for a massive onslaught.”
The clash of the loose-trios may ultimately decide the outcome. For the Sharks, captain AJ Venter forms a potent back row with flanks Jacques Botes and Warren Britz. The Bulls have class in Pedrie Wannenburg, while Tim Dlulane is playing some of the best rugby of his career.
The match has an extra edge for Bulls fetcher flank Warren Brosnihan, who will be playing against some of his former team-mates.
By Andrew Hollely