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Excitement Grows:

The Cell C Sharks acknowledge that their performance against Griquas at JONSSON KINGS PARK last Friday wasn’t good enough, but are confident and excited about fixing it against Western Province this weekend.


Cell C Sharks assistant coach David Williams believes that the team has the capability to perform well and bounce back in the right fashion.


“Credit to Griquas, their kicking game worked well, it was probably the right tactic for a Friday night game played in the rain,” he points out.


“We are disappointed because it wasn’t the performance we wanted to deliver as a team, but we’re excited knowing what this team can do going into this weekend’s match.”


After a big loss, what is necessary to right the ship?


“I think it’s about going back to basics, what you’re all about and what you stand for as a team,” he explains. “There was no one single area to fix, we came second in every aspect of the game, and when that happens, you’re going to come second on the scoreboard.”


While it was clear that Griquas were reaping the rewards of continuity from the beginning of the year and the Cell C Sharks a team in transition, Williams refuses to blame that.


“Time together in the saddle always makes a difference, but we’re not going to offer excuses, we know we’re better than that.”


Although the mood in the changeroom after the game was one of deep disappointment, Williams adds that: “That’s a good sign because it shows what it means to them to play for this union and there is a mix of excitement in training; there are wrongs they want to put right.


“The Currie Cup is a growth tournament for us, it’s about blooding players and an identity we want to see on the field, which must be good enough to win games and the hurt that these guys are carrying will stand us in good stead. We can deliver quality, we must this weekend.”


Western Province had a good first round outing and will come to Durban with confidence. Williams expects a tough, tight match between two evenly contested teams.


“Set-piece is a massive focus for them, you could see what they did to the Blue Bulls, it’s a point of strength in their game and they were very impressive there. But we see that as a strength of ours as well and if we can match them there, we see the game opening up and allowing our backs to get into the game.”


As a home game, it is crucial that the Cell C Sharks use their knowledge of local conditions and a proud support base behind them to spur the team on to victory.


“Home ground advantage adds a lot of spice to the match, the players are keen to atone for our performance against Griquas and there is a lot of excitement leading into this match,” Williams adds.


“The performance this week comes from both outside and within the organisation. The players feel that not only do they owe their fans, but also the team and their team-mates as well.”

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Last weekend was an extremely emotional one for club rugby in KZN with SA Home Loans Durban Collegians hosting eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti after a memorial service for one of Durban Collegians favorite sons Gary Rodwell while up at Kearsney College Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest hosted Drakensberg RFC in their Rugby 4Amy fundraiser.


Rodwell who was capped on 36 occasions for Griquas also played a handful of games for Natal towards the end of his career when he moved to Durban from Kimberley.


As the Chairman of Collegians Ian Losinsky stated it wasn’t about who won the Fidelity ADT Premier Division game, which Collegians did beating their hosts 40-14, it was about a man who served his club and the game with distinction and was grateful to the Amanzimtoti side for their wonderful support on the day. Thanks also went out to former Proteas spin bowler Pat Symcox, also originally from Kimberly, on the wonderful eulogy for his long time friend.


Described as an unbelievably successful charity day at Kearsney by Hillcrest Chairman Rene Missen tributes poured in for what Hillcrest Villagers are doing for a beautiful 15 year old young lady Alma van Heerden who has been suffering from Acute Lymphoid Leukemia for a long while now.


Once again it wasn’t about who won or the score the focus was on a brave young lady Amy and Rugby 4Amy, in which the game turned out to be a cracker with the Villagers edging out the lads from Winterton 24-19. Club Rugby definitely has a soul and a special thanks to long time member of the young club Brian Lewis who is the mainstay behind this incredible charity day together with Trevor Duggan.


In the Other Premier Division games James Bruce (3), Chess McCarthy (2) and Phiko Sobahle (2)  led try scoring spree for Varsity College in their 57-20 win over Standard Bank Richards Bay. Their other tries came from Michael Sibiya  and Donavan Grant with Bruce converting three of the nine tries and Rynhardt Jonker two while across at the home of Bidvest Insurance Crusaders the home side beat FNB UKZN Maritzburg 41-27.

On Friday evening College Rovers will host Varsity College, Crusaders will travel to Richards Bay to face the hard men from the Bay and UKZN Maritzburg host Amanzimtoti at the Peter Booysen Stadium in the capital.


In the other First Division games Maritzburg Collegians edged out Jaguars15-14 and Westville Old Boys beat South Coast Warriors 24-10 at Jimmy Bellows Park.


In an Under 20 game played as a Curtain Raiser to the Currie Cup game between Griquas and Cell C Sharks at Jonsson Kings Park on Friday evening Varsity College scraped home 29-28 against a vastly improved College Rovers outfit.

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