Sharks' unbeaten run puts fate in their hands

Tristan Blewett of the Cell C Sharks during the Currie Cup match between Tafel Lager Griquas and Cell C Sharks at Tafel Lager Park on September 15, 2017 in Kimberley, South Africa. Picture credits: Gallo Images
Tristan Blewett of the Cell C Sharks during the Currie Cup match between Tafel Lager Griquas and Cell C Sharks at Tafel Lager Park on September 15, 2017 in Kimberley, South Africa. Picture credits: Gallo Images

With the manner in which the Sharks have gone about their Currie Cup business this season, they've had the least to worry about in terms of semifinal permutations.

With their 10-match unbeaten sequence, the Sharks ensured their fate will be in their hands come the final round. However, coach Robert du Preez is not taking lightly their clash against Western Province at King's Park tomorrow.

John Dobson's Western Province made a dog's breakfast of a decent opportunity of clinching a home semifinal when they allowed the Golden Lions to overturn a 10-point deficit into a 29-20 bonus point win at Ellis Park on Sunday.

That means Western Province have to beat a Sharks side that has yet to drop a game at home this season or wait to see where they will be travelling next week.

Tomorrow's 3pm kick-off will also be a poignant one for the Sharks as it will be Odwa Ndungane's 249th game ahead of his planned retirement at the end of this campaign.

The Sharks are guaranteed a home semifinal, but they will only know who they will be hosting tomorrow evening.

"Odwa is a fantastic stalwart and he's been great in the last couple of matches that he's been involved in," Du Preez said.

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