EDINBURGH BLOODS V GLASGOW SHARKS
As far as sporting rivalries go, you will be hard-pressed to find one which betters any clash between representatives of Edinburgh and Glasgow irrespective of the code, and Saturday’s SARFL clash between league powerhouses the Edinburgh Bloods and Glasgow Sharks is no exception.
The two Scottish heavyweights will slug it out in Glasgow in their penultimate fixture of the home and away season, with the unbeaten Sharks striving to book their place in the August 18th SARFL Grand Final while the second-placed Bloods vie to spoil the party and ensure there is everything to play for the following week.
The Sharks, having accounted for their traditional rivals by 29-points when the two sides met back in round two, will put an unassailable 8-point margin between the two clubs with just one game to play before finals if they can topple Edinburgh again on Saturday.
Sharks Vice-President, James Hancock, says that the side will “relish” the chance to face their biggest challengers once more on Saturday and be out to “send a message,” in what is a potential Grand Final prelude.
“We always expect a tough game against the Bloods, where only four full quarters of effort will be enough to get us over the line,” Hancock said.
“The Bloods are well led by their captain-coach ‘Sparra’, and are a very well drilled and disciplined team who hold their defensive structures well and makes them hard to score against,
“We were very happy with the hard-fought win [in round two], however, we started slowly and we know we can’t afford to replicate in this weekend’s game,
“We fell into the trap, at times, of kicking the ball to the favour of the Bloods defensive zone, so we know we need to change our approach to how we move the ball from end to end, which we have been doing well in our recent SARFL games.”
It will be a big ask for Edinburgh to curtail the momentum of the Sharks, especially with the in-form Glasgow forward Liam Dolling continuing to make waves in his break-out season with a monstrous 11-goal haul against the West-Lothian Eagles last weekend.
But the Bloods will take confidence from their hard-fought 37-point victory over the reigning premier Glasgow Giants in their last outing, as they seek to take the season down to the wire with a win to force the Sharks to beat the Tyne Tees Tigers next Saturday in order to book that prized first ticket to the Final.
Saturday 21st July
GHA Rugby Club, Glasgow
2pm First Bounce
Riley Brettell – AFL Europe