Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
16 Apr 2020
7:46 am

Don’t hand Super Rugby title to Sharks on a platter, says Kriel

Rudolph Jacobs

The Lions star doesn't deny the Durbanites were excellent before this year's suspension of play, but believes knockouts determine real winners.

Jaco Kriel. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images.

The Sharks should not be crowned Super Rugby winners, ace Lions flank Jaco Kriel insists, just because the coastal side were leading the log when the season was suspended. The Sharks had won six of their seven games, but Kriel felt it was important that the winners be decided in the knockout phase of the competition. In fact, rather magnanimously, the bustling flanker highlights how his team's own wasted opportunity to win the title three years ago proves his point. “I compare it to 2017 when we also led the log but then lost the final (to the Crusaders), so...