Reinach: Sharks remain confident
Durban - Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach is confident that his team will bounce back as they still have their target set on the Super Rugby title.
The Sharks were recognised as one of the favourites for the Super Rugby title before the tournament kicked off in February.
However, the Durban side suffered a disappointing start to the 2015 campaign, losing two of their opening three games. While they beat the Lions 29-12 at Kings Park, they suffered defeats against the Cheetahs at home and the Bulls in Pretoria.
The Sharks will now prepare for their fourth consecutive South African derby against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
Reinach said the team was working hard on bouncing back.
“Obviously we haven’t started the Super Rugby competition in the way that we’ve wanted to. We are disappointed with the results,” Reinach told MyPlayers.co.za. “However, the guys are still very positive and there’s still a good vibe in the squad. Our main goal as a team is to win the Super Rugby title, and we still believe we can achieve this.
“The tournament is not decided after the opening few rounds. We have time to bounce back, and we are working hard on the areas that need improvement.
“One thing we really want to work on is our intensity. I think we have let ourselves down in that department, but the guys are ready to improve things this weekend.”
The Sharks have had the upper hand against the Stormers at Newlands in recent big clashes.
They thumped the Cape side 34-10 in Cape Town during last year’s league game, while they also clinched the 2013 Currie Cup title with a 33-19 win against Western Province away from home.
However, Reinach stressed that they will be facing a confident Stormers outfit this weekend.
“We have enjoyed some great results at Newlands in recent games, but this is a new year and a new season. The Stormers have been performing really well so far, and will be a tough team to beat, especially at Newlands,” explained Reinach.
“The Stormers have many young players, who are performing really well on the Super Rugby stage. We will need to be sharp on the field and we need to lift our intensity if we want a chance of victory against the Stormers.”
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 19:10.
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3. Matt Stevens, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Marco Wentzel, 20. Renaldo Bothma, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Jack Wilson
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