LIVE

    Sharks v Stormers always 'special'

    2016-03-10 15:28

    Lloyd Burnard - Sport24

    Cape Town - Both are rich in history and tradition, both play on the coast, both have passionate and expectant groups of supporters, both have never won Super Rugby and on Saturday both the Stormers and the Sharks will go into their Newlands clash undefeated. 

    The coaches - Robbie Fleck and Gary Gold - played their hands on Thursday, the Stormers making four changes to their starting line-up while the Sharks go in unchanged. 

    The magnitude of the derby was perhaps best highlighted by the fact that, on Thursday, both Fleck and Gold revealed that this weekend's clash would be their biggest test of the season so far.

    "It’s always been like that, ever since I was a player," Stormers coach Fleck said.

    "It’s always an intense battle and always a big physical battle. It’s a special game to be involved in and to play and there’s always that big ivalry between the sides. I think it’s quite similar in terms of our approach … it’s going to be an interesting tussle."

    Gold agreed.

    "This is why we work so hard and this is what the players play for," he said.

    "We feel incredibly energised about having such a test of where we are at this stage of the season.

    "We believe this is going to be our biggest Super Rugby test to date."

    Respect, said Gold, was something the sides had for each other in abundance.

    "I don’t sense that there’s bitterness between the teams … just a mutual respect," he said.

    "These games are also a mini-Springbok trial in many ways.

    "I love the fact that these games are important to us and they mean a huge amount … it’s a respect thing.

    "It’s about putting a stake in the ground and earning our stripes back. We want to go there and make our supporters proud again."

    Fleck, meanwhile, is under no illusions.

    "They are a very balanced side at the moment and I like the look of them," he said. 

    "It's two form sides with similar approaches and philosophies so it's the biggest one that we're going to face so far."

    The match kicks off at 17:15.

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read

    Fixtures

    Saturday, 27 May 2017
    • Sunwolves v Cheetahs, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 07:15
    • Highlanders v Waratahs, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
    • Rebels v Crusaders, AAMI Park 11:45
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 15:05
    • Sharks v Stormers, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:15
    • Jaguares v Brumbies, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
    Sunday, 28 May 2017
    • Lions v Kings, Emirates Airlines Park 14:30
    Friday, 02 June 2017
    • Blues v Reds, Apia Park 09:35

    Results

    26 May 2017
    21 May 2017
    20 May 2017
    19 May 2017
    13 May 2017
    12 May 2017
    06 May 2017
    05 May 2017
    30 April 2017
    29 April 2017
    28 April 2017
    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    SA Rugby need to cut two Super Rugby teams for next year's tournament. Help them out!

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.