Currie Cup

Sharks ‘focus on little things’ in clash against Pumas

2019-08-02 06:28
Sean Everitt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks coach Sean Everitt says his team will need to be really good at “the little things” if they are to beat “a dangerous animal” in the form of the Pumas in their Currie Cup clash on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:00 and the match will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1.

The winless Pumas will play host to the Durban-based franchise in their fixture set to take place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Everitt, whose men enjoyed a bye last week, has made just one change to the team that defeated Western Province a fortnight ago.

Phendulani “Phepsi” Buthelezi will start at openside flank ahead of Jacques Vermeulen, who has dropped to the bench.

In preparation, Everitt and his side worked really hard on speed and accuracy as they are aware that will be key in outplaying the physical Pumas.

“They are a dangerous animal and that’s why it is important for us to start well and, certainly from our side, we are not underestimating what they can bring,” said Everrit.

“We have had a good look at them, they ran the Lions (one of the games they lost this season) really close and probably unfortunate to lose that game.

“We need to be really, really good at the little things this weekend. Our focus has been on speed and accuracy, hopefully we can achieve that on Saturday.

“If we can put in the same effort that we did against Province, we will be okay.”

Everitt believes the Pumas, who have lost all their three Currie Cup outings, have always been a tough side when coach Jimmy Stonehouse is calling the shots in Nelspruit.

“Jimmy manages to fire his troops really well in the games that they play, we saw that against the Bulls, but they fell away a little bit in the end,” said Everitt, who is only in charge of his third game at the Durban outfit.

“Although they finished quite strong unfortunately, they weren’t able to convert their pressure to points.”

Based on how the Pumas have performed in those three defeats, Everitt’s men need to be really cautious in their approach and the two sides meeting have always extremely physical.

“We know that Jimmy drives them before the game, and he drives them hard during the week, so that’s how they play on a Saturday,” said Everitt.

“Jimmy certainly gets a lot out of his guys and when Jimmy was not there, they weren’t quite as aggressive a team as they are when (he) is there.”

Teams:

Pumas

15 Devon Williams, 14 Morne Joubert, 13 Ryan Nell (captain), 12 Henko Marais, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Christ Smith, 9 Ashlon Davids, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Stefan Willemse, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Ginter Smuts, 21 Kobus Marais, 22 Alwayno Visagie, 23 Morgan Naude

Sharks

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