Adriaanse aiming to keep focus

2014-07-01 22:01

Durban - There will be extra pressure on the Sharks now that they are no longer Super Rugby leaders, prop Lourens Adriaanse has said.

The Durban franchise were overtaken by the Waratahs at the top of the table over the weekend, with the Australians three points clear after comprehensively winning their game in hand, 39-8 against the Brumbies.

"I think so (there'll be extra pressure), but I think there's pressure in every game," Adriaanse said on Tuesday.

"It will be important to keep the focus on our own game, try to do the best we can and give ourselves the best opportunity to win."

Jake White's men face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this week, before hitting the road to take on the Stormers in Cape Town in the final Super Rugby round-robin game next weekend.

Victory in their last two matches would still ensure a top-two finish and a home semi-final, as well as hopes of hosting the August 2 final.

It would also give the Sharks an additional bye on the first weekend of the play-offs.

"The way things stand, if we can win both games then we'll have a home semi-final," Adriaanse said.

"So the two games are very important for us."

The 26-year-old had played in every game for the Sharks this season, although all his appearances had been off the bench.

"I think the coach has managed the guys well through the season and used them the way he felt was best for the team.

"Going into the next few games, we'll have to see with the team selection. As a player you would hope to play a decent amount of rugby."

Adriaanse, who was in the Springbok squad for the recent June Test window without playing a single game, would come up against his former team-mates this weekend and felt they would be psyched for the contest despite already being eliminated from the competition.

"The Cheetahs are a well-balanced side with threats all over the team," he said.

"They're dangerous from anywhere on the pitch and will be up for it.

"They'll be looking to build towards the Currie Cup and gain some momentum. The guys leaving will also have a point to prove, so they'll be dangerous."


  • Alfred E Neuman - 2014-07-01 22:10

    My advice to him is that he should just go out and enjoy himself, without adding the extra pressure. It will reduce the disappointment of choking so much less.

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2014-07-02 05:16

      The only question's against whom.

      Alfred E Neuman - 2014-07-02 05:19

      Or when?

  • Stephan Theunissen - 2014-07-01 22:29

    Adriaanse... go out and make it happen. You can and in the process maybe make the selectors see that you can. Im not saying this as a Shark supporter but a supporter of the only team of South Africa able to win the Super 15 trophy this year. Hopefulle Trenam and Woods would see what a good SA supporter should act like. Cheers and lots of happiness.... Stormers....

      Tappet Henning - 2014-07-02 00:35

      It's wishful thinking if you have any hope for those two.

      Trav Griffie - 2014-07-02 08:31

      Stephan, as a Sharks supporter your support is appreciated, but I do agree with Tappet that you are experiencing a well-know phenomenon regarding those two, and it's called wishful thinking! Good luck for the rest of your season, and here's hoping the Sharks can go the distance and make SA proud.

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-07-02 00:40

    The Sharks are like our universe, it start out with a big bang, lots of energy and hot air and then dies out with a wimper.

      donavan.boshoff - 2014-07-02 08:11

      The Sharks are the rugby universe

      Terry Burne - 2014-07-02 08:59

      Gluteus - that pretty much describes you as well. Right now you appear to be in the 'hot air' stage ......and we are all waiting for the next stage!

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