Sharks eager to finish on high
- The Sharks intend to finish the Super Rugby tournament on a high when they close their campaign at home against the Stormers at Kings Park on Saturday (19:10 kick-off).
the team out of the race for the playoffs, the Sharks know the match will be
about playing for their supporters.
we played the Rebels, we had spoken about finishing on a good note and that remains
our aim,” explains Sharks assistant coach Sean Everitt told Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick.
doesn’t matter where we are on the log, we want to play with pride because
there is a lot of pride in the team and we want to finish on a high for the
guys who might be playing last game in Sharks colours.”
Sharks will be bolstered by two of their big, physically-imposing
loose-forwards Marcell Coetzee and Willem Alberts. “Marcell is back from his
Springbok-enforced break against the Rebels and Willem is looking good (having
also missed the Rebels game, in his case a late fitness test ruling him out),
so we can bolster the loose forwards,” Everitt confirms.
he does add that the half-back duo - also Springboks - of Pat Lambie and Cobus
Reinach were not in reckoning for this match.
the Stormers having already wrapped up the South African Conference, there is a
possibility they will rest some of their more established players to give them
much-needed rest ahead of the play-offs. However, Everitt admits that they will
not be focussing on whether the Cape side bring an A or B team to Durban on
in our minds is a weakened Stormers team that came up to Durban and beat us
last year. We will prepare as normal, whether they bring their full metal jacket
or not. Ultimately, we want to play our game and the focus for us is one making
sure we do.
feel we have improved with each game since our tour opened on a bad note
against the Highlanders; there has been regular improvement. We finished our
overseas tour by beating the Reds and then we defeated the Rebels who are not
an easy outfit. They have beaten big teams, including the Bulls at the
asked whether the Sharks see this match
as a challenge or if it was about beating the SA Conference winners?
not at all,” he says. This game makes no difference to the log, but we would
like to show our fans that we are up there and can beat the best in the
match will also be the last in Sharks colours for Alberts, as well as the Du
Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie.
trio will further their careers in France after this year’s Rugby World Cup.