5 talking points | Super Rugby Week 6
Sport24's Herman Mostert highlights FIVE talking points after Round 6 of the 2020 Super Rugby season:
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1. Lions need to up ante on attack
Since Swys de Bruin's departure, the Lions appear to have lost a bit of impetus on attack.
In a 37-17 defeat to the Rebels in Melbourne, the Lions' two tries came off driving mauls and their lateral running at times proved worrisome.
The Lions now face the Blues and Highlanders in their final two tour games and it looks likely they'll return home empty-handed.
2. 2020 Sharks appear a happy bunch
Unlike in recent seasons, the Sharks class of 2020 appear happy campers and their 33-19 home win over the Jaguares in Durban catapulted them to the top of the overall standings.
The Sharks' energy and high tempo have been noticeable and it's clear that coach Sean Everitt is employing a strategy that fits several of the match-winners in his side...
3. Notshe's star shines bright
Sikhumbuzo Notshe has found a new lease on life at the Sharks and was again a standout in their win over the Jaguares.
Notshe appeared a frustrated figure at the Stormers where he was not a regular starter.
But the No 8 has been in red-hot form for the Sharks in recent weeks - against the Jaguares he scored a try, made 50 metres on attack, had six ball-carries and made 10 tackles.
4. Jersey confusion at Loftus
There was chaos in first half of the Bulls v Highlanders match when both teams ran out with similar-looking jerseys.
While watching the match on TV, I found it tough to distinguish between the sides and luckily sanity prevailed when the Bulls changed into a white and yellow strip in the second half.
It is, however, laughable that the officials didn't check beforehand whether there could be a jersey clash.
5. 'Specmagic' floors Highlanders
Playing with white jerseys seemed to galvanise the Bulls as they overturned a 13-5 deficit early in the second half into win 38-13.
Springbok Sevens speedster Rosko Specman was the star of the show with a hat-trick of tries and he again proved his worth as a finisher in the 15-man code.
The intensity of the Bulls was also markedly improved from previous weeks.