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    Discipline key for Sharks against Jaguares

    2017-04-07 18:07

    Cape Town - Discipline will be for the Sharks when they host the Jaguares in a Super Rugby clash in Durban on Saturday, coach Robert du Preez says. 

    The sides meet in what is a big clash in Africa Conference 2 as the race for playoff places continues. Both teams have 18 points, but the Sharks have played a game extra. 

    It makes victory imperative for the Durbanites, especially given their narrow loss to conference leaders the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend. 

    In that match, Sharks lock Etienne Oosthuizen's two neck rolls saw his side have a try disallowed and then, when he was yellow-carded, the Lions scored 14 points while he was off the field. 

    The Sharks cannot afford such ill-discipline against what is expected to be a physical Jaguares challenge.

    "We have to be more vigilant on our discipline. We shouldn't be giving away so many penalties," Du Preez said. 

    "That efficiency of just making sure that we keep our tackles low. You can't touch or hit them on the shoulders.

    "This game is going to be massive from a physicality point of view. It's a full-blown Test team we're playing against."

    The Sharks, like the Stormers and Cheetahs, have had a difficult training week because of the Springbok camp that took place from Sunday to Tuesday in Stellenbosch. 

    The Sharks had 13 players at the camp, meaning that training was limited. 

    "In a way it is disruptive, but we understand the bigger picture. It's also a great privilege for the boys to have gone to the Bok camp. We're certainly very pleased with that," Du Preez said, adding that his players had not returned in a fatigued state.

    "Not as much as I thought they would be. We're happy with what they got done there. We got all the data and the GPS recordings and the boys are okay."

    Du Preez says there is no extra pressure given how tight the conference is proving to be.

    "I want the guys to really go out and go play. We're making some good progress and I don't want the guys to hold back," he said.

    "The win is really important for us on Saturday and we don't want to disappoint our fans at Kings Park."

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:05.

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Tera Mtembu (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira
     
    Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Jeremy Ward

    Jaguares 

    15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz

    Substitutes: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Emiliano Boffelli

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