Sharks face 'massive challenge'
Town - Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold knows his team’s defence will be
firmly tested when they host the Hurricanes in a Super Rugby clash in Durban on
have scored the second fewest tries in the competition so far this season (17) -
behind the Force (11) - but they have also conceded the fewest tries (15).
weekend though they face a team brimming win confidence after scoring seven
tries in a 50-17 annihilation of the Lions in Johannesburg.
“We have a massive challenge coming up this weekend against
a star-studded Hurricanes team, who have just come off a resounding victory
against the Lions,” said Gold.
“This team is lethal with ball in hand and we have a huge
amount of respect for them. They will pose a similar challenge to the other
three New Zealand teams that we faced on tour, and that too with added
confidence after their great victory, makes them even more formidable.”
After a three game tour to New Zealand, where they won one
match and lost two, Gold said it was nice to be back at Kings Park.
“It’s fantastic to be back home and to play in front of our
home crowd. This is the fourth New
Zealand team we are playing in succession and we are excited about the
challenge that lies ahead. We want to
build on our courageous performance against the Chiefs last Friday, and our
focus is on being accurate and utilising our opportunities.”
Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 15:00.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen,
13 Paul Jordaan, 12, Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, Garth April, 9
Michael Claassen, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan
Daniel, 5 Stephen Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2
Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (captain)
Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Hyron
Andrews, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Odwa
James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian
Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6
Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery
Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes
16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Blade
Thomson, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jason Woodward