Sharks: We can beat Crusaders in Christchurch

    2018-07-16 13:23

    Cape Town - Sharks coach Robert du Preez is backing his side to get the job done in Saturday's Super Rugby quarter-final against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

    The Sharks secured a spot in the playoffs by beating the Jaguares in Durban this past Saturday, but they have the unenviable task of travelling to the top-ranked side in the competition this year. 

    The Crusaders have lost just twice in Super Rugby this year and are favourites to win the competition, but Du Preez is not backing down.

    "It's a wonderful opportunity and a massive challenge and we are going out there to beat them, otherwise we might as well stay at home," he said.

    "They keep the ball for multiple phases and have some very good individual players. I think their biggest strength is keeping the ball when they have it.

    "They are top of the log, so they are a great side."

    Du Preez is encouraged by the fact that the Sharks have been largely impressive against New Zealand opposition so far in 2018. 

    The Sharks beat the Blues 63-40 in Auckland, lost 38-37 to the Wellington in Hurricanes, beat the Highlanders 38-12 in Durban and then beat Chiefs 28-24 in Durban. 

    It gives the Sharks a 3/4 record against Kiwi opposition in 2018, but they are yet to meet the Crusaders.

    "I thought in the game against the Hurricanes we came closest to our full potential, even if we didn't win," said Du Preez.

    "Winning is all-important. I don't care how we win." 

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