Starting well a 'priority' for Sharks in Melbourne
Town - Sharks head
coach Robert du
Preez says that a good start is key in Friday's Super
Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne.
The Sharks, following last
weekend's disappointing 24-17 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra, are desperate
for a win to get their season going.
SUPER RUGBY WEEK 6: Weekend teams
After this match, the Durbanites
travel to Auckland and Wellington for matches against the Blues and Hurricanes,
Those two fixtures will bring the
curtain down on the Sharks' Australasian tour, and the Rebels game looks their
best opportunity to get a result.
The Sharks are currently third in
the South African Conference with just one win from four, and with the Stormers
currently finding their feet in the competition the Sharks need to start
amassing log points as a matter of urgency to stay in the playoff hunt.
They were flat for most of the
game against the Brumbies, and Du Preez has put a huge emphasis on starting
well against the Rebels.
"This team has a lot of
character and are determined to bounce back strongly," he said of his
"Super Rugby is a tough
competition and you have to take the good with the bad and move on from
disappointment, which we have.
"It’s an absolute priority
to start well against the Rebels and I have no doubt that if we do start well
and we get on a roll, we will be difficult to stop."
Kick-off on Friday is at 10:45 (SA
15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Substitutes: 16 Mahe Vailanu, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Tom English
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Garth April