AUDIO: 'Fresh' Sharks could be devastating
CURRIE CUP INTERVIEW: The Golden Lions should be forewarned. They will face a Sharks team in devastating form.
The Lions, coming off 38-65 loss to the defending-champion Western Province, travel to Durban for a Round Six crunch match with a Sharks team coming off a bye.
Sharks flyhalf Robert du Preez, speaking to the media in the build-up to this Saturday’s crunch clash, said last week’s bye was well needed.
“The boys are well rested and we will be really fresh going into this weekend,” the Springbok No.10 said.
He admitted that – despite having a full-house 15 points from three matches – the Sharks have been far from playing to their true potential.
He listed patience and accuracy is important aspects to work on this week.
“We are a young group and really want to play,” the flyhalf said, adding: “That [a lack of patience and accuracy] has been our downfall.
“We have conceded a lot of turnovers and that is one thing that is preventing us from clicking.
“If we do click – with the team we have and the talent we have – it is going to be rather devastating.”
He admitted the Lions are a team to be respected, with a number of Boks in their team – players such as Andries, Coetzee, Lionel Mapoe and Ross Cronje.
“Lionel has been in some really good form,” he said of the discarded Bok midfielder.
“He is a slippery customer, as is Andries Coetzee [another Bok discard].
“We are well aware of the threats they have and we will look to take care of those threats.
“The Lions are a team that knows how to score tries and they function well off turnover ball.”
The Sharks and Western Province are the only two unbeaten sides in the tournament and both have enjoyed their two byes, which means a very interesting run exists towards the semifinal stages of the competition.
— Steve Haag Sports (@STEVEHAAGSPORT) September 18, 2018