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Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney ahead of Sharks by Rugby365 interviews
Wed 2 May 2018 | 02:04
AUDIO: Kiwi scuds aimed at Sharks
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However, they are set to come up against the competition's most successful defence.

The Durban-based franchise host the Highlanders in a crucial Round 12 encounter at the Kings Park stadium on Saturday.

It will be a stern test for the Sharks – who are second on the Super Rugby list for clean breaks and seventh for defenders beaten.

While this looks impressive, they have their work cut out against the most successful defensive system in the competition.

Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney the side had a 'defensive strategy group', which was setting goals to get the side up to speed.
AUDIO: Kiwi scuds aimed at Sharks 
"You got to have a robust defence and we pride ourselves on that being a bit part of our game," he said of his team's 163 tackles in the 29-28 win over the Bulls last week, a tackle success rate of 86 percent – in a game where they had just over 30 percent of the possession.

He said gets to work with an amazingly talented group of guys who love to defend, adding: "It was good [against the Bulls].

"We just want to make sure we keep the standards high and take that into the next game."

The Sharks' relative success against New Zealand team is something that has come up, but not a major point of discussion for the Highlanders.

"It is fair to say they [the Sharks] have been up and down [this season], but they have certainly been up for the New Zealand teams – so, forewarned is forearmed.

"Against the Blues and the Hurricanes they were very good.

AUDIO: Kiwi scuds aimed at Sharks

"They are dangerous and have a lot of strike power. They have a strong, direct-running pack of forwards."

The Highlanders had come through well against the Bulls, although wing Tevita Li returned home – as he has a mid-foot sprain.
 
Delaney said it did not appear serious but Li was not able to play this week so there was no point in him staying in South Africa. He has been replaced in the squad by Josh McKay.
 
All Black wing Waisake Naholo, who missed the game against the Bulls because of a hamstring niggle, should be right to play against the Sharks.

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