Sharks have 'everything' they need to shock Leinster
SPOTLIGHT: Sharks loose forward Phepsi Buthelezi believes there is enough firepower in his touring squad to shock Irish giants Leinster in Dublin on Saturday.
Despite being unbeaten so far, the team from Durban will be overwhelming underdogs for the clash at the RDS Arena.
Leinster will be loaded with internationals for the clash, while the Sharks will be without a number of their Springboks, who are in South Africa.
The Sharks have been building their depth over the last couple of seasons and Buthelezi is confident they have what it takes to put up a big fight against one of the best teams in the world.
“That is the beauty of our squad at the moment. We’ve got so much depth in our squad now that any team that we put out on the weekend can really go out there and compete,” said the 23-year-old.
“Yes, we are without some of our Springboks but that isn’t going to affect us in any way.
“We are going in to win this game because whenever we are given an opportunity in a Sharks jersey, we really want to go out there and perform.
“They are going to have all their internationals and we are missing a few, but to us, that doesn’t really mean anything.
“We still want to go out there and give our all and just perform to the best of our ability.”
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Something that will give the Sharks some hope is the Bulls’ surprise semifinal win over Leinster at the RDS in June.
“It certainly does give us a lot of confidence,” said Buthelezi.
“I think knowing what we can achieve as a group certainly gives us a lot of confidence.
“We know our potential and we know that we haven’t come close to our potential yet.
“We are really looking forward to just going out there and just executing our game plan.
“I think we have an exceptional squad and it’s just a matter of going out there and proving it to the people
“We really do believe that we got everything we need to not only win this game but this competition as well.”
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