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VIDEO: All eyes on Everitt as Edinburgh head to Durban

SPOTLIGHT: After leaving Cape Town Stadium empty-handed, Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt is now turning his attention to his former team in Durban.

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Edinburgh started their South African tour with a 21-43 defeat to the Stormers on Saturday.

With John Dobson’s side gaining five log points and Edinburgh failing to get any, Everitt’s side fell below the Capetonians in the United Rugby Championship standings as the battle for positions went up another level this past weekend.

Edinburgh will now head to Durban to face the Sharks and there will be a spotlight on Everitt due to his history with his former team.

The Sharks sacked Everitt towards the end of 2022 after a string of poor performances, but he has found a new lease on life as Edinburgh’s head coach season with eight wins from their 12 games so far.

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“We came to play against the Stormers and Sharks, my former franchise. It’s actually not about that, it’s about this competition,” said Everitt.

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“We’ve got six games left at the moment and every result counts.

“I think a bonus point [against the Stormers] would have been vital considering how tight the log is, so our focus is to get to Durban and get as many points as we can out of that game.

“How quickly we regroup on Monday and plot the way forward in Durban where the conditions are going to be really tough is going to be important for us as a group because this group can finish in the top four.”

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Everitt will be hoping his team can take the lessons that they learnt in Cape Town to Durban.

“We played against a very good Stormers team. A team with Springboks, a team with x-factor, a team with Manie Libbok on fire and served well by Damian Willemse at fullback and we mustn’t forget that.

“I think there were lessons learnt for us.

“The Stormers have been winners and runners-up of the URC and we are not using that as an excuse for not performing better.

“We were up against it and any team that plays against the Stormers at Cape Town Stadium has to be on top of their game.”

Everitt is set to bolster his team with the likes of Duhan van de Merwe, Pierre Schoeman and a few other internationals for the clash in Durban.

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