These Sharks get on with the job

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:24
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Jake White has a simple philosophy that has brought him plenty of success in the past and it has been working wonders for the Sharks.

Jake White has a simple philosophy that has brought him plenty of success in the past and it has been working wonders for the Sharks.

Currently on a four-match unbeaten run and sitting pretty at the top of the Super Rugby table, they head to Pretoria to take on the Bulls on Saturday for what may well be their toughest test of the season so far.

However, rather than getting caught up in the media hype that always surround these South African derbies, White has made sure his players are focussed on the job at hand.

"You can get sucked into the fact that you think it is just going to happen," he told this website, when asked about the dangers of being the tournament's pace-setters.

"Also, the danger is that people out there keep finding reasons why it can't happen.

"The media were saying, when we played the Lions, we had to be careful because the Lions were the 'speed bump'.

"The next week we played the Reds and it was: 'Be careful, because the Sharks, in their last campaign, lost in the fourth game.'

"What I am saying is that if we keep going through what everyone says and what everyone predicts, you can get sucked into listening to all the hype and thinking it is either going to happen on its own or something untoward is going to happen."

The World Cup-winning former Springbok coach said the biggest danger for his team is not preparing properly or not being focussed on the job they have to do.

He has made sure his charges have put the first four matches behind them and shifted their focus to their trip to Loftus Versfeld.

"Now it is another two weeks [when we face the Bulls and Waratahs] before we get another bye and we have to make sure the next two weeks we put as much effort in and try as hard as we can to get the next two results," White told this website.

Another reason for needing to come away from Pretoria with a win in the bag is the importance of finishing at the top of the standings at the end of the regular season.

Since the introduction of SANZAR, when the sport went professional in 1996, only one team has ever won Super Rugby after finishing outside the top two - the Crusaders in 1999, when they finished fourth. Every other winner has finished either first or second on the table.

"You want to have a home Final and a home semifinal," the Sharks Director of Rugby said, adding: "We have seen that teams that host the home Final and semifinals are the teams that win the competition.

"You are playing to win the competition and one of the ways you can guarantee yourself more than a 50 percent chance of winning it is to play in front of your home crowd.

"That is what every team is trying to do, ensure they get a home Final."

By Jan de Koning

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19