Rebels look to outmuscle Sharks

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:05
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Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says his side must muscle-up and top the Sharks' physicality if they are to triumph when they meet in Melbourne on Friday.

Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says his side must muscle-up and top the Sharks' physicality if they are to emerge victorious when they meet in Melbourne on Friday.
The Sharks are recognised for having one of the most physical forward packs in Super Rugby, and Pyle knows that the Rebels need to bring the physicality when they take on the combined conference leaders.
"They're going to be coming hard and tough so we've got to go harder and go tougher."
The 25-year-old second row realises that the Sharks will be looking to bounce back after their 18-34 loss to the Highlanders and that will only add to the determination of the men from Durban.
"The Highlanders have been playing some really good footy and to get the win at Durban was an extremely big feat," he told AAP.
"But on the back of that the Sharks aren't going to be happy with their performance so they will be coming out firing this week.
When the teams last met the Sharks smashed the Rebels 64-7 in Durban last year, running in 10 tries to one, and the Rebels are using that day as motivation as a re-match looms.
It is the Rebels' biggest losing margin to date, and to compound the humiliation, teammates Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna were involved in a late night punch-up which saw both sent home.
A year later, with Beale and Vuna both having left the Melbourne-based side, Pyle says that although a lot of their personnel and the coaching staff are different - the result still hurts those who played.
"The blokes who are still around [from the record defeat] definitely reflect on that and use that as a lot of motivation for this coming week.
"I don't think anyone who played in that game was happy with their performance.
"There's not a lot of [Rebels] people who played that game [left] going around [the squad] and it's a different coach so it's a very different vibe going into the game and a different structure and game plan," Pyle said
The Rebels are in good form after breaking the five-match winning streak of the Force with a 22-16 victory in their last outing before their bye, but could be without Toby Smith for the game against the Sharks, as the loosehead prop has a shoulder injury.
Smith is only rated as having a 50-50 chance of playing but will be given until Friday to prove his fitness.
There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4