Schalk: Sharks have killer instinct

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:59
Large schalk sharks.jpg630

Stormers skipper Schalk Burger believes that the Sharks' 'play-off mentality' will give them a good chance of going all the way this season.

Stormers skipper Schalk Burger believes that the Sharks' 'play-off mentality' will give them a good chance of going all the way this season.

Jake White's team ended the regular season with a 34-10 victory over an on-form Stormers side at Newlands, in a game which saw them defend for the majority and then take full advantage of their attacking opportunities.

The Durban side are the only South African team in the Super Rugby play-offs after finishing third on the standings, and they next face the Highlanders who beat them at Kings Park earlier in the season.

However, Burger warned that their victory at Newlands showed that they have already hit play-off mode

"For the large majority of the game we actually had them under pressure, I think we created a lot more try-scoring opportunities than they did but it is the mark of a championship side - I think they created three opportunities and scored three times," he said.

"The Sharks have been the stand-out South African Super Rugby side this year and all credit to them. They didn't make life easy for us and unfortunately for us it was one of those games where we got frustrated out there.

"They are a tough side to beat. For South Africa it is phenomenal that the Sharks are doing well, it is always nice when a South African franchise has got a chance," he said.

Although recognising that the Highlanders will be no pushovers this weekend, Burger said that there are some good signs for the Sharks if they do manage to make the semifinals.

"The Highlanders are not an easy side to beat but the Sharks as we experienced are a tough side. If they win that then they are going across in all likelihood to play the Crusaders in the semifinal who they beat the previous time.

"They had a pretty good tour and it is not such a bad travel for them, they don't have to travel now and come back so I think they do have a chance.

"But in saying that play-offs can be tight, but the way the Sharks played us was a play-off mentality I thought. They didn't play a lot of rugby, they kicked it, the tight phases were strong so it was tough to get momentum against them, they smothered us at the breakdown completely," Burger explained.

By Michael de Vries

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 08h45 Melbourne
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9