Sharks 'stepping down' to step up

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:35

CURRIE CUP ROUND TWO: The Sharks will look to put their campaign on track, as they welcome the arrival of a host of Super Rugby stars.

Centre Lukhanyo Am, one of several players who will come into the Currie Cup selection frame after the completion of the Durban-based franchise's Super Rugby commitments, said they are keen to get stuck into the oldest provincial competition in the world.

In a weekend of disappointing results for the Sharks their Super Rugby side lost 21-23 in a nail-biter against the Sharks and the Free State Cheetahs blew them away (47-12) in the opening round of the Currie Cup.

"We want to take the momentum that we built in Super Rugby into the Currie Cup," Am said of the players stepping down from the Super Rugby arena to the Currie Cup stage.

"We still have the majority of the squad together, so hopefully that continuity will work in our favour."

He added that they will look to the Currie Cup to put the disappointment of losing in the Super Rugby quarterfinal behind them.

"We had a couple of disappointing performances in Super Rugby, so going into the Currie Cup, we'll take it game by game and try to execute the game plan for each specific game."

Despite the arrival of a host of Super Rugby players, the Sharks will still face a tough challenge in the form of a Pumas outfit that knocked the Golden Lions over last week.

"There are no easy games and it all comes down to who performs on the day," said Am.

"This is a big game, the first one at home, we have confidence and hopefully the result will go our way."

Source: @TheSharksZA

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26