Sharks targeting three wins in eight days

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:27

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Sharks have set themselves a goal of going undefeated during their next three games, which all takes place within a space of eight days.

The Currie Cup enters a busy schedule, which sees teams play a midweek game in between the normal weekend fixtures.

The Sharks take on Griquas in Durban this Friday before they travel to Pretoria to take on the Blue Bulls next Wednesday. They then finish their eight-day schedule with another tough clash against the Golden Lions next Saturday. 

"We have set ourselves a goal of going undefeated now and I think it is very achievable goal if you look at the squad we have," said Sharks centre Jeremy Ward.

"We are a Sharks team that really wants to do well in this competition. We know it is going to be tough this next three games, but if you look at the depth in the squad, we have got the means to put in three wins and get good results now. 

"If we do, we set ourselves up for a good second half of the tournament."

Ward believes that continuity in terms of selection from Super Rugby will help them achieve success in this year's Currie Cup. 

"There is some good continuity and that is going to start shining through now when we get going in Currie Cup. 

"We know each other really well and have been training with each other the whole year. 

"As far as combinations go, we are pretty set. We are just hoping to deliver some consistent performances now throughout the Currie Cup," Ward added.

Ward is also looking forward to building a strong combination with Lukhanyo Am in the midfield after Andre Esterhuizen decided to play in Japan during the Currie Cup season. 

"We have switched positions now. Lukhanyo is running on the inside [No.12] and I am on the outside [No.13], so last week we had to get to know each other again in different positions. 

"We really get along well off the field and we started training really well together, so we are hoping that we can build a really good relationship on the field and hopefully we can start delivering proper performances together," he said.

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Fri, 15 December 2017
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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
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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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Griquas 12 4 0 8 26