Experienced heads to guide Sharks

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:17

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharks captain Ruan Botha said his team has enough experienced players to get past the Blue Bulls in their Currie Cup semifinal at Kings Park on Saturday.

The Sharks have a few payers that are still new to finals rugby, but they also have some that have been part of winning teams in the past.

"I think within the team itself we got Keegan [Daniel], Michael [Claassens] and Franco [Marais]  - we got a lot of experienced guys who have played finals before and semifinals before," said Botha.

"I think we got the balance right with senior players, junior players and younger players coming through the system.

"I don't think there is any nerves in the team, we know what we have to do and we just need to stick to the basics and just play our game doing what we want to do."

Botha knows it will be up to the forwards to once again lay the platform for victory at Kings Park.

"I think every game starts with the pack up front so we as a pack have to front up to whatever situation we face.

"So, whatever the Bulls pack are going to bring we are going to do our best to stop them. It is almost like a cliché - everything starts up front but that is exactly where the game is going to be won this weekend," he said.

The Bulls have been dangerous all season with ball in hand and they currently lead the try-scoring stats heading into Saturday's showdown. However, Sharks head coach Robert du Preez says they have plans in place to stop the Bulls in their tracks.

"I think a lot has been said about the way they [Bulls] are playing currently," said Du Preez.

"They got a dangerous back three and we are going to have to stop them. 

"We have done a lot of work on how we want to do that. I am sure they won't deviate from stuff that has worked for them."


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