Sharks ready to go on the attack

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:35
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Sharks will not be deterred playing a more expansive game.

Veteran prop Coenie Oosthuizen said their come-from-behind win - with an injury-time try - over the Brumbies this past weekend has generated a lot of belief that they are on the right track.

Going into the game against the Waratahs in Duran on Saturday, their first home game of the weekend, they need to build on that momentum.

"Super Rugby is a long tournament and it's a huge competition," Oosthuizen said on an interview on the Sharks website.

"We need every player to be at his best, not only physically, but also mentally."

Although it is the third Australian team on the trot for the Sharks, the benefit is understanding the opposition better each week.

"The Australian teams want to play the same brand of rugby.

"What the Reds did in the first game was to attack our breakdown, which meant we couldn't get quick ball and this led to a situation where we couldn't attack.

"We corrected those mistakes in the Brumbies game and will look to make sure we continue that this weekend.

"We have a mindset to play an attacking brand of rugby, and the belief that we had last week really amazed us."

He is expecting a backlash from the Waratahs after their loss to the Lions.

"Super Rugby is an unbelievable competition and it is an amazing game," the prop said.

"You can be on top one weekend and hit rock bottom the next.

"But there is always another weekend, and they have that this weekend, an opportunity to correct their mistakes.

"And we, as a team, see that as a challenge.

"We know what to expect. The Waratahs weren't up to their own standards, they are one of the best teams in Australia and we know that.

"We are ready for the challenge, we know they will come out fighting, they will give it their all.

"But we're at home and playing in front of our home crowd; what more could we ask for?"

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
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Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
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RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14