Sharks out to expose Jaguares' weaknesses

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:05

INTERVIEW: Sharks prop Thomas du Toit says he and his teammates are aware of the power the Jaguares possess when it comes to scrum time.

The two teams, who are both on 18 points in Africa Conference One, meet in a crucial clash in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks are coming off a 29-34 defeat to the Conference leaders the Lions, while the Jaguares will be well rested after enjoying a bye in Round Six.

Argentinian teams are well known for their scrummaging strengths and the Sharks are preparing for an onslaught in that area.

"We are focussing on how we are going to scrum against them," said Du Toit.

"We are aware of the fact that they are a very good side and they have a very good scrummaging pack, so we are definitely going to stick to our processes and what we do well. Through video sessions, we will try and target a few areas and we will make sure that we are prepared to the best of our ability."

The Sharks produced some eye-catching rugby in the loss to the Lions last weekend and Du Toit believes their performance in that match has boosted their confidence ahead of this weekend's clash.

"I think we are doing very well for ourselves. The feeling in the camp is brilliant. Everyone is positive, even after a loss like that. 

"We felt that we put in a performance that we can be proud of, but this weekend we want to do the best that we can again and show our fans what we are really made of and what we learnt in the past few months. 

"We want to put in a performance that our fans can enjoy," Du Toit added.

Du Toit believes they will qualify for the play-offs this year.

"There is no doubt about it. I think the feeling is that we are definitely worth it. 

"We play for each other and we are ready to do it. I think it is our time," he said.

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19