Sharks to 'man up' for Jaguares clash

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:11
Large sharks huddle 2017 800

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Sharks captain Lubabalo Mtembu says his team must dominate the physical exchanges if they are going to beat a strong Jaguares team in Durban on Saturday.

Both teams are on 18 points in Africa Conference One, which also features the Lions who lead the way with 23 points.

"They [Jaguares] are really physical...they have been together now for a while and we have to man up to win the game," said Mtembu.

Sharks head coach Robert du Preez believes his team has the strength up front to combat a strong Jaguares pack.

"We got a formidable pack," said Du Preez. "We play with a lot of aggression, but that has got to be within the boundaries.

He added: "I want the guys to really go out and play. I think we are making some good progress, so I don't want the guys to hold back. 

"We had great training today [Thursday] and there is such a good spirit in the camp and we got to take that onto the field. The win is really important for us on Saturday and we don't want to disappoint our fans."

High tackles proved costly for the Sharks in their 29-34 loss to the Lions last weekend and Du Preez has called on his team to go low against the Jaguares. 

"We really have to be more vigilant on our discipline. We shouldn't be giving away so many penalties.

"We just have to make sure that we keep our tackles lower. You can't touch anything on the shoulders," said Du Preez.


There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
Sat, 06 May 2017
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Saracens 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh 22h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Rodney Parade
Zebre v Treviso 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
Munster v Connacht 22h00 Thomond Park
Scarlets v Ospreys 22h00 Parc y Scarlets
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Kingsholm
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Ashton Gate
Rebels v Lions 05h00 Melbourne
Chiefs v Reds 07h35 New Plymouth
Waratahs v Blues 09h45 Allianz Park
Sharks v Force 13h05 Kings Park, Durban
Bulls v Crusaders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Jaguares v Sunwolves 21h40 Buenos Aires
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Waratahs 9 3 0 6 13
Reds 9 2 0 7 11
Force 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 8 1 1 6 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 9 9 0 0 41
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 10
Sunwolves 9 1 0 8 6
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 8 0 1 37
Sharks 9 6 1 2 28
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 20
Kings 9 3 0 6 15