AUDIO: Bulls coach talks about Sharks' threats

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:06

LISTEN as the Bulls' New Zealand coach John Mitchell explains why the Sharks will be such a major threat in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks, after a poor start that saw them get just one win in their first five matches, has suddenly hit a rich vein of form.

The New Zealand leg of their Australasian tour - which started with defeats against the Brumbies (17-24) and Rebels (14-46) - saw them beat the Blues (63-40) and coming within seconds of a clean sweep in the Land of the Long White Cloud, as they went down 37-38 Hurricanes.

The Sharks remain the only South African team to have won in New Zealand this season.

The Bulls coach admitted his team is facing a massive challenge against the much-improved Sharks in a crucial conference game.

Mitchell said the Durban-based franchise 'deserved' two wins in New Zealand.

"They have been away for a long time and will enjoy being back home," he said of their four-match tour.

"They [the Sharks] are throwing the ball around," Mitchell said, adding: "They are [one of] the best offload team in the competition.

"They are scoring 30-odd points a game and [the] linebreaks [are] consistently in double figures.

"That shows they enjoy attacking."

Mitchell said the Sharks are holding onto the ball a lot longer.

"The influence of Dick [Muir] on attack is clearly refreshing them and giving them freedom.

"It is going to be a good contest [in Durban on Saturday]."

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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
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 7 4 0 3 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
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Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Blues 7 2 0 5 12
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Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14
Jaguares 7 3 0 4 12