Sharks chas­ing a perfect Highveld trip

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - MIKE GREEN­AWAY

PART one of the Sharks’ Cur­rie Cup mis­sion to the Highveld ended hand­somely in five points from their vic­tory over the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Blue Bulls at the weekend, but coach Robert du Preez has had to make changes to his side for to­mor­row’s clash with the Li­ons at El­lis Park, no­tably in the back­line.

Du Preez, has changed his half-back com­bi­na­tion, bring­ing in Ben­hard Janse van Rens­burg at 10 (for Inny Radebe) and Cameron Wright at nine (for Michael Claassens) and there are fur­ther changes in the back­line where in­jured wing Kobus van Wyk is re­placed by vet­eran Odwa Ndun­gane, who will earn his 100th Cur­rie Cup cap, and at centre where crocked Jeremy Ward is re­placed by young­ster Mar­ius Louw.

The pack is pretty much the unit that dom­i­nated the Bulls in the set pieces to set up the win at the weekend.

“I am proud of the guts the guys showed at Lof­tus,” Du Preez said. “We are not happy with the 40 odd tack­les we missed and our ex­its were not good, and we have to brush up on that be­fore play­ing the Li­ons.”

But Du Preez was pleased with the at­tack­ing in­tent of his side in the 28-20 win that has taken them to sec­ond in the stand­ings be­low the Chee­tahs.

“I thought we played re­ally good rugby at times, and it was just a few off­loads that did not go to hand at times that could have led to more tries but we are pleased with the will­ing­ness to take to the game to the op­po­si­tion. We want to play at­tack­ing rugby, and we showed that.”

“We did the ba­sics well and we did not try to be fancy, with a fo­cus on elim­i­nat­ing the 50-50 passes that have caused so many er­rors in our pre­vi­ous games,” Du Preez added. “I am pleased with the four tries, some­thing we strug­gled with in Su­per Rugby. I un­der­stand the stan­dard is not the same but we are try­ing to get there, and that is the main thing.”

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