SHARKS RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

NZ Rugby World - - Super Rugby 2018 -

In the neg­a­tive as they have lost Patrick Lam­bie and while in­jury has cur­tailed his in­volve­ment in re­cent years, no one wants to lose a player of his ex­pe­ri­ence and stand­ing.

Other than that, the Sharks scrub up much the same way al­though they might miss bruis­ing, sea­soned loose for­ward Jean Dey­sel more than they imag­ine.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

The Sharks had their mo­ments last year. Played with a di­rect­ness and pace that was quite thrilling. They just didn’t have enough of those mo­ments.

They do at least have a blue­print on what works for them – big run­ners com­ing round the cor­ner and the con­fi­dence to push it wider than feels nat­u­ral to them.

GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS?

Nei­ther. These guys are stuck in a time warp. They don’t seem to get bet­ter or worse but will most likely be the same old mix of good, bad, in­dif­fer­ent and en­tirely for­get­table.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

In the mid­dle of the pack like al­ways.

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