GOLD WORRIED ABOUT SHARKS’ FITNESS
Written by: Thandeka Hlongwa
The Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold is hoping that Patrice Lambie will be fit when his team take on the Sunwolves at Kingspark Stadium on Friday night.
Coming back from the six week June International break, the Sharks suffered an extreme blow to their confidence as in the Super Rugby tournament by losing 10-37 to the Emirate Lions in a flaming match.
This previous week has hardly been better as Gary Gold’s side scrambled and struggled to keep their grip on their game when they hosted the Toyota Cheetahs.
The Sharks eventually won the match by 23-10 despite Franco Smith’s side dominating most of the first half, but subsequently failing to convert their opportunities.
Gold said that they will have to manage the game, be disciple and take their opportunities when they battle on Sunwolves.
“We need a proper good performance this week, we need to come out here and be clinical because it’s going to give us confidence we desperately need for playoffs,” said Gold.
“This is a Sunwolves team we can beat and I’m sure that winning isn’t good enough for us because we need to win by a margin. However this is a team that has nothing to lose, and teams that have nothing to lose can be potentially dangerous,” added Gold.
Injuries have played a part in the Sharks producing sub-pat performances. Some of the players including Patrice Lambie and JP Pietersen recently returned from Springbok’s drafting with scars and injures to show for it.
At the beginning of the season there were 12 fit loose forwards in Sharks’s camp, however only five are available for selection for this week’s match. The Sharks have reached a point where their depth is being challenged.