CAN REDS BREAK SHARKS UNBETEAN RUN?
By: Thamsanqa Dlamini
After getting off to a good start of the Vodacom Super Rugby, now Sharks will look to maintain their momentum against Reds to keep their unbeateb run intact on Saturday.
The Sharks have won all their games and left coach Jake White is hopeful that his boys will collect maximum points. Their performance seemed to improve with every game they played as results showed they won 37 – 23 against Lions, 27 – 9 against Hurricanes and 31 – 16 against Vodacom Bulls.
White introduced flyhalf Patrick Lambie and fullback JP Pietersen to the 23-man squad. He admitted that the Reds duo pose a threat to his squad as Odua Ndungane is still on compassionate leave. The pair is formed by halfback of Will Genia and Quade Cooper.
“They are a good combination, but the Cell C Sharks have had quite a good record against the Reds, and the group of Springboks in the Sharks team have also had a lot of success against the Aussies,” said White on the club’s website,
“As much as they are a threat and are the focal point for their game, we are confident that in past performances, both from a South African and a franchise point of view, we should be able to handle them.”
All three games were played on home soil in Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium and they anticipate a fixture on away games. Sharks will play their fourth consecutive game at home and then play only one at Loftus Versfeld –Pretoria to end the month with another home game against Waratahs.
White believes that the support from fans boost the confidence of the players to perform well and win games which in return attracts more supporters to help them win.
“One way to get people to the stadium is by playing well and winning, and this weekend we have a 5pm kick-off against a Reds team that has won the competition and like the players.
“I’m hoping we get even more supporters in this weekend, and an even better vibe. Because there is no doubt that the winning brings the fans, and them being here helps us win,” he said.
Kick off at 5pm at Growth point stadium.