The Sharks are ready to take on the Stormers in their Super Rugby Round 7 clash at Kingspark on Saturday 14 March. The Durban based club have won all but one of their previous 6 games.
The Sharks are not only leading the South African Super Rugby Conference table but are topping the overall Super Rugby standings which include New Zealand and Australia.
Cape Town’s Stormers who have only played 5 games are second in the South African Conference with 17 points, having received a bye in Round and winning 4 out of their past 5 games with only one loss.
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A win over the Sharks with a bonus point would have them leaping over their rivals into top position and with a game in hand, the race is far from over.
The Stormers will finally put the Sharks to the test to see who deserves the top spot in the conference.
The Sharks are very confident that they will be able to manipulate the Stormers weaknesses to their advantage with the Sharks attacking coach David Williams going on to say:
“Every game has been different and in each one, we’ve found a point of pressure to get a result – whether it’s kicking over the top, the driving maul, or kicking ball away and putting pressure and earning turnovers.”
“So, in this game, it’s about finding that point of pressure early and then looking to exploit that,”
On the overall Super Rugby standings, Stormers find themselves in 5th place with only one point separating them from the 3 teams that are tied on 18 points.
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The Durbanites are not the only ones that have been preparing for the clash at Kingspark as the Stormers have been coming up with a game plan to counter the Sharks’ kick and chase aerial strategy.
The Stormers defensive coach Norman Laker has is quite aware of the dangers posed by the Sharks ariel attacks as he went on to say:
“We’ve done well in the air, and we know we will have to be at the top of our game in that area on Saturday.”
“My experience of Durban at this time of the year is that it is often humid and most times the ball is slippery, which is probably why they kick so much.”
“Hopefully there will be a bit of wind to negate the humidity, but I also know from experience that when the wind blows at Kings Park there is a swirl that can make fielding kicks difficult. ”
Watch as the Sharks take on the Stormers this Saturday 14 March at Kingspark as they battle for bragging rights in the South African Conference Super Rugby Conference.