Sharks ‘ready to go’ against Lions

Date published: April 5 2016

Sharks assistant coach Robert du Preez said that the Sharks are raring and "ready to go" after enjoying a much needed break in Round Six.

Prior to that break, the Durban side played every week for the past five weeks – fixtures which included the Stormers, the Jaguares, the Bulls and a bruising encounter two weeks ago at home against the Crusaders.

Du Preez, who is the father of the Sharks' loose forward twin brothers Dan and Jean-Luc as well as Stormers playmaker Robert junior, admitted that the men from Durban will need to start bagging wins to regain their confidence again.

That's easier said than done, as they are set to face a strong Lions side in Durban this weekend. 

"The guys have a spring in their step and are ready to go," Du Preez told the Sharks official website.

"They needed a break but they have a lot of energy and they will need it to not only train well this week but also for a match against a team that loves to run the ball. 

"There is a lot riding on this one, we need to win before going on what is going to be a gruelling tour and we need to play well. 

"We all know what the Lions can do with ball in hand."

It doesn't get any easier for Gary Gold's charges as a three-match tour to New Zealand awaits them after this weekend.

"First and foremost we need the win, but it will also be a good confidence shot if we can play good rugby as well," added Du Preez. 

"We have the Blues in Auckland, the Highlanders in Dunedin and then finish against the Chiefs (in Hamilton). 

"That is a very tough tour and it will help tremendously if we get on the plane having won well. It would set the tone for the tour."

The Lions are playing some enterprising rugby and made one too many mistakes which cost them the game against the Crusaders last week.

And Du Preez is not shying away from the fine form that the Lions have enjoyed or ignoring the magnitude of this weekend's fixture.

"The Lions have been the form team in the Currie Cup over the last two years and they have continued that form into Super Rugby this year," said Du Preez.

"They have been very impressive. 

"This game is going to be a spectacle, that is for sure, but vital for us.

"We are at home, we are coming off a home loss to the Crusaders, and the game will determine which team goes top of our pool.