Planet Rugby

Discipline the key to beating Sharks

24th July 2014 06:34

Share:

kieran read crusaders

Kieran Read: Enforcing discipline

Crusaders skipper Kieran Read has underlined the importance of not giving away penalties in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks.

The Sharks used their infamous strangling tactics to squeeze out a victory against the odds in Christchurch the last time these teams met, and with Pat Lambie back to complement Frans Steyn, the hosts know that offering opportunities to kick for goal or for territory will be fatal.

"We have spoken about that all week," Read told stuff.co.nz

"They kick a lot of penalties and on the back of penalties they get field position with their line-out drives as well. I know it is going to be be a big test for us not to give them any free 'outs' there.

"We don't want to be giving away cheap penalties, really. We want to give nothing away to them because if we do he (Steyn) will just knock them over and keep the scoreboard ticking.

"I'm certainly expecting them to keep to their strengths which is their scrum, their line-out maul and knocking over penalties. I don't think too much will change.

"Hopefully if we have the conditions to suit us we will be able to play a bit of footy."

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624