DURBAN – The Sharks are under no illusions as to what awaits them at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday when they are hosted by a Bulls side that needs to win and by a decent margin to prevent them from potentially finishing in the relegation spot.
The Sharks themselves need to win to secure a semi-final spot, so the stakes are going to be high.
“They will be fired up, for sure,” said hooker Kerron van Vuuren. “We had a good chat about that in our leadership group. A wounded animal is a dangerous one ... the Bulls are a proud union and they will be desperate. It is vital that we have the right mindset to deal with what is coming from the Bulls. It is going to be a battle, so must sure we stick to our set plan.”
The Sharks indeed seem more comfortable with how they want to play after struggling initially in the Currie Cup. It understandably took the coaching staff a while to get the players to understand what is expected of them.
“We made it difficult for ourselves at the beginning by losing to Griquas and the Pumas, which meant we were in for a tough battle to recover, but we have,” Van Vuuren said. “The guys are in a good mental space. We know what we need to do to win games, we know how to get the job done.