JOHANNESBURG – Sharks coach Robert du Preez did not beat about the bush when asked about his team’s trip to Singapore to play the Sunwolves, who are something of an unknown quantity at the start of the new Super Rugby season.
“This trip is about going there to get the win, it is about bringing back the points,” Du Preez said yesterday ahead of his team’s departure today for the Far East. You can gather that the Sharks will play no-frills rugby in their season opener on Saturday, which will be played out in stifling heat and humidity.
Even more so than what the Sharks have been experiencing in Durban in pre-season, although the knowledge of the expected conditions means the Sharks are forewarned and will be well prepared.
They know they cannot be expansive when the ball will be like a bar of soap. In short, the Sharks will be treating this match as a smash-and-grab raid on Singapore, and will play conservatively.
“The conditions are not going to be easy, we know about this from Durban in mid-summer,” Du Preez said. “It will be difficult to play rugby. We have do the basics really well, the set pieces have to function well, and we need to be extremely physical.