De Villiers’s thoughts on Super Rugby 2015 and Sharks’ dismal season

2015-04-24 00:00

JEAN de Villiers has had plenty of time to put his feet up and watch the ongoing ­Super Rugby while focusing on rehabilitation and recovery.

In previous years he’s been in the thick of things, but he played the role of the armchair critic on Wednesday night — weighing in on the Sharks season, as well voicing his thought’s on the Bulls and Stormers’ chances of winning the competition.

“I was really backing the Sharks to do well this year, I think from a South African point of view they have the strongest squad and you need that to be successful in this competition because there are so many injuries,” he said.

“Unfortunately from their point of view, the number of injuries they’ve had and a couple of disciplinary issues has lead to a downward spiral that has snowballed and nothing has seemed to go right.”

While the Sharks, Cheetahs and Lions look unlikely to make the playoffs of the competition, De Villiers believes Saturday’s Bulls-Stormers derby will be the conference-deciding match.

“The Stormers have got seven remaining games, five of them being at Newlands and the other two being the Sharks here in Durban and the Cheetahs away. You’re hoping to win one of those away games and if you can win your home games then you’re looking good to finish up in the top two. So this weekend’s game against the Bulls will be the determining one as to who will go on to win the South African conference. To win this competition, you need to finish either first or second in the conference,” De Villiers said.

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