Sharks not taking Lions lightly ahead of clash

2014-03-05 00:00

DESPITE the Lions’ loss to the Bulls at Loftus last week, the Sharks are not taking the men from Johannesburg lightly ahead of their top-of-the-conference clash in Durban this Saturday.

Following their return from the wilderness, Johan Ackermann’s team has surprised everyone so far this season as they claimed wins over the Cheetahs and the Stormers before losing to the Bulls.

Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo admitted on Monday to watching the Lions’ game against the Bulls with a little more interest than usual.

“I did [watch it more closely], just to see what we’re up against. They’re a great side and they’ve been playing well this season,” Mvovo told reporters at the Sharks gym at King’s Park.

“Obviously they’re back in Super 15 now and they’ll want to prove that they can also contest. And, being out last year makes them want to win more games and stay in this level,” the winger said.

“For them coming down to Durban and beating the Sharks will be a good thing for them, so we’re not underestimating them, and we know what they bring to the table so it’s just that we need to work on our game, and obviously plan for them on the weekend.”

With the Lions playing an impressive kicking game with Marnitz Boshoff leading the line, Mvovo spoke about the areas of his game that he’s had to improve.

“Whatever I can do to contribute to the wellbeing of the team … [Jake White] said I just needed to work on whatever I need to work on if I feel it will improve my game, be it catching high balls or running lines, whatever I need to do to benefit the team,” he said.

Mvovo has been impressive under the high ball so far this season, taking a couple in their wins against the Bulls and the Hurricanes.

“It’s important to catch that high ball because it’s a 50/50 ball. If you lose it, they might score and you might lose the game. It was one of the most important things to work on to improve my game.”

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