Sharks focus on winning last four games

2013-05-22 00:00

IT is a long shot, but Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie believes the Sharks can start turning their Super Rugby campaign into a success by beating the Bulls at King’s Park on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old Lambie said yesterday that the Sharks were targeting winning their last four games.

“We can only call our season a success if we win our remaining games and that could just carry us into sixth place on the log and into the playoffs.”

He said that everyone in the squad understood the importance of beating the Bulls.

“We have taken confidence out of winning our last game and from some of the rugby we played on tour.

“If we can stop the Bulls’ momentum and their driving lineout, and disrupt their setpieces, we’ll be in with a shout.

“But we’ll have to be at our best to stop them.”

The game will throw up an intriguing flyhalf clash between the incumbent Springbok (Lambie) and his predecessor (the Bulls’ Morné Steyn).

“The Bulls are going really well at the moment,” said Lambie. “They’re getting good front-foot ball, their set-piece is functioning well and Morné Steyn is kicking nicely.

“I’m just going to play my best and do what the Sharks expect of me. But I don’t think it’s right to focus on one individual; there are 29 other players out there on the field and it will take a team performance from us to win the game.”

He said he expected the Bulls to play a tactical kicking game.

“The aerial tactic is one that they use really well. Their kicking game is effective and we expect to spend time at practice this week catching some high balls.”

Lambie said the newspaper attack on captain Keegan Daniel by Beeld last week had helped the Sharks.

“They made it easier for us last week. It [the article] got personal so there was a lot for us to play for and a lot to prove.”

He said that the effort of the players could not be faulted.

“We’ve put our bodies on the line from one to 45 and that’s the number of players we’ve used so far.

“I don’t think this weekend will be any different.”

He said the players were happy to be back in the warmth of Durban and training had gone well.

“We’ve let ourselves down in the last month by leaking tries and easy points but it was good to come home with that win against the Force.

“There are some positives and I hope we can build on the momentum this weekend.”

The Bulls are the comfortable South African conference leaders and Lambie said it would be a “massive challenge”.

“The rewards are on offer for us to try and knock them over but any Sharks-Bulls clash is always huge.

“It’s been a long time since we were last at home and everyone is really looking forward to it. I hope we’ll have a big crowd behind us.”

The Sharks will have to find a replacement for the injured JP Pietersen, but the good news is that fellow-centre Meyer Bosman (broken nose) was out training yesterday along with Springboks Bismarck du Plessis and Butch James who could play their first games of the year off the bench on Saturday.

The game kicks off at 7.10 pm with Jonathan Kaplan the referee.

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