Sharks plan to take the wins one game at a time

2014-02-18 00:00

AFTER brushing the Bulls aside in their Super Rugby opener at King’s Park last weekend, the Sharks are now braced for a totally different challenge when they welcome the Hurricanes to Durban this Saturday.

The bonus point win over the three-time Super Rugby champions boosted the confidence of Jake White’s men, who have been touted as early season favourites for this year’s campaign, having secured the services of the World Cup-winning coach and a big squad that is rich in talent.

Flank Willem Alberts agreed that the bonus point win had boosted the lads, but it was not something that surprised them as they’d been working towards it.

“If you start with a bonus point, it’s what you work for. We trained for it, so it wasn’t a surprise,” Alberts said before adding they were taking the season — where they have been named as overwhelming favourites to win the South African conference — one game at a time.

“Firstly, we want to go for the win, and the bonus points will sort themselves,” he said.

The belief that they can go all the way this season is something that the players have been carrying and Alberts said at the end of the campaign, they aimed to be at the top. “Every year we start a new season, we want to win like every team that starts a Super Rugby campaign, they want to win. But we definitely have got a good side this year and we believe we can do it,” he said, before mentioning once again — as White has before the season — that they were looking to take the competition week-by-week.

One of the thing that slowed the Sharks down during last year’s campaign was the number of injuries suffered by their top players. This season the Sharks have been fortunate to start with a clean bill of health and the Bok hard man said it was an area where they hoped to have some luck.

“We have great depth in the squad this year. Unfortunately you can’t predict injuries and you can’t help it. But we’re hoping this season that the luck is on our side injury wise.”

Luck has already been on the Sharks side this season as governing body Sanzar announced yesterday that Cobus Reinach’s try should not have been awarded.

“We unfortunately got the TMO decision wrong. The Sharks forward [Anton Bresler] did knock the ball forward out of the Bulls player’s [Paul Willemse] hands. Also, there was consideration to the fact that the Sharks player obstructed the Bulls player in the air,” referees boss Lyndon Bray said of the try that had gone up to the TMO.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.