Rugby | Sharks: We can beat Crusaders in Christchurch

Town – Sharks coach Robert du Preez is
backing his side to get the job done in Saturday’s Super Rugby quarter-final
against the Crusaders in

The Sharks secured a spot in the
playoffs by beating the Jaguares in Durban this past Saturday, but they have
the unenviable task of travelling to the top-ranked side in the competition
this year. 

The Crusaders have lost just
twice in Super Rugby this year and are favourites to win the competition, but
Du Preez is not backing down.

“It’s a wonderful
opportunity and a massive challenge and we are going out there to beat them,
otherwise we might as well stay at home,” he said.

“They keep the ball for
multiple phases and have some very good individual players. I think their
biggest strength is keeping the ball when they have it.

“They are top of the log, so
they are a great side.”

Du Preez is encouraged by the
fact that the Sharks have been largely impressive against New Zealand
opposition so far in 2018. 

The Sharks beat the Blues 63-40
in Auckland, lost 38-37 to the Wellington in Hurricanes, beat the Highlanders
38-12 in Durban and then beat Chiefs 28-24 in Durban. 

It gives the Sharks a 3/4 record
against Kiwi opposition in 2018, but they are yet to meet the Crusaders.

“I thought in the game
against the Hurricanes we came closest to our full potential, even if we didn’t
win,” said Du Preez.

“Winning is all-important. I
don’t care how we win.” 

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