– Sharks flyhalf Robert du Preez says
his side is still learning when it comes to playing against New Zealand
With a fixture against a depleted
Chiefs outfit up next on Saturday at Kings Park, the Durbanites can take
comfort from their previous performances against Kiwi opposition in 2018.
On their Australasian tour, the
Sharks lost narrowly to the Hurricanes before beating the Blues, while two
weekends ago in Durban they put on their best display of the season with a
commanding 38-12 win.
In all three of those matches,
the Sharks were impressive and with the South African Conference as tight as it
is, they will be hoping for a repeat.
For Du Preez, there is no secret
to the Sharks’ success against New Zealand opposition this season.
“We’ve had some success
against the New Zealand teams, but I wouldn’t say we’ve cracked any code,”
he told Durban media this week.
“We lift ourselves up for
those games and that’s been the problem for us in the local games … we
haven’t picked ourselves up for them.
“We’ve done well against the
New Zealand teams and they’ll (the Chiefs) know that.”
The Chiefs are missing a number
of their first-choice players because of an All Black camp, but Du Preez does
not think that changes anything.
“Not at all. New Zealanders
can put out a side with zero Super Rugby caps and they’ll still be sharp,”
said Du Preez.
“That’s just the way they
are … they churn out players.
“We can’t take this game
lightly at all. Whether they put out their first-choice team or their third
choice team, we’ve still got a job to do.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:05.