Gold expects a physical battle against Waratahs

BY NATALI IVERSON - MAY 14, 2015

Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, has made no changes for this side’s Super Rugby match against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

He said that he expects a physical battle this week, and added that he is keeping faith in the players who showed a much improved performance against the Hurricanes last weekend.

“They’re a very physical team, probably the most physical Australian team,” Gold said.

“And then the likes of Beale, Folau and Ashley-Cooper – they have some fantastic play-makers in the backline.”

“A big strong pack, but they move the ball well, so we’re going to have to get our defensive shape right. Their front row has played probably 80 or 90 times together and all of them Wallabies.”

“They’re a formidable team, one through 15, they’re a well-balanced team and threats everywhere; this is possibly our toughest challenge to date,” he added.

The Sharks are currently sitting 11th on the Super Rugby log, however, Gold said that he is proud of his players, and that he could not ask more of them in regards of effort.

“I genuinely believe we are working harder now, week on week. I have to highly commend the professionalism of this group,” he said.

“They’re hurting terribly – we all are – no-one ever wants to be in this position.”

“I’d like us to break our losing streak while we’re on the road, especially against a team like the Waratahs. We’re going to come out firing …”

Sharks:

15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. S'bura Sithole, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Stefan Ungerer, 8. Renaldo Bothma, 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes:

16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kyle Cooper, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Waylon Murray

 

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