SHARKS assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards said on Monday there would be a big focus on getting their systems and player combinations to function optimally on Friday when the team meet the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth in their final Super Rugby warm-up game.
The Sharks begin their campaign on Friday next week against three-time Super Rugby champions the Bulls at their fortress, Loftus Versfeld — a clash both teams believe will set the tone for the series.
In an encouraging start to the season, the Sharks destroyed Boland 62-0 in their first warm-up game last Saturday, with the side running in 10 tries and defending like demons to deny Boland a try.
But while they impressed Reece-Edwards, he said it was important to build on that form ahead of what will be a challenging start to the season, especially after the Bulls’ convincing 39-16 victory against the Cheetahs in Polokwane at the weekend.
“We are happy with our form at this stage and with the fact that we have a lot more depth in most positions than last year this time,” Reece-Edwards said. “But we probably haven’t been tested enough in defence. Boland had a lot of new faces, which probably contributed to their defeat, but it was good to see the way our guys stuck to their guns and started getting things right in the second half.”
Asked what they hoped to achieve when the side crossed paths with the Kings, he said:
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