A good start to the Currie Cup rugby season is what the Sharks will be after when they play Western Province in Durban on Friday night.
Cobus Claassen reports in Beeld that Sharks captain Johann Muller said on Tuesday it was important for the team to get their Super 14 disappointment behind them and to take some momentum into the Currie Cup campaign.
“The Super 14 was a disappointment,” he said. “We had so much potential but we never performed as well as we were expected to do.
“We had a chat about it last week and we are ready to put matters right in the Currie Cup competition. In that respect, it is extremely important to start well when we play WP.”
The Springbok lock forward feels it is time to make an end to the jokes about the Sharks’ empty trophy cabinet.
“We’ve played good rugby during the past two seasons and we were the best South African team in the Super 14 this year. Unfortunately we have nothing to show for it.”
Things were going to change for the Currie Cup race, Muller said. “We are training differently, our approach has changed and everyone believes anew that this is our year.”
Winning at home was “the golden rule,” he added. “It’s a long, demanding competition and you place yourself under unnecessary pressure if you lose your home games.
“It suits us to start with a home match against a formidable team such as WP. I have taken a look at their team and I realise it’s going to be a big match.”
Muller said it would be strange to see their former team-mate AJ Venter in a WP jersey. “But we won’t make the mistake of singling him out. We see him simply as another good player in a good WP team.”Tweet