The Falcons’ Currie Cup campaign has got off to the most positive start in years, though a number of injuries will put them on the back foot going into Friday’s clash with the Sharks.
Coming off a win two weeks ago against the Griquas, the Falcons played some positive running rugby against the Lions at Ellis Park last Friday, posing a potential upset in the 57th minute with level scores.
The underdog side were eventually out-muscled 35-23, though Falcons coach Rudy Joubert was proud with his team’s performance.
“These injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time, now that we’re finally starting to play some really positive rugby,” Joubert told rugby365.com on Monday.
Amongst others, flyhalf Riaan Smit has come off with a heel injury which should see him out of contention for up to four weeks. Wing Luvo Sogidashe is down with an ankle injury, whilst the kicking resources of fullback Jacques Schutte may be missed on Friday who is also nurturing a niggle.
Although the Falcons are sitting in seventh position on the Currie Cup standings, they currently hold the record for the most tries scored in the tournament thus far.
“We may have scored the most points so far in the competition, but we have also conceded the most.
“I like to coach positive rugby and the fact we keep scoring tries is proof of that. Things are looking good for the future,” Joubert added.
The Falcons head down to Durban for their fourth-round encounter against a vastly experienced Sharks outfit, who’s disappointment from last Saturday’s defeat against the Blue Bulls will no doubt give rise to a venomous backlash upon a seemingly weaker union.
“The Sharks have a lot of depth in their side, with a number of Springbok and Super 14 caps – it’s going to be a very tough encounter.
“We are now sitting with one or two problem areas with all the injuries, but I’m confident we have some adequate replacements,” Joubert said.
“The most important thing is that our confidence is growing – we are really looking forward to the game,” Joubert added.Tweet