The Sharks touched down in Auckland ahead of their Super 14 match against the Chiefs, in the first of four tough tour games.
Rugby 365 reports that head coach John Plumtree had a huge smile on his face on Saturday following his team’s 25-10 victory over the visiting Lions side, and despite pushing for a late bonus point try which did not materialise, the Sharks embarked on their four match tour of Australasia with an unbeaten record.
However, Plumtree stressed that the Coastal franchise is prepared for a demanding itinerary and they will have to be on top of their game to gain valuable points away from home.
“The Chiefs game is going to be huge,” Plumtree said in an interview on sharksrugby.co.za.
“They need to get a win at home, we have to get over a long trip. In fact all three of the games after the Chiefs are tough, the Blues have players coming back, and it will be their first home game.
“It’s really tough to get points in New Zealand. But there is nothing we should be scared of.
“However, we still have to perform well, there are many running threats in the Chiefs’ side, if their forwards get dominance or parity, we’re in for a long day.
“We are going to have to play well to win overseas,” he said.
With the temperature hovering below 20C in Auckland on the team’s arrival, the Sharks are only too happy to get away from the oppressive Durban heat in their last game against the Lions.
Plumtree is looking forward to a good tour after the Lions certainly contested and gave the Sharks a good work out last weekend.
“I was proud of the guys though, those aren’t conditions for rugby,” he admitted after the Lions clash.
“It’s tough, you can’t appreciate the conditions, so that was a pretty good performance, this is a big Lions team with a big pack.”
The coach also felt that the Sharks left a few tries on the table but in the final analysis, was happy that they had come away with the win.
“I am a bit disappointed we didn’t get the five, but not too disappointed,” he said adding: “We must have broken the line 15 times.”
He also confirmed that there were no injury problems with only Waylon Murray joining up later this week following intensive work with the Sharks’ medical team.Tweet