Whereas the Durbanites are currently implementing new ideas under the coaching of Jake White and will enjoy their first game, the “Sarries” are well into their season and thrashed Connacht 64-6 last weekend.
“Saracens are a very good team, top of the Aviva Premiership at the moment, playing some great rugby in the premiership and Heineken Cup and they’ve been performing for the last few years, in fact, playing consistently well. So we’re looking forward to the game immensely,” McLeod, right, told sharksrugby.co.za.
“They’re in the middle of their season and with that will carry some momentum into this match, whereas it will be our first game. But we’ll pitch up for the game in the right frame of mind and hopefully give them a good run,” the Bok half-back said.
Though the Sharks have been installed as one of the early Super Rugby favourites alongside the Chiefs, Crusaders and the Brumbies, McLeod said they have a mountain of work ahead of them.
“Last year’s Currie Cup did a lot of good for us, giving a lot of youngsters a taste of what’s to come. And if we can carry on the vibe that we had, and take it into the Super Rugby competition, we should be successful,” he enthused.
But McLeod warned this weekend shouldn’t be seen as a North versus South showdown.
“They are in the middle of their season and for us, this is our first game, so I don’t think it will be a true reflection of the strengths or weaknesses in north versus south,” he said.
“But it is still a great opportunity to play against such a good side. We’re looking forward to it and to meeting up with the South Africans in their side as well.”