Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
12 Jul 2014
6:00 pm

Jake White foresees a major battle

Rudolph Jacobs

Sharks coach Jake White has admitted they have a major battle on their hands at Newlands today as the Stormers are a team in ominous form.

FILE PICTURE: Frans Steyn of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park on March 08, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The Durbanites will know exactly what their different permutations will be by kick-off with a lot hanging on the earlier result between the Crusaders and the Highlanders.

“The permutations are varied, we might have to win by a couple of points, we might have to win with a bonus point, or it could happen that the Highlanders beat the Crusaders and we just need a win,” said White.

The Sharks have boosted their side with a lot of their big-name Springboks like the Du Plessis brothers, captain Bismarck and Jannie, shifting Frans Steyn to pivot, but they will still be without Beast Mtawarira and Pat Lambie.

White said the Sharks owe it themselves to show they are championship material.

“If you’re going to go into these play-offs you need to get some winning momentum and some cohesion going. The message is plain and clear – we need to get on an aeroplane and get a result there – whatever way we do it,” said White.

The Stormers are a side chasing a fifth straight win and while they narrowly lead the games played between these two giants 11-10, they want to show they should have been in the play-offs.

They also want to create a perfect send-off to departing players like captain Schalk Burger, prop Pat Cilliers, wing Gio Aplon and injured hooker Deon Fourie.

“These guys have been idols down in the Cape where they have epitomised what it means to be a Stormers player,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

“We also want to finish the season on a high and we certainly don’t want to reflect back on the season and be reminded that we lost our last fixture,” he said.

Kick-off is at 7.10pm.