Sharks’ challenge to undermine Stormers


TIME and again the Sharks have proven the Stormers to be human in their comfortable surroundings.

On the back of their loss against the Bulls, the Sharks will need some of the kryptonite they use to weaken the Stormers when they make their annual Super Rugby pilgrimage to Newlands this weekend.

When the stakes have been high, the Sharks have not failed to deliver in Cape Town and they will be required to produce the goods that were missing at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

While JP Pietersen and Fran Steyn could be asked to deal with the Stormers midfield threat of Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh, the accelerated improvement of the Stormers pack has crept on unsuspecting teams like the thief in the night.

It has collected them precious away wins on the Highveld and helped see off a desperate Blues fightback in their only home game so far.

A Sharks outfit who are again in need of redemption have the capability of taming the Stormers and their markedly improved scrum, but loose forward Tera Mtembu is aware of the task that awaits them.

“They’ve taken a lot of confidence from their performance in the Currie Cup. They had a young team that performed very well and they had a few players coming in from the Springboks. They used the momentum from the Currie Cup very well and they have built on that,” Mtembu said.

-Khanyiso Tshwaku

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