Sharks to go full out for victory

18 September 2015 - 02:13 By Khanyiso Tshwaku

The importance of beating the Golden Lions at Ellis Park tomorrow is not lost on Sharks rugby director Gary Gold. The Currie Cup will take a back-seat to South Africa starting their Rugby World Cup campaign against Japan in Brighton, but Gold knows local eyes will be firmly on the Sharks."We put ourselves in a very good position on the log and are chasing it," Gold said."I remain positive about this group of players. Their cohesion is fantastic."This team was put together after their Super Rugby relegation and have been together since. They have done many things right - and don't have any Springboks. They know each other and have to be favourites to win," said Gold.The Sharks have made just one change to the side that choked against Western Province, with Monde Hadebe making way for Franco Marais, playing for the first time at hooker. Daniel du Preez has shrugged off a knee injury and will take his place on the bench, ahead of Christiaan de Bruin.What the Sharks need is an 80-minute performance - and veteran utility back Odwa Ndungane knows that. If they fail to make the play-offs, their inability to last the distance will be one of the reasons they sank so spectacularly."It is something we have tried to address," said Ndungane."Even against the Lions, we were in the game right until the last 10 minutes when we imploded. You can't win a game in 40 minutes."Gerhard Engelbrecht and Thomas du Toit will have another opportunity to show they are more than a make-weight front row.They were shredded by the Lions before."We're coming up against a massive scrum and we know that threat," Gold said. "We're looking forward to the challenge."..

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