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Charl speaks out ahead of big game


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Jul 2014 at 09:44
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Cell C Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod will most likely play his last home game for the team this weekend, with the big Super Rugby knock-out clash against the Highlanders to see him take the Kings Park field for the last time before a move to Grenoble in France. Here are some of his thoughts ahead of the game, courtesy of the Sharks media team.

Momentum from the win

It was a big confidence booster for us, just to see that what we’ve been doing all year is successful and we went back to that: solid defence, forwards working hard, better kicking game, better kick-chase game and we got the reward from that. That all gives us a lot of confidence going into this week’s knock-out match against the Highlanders.

Dress-rehearsal

We’ve been playing knock-out rugby from Round one, but we went away from that a bit and that’s why I think we fell short, but we put in a solid performance on the weekend now we’re back to playing winning rugby and so I think it’s a good way to kick off this knockout phase.

His Last Game at home?

There is no emotion around personal stuff, it’s all about finals rugby for us, we have three games to win the competition so we’re taking all emotion out of it, it’s all about the team and the union. It’s something we haven’t achieved before so that’s all we’re focussed on.

Highlanders

They’re a very difficult team to play against, they showed that when we met them in Durban earlier in the season, I think they will take confidence out of that performance. We know how dangerous they can be if our kicking game is off and our defence is not on song so those are two areas we will be working hard on in training this week.

The value of Ben Smith

We saw that last weekend when he missed out on the Crusaders game (lost 34-8). He’s a very important player for them, one of their captains so if he’s back for this game, that will give them a lot of confidence.

Reflections on previous clash in April

Our kicking game wasn’t accurate enough, we didn’t get out of our half, we gave them a lot of opportunities to counter-attack and that’s one of their strengths, they like broken play. So if we can avoid giving them good ball, it will be good for us.

Players returning

There are a few players coming back and if they play, it will be good for us, it’s always nice to get some fresh guys back and especially players as important as Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach and Beast Mtawarira.



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