Sharks brace for crucial weekend in Currie Cup

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  • Post published:June 3, 2023

Saturday’s penultimate Currie Cup round, when the Cell C Sharks host the Fidelity ADT Lions at Hollywoodbets Kings Park, is a crucial weekend of action as the teams all vie for positions on the log.

Having fought their way against the odds and some fine opposition, the Cell C Sharks have worked their way to top spot on the log and that’s how they will want the pool stages to end before the knockouts.

But there’s no room for general thoughts and looking too far into the future, says Cell C Sharks hooker Fez Mbatha.

“Every single game is important and it doesn’t matter where we are on the log. It’s all about keeping momentum right now and making sure we do everything we need to do heading towards the play-offs.

“We’re taking it one game at a time, making sure that we play our best, every weekend to give us the best possible chance of winning the Currie Cup.”

There’s been a praiseworthy run of wins and when winning is a habit, it’s one a team would love to continue.

“The mood in the camp right now is really high, but we understand the importance of not taking our collective foot off the pedal. It’s about putting in hard work, keeping momentum and getting better each week.

“We know we’re not quite at our best yet so for us, the focus is on continuous improvement.”

Having fought hard to a position where the team has won six games on the trot and accumulated points and momentum that elevated them to top of the log following last weekend’s victory over the Griffons, Mbatha provides some insights into the team’s recent successes.

“For us it’s been about momentum and keeping the same guys in the system, who understand the system so that we can execute to the best of our ability. I feel like we have achieved a lot of that, but there is also a lot we can improve on. Our game is far from perfect, we’re not quite there yet.

“It’s all about continuous improvement.”

Success isn’t just derived from performance, but a collective positive vibe, which is something the Cell C Sharks hooker acknowledges.

“It’s an awesome environment to be in, we’re all aligned towards one goal and when you have that, you all work towards a common goal. There’s a lot of hard work taking place behind the scenes, we’re working hard to get better and better at the small things.

“The mood is good, but it’s only good when you’re putting in the hard work. And we are.”

Cell C Sharks
1. Khwezi Mona
2. Fez Mbatha
3. Khutha Mchunu
4. Ockie Barnard
5. Reniel Hugo (c)
6. Dylan Richardson
7. James Venter
8. Henco Venter
9. Tiaan Fourie
10. Lionel Cronje
11. Aphelele Fassi
12. Alwayno Visagie
13. Murray Koster
14. Yaw Penxe
15. Nevaldo Fleurs

16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Ntuthuko Mchunu
18. Hanro Jacobs
19. Marco de Witt
20. Vincent Tshituka
21. Bradley Davids
22. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
23. Marnus Potgieter

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