Am adjusting to life as Sharks captain

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Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am says he is adjusting well to life as captain of the Sharks. The 26-year-old was named skipper at the start of the season and has led the team to two impressive victories on the trot.

This is Am’s third season of Super Rugby with the Durban franchise and according to him, the relationships he has built with fellow players, as well as the technical staff, has helped make the transition from senior player to captain easier.

Following their 42-20 victory over the Highlanders last week, the Sharks now head from Dunedin to Wellington to face the Hurricanes.

The Canes who failed to put a point on the board in their season opener against the Stormers, bounced back to beat the Jaguares in Argentina last weekend.

The game makes for an interesting battle with a number of Springboks and All Blacks set to clash while it also pits Hurricanes coach John Plumtree up against his former side. Am says his team will have to be wary of the Canes attacking approach.

The Sharks are in a healthy mood given their unblemished start to the campaign.

While Sean Everitt’s team has delivered some enterprising play on attack, Am says there are still areas of their game that needs work. He was particularly critical of the number of penalties they have given away. Report by Thahir Asmal