Sharks go for bite against Highlanders

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Sharks coach Sean Everitt has made one injury-enforced change to his starting fifteen to face the Highlanders in Dunedin, New Zealand on Friday.

Springbok wing Sbu Nkosi has been sidelined due to a minor niggle and has been replaced by debutant Madosh Tambwe.

Everitt has opted to continue with the experienced Louis Schreuder at scrum-half despite an impressive performance from Sanele Nohamba in their victory over the Bulls last week.

Everitt says they are expecting a vastly different approach from the opponents.

Among the areas of focus singled out by Everitt was his side’s ability to execute and deal with set-pieces.

He was frank about how they played against the Bulls and called for an improvement in their first match on tour.

Everitt believes if they can get that element of their game functioning, it will make things easier against a team who will be eager to get going after starting the competition with a bye.

Over the last few seasons, the Sharks have performed well against Kiwi teams on the road. Everitt, who has toured extensively with the franchise in the past as an assistant to former coach John Plumtree says the secret to their success is their camaraderie.

Now as head coach, he will be hoping to tap into the tightness of the current group in order to make the most out of the current tour. – Report by Thahir Asmal