Muir: Jake’s ideas will help Cats

Sharks coach Dick Muir believes Bok coach Jake White has given the Cats a big boost ahead of their Vodacom Super 14 match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Speaking to Beeld newspaper, Muir said the Cats would come out firing after White spent some time with them earlier this week. The Bok coach left the Jo’burg franchise when the Sharks complained about his involvement.

“They would have learnt from the new ideas proposed by Bok coach Jake White in the couple of days he spent with them,” said Muir. “The Cats will be like a wounded animal – very dangerous. We’re expecting an exceptionally tough match and a typical South African derby where the team that uses its opportunities will win.”

The only changes expected to the 22-man Sharks squad that beat the Reds two weeks ago are on the subs bench with scrumhalf Scott Mathie taking over from Craig Davidson and Bok flank Solly Tyibilika replacing Keegan Daniel.

“Scott played well for the Wildebeest in the Vodacom Cup and deserves a chance taking our rotation policy into account,” said Muir. “We want Craig to hone his match sharpness in the Wildebeest match against the Leopards on Thursday.”