Former Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky is hugely impressed with what Dick Muir is doing with the Sharks this season.
Stransky was full of praise for the Sharks win over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night and he believes the Sharks are one of the hot favourites to win the Absa Currie Cup this year.
“I was so impressed with the way they went out and played. They actually went out and took the Blue Bulls on up front and kept it close,” Stransky said on SuperSport’s All Out Rugby programme.
“They used their strength and used the pick and go and the one pop passes to great effect. And those are all things that the Blue Bulls and Bulls we believe are so good at. The Sharks went out and took them on at their own game and hammered them.”
The Sharks under Muir have shown an ability to adapt to circumstances, something the Blue Bulls struggle with and it may be the trait that spurs them to Currie Cup glory this year.
Usually a team that likes to run the ball and feed their backline with good, clean ball so the destructive runners can run amok. At Loftus they shelved that approach for a forward-dominated strategy.
“I think in the whole game they probably sent the ball down the backline once or twice and they adapted their game plan for the day. It was a great performance. All in all we have to say to Dick Muir and the Sharks; ‘Well thought out, well planned, well executed, great win,” he added.
The Sharks were full value for the win, after stumbling against Griquas in Kimberley in the previous round. They are now in second place on the log, a point behind the Cheetahs.
The two teams meet in amouth-watering clash at Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon. It will be a perfect chance for the two form Currie Cup teams to finally settle the debate of who is ultimate favourite for the title. For the time being anyway.
By Andrew Hollely