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Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has told his players that they will need to be more accurate against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

The Durban side are determined to bounce back from back to back losses at home and will have to do it without one of their best players Marcell Coetzee.

Springbok flanker Coetzee suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend in the loss to the Lions.

The Sharks have made three changes from last week, all of them in the pack. With Coetzee’s season over, Dan du Preez moves to No 6 and Philip van der Walt returns from injury in the No 8 jersey.

Lourens Adriaanse will start at tighthead prop and Coenie Oosthuizen moves to the bench. Stephan Lewies, a late withdrawal last week, is back at lock, with Hyron Andrews back on the bench.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said: “It’s vital for us it to try to get some parity at scrum time. It’s really important from that point of view to give ourselves enough opportunity to be able to launch attacks against them. ”

“We need to be a lot neater and accurate at set-piece time, we need to get a lot more set-piece ball,” said Gold.

“And we’ve spoken long and hard about our discipline, we can’t give penalties away. ”

“The Blues have some massive ball carriers up front, a good set-piece and some electric backs who are renowned steppers who use the width of the field very well.

“They will pose a massive challenge for us and we’ll have to have our wits about us to be able to deal with their attacking game.”

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