Dunning confident of beating Sharks



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Wallaby & Waratah prop Matt Dunning says the Tahs have identified some weaknesses in the Sharks armour that will help them beat the previously unbeaten Sharks when they host the Durban based team on Saturday.

The Sharks are still in second place despite their loss at the weekend and they are one point ahead of the Waratahs in third.

Both teams are still on contention for a semi final but as the Waratahs still have to tour South Africa a win this weekend seems vital. This match will be the Waratahs last match at home for 2007 if they don’t qualify for further play off matches.

Dunning says that he expects the Sharks to come out firing for the match but he believes last year’s finalists are beatable.

“They’ve got a few chinks in their armour,” Dunning told Sportal.

“They’re definitely a very talented, very skilful side but if you really work on solid defence and keep going for the full 80 (minutes) there’s a few holes there.”

When quizzed to identify their weaknesses Dunning did not consider himself qualified to comment.

“You’re better off asking the (flyhalf) not the front-rower,” he said.

This season has seen Dunning shift from No.1 (loosehead) to No.3 (tight head) and Dunning spoke of his move,

“I’m starting to enjoy it at least,” he said.

“I’m by no means a great tighthead – I don’t think.”

“I’m enjoying it, I’m getting better at it but obviously this week it’s going to be a massive task.”

“The Sharks scrum have been a really, really good scrum – one of the better scrums in the Super 14.”

“It’s another step-up this weekend so maybe you can ask me after the game and I’ll know a bit more.”

Dunning also said that the Tahs have been more concerned about their own scrum than their opposition which has helped.

“I think the best thing we’ve been doing this year is we’re just worrying about our own scrum.”

“I think sometimes you get tied up worrying about the other (team’s) scrum ‘ rather than just worrying about your key one or two points that you do well.”

“So we’re working on our own scrum and hopefully we’ll have a good day.”



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