Sharks wary of resurgent Reds


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Coming off a bye last weekend the Sharks are extra wary of the potential of the Queensland Reds to upset their best laid plans for their Super 14 rugby clash at the Absa Stadium in Durban Saturday evening.

In the past the Reds have upset the best laid plans of the Sharks on more than one occasion according to head coach Dick Muir at a media briefing Tuesday morning.

Muir said that while the Sharks side had still to be finalised the management team was working on a pre-set rotation plan and that means that most probably Frans Steyn will get a second run at flyhalf in the possible starting lineup.

The Sharks head for down under on Sunday and hope to take with them an unbeaten record ahead of their five-match programme in Australia and New Zealand.

Muir said of Queensland that the Reds had improved no end as witnessed in their match against the Bulls.

They had a mobile pack of forwards and their ball retention has been good especially on the counter attack with Chris Latham rather obviously the danger man.

They had solid running backs and as a result there was no room for complacency ahead of the trip as was the case last year when the Sharks, who went on to win the Super 14 log race and become losing finalists to the Bulls, slipped up against the Brumbies in the corresponding game in Durban prior to departure.

They also lost their first away game of the trip to Wallaby and All Black territory.

Muir said: ‘This time we have made the most of our weekend rest but from now until Saturday it will be a case of working hard towards our goal of preserving our unbeaten run at home.’

After the tour the Sharks have two home games in May to complete the league stage of the 2008 Super 14 competition.

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