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Fri Apr 25 02:01:36 SAST 2014

Confident Sharks on a roll

TEAMtalk Media | 30 July, 2012 13:260 Comments
2012 SupeRugbY Semi Final: DHL Stormers v The Sharks
Sharks wing Louis Ludik celebrates with fullback Riaan Viljoen after beating the Stormers in the Super Rugby semifinal at Newlands Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Luke Walker / Gallo Images

Sharks coach John Plumtree believes that Sharks are playing their best rugby of the season because they've grown in confidence.

The Sharks flew to Sydney on Sunday to prepare for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs before heading to Auckland and then Hamilton on Thursday.

Plumtree said their travel plans were build around getting a decent night's sleep and settling into a routine as soon as possible.

"I think we're playing better now than we ever have because we've gathered confidence, the leadership has grown as well which has been important," said the coach after the win over the Stormers in Cape Town.

"To win at Newlands is something special, the Stormers hadn't been beaten at home all season, they're an outstanding side and will be really disappointed.

"Our preparation for the Chiefs game will centre around getting the squad fit when we can, we will train when we feel the boys are ready to.

"We've done a lot of practice and played alright, so it's just about making sure we're ready.

"It was going to take a really big effort from us to turn them over and that's what happened, a huge amount of guts.

"No-one will be backing us in the final but with this group, you never know. I hope all the Sharks supporters out there are really proud of this group, they've tried hard and it's going to be a big exam for us in New Zealand, a tough place to win, but we'll give it our best shot."

Looking back at the game at Newlands, Plumtee said the Sharks' performance was one of the team's finest during his tenure as coach.

"It needed to be a brave performance from us, the Stormers are such a tough side and we knew they were going to throw so much at us," he explained.

"Physically it was very close but that's what happens in these derby games. I'm proud of the way the boys held on in the end.

"I put it right up there with the best displays I've seen," said Plumtree.

"They've got that confidence and it grows a bit with every week.

"A few week ago they would not have won this match and it shows how much they've grown in self-belief."

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