Defence vital for Sharks' hopes in Napier
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He told sharksrugby.co.za, "We know this week will be tougher than last week, the Hurricanes are the No.1 team in New Zealand in my opinion."
While the Hurricanes had a disappointing start to their season when losing to the Bulls in Pretoria, they had upped their efforts since and have been in commanding form, beating the top Australian side, the Rebels, 50-19 last week in Melbourne.
"It just shows that if you have a little bit of an off day, you can catch 50 points. It happened to us against the Rebels and [for] the Blues against us on Saturday.
Coming through the Blues game unscathed, du Preez has been able to name an unchanged side for the Napier game. There had only been a couple of niggles and everyone was available for selection.
"Defence will win us this game," he said.
"After the disappointments of the first two weeks on tour, the boys were hurt, but they were desperate to get a first win on tour.
"If there had been a lack of effort previously, I would have been really worried, but that wasn't the issue. This time around [against the Blues] the boys brought the effort and the accuracy, so it was much better and I was really pleased with that performance.
"Everyone was desperate to put in a good performance, and that aim was achieved. Every player had a part to play, including the bench players when they came on," he said.
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