Chiefs likely to face Sharks' rebound

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Friday, May 18, 2018    Getty Images

All the talk in South Africa has been about the Sharks' great ability to turn it on against New Zealand sides, and the great chance they have to extend that record against a weakened Chiefs team.

But coach Robert du Preez is more concerned about his side focusing on their faults mindful of the need for points on the competitive South Africa Conference points table, rather than the likelihood the Chiefs will be below par with their loss of experience.

"We have spoken about the Chiefs and their selection, so we know whatever team they put out it will be a good team, it is a New Zealand team and we respect them," he said.

Brodie Retallick Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown and Nathan Harris will be missing from the side having had to return to New Zealand for the All Blacks camp early next week.

Charlie Ngatai has moved to centre from fullback and will captain the team while Sean Wainui is included with Marty McKenzie at first five-eighths.

Du Preez said the goal was obvious for the Sharks.

"Winning comes first and if there is a bonus point that will be great, but that is not a consideration for us; we won't change the way we play," he said.

Du Preez was looking for his players to hit the ground running and to not fall into the trap which happened last week when the Bulls made the most of a strong start.

"I have always said that if the effort is there, and the intensity, then we cannot fault the players, and that was there against the Bulls.

"We started badly, and then giving away a yellow card really cost us, but we have spoken about the stuff we need to work on," he said.

The side had talked about the perception that they performed well against New Zealand sides.

"I don't think it is just because that we are playing New Zealand teams that the guys are getting themselves up. But there is really a good vibe and they are keen to get out there and rectify last week's performance," he said.