A gloomy rainy evening is forecast in Belfast on Friday night when the Sharks meet Ulster in their vital US Rugby Championship match at Kingspan Stadium and coach Sean Everit knows his team needs to be on fire from the start to secure a home quarterfinal.
The Sharks have at least a wealth of experience playing in the rain this season, and so they have a game plan.
It all comes down to their accuracy in doing this from the start against the Ulster team, which is known to be hard to break thanks to their excellent defense and discipline.
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“Rain is forecast and that’s a high probability,” Everit of Northern Ireland said on Thursday.
“But we played a lot at home in the rain. The difference is in the rain temperature – warm in Durban but really cold here – but our game model allows us to customize.
“We have a versatile rugby brand that combines attacking kicks and very good defense. In any game of pressure, your start is very important, but especially in wet conditions, when it is difficult to return.
Luhanye Am returns
The return of Luhaño Am, always reliable in defense and exciting in attack, to the outside center made some impression, but the pair of first choice Herbrant Grobler and Le Roux, who were unavailable for tour, will be missed in a match that is expected to be difficult. They will be replaced by Ruben van Harden and Reniel Hugo, and on the bench – Hairan Andrews.
Herbrandt is unfortunately injured and he is one of those who previously played for Kingspan. And Le Roux’s wife is expecting a child, so we are very happy for him, ”Everit said.
“We know we will have to physically confront Ulster. They hold the ball very well in their hands with their conservative approach, and they have strong kicking and defense.
“We will have to be patient and attack the space when it appears. And our discipline must be improved. “