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Coetzee keen to bully Sharks at Loftus

Marcell Coetzee of the Bulls during the 2021 Rainbow Cup match between Bulls and Stormers at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, on 04 May 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

At the end of the day, it will be about who wants it the most.

FORMER Sharks man Marcell Coetzee will lead the Bulls into battle against his former team in Saturday’s Currie Cup final at 5pm at Loftus Versfeld.

The 30-year-old, though, is unperturbed about his past and just wants the Bulls to be at their best in the clash.

He says: “We were far from perfect in the semi [against Western Province]. In the play-offs, anything can happen.

“At the end of the day, it will be about who wants it the most.

“The Sharks have been playing some good rugby this season. They beat us in Durban earlier, so it will definitely be another tough game this weekend.

“The Sharks had a great second half in the game in Durban. There is a lot for us to learn from that game. We have looked at areas where we can improve, and certainly, discipline will have to be maintained.

“And, the Sharks are as hungry as we are.”

• Meanwhile, The Sharks have received a timely boost for the final against the Bulls in the form of Thomas ‘The Tank’ du Toit.

It is an unexpected injection of beef for the Sharks because the big man was away with the Springboks in Australia only to have to return home because of a family bereavement.

Du Toit cannot return to Australia just yet so the Sharks are delighted to cash in on suddenly having the massive tighthead available for a final against a team renowned for their forward strength.

The Sharks have had their problems in the set-piece in recent seasons but over the last few weeks their tight five has been trasnformed by the signing of Gerbrandt Grobler from Stade Francais and the emergence as a force of the towering Le Roux Roets, and with Du Toit now back the Sharks will be confident they can tame the Bulls.

There is a brand new face on the bench in young scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu, who could make his debut as cover for Sanele Nohamba, because the Sharks have had their depth in the position heavily depleted of late. Grant Williams is away with the Boks while Jaden Hendrikse and Cameron Wright are injured.

Additional reporting by Mike Greenaway

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