DURBAN – The Rainbow Cup South Africa competition that kicks off on Saturday will provide highly competitive rugby, with the Carrots of the Looming Series against the British and Irish Lions re-winning Shark coach Sean Everitt.
Everitt admits there was disappointment in the ranks following the cancellation of the overseas leg of the Rainbow Cup, but the silver glare to the cloud is that SA Rugby can now focus their attention on the much-awaited visit to the Lions in July.
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“The international competition is what you want, and if we’re patient, hopefully we’ll get it in October (when the PRO16 is about to start),” Everitt said.
The Rainbow Cup was to be an introductory competition for SA teams in Europe against the Pro 14 sides, and a full-scale PRO16 set featuring similar teams is due later this year.
“We know where we stand now, and I’m sure our guys will be very motivated to impress at the Rainbow Cup SA, with the Lions tour not too far around the corner,” Everitt said.
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“There’s so much to play – I know the Sharks want to put their hands up, and there’s no doubt that all teams will do the same.”
In the Rainbow Cup SA the Stromers, Sharks, Bulls and Lions play each other at home and in the dual rounds of the competition, and Everitt says it will be fierce.
“I think the double-header on these Saturdays will see all teams go with hammer and tongs,” Everitt said. “All the teams have done some recruiting and look strong (from the Curry Cup). The Stromers (opposing Sharks, 2pm kickoff) at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday have consolidated well by re-signing key players such as Steven Kitshoff and Frances Malherbe, and I think Marvin Orie (from the Lions) is a very good signing. is. With JD Schickerling, I think they have two very clever lineout operators. “
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The Sharks have received two matches against the Stromers / Western Provins due to the Kovid-19 protocol, and the last match they played was a very Curry Curry Cup semi-final, which was won by the Sharks.
“It will be very interesting to see what kind of game they play,” Everitt said. They have their own heavyweight Bok front-row men who are back now, so maybe they will go back to the set-piece game. “
Everitt said that the Rainbow Cup clash against the same team last week was dubbed a liar, but it allowed some of its players to suffocate. “Everitt said,” the extra week’s off (loose head) Ox Neck and (no. 8) Sikhumbo Nauthe has the opportunity to resolve the problems that the Bulls face against the Bulls.