Prev Game: Currie Cup Sat 23rd Aug

prev game - Sharks
team 1 score team 2
Sharks 19 - 16 Cheetahs

Next Game: Currie Cup Fri 29th Aug

next game - Sharks
team 1 score team 2
Pumas 18:10 Sharks

Charl McLeod believes the lack of changes at the Sharks will help the side

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 13/02/13 11:41am

  • Share:
Charl McLeod: Confident ahead of the 2013 campaign

Charl McLeod: Confident ahead of the 2013 campaign

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Charl McLeod claims the Sharks can bounce back from their heartbreak last season to challenge for the title once again.

The Sharks had come on strong during the latter stages of the competition, with away wins over the Reds and the Stormers in the play-offs earning them a shot at a maiden Super Rugby crown.

However they ended up suffering a fourth final defeat as they went down 37-6 to the Chiefs.

"It was a bitter-sweet year for us," McLeod told Sky Sports.

"We had put ourselves in a good position but then let ourselves down at the final hurdle. We are looking to go one better this time around."

Settled

McLeod believes the fact the Sharks have kept changes to a minimum in the off-season will count in their favour.

"It was a bitter-sweet year for us. We had put ourselves in a good position but then let ourselves down at the final hurdle."
Charl McLeod

Butch James and Franco van der Merwe have arrived from the Lions, while Frederic Michalak, Ross Skeate, Steven Sykes and Alistair Hargreaves are the only players to leave.

"We are pretty much the same group of players," said 29-year-old scrum-half McLeod. "We are a settled squad and that will help.

"Butch returns to the Sharks, though he knows all about the club and has a wealth of experience. We also have Franco, who has also arrived from the Lions and he is a really good acquisition.

"Freddy is a good player and we become good friends do it was sad to see him go. However Paddy and I get on really well and play really well together."

The Sharks won six of their final seven games of the regular season - and were one of only two sides to beat the Stormers.

However McLeod insists the franchise can't afford to leave it so late again.

"Consistency will be the key," added McLeod. "You find in Super Rugby that if you struggle early on then you leave yourselves with too much to do.

"But with us being together for a while now and being settled, hopefully we will be up to speed from the off."

  • Share:

Related

Super Rugby 2013

Benji Marshall: In talks with Auckland Blues

Marshall confirms Blues talks

Rugby League star Benji Marshall has confirmed he has begun talks with Super Rugby franchise Auckland Blues.

Gareth Delve: Led the Rebels out for the final time on Friday

Delve - Best years of my life

Outgoing Melbourne Rebels captain Gareth Delve admits he has enjoyed the best years of his life with the franchise.

Hugh McMeniman returns to the Force starting XV after a nine-week injury lay-off

Force v Waratahs: Teams

Western Force have made three changes to their squad ahead of Sunday's Super Rugby clash with rivals Waratahs in Perth.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Munster on the rise

Munster on the rise

Stuart Barnes says Munster will be the biggest threat to Leinster’s bid for a third Guinness PRO12 title.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So much can change in a sporting week and, sure enough, there have been plenty of highs and lows.

NZ-Aus highlights

NZ-Aus highlights

Sign in to watch the best bits from Saturday's massive clash between New Zealand and Australia.