United Rugby Championship: Sharks skipper Thomas du Toit says sticking to the process ‘turned the tide’

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Sharks captain Thomas du Toit admits it was a tough start to life in the United Rugby Championship for the South African sides, but they have done well to flip the coin.

The initial stage of the competition saw the South African teams struggle in unfamiliar conditions in the northern hemisphere with the absence of their international stars.

Resurgence

However, the rocky start has impressively been turned around as the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls all sit in play-off positions on the table.

Du Toit says believing in their process was key and paid off as travelling to South Africa has become a challenging task for the northern sides as the competition progressed.

“I think most of the SA teams felt like they had been given a punch in the face when we started out in the URC,” Du Toit told IOL.

“We did not know what to expect, but now that we have sussed things out it seems that most of the teams have turned the tide, and we did that by sticking to our guns.

“We have been doing what we as South Africans do well, and they (the overseas teams) have to deal with that!”

The Springbok says that all the Irish teams are very well coached and share a similar tactical approach whilst commending Connacht’s physicality.

“Of the Irish teams, Munster, Ulster and Leinster probably have very similar tactics,” Du Toit said.

“Those three attack and defend with similar structures, whereas Connacht are a bit freer in the way they play.

“The other Irish teams have more structure than Connacht, but Connacht are one of the most physical sides in the competition.

“All the Irish sides are all very well prepared and coached.”

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