With the Sharks’ Super Rugby campaign hitting a wobbly, they need the likes of Philip van der Walt to resuscitate their season. The Sharks shone in two gruelling matches in New Zealand but last week’s hammering by the Bulls showed how inconsistency has settled at the Shark Tank. The foundation of the 63-40 beating of the Blues and the close 38-37 defeat to the Hurricanes was a solid if not dominant forward platform. A seemingly resurgent Bulls unit under John Mitchell extinguished that flame. The Stormers‚ who the Sharks face on Saturday‚ have an even better pack, though coaches in Cape Town have not figured out how to use them. Like the Stormers the Sharks go into the game after a heavy defeat, with only two wins in eight games. Van der Walt acknowledged they need to start winning fast. "We had good discussions about where we went wrong but we have identified that the games in which we started well was the better approach. We had the same plan in mind against the Bulls but their ex...

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