Weather hurts Sharks expectations
February 15, 2014
Pat Lambie and Frans Steyn will struggle to create attacking plays in the humidity © Getty Images
Expectations of a clear win for the Sharks have been dashed, as a high level of humidity has hit Durban and is regarded with the same ability to impact handling that a torrential downpour would.
Jake White spoke earlier in the week of his embrace of the summer humidity, but the conditions could well be the biggest obstacle to the resounding start he was hoping for.
Wet weather is always regarded as a leveller, but high humidity can have the same affect, with players often complaining about how within minutes of starting a match in Durban in February or March, they are drenched with sweat making ball handling a difficult task.
The moisture quickly transfers to the ball, which soon resembles a cake of soap, making running rugby an almost impossibility. Expectations for the Sharks to make quick work of the Bulls have been dropped with the realisation that the opening match of the season could be more stop-start than free flowing.
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