The Sharks arrived in the New Zealand capital of Wellington in the early hours of yesterday morning.
And they will have read in the local newspaper that ex-boss John Plumtree has been revving the Hurricanes over their “no-show” at Kings Park in May.
The Hurricanes host the Sharks in a Super Rugby quarterfinal on Saturday and Plumtree, now an assistant coach at the Canes, is still hurting from losing to his former charges in Durban.
The Canes were expecting to blow away a Sharks team that had lost by 50 to the Lions, who were in turn beaten by 50 by the Hurricanes, only for the Sharks to make a mockery of the form book by beating the Hurricanes at Kings Park with ease.
Plumtree and head coach Chris Boyd (an assistant to Plumtree at the Sharks for two seasons), are still hurting.
The Sharks won 32-15 but in truth the Hurricanes were lucky to get the 15.
Plumtree tells the Dominion Post: “The Sharks don’t mind touring New Zealand.
“On the last eight occasions, the Hurricanes have won just twice, so we’ve got a horrible record against the Sharks.
“They’ve got a lot of massive characters in that team and they know how to win in New Zealand.
“They will be excited about that and they know what they can do to the Hurricanes…”