The Cell C Sharks have named a squad of 25 that that will tour to Singapore to face the Sunwolves in the first round of Super Rugby.
Getting a win in the first round is important to Du Preez.
A powerful side is going to Singapore and they mean business – right from the get-go.
“Starting the tournament on a high is very important, we don’t want to play catch-up rugby.
“This is not an easy game for us, especially not there in Singapore, it’s like playing the Cheetahs – you don’t go to Bloemfontein and win easily. We expect them to put up a fight physically, they maul well, they can stand up to any pack, it’s what we expect from any South African team.
“Underestimating the Sunwolves is one of the biggest mistakes a team can make.”
Curwin Bosch and Marius Louw who were initially in the tour squad stayed behind due to carrying slight niggles.
Saturday’s clash kicks off at 12.55pm at Singapore’s National Stadium.
Cell C Sharks Touring Squad
Sharks – Akker van der Merwe, Andre Esterhuizen, Aphelele Fassi, Cameron Wright, Coenie Oosthuizen, Daniel du Preez, Gideon Koegelenberg, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jeremy Ward, Juan Schoeman, Kerron van Vuuren, Khutha Mchunu, Louis Schreuder (c), Lukhanyo Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Makazole Mapimpi, Phepsi Buthelezi, Rhyno Smith, Robert du Preez, Ruan Botha, Sbu Nkosi, Beast Mtawarira, Tyler Paul, Wian Vosloo.
Source: Sharks Rugby Website