Reds flanker has high hopes for victory

REDS flanker Liam Gill believes last year's big win over the Sharks will give his team plenty of confidence going into this Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the ladder leaders in Durban.

The Reds beat the Sharks 32-17 in round 13 at Suncorp Stadium last year, scoring three tries in the victory over the 2012 finalists.

"The win in Brisbane was massive. Coming up against the Sharks we'd had quite a poor record, and to put on a massive display and a big score on them was huge," Gill said.

Gill added the Sharks, who have three wins from three games this year under new coaching director Jake White, who took the Brumbies to the final last year, would be tough to beat on their home soil where the Reds haven't won since 2005.

"Jake's showed what he can do at the Brumbies and he's showing what he can do now at the Sharks," Gill said.

The Wallabies star has been sporting a big bruise under his left eye this week after copping some friendly fire - that needed 14 stitches - from teammate Eddie Quirk during a ruck clean-out in last Friday night's 43-33 win over the Cheetahs.

"As ugly as it looks, the eye's pulled up all right. It was just a lot of swelling and bruising," Gill, who has been cleared to play this week, said.

Meanwhile, Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis will return from a knee injury for Saturday night's derby against the Brumbies in Canberra.

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