Currie Cup

Sharks will get better - coach

2013-08-13 18:03
Sean Everitt (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt believes the team will grow from strength to strength as the Currie Cup season progresses.

The Durbanites came unstuck in their first Currie Cup game at home against Griquas last week, losing 32-30, and will hope for a turn in fortunes when they host the Golden Lions this coming Friday.

The Sharks find themselves with a completely new coaching setup, with Everitt partnering forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson and Director of Rugby, Brendan Venter.

They were all appointed by new Sharks CEO John Smit, who sacked all the previous coaches when he entered his new post last month.

Everitt believes it's a process the team need to get used to, as they also have a few new players on board.

“There were a lot of new players, we had four guys making their debuts (against Griquas) and a couple more off the bench, so it was a bit of a nervous start for us,” he told the Sharks website.

“We put ourselves into a position where we could win the game, but unfortunately ill-discipline cost us at the end. There were a lot of positives that we can take out of the game and there is certainly a lot we can work on. Some of the things we worked on in training came off, our mauls worked really well - we mauled them 25m at one stage - and when we scrummed well, we scrummed really well. So we’re just looking at being more consistent within our performance.”

The new coach is nevertheless confident that the team will soon find its feet in the competition.

“In any game of rugby, your set-piece has to function, and function well," he said looking ahead to the Lions game on Friday.

"Obviously discipline is vital, penalties do cost you and we can’t afford to give away the penalties we did against Griquas. Too many penalties and free-kicks is always going to put you onto the back foot and more importantly, it was where we gave away those penalties, in terms of field position, that proved costly.

“It’s by no means the end of the competition for us, it’s only the start, and we will build and get better and if we take positives out of this loss, then we will get better. We’d rather it happens now than later on. We’ll be there at the end of the competition and I believe we’ll be a better team from this experience.”

Friday's clash at Kings Park kicks off at 17:05.

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