LIVE

    Sharks boss lauds complete performance

    2017-05-29 08:48

    Durban - It is not often that Sharks coach Robert du Preez leaves a Super Rugby match completely satisfied, but he was pretty close following Saturday's 22-10 win over the Stormers at Kings Park. 

    The Sharks dominated in all departments and outscored the visitors by three tries to one, and the result means that they have now all but secured the wildcard play-off spot in the South African Group. 

    Furthermore, the Sharks are also now just three points behind the Chiefs and the Highlanders in the New Zealand Conference and if they can finish ahead of one or both of those sides, they will avoid a trip to whoever is top of the combined log in the quarter-finals. 

    "The guys were fantastic today. That was good. On both attack and defence the intent was fantastic," Du Preez said after the match. 

    "Every time we had the ball in hand we kept it and got over the gain line. We were a lot more clinical."

    The Sharks had flirted with a bonus point, but in the end fell one try short. 

    "To win is more important than the bonus point. If there was a bonus point it would have been great, but we're happy with the win," said Du Preez. 

    Despite the Sharks' dominance, the game was in the balance at 15-10 in favour of the hosts before wing Sbu Nkosi broke through in the 62nd minute to send the Durban crown wild and put the game to bed.

    It was another superb performance from Nkosi, who has burst onto the Super Rugby stage in recent weeks.

    "He was really good tonight. His work-rate is just unbelievable and he's got a big future ahead of him," Du Preez said. 

    The Sharks are next in action on June 30 when they host the Bulls and they end their regular season the week after that when they host the Lions. 

    It means they have a month off as the tournament breaks for the international window amd Du Preez says the break has come at the right time. 

    "This is a typical South African derby so I think the guys really went out to go play. We had something to prove," he said.

    "We've been on the go for 13 games in a row so it's good that the guys can have a break now."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read

    Fixtures

    Friday, 30 June 2017
    • Sharks v Bulls, Growthpoint Kings Park 19:00
    Saturday, 01 July 2017
    • Jaguares v Kings, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 01:05
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Toyota Stadium 15:05
    • Lions v Sunwolves, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 07 July 2017
    • Reds v Brumbies, Suncorp Stadium 11:45
    • Force v Rebels, nib Stadium 13:55

    Results

    09 June 2017
    03 June 2017
    02 June 2017
    28 May 2017
    27 May 2017
    26 May 2017
    21 May 2017
    20 May 2017
    19 May 2017
    13 May 2017
    12 May 2017
    06 May 2017
    05 May 2017
    30 April 2017
    29 April 2017
    28 April 2017
    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    SA Rugby need to cut two Super Rugby teams for next year's tournament. Help them out!

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.