Durban - Sharks scrumhalf Cameron Wright believes the Durbanites are still
very much in the Currie Cup title race despite their results in this year’s
competition suggesting quite the opposite.
The Sharks, who are the
title holders, find themselves second from the bottom on the table with
just six points from three outings.
They are nine points behind the
leading Griquas and will be hoping to close the gap when they host the
third-placed Free State Cheetahs at King’s Park on Saturday at 15:00.
spite of beating Western Province, the Sean Everitt-coached outfit
suffered two shocking defeats, to the Griquas in their opener and to the
Pumas at the weekend - clashes they are normally expected to
win without too much hassle.
Wright said the Sharks are still in
the race due to some favourable results from other matches, but there’s a
need for them to get in control of their destiny. The Sharks need to
win all their remaining matches - against the Cheetahs, Lions and the
equally struggling Bulls.
“We want to win everything. Our goal is to win everything. I think that should be the mindset,” said Wright.
“A lot of the teams have actually done us a few favours and kept the Currie Cup quite open, with Bulls and Province going down.
definitely have to win, it’s a non-negotiable. We need to win all
three and want to win all three, but, ja, the Currie Cup is still wide
open. I don’t think we are near being knocked out or out of the
“There are no talks about that (in the camp), and
we won’t even consider it. Obviously it will sit at the back of our
minds at some stage, but I think if we can just focus on the task at
hand and better our performance week by week, I don’t think we are far
off the place. It’s just those one or two passes that are costing us,”
said the No 9.
Reflecting on their 27-20 loss to the Pumas, who
were winless before the clash, Wright said discipline, accuracy and
handling errors were their downfall in the clash they looked set to win
after leading 17-9 at half time.
“It’s just that the wheels fell
off the bus a bit and we have spoken about putting in an 80-minute
performance. I can’t say I know what happened but discipline cost us,
handling errors, and I don’t think we respected the ball enough or maybe
the opposition enough,” he said.
“I don’t think we can
necessarily question our effort. Our effort was there. I think in actual
fact we might have been a little bit over eager.”
The Sharks will
be in for another tough weekend against the Cheetahs, who were
unfortunate to lose 24-22 in the dying minutes of their clash with the
Lions last weekend.
The Free State side come with a lot of PRO14 experience and have managed to keep the core of their team for the past two years.
“I think they are hurting a little bit, they will probably come hard at us in the first half or so,” said Wright.
they like to play quite a wide or expansive game, married with a bit of
physicality. If we can match them in that area on the field, I think we
are in for a good shot.”