Mallett credits Lions, Sharks
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick
Mallett has credited the performances of both the Sharks and Lions following
their Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg at the weekend.
The Lions sneaked a 23-21 win after Sharks
flyhalf Fred Zeilinga missed a long-range penalty to win the game at the death.
Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio
after the game, said:
“Credit must be given to both teams. The
Sharks playing away after last weekend had to show they had character and they
wanted to play for each other, and they did that.
“Even when they were down by nine points at
the end of the game, they fought back, managed to get a try and, had Fred
Zeilinga managed to kick a 50m penalty, they could've snuck the win.
“The Sharks will go away feeling perhaps
their season is back on track even though they lost, and next weekend's game
against the Bulls is going to be very important for them psychologically.
“For the Lions, they continue to win close
games. That has really been the mark of their season so far. The three away
wins were all tight, so was the victory over the Bulls, and so was this one.
Getting onto the winning side of close games is always great for the team.
“There were some good set-piece tries from
the Sharks against a Lions defence that has been very good this season. The
positive signs are there. I think the young players gave them some enthusiasm.”
In this weekend’s action, the Sharks host
the Bulls in Durban on Saturday, while the Lions have a bye.