Sharks hurting after defeat
Durban - Despite the frustration at having
lost their Super Rugby match against the Stormers on Saturday, the Sharks are
determined to take the good and look to build on that ahead of the Cheetahs
The Durbanites believe they were in the
game for large parts of the match, and if it weren’t for a game-changing
penalty try, the six point deficit may well have been overturned given the
character the side has shown in the past.
“We’re very disappointed with the result.
Everyone is hurting, not just the forwards. We know that our set-piece didn’t
function as well as we would have liked and that’s an area we need to get right
on Saturday,” assistant coach Brad MacLeod-Henderson told the Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick.
“But in the first half I thought we played
some good rugby, we had a few chances and if we can build on that first half
this Saturday, it will go really well.
Brad MacLeod-Henderson admitted that the
penalty try was a big turning point in the game.
“We were just six points behind after a
penalty by Pat, but we didn’t exit from the kick-off, were charged down and
they got the penalty try, so it was definitely a big momentum shift.”
The scrums didn’t always go to plan and
something they will be concentrating on in training this week.
“We struggled at scrum time, but in the
first half we had one or two good scrums as well, so we were probably a bit
inconsistent. They seemed to get the roll on us and unfortunately we lost that
area of the game.
“Scrummaging is an all-eight effort and we
were a bit inconsistent. So on the day we were very disappointed with our
scrummaging. But there’s a possibility that Jannie (du Plessis) and Beast
(Mtawarira), as well as Mouritz Botha could be available for this week, so
there are a few guys coming back.
“We have three quality tightheads and three
quality looseheads so we just need to make sure that the eight who start and
the guys who come off the bench are all on the same page and put in a better
performance in the scrummaging area than this past weekend.”
He admitted that there is a lot of obvious
disappointment in the camp and with one win from four matches, “It’s not the
start we wanted. But we have another game this Saturday which we’re looking
He believes that having JP Pietersen, Frans
Steyn and Willem Alberts back for the first time this season marks a positive
development for the side.
The coach expects them to add greater value
as they play more.
“They are quality players, but it takes
time to settle back into the team. They’ve got one game under the belt and I’m
sure they’re just going to get better and better.”
Pinpointing what is needed to right the
wrongs, he identified two main areas: execution and taking chances.
“It’s about making sure we go out there and
execute against the opposition and we take our opportunities when they come.
We’re four games in, there’s still a long way to go, but we need to start
making sure we’re more accurate in what we’re looking at doing.”