Du Preez hails 'special' Sharks comeback
Town - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has
praised his side following their come-from-behind 31-24 win against the Lions
in Durban on Saturday.
The Sharks became the first South
African side in 22 attempts to beat the Lions in Super Rugby but, more
importantly, the result kept their playoff chances alive.
READ: SA Super Rugby playoff picture
They still have two tough matches
remaining against the Stormers (away) and Jaguares (home), but the Sharks are
still in the hunt for a quarter-final spot.
21-11 down with over 50 minutes
played, it didn't look good for the Durbanites in front of their home crowd,
but a spirited fight back got the job done with veteran wing Lwazi Mvovo
scoring the winning try.
"We obviously didn't have
any possession in the first half and also no territory," Du Preez
explained after the match.
"I knew that we would need a
really special performance and a big fight-back from the boys, so I just asked
them to play for each other and fight for each other, and that's what they did.
"It's one game at a time.
This is obviously our campaign back on track."
Du Preez believes that it was his
side's defence that ultimately won them the game.
"I thought our defence was
outstanding apart from the two soft tries at the beginning of the game,"
"I think that took its toll
and we broke them down defensively. That gave us the upper hand."
Du Preez also heaped praise on
man-of-the-match Akker van der Merwe and replacement hooker Chiliboy
"Akker has been great and I
thought he had a fantastic game," said Du Preez.
"I also thought Chili did
very well when he came on and he made a big difference, especially in the
The Sharks remain 3rd in the
South African Conference and 9th on the overall log.