Muir: Sharks gaining good momentum
Durban - Sharks assistant coach Dick Muir has heaped praise on the players following their comeback win over the Lions at Kings Park last Saturday.
The Sharks overturned a 21-11 half-time deficit to beat the Lions 31-24 and keep alive their Super Rugby playoff aspirations.
“It showed a lot of character, it also showed the hunger and determination in this group,” Muir told the Sharks’ official website.
“Obviously we’re disappointed with where we stand as far as log positions go (the Sharks are currently ninth on the overall log and third in the South African Conference) and the early losses we had in the competition, but we are gaining some good momentum now and it will be good to carry it into the Stormers game.
“Winning came from a combination of things, but we have to remember that this is a young group of guys finding their feet and settling down, so there are going to be teething issues at the start. But I think we have sorted a lot of those things out and we’re in a good place now.”
The Sharks tackle the Stormers at Newlands this Saturday (17:15 kick-off) and although the Capetonians are already out of the playoffs contention, Muir expected them to be a tough nut to crack at home.
“They’re a dangerous side, when we played them here it was anyone’s game so it will be a huge test for our guys and a great character test. The Stormers have nothing to play for really, other than pride whereas our guys still have something to play for.”
The Sharks, on the other hand, are eager to reach the knockout phase of the competition.
“The biggest thing right now is just to take it game for game. The guys know there is everything to gain, but also everything to be lost, there is a lot at stake. But I do believe that the character of the group will be shown in the next game," Muir added.
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