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    Superb Sharks enjoying 'good vibes'

    2017-03-13 09:24

    Durban - The Sharks look to be firmly on the right path following their impressive 37-14 win over the Waratahs in Durban on Saturday. 

    The result leaves the Durbanites with two wins from three this season after they lost their season opener to the Reds in Brisbane before beating the Brumbies in Canberra.

    On Saturday, they played at Kings Park for the first time in 2017 and suggested that they could be serious players in this year's competition. 

    But coach Robert du Preez, in his first season as Super Rugby coach, was as grounded as ever in his post-match interview. 

    "It's always great to win at home, especially coming back from the Aus tour," he said. "I think there were still quite a few opportunities out there to be taken, so that's definitely something that we would like to work on.

    "We lost a little bit of our grip in the second half. Too many mistakes. Too many balls that were kicked away, especially on turnover. It's something that we're definitely going to have to work hard on."

    Still, Du Preez is pleased with the way things are going right now.

    "There is a really good vibe in the camp. The boys have really worked hard," he said.

    "We were really disappointed with the first game against the Reds. We weren't our best. If we had played like we did against the Brumbies, we would have won that game. There has been good improvement every game."

    Next up for the Sharks is a clash at home against the Kings on Saturday, and Du Preez hinted that he could be resting some of his regular starters.

    "The guys that are in the bigger squad and the eight guys that are sitting on the bench, you're going to have to play them," he said.

    "I believe that they'll step in fine. This competition requires that you test your depth, and we'll have to do it some time."

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