Brad happy with second-half showing

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:03
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Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson lauded his side's second-half showing in their 34-17 Currie Cup win over the Pumas in Durban on Friday.

Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson lauded his side's second-half showing in their 34-17 Currie Cup win over the Pumas in Durban on Friday.

Macleod-Henderson, whose charges opened the competition with a 31-24 win over Griquas in Kimberley last week, said the patience they showed was key to the eventual outcome.

The defending champions, who trailed 6-7 at the break and were behind their visitors for most of the game, needed a strong showing in the final quarter (when they scored 21 unanswered points) to secure the win.

The Sharks secured four tries in the second 40 minutes - three of them after line-outs - thanks to SP Marais, Jacques Botes, Tera Mtembu and Monde Hadebe, to claim the additional bonus-point score.

"In the first half we thought we had them on the edge, but they worked very hard, they cut us down and maybe we were a bit unlucky not to get a try or two," the Sharks coach said.

"In the second half, the opportunities pretty much opened up straight down through the middle, really.

"We had a few good mauls, they thought we were going to use our backs all the time and we went a bit more direct. It was just a great second half and we're pleased with the outcome."

But he admitted there were still areas to improve on for next week's clash against the Cheetahs on the east coast.

"You're always looking for the perfect game, so maybe we need to work on our penalty count a bit more.

"But four tries, in a night game and with a lot of moisture around, is a good performance."

Source: SAPA

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 3 3 0 0 15
Free State Cheetahs 3 3 0 0 14
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 10
Golden Lions 2 1 0 1 7
Boland 3 1 0 2 6
Griquas 2 1 0 1 4
Western Province 2 0 0 2 2
EP Kings 2 0 0 2 1
Pumas 2 0 0 2 1