Hungry Sharks turn attention to Province
CURRIE CUP REACTION: The Sharks will be heading to Cape Town full of confidence after their impressive 37-21 victory over the Golden Lions in wet conditions in Durban on Saturday.
That victory means the Sharks are still unbeaten in this year’s Currie Cup. Their next opponents, Western Province, are the other unbeaten side left in the tournament, which sets up a mouth-watering encounter at Newlands next weekend.
Both teams have a maximum 20 points from their four games this season. However, Province sits at the top of the table due to a superior points differential.
Sharks head coach Robert du Preez saw enough positives in his side’s performance against the Lions to be confident of getting a win in Cape Town.
“I thought the boys really stuck to the structures and were really patient,” Du Preez told reporters after the match.
“It has been something that we have been working on. I do think we lost our way a bit in the second half, especially with all the changes we made.”
He added: “Although the conditions were really difficult, I felt the boys played some really good rugby and controlled the game really well.
“Our territory game was outstanding.”
Du Preez knows that his side cannot afford to have lapses in concentration when they face Western Province.
“We know that we got to put two halves together. When we have opportunities like we had in the second half you got to take those and don’t let teams off the hook, so that’s going to be a work on for us again this weekend. It’s a big one and one that we need to win.
“I think we need to use our possession more cleverly and I think we got a little bit loose at times trying to play a little bit too unstructured. We are a good team when we keep to our structures.”
By Warren Fortune