Undisciplined Sharks pay dear price
URC REACTION: The Sharks will continue to be on the receiving end of big hidings if their discipline doesn’t improve dramatically.
This is the view of coach Sean Everitt, following his team’s 17-42 loss to powerful Irish province Munster in their opening match in the United Rugby Championship in Limerick at the weekend.
And it doesn’t get any easier for the Durban-based franchise.
The Sharks face Scottish outfit Glasgow Warriors on Saturday – with games against Ospreys and Cardiff to complete their tour.
The Sharks had nothing to show for their early dominance of possession at the weekend and were made to pay for their poor discipline.
The Sharks coach, Everitt, spoke about the players’ fight, workrate and energy.
However, he said he was “quite disappointed” in the team’s poor discipline.
“We gave away 16 penalties and every time we did concede a penalty there was a massive consequence,” Everitt said.
He said his players will have to learn “really quickly”.
He added that the first 20 minutes was an indication of how they want to play – when they had the territorial advantage and enjoyed a surfeit in possession.
“The last 20 minutes of the first half we gave away too many penalties,” he said.
“For the youngsters we have in the squad it is a great learning curve.
“We have three games to go and we have to learn really quickly.