Coach: look at the positives

2013-08-13 00:00

BACKLINE coach Sean Everitt yesterday tried to put a positive spin on Friday night’s upset defeat against Griquas and said the Sharks could reap the benefits of this setback later in the Currie Cup.

Everitt, a member of the Sharks’ new coaching staff, was reflecting on the disappointing 32-30 loss to Griquas at King’s Park in the opening round of the Currie Cup.

“It’s by no means the end of the competition for us, it’s only the start,” he said.

Everitt said if the Sharks took the positives out of the defeat, then they would be able to build on their performance and improve.

“We’d rather this loss happens now than later. We’ll be there at the end of the competition and I believe a better team for this experience.”

Everitt said the players and coaching staff were obviously massively disappointed at the showing.

“We weren’t as accurate as we should have been with our discipline and the execution of our set piece. The result was that we put pressure on ourselves.”

He said that the Sharks, with four new players in their starting line-up and a couple more on the bench, had been nervous.

“We then put ourselves into a position where we could win the game, but ill-discipline cost us at the end.

“There is certainly a lot we can work on. Some of the things we concentrated on in training came off and our mauls worked really well.”

Everitt said that centre Tim Whitehead, who damaged ribs on Friday night, was an injury concern ahead of this Friday evening’s game against the Golden Lions at King’s Park.

“He was in a bit of discomfort this morning and he will be assessed later in the week.”

The backline coach said that no unnecessary changes would be made.

“We will keep the team together to try and build continuity within our group.”

He said that the Lions, beaten by Free State at Ellis Park on Saturday, would also be desperate to bounce back with a win, adding that they would offer a similar challenge to Griquas.

“They’re a tough team to play against. They contest the breakdown really well and they defend strongly around the fringes of the rucks. We’ll have to improve a lot from Friday night.

“The Lions are physical, but they also like to move the ball around, so defensively, we’ll need to hold our width as well as contain them around the edges.”

Everitt said the Sharks would be looking to improve dramatically in the set piece.

“We didn’t lose too many lineouts against Griquas, but we were not accurate [in controlling the ball].

“That put us under pressure and didn’t allow our backs to get into the game. It all starts at the set piece.”

Friday’s match kicks off at 5.05 pm.

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