Dejected Sharks rue errors

2014-09-08 00:00

THE Sharks move into a crucial week of preparations after their second consecutive loss in the Currie Cup this weekend.

A last-minute drop goal from Griquas flyhalf Francois Brummer left the score 21-18 to the visitors, bringing a tough derby to an end.

A down-trodden Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson couldn’t quite nail down where his side went wrong in general play but rued the amount of penalties and errors they conceded.

“It was a very big issue [discipline] and you add the free kicks on top of that and it is a very sad stat,” Macleod-Henderson said.

The loss was particularly worrying as it was in front of the King’s Park faithful.

“It’s very disappointing and it’s a loss at home so it really means next week we need to go to Free State and get a result,” he said.

The game was a difficult one to call with both sides playing at a frenetic pace. It seemed that the Griquas may have had a bit more hunger and were particularly frantic on defence. The Sharks may have been their own worst enemy with too many unforced errors.

“In the first half our breakdown wasn’t good enough, they disrupted us there, we couldn’t get quick ball and we couldn’t really get playing. We probably made a few too many handling errors,” added Macleod-Henderson.

The Sharks also failed to capitalise on a number of good try-scoring opportunities. One particular movement in the second half saw a large overlap go to waste after a few too many pick-and-goes.

But there are always positives to take out of a game.

“At times we scrummed well, at times our maul worked well and when we moved the ball to the edge we create quite a few opportunities and we just need to be a bit more clinical to make sure we finish those,” Macleod-Henderson said.

Those facets will have to be rectified this week before the Sharks travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs this weekend. It will no doubt be a learning curve for the youthful Sharks side.

“It’s going to be a huge character test. Going to Bloem is not an easy place to go to but we need to go there and get a win,” he said.

Having past the halfway mark of the tournament, the Sharks coach believes his team are getting close to becoming a well-oiled machine.

“I think it is nearly there. There were times where we looked really good. The guys are still working hard and still learning so there are a lot of good things and we probably just need to sharpen up on a few other areas. Once we get that right we will be a difficult side to contend with,” the coach said.

The Sharks face the Cheetahs at 3 pm next Saturday in Bloemfontein.

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