‘Sharks’ attack can hurt’

2011-03-02 00:00

ASSISTANT coach Grant Bashford, reflecting on the 26-12 weekend win over the confident Blues, says the Sharks have the ability to hurt teams on attack as well as defence.

The Sharks arrived in Perth on Monday after a nine-hour flight from Johannesburg and they meet the Force on Saturday.

Bashford, who is the Sharks’ backline coach, said Durban conditions, the rain of the Cheetahs game and the heat and humidity when they played the Blues on Saturday did not help the Sharks’ fast-paced attacking game.

“You have to play the conditions and it was disappointing that we were not more accurate against the Blues and finished off better.”

But Bashford is confident the Sharks will be more dangerous in better conditions and once former Free Stater Meyer Bosman has grown into the midfield role in a new team.

“Every week the relationship between Meyer and the other backs [Pat Lambie and Stefan Terblanche] will improve. Meyer has all the attributes and I’m impressed with his attitude.

“He certainly has all the attributes; he has a great distribution game, his kicking is good, he has deft touches and he has muscled up defensively, so we’re very excited with the way he’s going. The more time he spends with the players, the more we’ll see the benefits.”

Bashford was also taken with Lambie’s form against the Blues on Saturday.

Lambie scored 21 points, but it was his composure which impressed the Sharks coaches.

Head coach John Plumtree said the Sharks had not targeted a certain number of log points from the four-match tour, against the Force and the Rebels (both in Australia) and the Chiefs and Crusaders — in Nelson and not Christchurch — in New Zealand, over the next four weekends.

“We do put pressure on ourselves to win, but there are so many different factors being on tour. We left in reasonably good shape aside from one or two injuries [ Eugene van Staden, Ross Skeate and Jean Deysel] which is disappointing, but we’ve launched the season well and that was the plan.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 1.05 pm.

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