Sharks just need small fixes — S’bura

2014-09-04 00:00

THE Sharks backline has been their most consistent facet in this year’s Currie Cup and centre S’bura Sithole hopes that they can get the small things right to take their game to the next level.

Sithole, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks this year, has been one of the outstanding players for his side this season. Identified by Sharks ­director of rugby Jake White as an upcoming talent, Sithole has relished his move from wing to outside centre.

He has combined well with Paul Jordaan, with the pair carrying their partnership from Super Rugby into the Currie Cup.

However last week’s loss to the Pumas has led the side to be critical of areas of their game that were found lacking.

“Our focus this week is just to concentrate on the team and maybe try fix some of the things we did badly this weekend, like our defence and maybe a little bit of our set-piece,” Sithole said.

But the 24-year-old is upbeat about correcting the things that went wrong.

“That’s the nice thing about having a young group. It’s just small things, not major things where we have to restructure everything,” he said.

That being said, Sithole believes the only thing stopping the Sharks from finishing try-scoring opportunities is little mistakes. Once they get that right, he believes the tries will come.

“It’s not like there has been anything wrong with our attack, it’s just this past weekend the guys didn’t really execute the way that we would have liked to,” he said.

The Sharks host the Griquas this Saturday in Durban having played them in the opening round. In that match they may not have got the result they were aiming for, even though they won.

“Firstly, they got a red card and we didn’t really use that to our advantage until later in the game and we’re looking to play the full 80 minutes where as in that game we didn’t really play the full game — they came back in the last few minutes so I think those are the lessons we’ll take out of it,” Sithole said.

On a personal note, Sithole is happy with his game but wants to work harder on his defence — an area he is actually strong at — and improve his work rate around the field on attack. That experience will come as he becomes more accustomed to the 13 channel.

“I am able now to increase my skill set playing at 13 instead of wing. I am more involved in the game, I’m making more decisions and getting my hands on the ball more often so it’s good … I am enjoying my rugby.”

If Sithole does continue in form, he may find himself in the Springboks again soon, as he did in the June internationals.

The Sharks are set to announce their team to face the Griquas later today.

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