- Sharks coach Sean Everitt kept his head down and emphasised that there were still areas of improvement despite a comprehensive six-try win over the Pumas.
- The Sharks beat the Pumas 42-19 in Mbombela, bouncing back from last week’s 41-14 defeat to the Bulls.
- Everitt played a youthful looking team, which saw debutant hooker Dan Jooste putting on a show.
Sharks coach Sean Everitt certainly wasn’t doing cartwheels after his team’s impressive 42-19 win over the Pumas on Saturday.
He preferred to keep the players grounded and kept his head down, emphasising that there were still areas of improvement despite the comprehensive six-try win in Mbombela.
"There’s work for us to do," said Everitt after the match.
"We wanted to work on our set-piece this week and we thought that came through really well.
"We got rewarded for some good scrumming and got two additional tries from it, so that’s always pleasing. I don’t think we lost a lineout.
"Our breakdown work, though, still needs a lot of attention and we’ll work on that this week. Against the Bulls, that area let us down and tonight (Saturday) Francois Kleinhans and Jeandre Rudolph were really good on the ball.
"We need to tidy that up otherwise we are going to make life difficult for ourselves."
The Sharks were sumptuous at times and brutal when they needed to be in Nelspruit, scoring as early as the second minute of the match through fullback Manie Libbok and had four touchdowns by the break.
It was a stark contrast to the week before, where they were on the receiving end of similar clinical treatment from the Bulls at Loftus in a 41-14 defeat.
Wingers Madosh Tambwe and S'bu Nkosi also got their names on the scoresheet.
"We are very happy with the result," Everitt said.
"I thought the guys showed a lot of energy out there, for the full 80 minutes. There’s obviously the penalties that we have to look at. We’ll work on that, because that put us under pressure early in the second half.
"Last year we came here and got beaten. It’s not often that we come here and get good wins, so we’ll take it and enjoy our bus trip back."
A youthful looking and much-changed line up ran out at Mbombela Stadium following injuries to Springboks Thomas du Toit and Sikhumbuzo Notshe, whose spots were taken by John-Hubert Meyer and Phepsi Buthelezi, respectively.
Junior Springbok, JJ van der Mescht also started ahead of Ruben van Heerden in a rotational swap.
Everitt made a change at hooker as well, moving Dylan Richardson, who struggled with his lineout throws against the Bulls, to openside flank to allow Dan Jooste to have his full Sharks debut.
The 22-year-old former Western Province No 2 didn’t disappoint and scored from the back of a well-marshalled drive in the first half. He also kept his lineout work clean throughout.
His replacement, Kerron van Vuuren, came on and did the same, scoring twice to put a glossy finish to the scoreline in the second half.
"The plan is to give our bench as much game time as possible," Everitt said.
"There hasn’t been much rugby played this year, so it’s part of our plan to develop the guys, give them game time so they match ready."