In spite of them getting their Rainbow Cup campaign off to a winning start, the Sharks’ set-piece play is still a bit shaky and needs attention ahead of the Lions fixture this weekend, coach Sean Everitt agrees.
The Sharks kicked off the competition with a 33-30 victory over the Stormers, who were two men down at some stage of the match played at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
The bonus-point win for the Durban-based franchised saw them shooting to the top of the Rainbow Cup standings with five points after round-one. The Bulls are second with four points while the Stormers are third with a single point and the Lions still need to get off the mark.
The Stormers, who were 17-0 up after 12 minutes to the game, would definitely feel that if it weren’t for their discipline issues, they would have stood a real good chance to beat the Sharks.
And the Sharks coach Sean Everitt didn’t hide that his side’s performance was not up to the standard during his analysis after the match. “We are obviously not happy with our performance, but we will take the result,” said Everitt. “I think it is a sign of a good team when you don’t play well and still get a result.
“I did talk about our team that is conditioned, I think the guys did really well at the end to prevent the Stormers from scoring from the driving mauls.
“We’ve got a lot to work on, we will take the result which we are happy with but as I’ve said before, we are a performance-driven team, and that performance today (Saturday) was not what we would have hoped to have delivered.”
Sharks v Lions — 4 pm
Stormers v Bulls — 6.15 pm
The Sharks host the Lions at Kings Park Stadium in Durban where kick-off is scheduled for 4 pm. The Lions started the tournament with a 22-9 defeat to the Bulls in Pretoria and they will be charged to bounce back against the Sharks in Durban.
If the Sharks want to keep their winning run going, they can’t be outplayed in lineouts again. “I think we battled in our set-piece against the Stormers, particularly in our lineouts earlier on in the game where we gave away quite a few penalties which made the scoreboard really hard to catch up on,” said Everitt.
“I think the guys found a way. They moved the ball really nice and were able to move across the chalk in the second half.
“That is really pleasing for me that we are a team that doesn’t give up. The work-ons for us are obviously the lineouts.
“We knew that we were coming to this game against quite a few Springboks in the Stormers forward pack. It was always going to be an uphill battle for us, but we need to be better than that,” he said.