Well done boys… a close thing at the end, but the Sharks pulled through.
Just a few quick thoughts about the match, pending a full review later.
Scrums were pretty solid throughout. One thing the Sharks do not lack is good props with ball skills. Beast and BJ put in some huge hits. Bis was superb, but needs to watch his discipline. Muller and Ackies also had big games. Johann in particular took a fair few lineout steals, but we there was often chaos at the back every time he did. The loose forwards as a combination were overshadowed by their Force counterparts, which is why we struggled for clean ball. Something to work on. A promising debut for Deysel, at least. Kanko and Botes both gave away silly penalties. AJ was pretty anonymous in open play.
Too much aimless kicking amongst the backs. We had them rattled in the first half hour, but once they settled down, I think they really started to enjoy all the possession we kept hoofing down their throats. Outside backs need to work on their one-on-one defence. Murray, Pietersen and Mentz were all beaten easily on a number of occasions.
Terblanche and Mentz need catching practice…
Anyway, let’s not be too critical. 4 points in the bag and some good individual performances, not least of them from Beast, Bis, Frans and Brad Barritt. Bring on the Stormers!Tweet