Sharks coach John Plumtree is not getting carried away by the fact that his side is topping the Super 14 log.
After their latest victory over the Brumbies, the Sharks have 26 points. That is 3 more than the Waratahs, while the Chiefs and Bulls are both on 22.
“There is still plenty of rugby to be played. You can’t take if for granted that you will win on your home ground. We’re in a good position and expect the players to lift their energy next week. The players would have been able to prepare for an entire week by then,” said Plumtree.
Liam del Carme writes in Beeld that Plumtree was upset that his team had to defend so much on tour, but he felt there was an improvement against the Brumbies.
“We just about got the balance right. Sometimes we are still taking the wrong options,” said Plumtree.
“We’re working at that in training. We’d like to create more opportunities when we have possession. We are one of the most dangerous teams when it comes to turnover possession.”
The Sharks don’t score many tries by creating attacking opportunities.
Brumbies coach Andy Friend described the approach after his side’s defeat.
“They (the Sharks) just make tackle after tackle and wait for an opportunity to take the ball off you. Then they give it to one of their speedsters and he scores.”
Brumbies captain George Smith also said the approach was tough to handle.
“If you can’t stop their counter-attacks immediately, you are in trouble,” he said.
The Sharks may have to take on the Hurricanes on Saturday without Springbok wing JP Pietersen
Pietersen injured his achilles heel against the Brumbies and went for a scan on Sunday.
“Hopefully it’s not serious,” said Plumtree.Tweet