Last nights Neo Africa Tri Series match at Newlands was attended by 4222 people, made up of mostly Newlands staff, Sharks fans but there were about 7 very vocal Force fans.
This report is going to come across a bit negative but I promise you it wasn’t pretty last night.
Jean Deysel gets isolated and pinged for holding.
Force looked intent to run the ball a bit and had it not been for a pass going behind Sam Wykes would have been up 5-0 in the 4th minute.Two minutes later they did get their try when Sam Wykes went over in the corner and Pretorius kick flew wide to the right.
Craig Burden first lineout attempt for the night was probably intended for the back of the lineout but ended up in the centre of of the field somewhere, this was to continue for the rest of the game, Burden was industrious and carrys the ball well but he probably hit his jumpers cleanly in about 2 of 10 attempts.
If last nights game was anything to go by then the Sharks backline woes of last year are going to continue,there was absolutely no direction except sideways when the ball went down the line.Either the boys were told not to have a go or they just didn’t feel like it.Towards the end of the first half after the Sharks had snuffled an attack by James O ‘Connor a promising counter attack started byVulindulu was snuffled when Monty Dumond kicked the ball away aimlessly with about 3 players on his left.
The scrums were nothing to write home about either, but both teams were guilty of this, the first scrum had to be reset 5 times before the Sharks won a short arm penalty.Every other scrum that followed went straight down with only 2 scrums being “clean”.
The Sharks also didn’t dominate the breakdowns, but it was clear that with a few more games this area will correct itself, it looked alot more like rustiness than cluelessnes and Plumtree that the boys were a bit underdone but was not overly concerned, he was more worried about the lineout woes.
At the presser Plum didn’t seem overly concerned at the result but was glad to have come up against the quality of the opposition because it gave a better idea on what needs to be done.
Also the coach admitted there was plenty injuries in the team but would not say who was carrying niggles.
He pointed out that the Force had shown that counterrucking is still big in the game and that the boys need to work on dominating the collisions and big hits.
The score was no big deal because The Force conceded lots of penalties and in a game they would have taken the shots at goal instead of going for the lineout every time.Tweet