The general consensus from within the Sharks squad seems to be that Friday night’s romp against the Valke went about as well as could be expected, but that the quality of the opposition left a lot to be desired.
“The score says a lot – they really weren’t great,” according to winger Mark Richards. “It’s hard to judge your own game when you don’t have much opposition.” His sense of frustration is clear, one echoed by team mate Anton Bresler. “Whatever was in front of us was pretty easy,” he retorts when I pointed out that you can only play what’s in front of you. The consensus all round was that it was a soft game and while offering a reasonable opportunity to run through same moves in a match situation, as a real hit-out probably didn’t really teach the coaches (or the players) all that much.
Flyhalf Steve Meyer manages to find the positives, though, in saying that “it was a good confidence booster for the boys. Obviously the score shows that the game went well. Sure, the opposition weren’t of the highest calibre but you dont score 12 tries without doing something right. What was pleasing from my perspective was that our first phase attacks were clinical and direct resulting in line breaks and ultimately, tries.
“Our interlinking between forwards and backs, particularly on quick ball from the break down, was efficient but that doesn’t come as a huge surprise when you have loosies such as Keegan, Jacques and Mike. The usual suspects all had great games with the youngsters all putting their hands up. If I could nitpick and look for areas that need work, I would point out clearing our lines effectively, reception from kick-offs and precision when carrying the ball into contact.
“Time and stronger opposition will be a truer reflection of where we are at as a squad, but as a first outing together we are well pleased and look forward to building on that performance.”
So, plenty of hard work ahead for the team, but the good news is that they came through the trip to Nigel with flying colours. Andries Strauss and Louis Ludik are the only injury concerns at this stage and their fitness will be monitored heading into the game against Griquas in just under a fortnight.Tweet