We all know The Sharks lost focus and structure against the Griquas. How are we going to remedy our second half woes against a young and maybe Vulnerable Bulls team?
We need to start off with a clear structure. Against the Griquas it seemed like it was play what you see; which clearly could have worked, if our forwards were stronger at the breakdowns during the second half against the Griquas. Against a well balanced Bulls line up, it will be foolish to play that way. We need a to use the very simple structure and game plan which has worked well against the Bulls in the past. Kick when in your 22 and deep as possible and come up in a formed line with one winger chasing up on the receiver. The Bulls back three(current) are not so good when put under pressure. Contesting at the breakdown is key. We need the whole pack to try and disrupt fast ball; in a legal manner that is; EG. counter rucks and forcing players off balance can really slow down quick ball and allow our ragged defence to communicate and get in position. On the defence topic; we need to spread alot faster and make sure of the first time tackles. It was a real problem in the second half of the Griquas game.
On the Attack side we should really try to keep ball in hand as much as possible when in their half. Building the phases is something the Sharks need to move towards, because the pressure it creates on Defences is perfect for our mobile looseforwards and Blitz and powerful wingers. When kicking from our half we need to try and target it towards the touchlines. Straight down the middle seems to be a problem when players from other side retreat slowly and create gaps in the middle of the defence.
Mainly we need to contest the breakdown more aggresively, rather kick the ball out than straight down the middle up and unders, Organize defence faster, Keep ball in hand in their half and build the phases with speed not haste. And most importantly take all points on offer in the early stages, eg. go for the 50 metre kicks…if we don’t get it over they kick it back anyway. We have a good enough side to Win this weekend, we must just stick to the structures and Gameplan. With some big players joining the squad from injury we should be alot better going forward; too many quality players not to. Take them Sharkies!!!!
As always…Sharks Forever!!!Tweet