Du Preez laments missed opportunity

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 27 Feb 2017 at 12:22
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β€œWe are obviously very disappointed with the result,” says Sharks coach Rob du Preez of Friday’s agonising Super Rugby loss to the Reds in Brisbane “especially since we were in the match right till the end.”

“It was not our best performance and now that our first game is out of the way, our focus is on working hard and improving on our mistakes,” added du Preez. The coach clearly feels that the Sharks had it within their ability to win the game, but tripped themselves up at key moments. A lack of possession and discipline are two areas in particular that he looked at, saying “we had very little possession in the match (34%) and with us conceding 11 penalties, our discipline let us down. A lack of possession and ill-discipline made it difficult for us on the night.”

The referee’s interpretation of matters was certainly a little challenging at times and I’ll admit to being rather stymied on occasion by some of those penalties, where I simply could not work out what the Sharks were being blown for. That said, with the opposition conceding exactly the same number of penalties (and being shown two yellow card to boot) I’m not sure the Sharks can really feel they got the worse of the whistle in this game. I think du Preez’s point, though, is that a tendency to conceded penalties at the wrong times really hurt the Sharks, both in terms of thwarting attacking opportunities as well as helping to keep the Reds ahead in the territorial game.

The possession figure is more worrying, though and it’s one that the Sharks will need to have a good look at. “On a positive note when we did keep ball in hand we looked dangerous at times. Our defence was also good. There were individual errors that cost us,” added du Preez and while I think he’s right to point out some potentially promising moves, far too often the Sharks were the architects of their own demise through silly handling errors that contributed to the Reds’ surfeit of possession. One assertion that I might question, though, is whether the defence really was good on the night. With four tries conceded and far too many situations where the Reds made significant ground through appearing to bamboozle the primary defensive line, I think the Sharks would do well to not rest on their defensive laurels too much this week. There were a few big, momentum-shifting tackles, of course, but the Reds, to my mind, weren’t challenged in this way often enough. Kick-chase and contest was another area where the Sharks didn’t have much of an impact and with virtually every received kick-off resulting in essentially free possession for the Reds as a result, it’s not surprising that the visitors battled to ever get more than a score clear.

It was just the first game, though, as du Preez points out and the Sharks will now know which areas they need to work on. “Our focus is now on the Brumbies. We will work hard this week to fix our errors and we are looking forward to the match on Saturday.” Let’s hope the Sharks manage to do just that.


  • The Brumbies were better than I thought they were going to be…come on, men, let’s take that step up…

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.17 12:32:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) : i think we all echo the sentiment. here is an immediate opportunity to show improvement / corrections.

    The talent and potential is there but the side remains generally inexperienced compared to the favorites

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.17 12:44:16 by Kabouter Reply

  • – another one…

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.17 12:49:48 by Ryan Ferreira Reply

  • @Ryan Ferreira (Comment 3) : ja, that’s annoying. I’m waiting for the Sharks to comment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.17 12:53:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : maybe Ward can have a chat to his mate Hall… cant fault him for not going back to Kings but he is too good to just hang around in Europe and none of the current 9s in SA is really playing well – Meyer probably best based on last 6 months?

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.17 12:59:42 by Kabouter Reply

  • I agree that the kick-chase ended up as being pointless. Being as the Sharks lost I couldn’t get into SR the rest of the weekend, so I watched 6N and the kick-chase was a joy to behold, and the Azzuri flummoxed the English with the tackle area not being a ruck. They compensated because they were outgunned. I haven’t seen clear tactics from the Sharks for a long time, at least that get to the oppo. But overall, without possession, you can’t score tries. A win would lift them big time. Let’s hope.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.17 13:06:42 by SeanJeff Reply
  • The kick-offs and exit play would probably be the priority that needs to be sorted urgently. There is no point in scoring and then allowing the Reds to camp in your own 22.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.17 13:20:57 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Pity he can’t just leave now, good thing about this is at least Pat s not going with or that would have been the headline.
    Wish we could get that kid back that Jake poached off us,Cameron Wright.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.17 13:27:05 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : he’s looking….

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.17 13:40:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : who is looking now? πŸ˜•

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.17 13:44:01 by HB Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : I noticed it as well, as soon as we scored we gave them opportunities and space to reply with points mostly by giving them possession of the ball too often with aimless kicks, we will need to sort that out and hold onto the ball more.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.17 13:49:06 by Quintin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : nooooooo

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.17 13:51:19 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : wont be Pat, as he is still contracted until 2019

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.17 13:56:53 by HB Reply
  • @The hound (Comment 8) : now we agree on something,for me CR going will be the best thing for the Sharks

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.17 13:59:22 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : πŸ˜† Let’s push for that!

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.02.17 14:01:17 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • Guys I will report the Reinach story as soon as I have confirmation from the Sharks. I believe it’s important to get their side as well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.02.17 14:04:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 6) : Also lost my enthusiasm and the only other SR match I watched after that disappointment was the Bulls and Stormers. I actually took Friday off for that game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.17 15:43:01 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 17) : Me too, like a typical fan-boy. And then they lose, and Ettas cops a ban, and now Reinach is on his bike…good things I don’t believe in omens. But it’s still been a rough weekend

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.02.17 16:51:24 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : they the last you going to hear something from, the clowns are to busy dreamung up another nonsense story

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.02.17 19:03:35 by benji Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 18) : and apparently Adriaanse is also going and it’s an all Ozzie ref panel and the cat’s pregnant and the ………… Enjoy your week boet πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.17 16:19:05 by JD Reply
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