Redemption time at the Shark Tank

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:11
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After receiving a rugby lesson on Saturday from the Brumbies, Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford says the team is hoping to restore calm to Kings Park.

After receiving a rugby lesson on Saturday from the Brumbies, Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford says the team is hoping to restore calm to Kings Park when they play the Rebels this weekend.

The Sharks have had a successful, albeit slow, start to the season and Bashford explained that they are searching for that one special performance that will kick-start their season.

"What we’re after is a performance that we can be proud of," he said.

The team from Durban were dismantled by a hugely impressive Brumbies side in the first 25 minutes of the game, and by then the damage was done.

"It’s not nice to lose like that, not just the loss itself but the fact that the game was over in pretty much the first 25 minutes.
"There is huge disappointment with the intensity of everything we did in that 25 minute period, we just weren’t good enough," the assistant said.

Bashford was the first person to admit that the Sharks were out-done by a technically superior and more motivated Brumbies side.

"We were simply out-played and out-thought in almost every aspect of the game and that’s the hard bit."

The Sharks managed to rein the Brumbies in during the second-half but it was not enough and the Brumbies were too far ahead for them to rescue anything from the game.

"It was a bad 40 minute performance from us although we won the second half seven points to three, so what transpired in the second half was different to the first half, and that is what we’ve addressed.

"We know if we play well, get our attitude right and come out and play with the commitment we need to win every game, we can do that," Bashford added.

Bashford acknowledges that it was a hugely disappointing day for the Sharks but knows that it is how the side reacts to this defeat that shows their character.

"It’s how we come back from it that matters.
"We can’t change what’s happened but we can change what’s coming," Bashford mentioned.

The Rebels travel to Durban this weekend for their clash and they have not had a great start to their season but the Sharks are not letting this fool them.

They will not take the Rebels lightly and Bashford knows what the side has to do to deal with the Melbourne based outfit.

"We know what the Rebels are going to bring, we’ve had a look at them and it’s about making sure we sort out the areas that we need to and making sure we prepare really well for them."

The beauty of Super Rugby is that if a team does lose a game there is enough time to make up for it and Bashford and the Sharks are aware of the learning curve that last weekend would have provided them.

"You learn a lot from a loss, more than from a win and for us, it’s about regrouping and getting over this weekend pretty quickly because there is an opportunity to fix it this Saturday."

The confidence is still there for the Sharks and the team and coaching staff believe that they will be able to make it right.

"We’re pretty confident that if we get it right with this group of players, we can beat anyone if we play well."

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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4