Desire won it for Sharks

Sat, 18 May 2013 08:33
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South Africa's Sharks overcame a slow start to beat the Western Force 23-13 in their Super Rugby clash in Perth on Friday to end a five-match losing streak.

South Africa's Sharks overcame a slow start to beat the Western Force 23-13 in their Super Rugby clash in Perth on Friday to end a five-match losing streak.

The home side powered out to a 10-7 half-time lead, before being run down in the second half - the Sharks scoring their second of two tries to help seal the 10-point margin.

Sharks captain Daniel said it was a much-needed win based more on determination than great form.

"We were under a lot of pressure this week," he said of the criticism his team faced in the wake of one of their worst-ever losing streaks.

"That was guts and effort."

Daniel said the Sharks were confident they could outlast the Force.

"We knew we have been strong in the second half of games and that's what happened," he said.

"We are very happy with that win."

Force captain Matt Hodgson said his side lacked patience, especially straight after the resumption.

"We got frustrated with ourselves," he said.

"We didn't stick to our game plan in the first 20 minutes of the second half and they made us pay."

Force coach Michael Foley said while the first half included some of his side's best rugby of the season, his side's inability to continue that momentum through the second term was costly.

"We'll learn from that," he said.

"For all of us there's an overwhelming sense of disappointment because of how well we played in the first half and how well we controlled the game.

"To let that slip, you feel very disappointed.

"With experience definitely comes those lessons but it's one of those games that you sit there and think about and wish you could play again."

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Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9