Sharks have work to do

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:21
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Although relieved to win in Kimberley, Sharks coach Brad McLeod-Henderson knows that his team have much room for improvement.

Although relieved to finally win in Kimberley, Sharks coach Brad McLeod-Henderson knows that his team have much room for improvement.

The victory left the Sharks in second place on the standings, just one point adrift of log-leaders Western Province.

It was the first time in three years that the Durban outfit has managed a Currie Cup victory in the City of Diamonds, and although it was not a spectacular performance, McLeod-Henderson was delighted to walk away with the win.

"It was never going to be easy to beat Griquas at home, as our previous encounters in Kimberley have reminded us," he said after the game.

"And this afternoon we again struggled. We held on for a victory and will take that momentum with us back to Durban. In the end, that is all that matters."

The game was plagued by ill-discipline and both Griquas and the Sharks got ample chance to score penalties.

The hosts enjoyed a half time lead of 17-11, courtesy of flyhalf Francois Brummer, who received more opportunities at goal than his Sharks counterpart Butch James.

However, the visitors capitalised from a comedy of errors by Griquas and scored the winning try after a yellow card left the hosts a man short.

"There were a lot of errors on the day and there are many aspects that we will work on this week before we host the Free State Cheetahs in Durban next Saturday," McLeod-Henderson said.

"We have the momentum and will take that and build on it. The Cheetahs are going to be another tough challenge after they beat the Golden Lions and will travel with their tails up to Durban for this weekend's match up," he added.

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