Sharks wear 'favourites' tag well

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:10
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Jake White gave his Sharks just an 'average' mark and admitted there will be enormous pressure on them, given the star-studded nature of the side.

Jake White gave his Sharks just an 'average' mark for their win over the Bulls and admitted there will be enormous pressure on them, given the star-studded nature of the side.

The World Cup-winning former Springbok coach said they are always going to have that pressure of expectation, because they have a very talented squad.

"We are not going to make excuses for the fact that we have great players and we have a great squad," White told this website in an interview ahead of their Round Two encounter with the Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday.

"The challenge now is with all the things we have been given, we must make sure we use those opportunities.

"To get a good start will give us a lot of confidence as well, because you get the players to understand that with the pressure and with that tag of being favourites you have to produce.

"That is another tick in the box for us, to understand that we got out there and played well."

Asked what areas of their game concerned him most, White said discipline is top of that list.

"We gave ourselves and average mark for that game," he said of the 31-16 win over the Bulls.

"All the things we wanted to get right we probably got a three-and-a-half out of five score, which is 75 percent.

"There wasn't one area we thought we were really good at."

He said the one area they have to be sharper on is their discipline.

"We conceded too many [14] penalties and gave them too much field position," White told this website.

"That would be one area, to make sure we cut down our penalty count.

"Overall, as a coach, you have to be happy if you can stop the Bulls from scoring more than one try and score four of your own.

"Also, the things we wanted to do and planned to do in the pre-season, we got those right 75 percent of the time - that is not a bad start when you know you can improve as the season gets longer."

By Jan de Koning

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New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
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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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