Sharks won't be suckered again

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:30
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The Sharks will stick to the game plan that brought them a bonus-point win against the Bulls, rather than get suckered into a helter-skelter affair again.

The Sharks will stick to the game plan that brought them a bonus-point win against the Bulls, rather than get suckered into a helter-skelter affair again.

Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo, speaking ahead of the Sharks' Round Four Super Rugby encounter with the Lions in Durban on Saturday, said they made a mistake by engaging the Hurricanes in a running game two weeks go.

Coming off a bye, ;last week, the Sharks have had plenty of time to assess the good, the bad and the ugly of the games that saw them beat the Bulls comprehensively 31-16 in Week One (collecting a four-try bonus point along the way) and the scrappy 27-9 win over the Hurricanes a week later, when they scored just two tries and relied on late penalties to seal the deal.

He admitted it was satisfying beating the Bulls with a bonus point, as it  had not been done before at this time of year.

"We put a lot of homework into that game," said the 27-year-old Mvovo, who played the last of his seven Tests for the Boks Australia in Perth in September 2012.

"The hurricanes were playing their first game and we knew it would be hard for them to play in the humidity.

"However, we made the mistake of playing their [running] game in the first half, and it did not go that well.

"At half time we decided to take a step back and play our own game."

He said they won't be lured into a similar trap against a Lions team always willing to play expansively.

"We have been winning, so no reason to change our game," he said of the more conservative approach of playing for territory and then turn up the heat deep in the opposition half.

"Why change a winning formula?

"We just have to concentrate on doing it with less mistakes and carry on doing what we are doing well."

He said the Lions will still pose a major threat, despite their 17-25 loss to the Bulls last week.

"They have showed they are dangerous on the day whoever they play," Mvovo said of the Lions.

"They won their first two games [beating the Cheetahs 21-20 and demolishing the Stormers 34-10] and that showed they can beat anyone.

"They will be very keen to come to Durban and beat the Sharks.

"That would be a big boost for their season.

"So we are not underestimating them. We know what they are capable of and will do our planning [accordingly]."

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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
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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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