Marais: Why I have lost form

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:58
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INTERVIEW: Sharks fullback SP Marais admits he is suffering a dip in form, attributing it to a loss of confidence when he lost his place in the team.

Sharks fullback SP Marais admits he is suffering a dip in form, attributing it to a loss of confidence that came as a consequence of losing his place in the team during the Super Rugby season.

The 25-year-old was omitted by Director of Rugby Jake White during March, as Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo was favoured at No.15 instead.

"I think I'm going through a bit of a dip or have been going through a bit of a dip," Marais said.

"I won't say I'm satisfied with the way I'm playing.

"I know what I'm doing wrong. They are things that I can sort out myself and I'm focusing on improving that so that I can get back to top form."

Marais did regain his place during the Sharks' successful tour to Australia and New Zealand, eventually playing in all 18 off their games, six of those off the bench.

But he admits he is still suffering.

"That [losing my place] is a bit of a factor because every rugby player thrives on their confidence," he said.

"And I think my confidence took a big knock after that. So it's just rebuilding my confidence now and having the ability to play with the guys next to me."

Asked what he was doing wrong, the former Eastern Province back added: "I feel I was quite balanced in Super Rugby, knowing when to kick, knowing when to counter and it's just that I've moved away from being balanced.

"Sometimes I do things well and then sometimes I make silly mistakes. It's just about going back to basics and doing what I do well. That's what I'm concentrating on."

The Sharks face the Pumas in their first home game of this season's Currie Cup in Durban on Friday.

They made a good start to the campaign by edging out Griquas 31-24 in Kimberley on Saturday, a victory that was welcomed by Marais.

"The most important thing was that we started with a win. Whether we won by two points or five points it didn't matter," he said.

"We're a very young group and everybody is very enthusiastic and excited.

"We've only been together for one week really, so winning was the only objective for the opening weekend. A win is a win, even if it's dirty."

The defending champions will come up against a Pumas side buoyed by their 28-21 upset win over the Cheetahs at the weekend.

Marais insisted they would not be taking the Mpumalanga outfit lightly ahead of their Kings Park showdown.

"In the Currie Cup, I wouldn't say there's any team less strong than the other," he said. "I think it's equal grounding because there are no Springboks, so that's not a factor.

"I think it's the team that arrives on the day and wants it more that's going to get the win."

Source: SAPA

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
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
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 3 3 0 0 15
Free State Cheetahs 3 3 0 0 14
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 10
Golden Lions 2 1 0 1 7
Boland 3 1 0 2 6
Griquas 2 1 0 1 4
Western Province 2 0 0 2 2
EP Kings 2 0 0 2 1
Pumas 2 0 0 2 1