Mentz: We were outplayed

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:43
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REACTION: Pumas head coach MJ Mentz admitted that his team was outplayed in their opening Currie Cup Premier Division clash against the Sharks in Nelspruit on Friday.

The Sharks won the match 33-10, scoring five tries, while the Pumas only managed to cross the whitewash once throughout the 80 minutes.

"They are basically a full Super Rugby side so we knew it was going to be a challenge," said Mentz. 

"We were outplayed and outmuscled at set pieces and struggled to secure possession, which obviously didn't allow us to execute our game plans. 

"We had some good phases of play, but the Sharks kept us in our half with some very strong defence." 

Mentz said that his side are definitely not down and out ahead of next week's away game against the Golden Lions.

"We started the Currie Cup qualifiers with a loss and bounced back, so with some hard work and fixing of a few areas we can do the same in this competition," Mentz added.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
Tue, 04 October 2016
Edinburgh v Ulster 19h35 BT Murrayfield
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 7 7 0 0 34
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Sharks 7 5 0 2 25
Western Province 7 4 0 3 23
Golden Lions 7 4 0 3 22
Griquas 7 4 0 3 20
Boland 7 2 0 5 9
Pumas 7 0 0 7 5
EP Kings 7 0 0 7 1