Sharks build momentum for Lions clash

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:47

REACTION: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez believes his team's 38-30 victory over the Cheetahs was a good momentum builder for their clash against the Lions in Johannesburg next weekend.

After an unconvincing 19-17 win over the Southern Kings in Round Four, the Sharks bounced back with an improved performance in Bloemfontein to stay in touch with the top teams in the Super Rugby standings.

As it stands, the Lions are only two points ahead of the Sharks in the Africa Conference Two standings.

"It is a good improvement," said Du Preez after his team's victory over the Cheetahs.

"I think the boys did really well. That is good momentum for us going into the Lions game next week."

Du Preez said their ability to put the Cheetahs under pressure for large periods of the game was key to their success.

"I think we continued to build pressure, so I think that was a big part of it," said Du Preez.

"Obviously in the first half we got quite a few opportunities, especially early on and we could not take those and we were unlucky not to get points.

He added: "I think the guys really stuck to the plan and at the end it could have gone either way, but we are happy with the win."

The Sharks coach also had some kind words for his Cheetahs counterpart.

"It's always tough [against the Cheetahs]. They are a talented side. 

"I have said it earlier in the week, Franco [Smith] is a very good coach, so you are always up against it when you come play here [Bloemfontein]," Du Preez added.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10