Du Preez takes the blame for defeat

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:59
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SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Sharks head coach Robert Du Preez took full responsibility for his side's performance during their 14-46 defeat to Rebels. 

Thus far, the Sharks have only one win from their five games played and that was against the Sunwolves.

They have also lost both of their matches on tour so far after going down 17-24 to the Brumbies in Round Five before being hammered 14-46 by the Rebels in Round Six last weekend.

In Melbourne, the Sharks were outplayed from the start and only managed to score two tries in contrast to Rebels' six.

The defeat saw the Du Preez's men stumbled to 10th on the overall log.

The Sharks coach admitted the defeat was hugely disappointing but offered no excuses for the Durban-based side's below-par outing - instead the coach took full accountability. 

"Hugely disappointing," Du Preez said, adding: "It is something that we should fix as coaches - that is where it should start first and foremost with us as coaches and me personally.  

"To lose in such a way is never nice. Its been tough over the last couple of days for the boys,"

The Sharks' tour does not get any easier as they head to New Zealand next for a match against the Blues, which is followed by a tough encounter against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

And Du Preez said that he has identified the areas where they need to improve if they are to change their misfortunes.

"The positive is that there was definitely effort but our accuracy and execution were sorely missing. It's obviously something that we need to fix going into the game against the Blues.

"Having said that we had some tough discussions around what went wrong and put that game behind us.

"The camp is in good spirit and we know we have a massive task ahead of us. We are positive that we could pull this off and will go all the way to prove that,"  


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14