The Sharks top the log after the weekend’s action with a full-house of 15 points after three matches as they maintained their unbeaten status at Boland Stadium in Wellington on Friday afternoon.
The Durban side scored six tries to the three of the Boland Cavaliers, but having led 29-3 at half-time, they went off the boil a bit after the break to let in two tries from the home side, with the victory seemingly secured.
It needed the replacements’ bench to revitalise the Sharks game in the last quarter, and they dotted down twice to underline their dominance.
“We’re happy with the three wins out of three, but to be honest with you, I’m just disappointed with that performance. I don’t think we were clinical at all,” Daniel said in the post-match TV interview.
“We set ourselves quite high standards, and we made a lot of errors during the game. Coming towards the end of the competition, when we will probably play stronger opposition, you won’t get the win if you make mistakes like that.
“First half was a little stop-start and we couldn’t really get into the game. When you go into half-time with a good lead, you want to build on that. But unfortunately, we were pretty sloppy and not accurate in the second half, and you can’t win a competition like that.”
But a bright spark for the Sharks was new flyhalf Innocent Radebe, who was chosen as the Man of the Match for a classy performance as he looked to ignite the attack with his speed and passing skills.
“We’ve got a nice, young group of guys – I think the average age is about 23 or 24 years old, so that’s good, with one or two old heads like Keegan and Oddie (Odwa Ndungane) to lead the side. We’ve got a nice blend and are starting to play some exciting rugby, which is exciting,” Radebe said.
The Boland pack had a tough afternoon against a powerful Sharks unit, and they battled to secure front-foot ball for the backs. But there was some thrilling attacking play that led to tries for wings Sergio Torrens and Danwel Demas, as well as captain and centre Ryan Nell.
“First half we came slowly out of the blocks and the Sharks came at us physically. Credit to them, they played a good game of rugby. We just have to get used to this level of playing. You can’t make mistakes and you’ve got to get out of the blocks early. We will never give up and will come out fighting next week,” Nell said.
– African News Agency (ANA)