Sharks XV captain Keegan Daniel says their new attacking style of play is taking shape after they shot to the top of the Currie Cup Premier Division standings with a win over Griquas on Friday night.
The Sharks scored six tries en route to a 46-24 victory at Kings Park. It was the Durban side’s second successive bonus-point win of the first two rounds of the Currie Cup.
“We want to play a more attacking style of rugby and use our opportunities when we get them. We have that calibre player, especially the young guys in our group,” Daniel said after the match.
“It’s just a change in mindset, and we changed a few things and everything is going to plan at the moment.”
Sharks loose forward Philip van Walt says the players are enjoying the freedom on the pitch. However, they are not shirking their defensive duties.
“It’s more exciting to play and to watch. It’s nice to run the ball,” Van der Walt said. “But we are also trying to get the mixture right of defending, playing in the right places and running with the ball, and I think we are starting to get there.”
But it was the Sharks’ set-piece and their forwards who laid the platform for the win. Their scrum was dominant throughout the match, which gave their backs a good platform to attack from.
“The one thing we wanted to do was to get a really good start. We knew if they got their tails up we were going to have a really long night,” Daniel said.
“We knew it’s going to be tough, I really felt the Griquas made us work today. We are happy with the result, but still, a lot that we can work on,” Van der Walt added.
Griquas played their first match in the second round of fixtures after the drama surrounding the Eastern Province Kings. However, their captain RJ Liebenberg didn’t want to use their lack of game time as an excuse for the defeat against the Sharks.
“It definitely had an influence in our preparation, but it’s still not an excuse for the defeat. Credit to the Sharks, they played really well. They outplayed us in the set pieces, and it’s going to be hard work for us next week,” he said.
“This is not the qualification rounds, we knew it was going to be tough and we need to step up. The first 10 minutes was a bit of shock for us, but I believe next week we will do better. We are going to take a lot of out of this game.” – African News Agency (ANA)