Botes hurting after Griquas
Sharks number eight Jacques Botes took little joy from his two tries against Griquas last Friday after crashing to a loss.
Two scores from Botes in the first half looked to put the Sharks on their way to a win at home on the opening weekend of the Currie Cup, only for Griquas to come from behind and snatch victory following a late converted try.
Botes was filling in for regular captain Keegan Daniel at the back of the pack and was happy with his performance in the shirt, but understandably frustrated by the loss and eager to make amends against the Lions this weekend.
"I was really happy with the way it went at number eight for me and I played there at the beginning of my career, although it's been a while since," said Botes to the <i>Sharks</i> website.
"Ultimately, though, it was like scoring a century in a Test match and then you don't get the win. So you're happy with your performance but you'd much rather have had the result.
"It was a very disappointing result and I think it was the first time since I've been at the Sharks that Griquas have beaten us at home.
"The message has been clear, it wasn't the way we wanted to start a new era, but we know what's expected of us and we want to get the win this weekend to get things back on track for the team and the new coaching staff.
"There are some things that we need to work on, but the one thing we can't work on is the will to win, that's got to come from within each of us."
"This is a vital match for both teams, but we're playing at home and you don't want to slip up in back-to-back games at home. They'll come out firing as they always do, they like to play an attractive brand of rugby and it will demand a lot from us from a defensive point of view.
"After our loss, we were quite happy to see a draw and no other team getting the full five log points. It's going to be a tight competition, there is a new bunch of players coming through and I'm sure there will be some exciting rugby.
"As the tournament progresses, I'm sure we'll all start settling down and getting used to some new systems. It's a new-look forward pack from Super Rugby, but it's still quite an experienced group.
"We just need to gel as a unit. We battled at times at the scrums, but there were also some good ones. We didn't adapt as well as we'd like to with the new laws and Griquas caught us off guard at times, but we've learnt a lot from it."