Sharks happy with best showing
Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson revelled in their 'best performance of the season' after thrashing the Free State Cheetahs to climb top of the Currie Cup table.
They ran in seven tries to two, including a double from Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo, on their way to a comprehensive 50-26 bonus-point win on Saturday in a happy result for punters in Durban.
“I think the players were fantastic today,” Macleod-Henderson said.
“In no way did I expect to score 50 points against a quality outfit like Free State.
“We played for the full 80 minutes on both attack and defence and the guys were just awesome.”
It was the biggest win of the new Sharks era under director of rugby Brendan Venter, along with coaches Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt.
The Sharks had struggled to assert their dominance in some of their previous games due to poor starts and the conceding of early points, although that was far different on Saturday.
“We've had a look at the scenario and it was almost a case of making one or two silly errors early on in games, allowing opposition in for relatively easy scores," added Macleod-Henderson.
“We knew if we sorted that out we'll be alright and today, right from the word go we were up for the game.
“The guys took the game to Free State, we played in the right areas on the field, we took our opportunities and that told on the scoreboard.”
Apart from Mvovo, SP Marais, Heimar Williams, Tim Whitehead, Keegan Daniel and Cobus Reinach all crossed as the Sharks moved to 24 points alongside Western Province, albeit top on points difference, and are now favourites for title with bookmakers like Paddy Power.
“The competition is so tight that on any day any team can beat anyone, we're seeing that every week," explained Macleod-Henderson.
“Next week we've got another tough game and we'll have to be up for the challenge when we go up to Johannesburg.”