Despite losing to the Stormers, the Cell C Sharks still find ourselves in a strong position on the overall Vodacom Super Rugby log table and continue to lead the South African Conference with 11 points.
Cell C Sharks head coach Robert du Preez expressed his disappointment and frustration at his team’s
16-11 loss, outlining where things didn’t quite go our way. It was always going to be a hugely physical clash and both teams would be looking to apply as much pressure to the opposition in anticipation of a close game.
“It’s disappointing,” said du Preez after the match.
“We showed glimpses of what we can achieve when we had the ball, we just couldn’t retain that possession and build the phases. We have a couple of things to work on.”
On a day when the DHL Stormers were able to capitalise on numerous penalties, the coach felt this was an area that definitely placed the Cell C Sharks under pressure.
“I think our discipline was not good enough, we couldn’t get any momentum going in the first half, we couldn’t exit properly, and that means you’re always going to be under the pump.”
He also paid a note of praise to the opposition for coming out on top of a keenly-contested derby game.
“The Stormers are a quality side, they have quality individuals. We never expected an easy game, we certainly didn’t get one.”
The Cell C Sharks travel to Pretoria this weekend to take on the Vodacom Bulls who bounced back from a loss to the Jaguares in week two to beat the Lions 30-12 in a second emphatic performance against South African opposition, after beating the Stormers 40-3 in their opening match.
The coach hinted that there could be changes this weekend to the team to play the Bulls.
“We always said that we would be making changes going forward as part of our rotation policy and we will,” he explained.
It will be a real test of the Cell C Sharks’ resolve as we look to bounce back from defeat and there is no doubt that a second consecutive derby match for the Cell C Sharks will be just as testing and dramatic as this past weekend.
The match at Loftus kicks off at 5.15pm.