Seeking Consistency

The Cell C Sharks will be looking to put Saturday’s performance behind them when they host the Reds at JONSSON KINGS PARK on Saturday after blowing the Emirates Lions away the week before a tough loss against the Jaguares.

The previous week’s Vodacom Super Rugby display against the Lions was an emotional value placed on the meaning of the game which was all about honouring a Cell C Sharks legend.

For Beast Mtawarira, making his record-breaking appearance for a South African in Super Rugby, his team-mates rallied to the cause of honouring him in the best way possible.

Unfortunately, things went awry against the visiting Argentineans on Saturday.

Reflecting on his team’s frustrating loss to the Jaguares at JONSSON KINGS PARK on Saturday afternoon, head coach of the Cell C Sharks, Robert du Preez, admitted that the team had not been able to raise themselves to the mental highs they had against the Lions.

Consistency in performances remains a concern for the side that was so deadly accurate, committed and relentless in our 42-5 dismantling of the Lions in Johannesburg, before losing focus against the Jaguares in a disappointing performance this weekend.

“We were just incredibly poor today,” du Preez admitted after the match.

“All the good work we did last week in probably one of the best performances for a Sharks team in years was undone in the next game. This was probably the worst performance for a Sharks team in years.”

A team doesn’t go from sublime to poor in the course of the week and the talent in the squad is undeniable.

Looking to put a finger on what went wrong, the coach pointed to the mental side of things.

“All the no-talent stuff let us down,” he said. “Mindset, attitude – all those things – you can’t go from one week playing incredible rugby to putting in a performance like this.

“It’s just not good enough.”

The Cell C Sharks host the Reds on Friday in our final match before touring the Antipodes, playing the Waratahs, Crusaders and Chiefs.