Mindset change was key – Mvovo

Date published: October 7 2014

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Sharks winger Lwazi Mvovo believes a change in mindset helped turn around their campaign ahead of the Currie Cup knockout stages.

Sharks winger Lwazi Mvovo believes a change in mindset helped turn around their season ahead of the knockouts.

The in-form side are on a four-game unbeaten run, after a poor few weeks prior to the halfway stage when they lost to the Pumas and Griquas.

Last Friday’s win over the Golden Lions took them to within two points of their second-placed rivals, and wing Mvovo is pleased with their progress.

“I think we realised that if we kept on going like that, we weren’t going to get to the semi-finals, so there was a mind-shift from the players and the coaching staff,” he told the press on Tuesday.

“The guys weren’t doing well at the time and they obviously didn’t like it so the whole squad had to change their mentality and work hard on the goal of reaching the semi-finals. And I think it has worked out very well.”

Since that tough period, the Sharks have drawn with the Free State Cheetahs and gone on to beat the Blue Bulls in Pretoria, followed by Kings Park wins over the Eastern Province Kings and, as mentioned, the Golden Lions.

They play Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town this weekend – the scene of last year’s Currie Cup final triumph – and Mvovo said it was important to get a positive result from the game in order to carry forward the momentum.

“We’re taking it a week at a time. You want to get those results away from home to build your confidence,” he said.

“So if we can do that against Western Province in Cape Town this weekend, it will be very good for us going into the semi-finals.

“We really want to keep this momentum going, it’s very important, and we want to keep playing as well as we have been recently.”

He added: “There’s pride in both Province and us and there will be a lot of expression on the field.”

“Both sides want to win, and we’re very motivated to win our last pool game. It’s going to be a crazy game.”

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