Sharks set to bounce back – Mjekevu

Date published: August 13 2015

Sharks centre Wandile Mjekevu said despite their opening round loss to the Pumas, they are determined to bounce back against the Eastern Province Kings on Saturday.

The Durban-based outfit will be back at home for their first game at Kings Park in the 2015 Currie Cup, having last played in front of their fans almost two months ago to the day when they defeated the Stormers 34-12 in Super Rugby.

The Kings travel up the coast to take on the Sharks, looking to turn their own campaign around after a 51-14 home loss to the Golden Lions.

For Mjekevu, who recently joined the Sharks from Top 14 side Perpignan, the loss to the Pumas wasn’t quite the result they had prepared for.

"We were very disappointed with the result against the Pumas last week," he told the Sharks' official website. 

"There were a lot of new combinations, new players and maybe it’s an adjustment period we need to get through – for all of us. 

"We know what we have to fix and we’ll definitely be a lot better on Saturday against the Kings, we’ve been working hard to rectify the issues we’ve identified."

On a personal level, he admits that coming back to South Africa and representing the Sharks last weekend was a wonderful and exciting opportunity. 

"It was a huge personal goal of mine to play for the Sharks, although it probably took a little longer than I expected and now that it’s finally happened, I can focus on just getting better and hopefully helping the team gain success."