Struggling Sharks remain upbeat

Date published: September 22 2015

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Sharks assistant coach Sean Everitt remains undeterred, despite the team's lacklustre start to the 2015 Currie Cup campaign.

After the first seven rounds of competition, the Sharks are languishing in fifth position on the Currie Cup standings, having accumulated just 13 points during the campaign.

However, Everitt maintains that there has been progress for the Durban union, adding that certain individuals had improved significantly since the start of the season.

"Our defence has improved a lot although we're still not putting together an 80 minute performance and that is costing us," Everitt told sharksrugby.co.za.

The Durban-based outfit has conceded the third largest number of points this season, only behind the Griquas and Eastern Province.

"The team is certainly making progress, there are definite improvements in individual performances and there is a lot of energy and fight on the field," added Everitt.

"We saw this against the Lions when we came back from 26-6 down to score 12 unanswered points through two very good tries.

"This team wants to do well, they are trying and we have to keep fighting.".

What has been widely acknowledged is that the Sharks have been severely affected by the absence of Springbok players and that the squad competing in the Currie Cup has been a youthful one.

Everitt still thinks that there is a considerable amount for the team to build on.

"At times over the season we've struggled with our set-piece, but it was really, really good on Saturday; we scrummed them off the ball at one stage and they are the most feared scrum in the competition, so that's a massive positive to take out of the game," explained Everitt. 

"Our lineout was brilliant, so our set-piece functioned really well.

"The front row has been together for a few weeks and our two props – Gerhard Engelbrecht and Thomas du Toit – have come through nicely.

"Jean-Luc du Preez is really playing well at the moment, along with the likes of Francois Kleinhans and Philip van der Walt – who has been outstanding every time he has put on a Sharks jersey – while Andre Esterhuizen and Paul Jordaan have grown each week as a centre pairing and becoming a threat on attack as well as defence.

"There are a lot of positives for us, we just need to make sure we step up on the weekend."

The next assignment for the Sharks will be a fixture against the old foe, the Blue Bulls at Kingspark on Friday night.

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