Relieved Sharks set sights on Hurricanes
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The win was even more valuable after the Stormers were beaten by the Bulls overnight causing the South African points table to concertina with the Stormers and Sharks sharing second place, seven points behind the Lions, who picked up a bonus point in their close loss to the Crusaders on Monday morning (NZT).
"That wasn't great," he said.
The pack had benefited from the return of Philip van der Walt to the openside flank. He played with courage and brought a lot of leadership to the side due to his experience which is what the pack had been lacking, du Preez said.
"We're obviously pleased with the win, it has been a tough two or three weeks on the road.
"And I wanted the boys to come out and play and really enjoy themselves."
There had been some nervousness, a fear of failure, he felt before the game.
The 38-point haul, including 33 off the boot of first five-eighths Robert du Preez had made a big difference.
"We needed this one to turn our campaign around. It's not getting any easier, next week [the Hurricanes in Napier] is a tough one. They're a quality side, probably the best side in New Zealand or in Super Rugby at this stage but I think the boys will have a lot of confidence going into this one," he said.
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