Relieved Sharks set sights on Hurricanes

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Saturday, March 31, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

It was the only time in the game the Blues led, but it lasted only a few moments before the Sharks regained their scoring momentum and ran away with the Investec Super Rugby win.


"The boys came back and they stuck at it," he said.

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).

It was while the Sharks were down to 14 men that the Blues made their scoring move scoring three tries in 10 minutes.

"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.

"I think the big thing for us was the effort was there in the previous games, especially in the last game, but the accuracy was lacking. That was something we spoke about the whole week, to be more accurate when we do have the opportunities," he said.

"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.