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Xerox Golden Lions 10 10 48
Vodacom Blue Bulls 10 8 39
DHL Western Province 10 7 35
Toyota Free State Cheetahs 10 3 24
Cell C Sharks 10 4 22
Steval Pumas 10 3 17
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Gold happy with team’s character against Kings

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Sep 2015 at 11:59
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Sharks head coach Gary Gold said he was happy with the way his team showed character and courage to come back after trailing 0 – 13 for the better part of the first half when they played the EP Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

After an early converted try by the Kings and two further penalties, the Sharks scored their only points of the first half in the 39th minute through a converted try by fullback, Joe Pietersen, to trail 7 – 13 at the break.

The Sharks grew in confidence in the second half as they scored a further two tries and a penalty, as the Kings were only given a penalty try for a dangerous tackle late in the second half to record their second win from four games, both against the Kings.

“Obviously it’s always good to win, just disappointed with a lot of passages of our play which made life very difficult for us against a very good Kings team,” said Gold. “A lot of teams have come here and felt the pressure, Province in the pre-season, Pumas had to kick a penalty goal to win at the depth, and they a good team here. They play with a lot of confidence and they are a team that asks a lot of questions, but you know we were poor in a lot of aspects tonight, but in saying that I also have to say we showed courage to come back at 13 – 0 down and stay in the fight and I’m happy with the way we came back and the character shown by our guys tonight.

Gold was particularly happy with the lineouts, despite their scrums coming under fire week in and week out.

“Last week as well, we went really nicely at the lineouts, while we are getting stick for our scrum and we know we need to work on our scrums, very little has been said about the work that’s been done at lineout time,” Gold said. “I’m really happy with that, it disrupted the Kings as we did with the Lions last week, so I’m really happy with the effort that’s been made there”.

Gold was full of praise for the du Preez twins, especially the hard work Daniel has put in.

“Both brothers are, we just trying to keep them fresh and giving them the experience at Currie Cup rugby, and it’s great for us that they both working so hard in tandem together. But yes, he is playing really nicely, getting around the park and working so hard and obviously a great try tonight for him to finish,” Gold added. “They big physical specimens and they are getting better and better every week, growing in confidence.”

The Sharks are currently fifth on the log, one point behind the Free State Cheetahs on fourth and Western Province in third, but can’t afford to lose any more games if they want any say later in the tournament.


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