Sharks lock: Bulls errors ‘very much fixable’


Ruben van Heerden during a Sharks training session.


Ruben van Heerden throughout a Sharks coaching session.

  • Sharks lock Ruben van Heerden is assured they will repair the errors made in a 41-14 loss to the Bulls.
  • Van Heerden believes the scoreline at Loftus flattered the Bulls, with the Durbanites having began effectively.
  • The Sharks are bracing for the Pumas this weekend and Van Heerden says the Lowvelders ought to have overwhelmed the Stormers final weekend.

Sharks lock Ruben van Heerden is assured they will quickly hit their straps regardless of a heavy 41-14 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Durbanites began their Tremendous Rugby Unlocked marketing campaign with a slender 19-16 residence win over the Lions, however got here unstuck at Loftus Versfeld over the weekend.

In addition they misplaced 49-28 to the Bulls on Tremendous Fan Saturday final month and look a far cry from the staff that dominated Tremendous Rugby correct earlier within the 12 months.

Van Heerden addressed reporters in Durban on Tuesday because the Sharks ready for a visit to Nelspruit the place they may duel the Pumas on Saturday.

“It was very disappointing dropping to the Bulls, particularly within the method that we misplaced, however our coaches labored actually laborious on reviewing that sport. They’ve recognized all of the errors the place we fell quick.

“And it’s totally a lot fixable, so that is what we’re engaged on throughout this week and that is what we plan to do in opposition to the Pumas as effectively,” he stated.

In accordance with Van Heerden, the scoreline at Loftus this previous weekend considerably flattered the house facet.

“You would not say so wanting on the scoreboard final week, however if you happen to evaluation our sport and also you analyse our sport deeply, you then’ll discover out that the errors that we made are very a lot controllables. And if we are able to simply type out these errors, then I believe we are going to stand ourselves in good stead going ahead.

“We began very well, particularly up entrance, we stopped their mauls very well… we got here off the road, we hit them ball and all within the deal with. I believe we scrummed effectively.

“Within the first 20, 30 minutes we have been firing after which someplace in the course of the sport the momentum shifted and we simply sort of misplaced our manner. So going ahead, we’re protecting that very same momentum for the complete 80 [minutes], as a substitute of simply the primary 30.”

Van Heerden harassed they might not be underestimating the Pumas, particularly after the lads from Mpumalanga’s slender 43-37 loss to the Stormers final weekend.

“We all know what they did in opposition to the Stormers, in my trustworthy opinion I believe they need to have overwhelmed the Stormers. So, we’re not taking it evenly and we’ll Nelspruit with a stable plan on profitable that sport.

“Tactically the Pumas have been excellent (in opposition to the Stormers), they recognized many flaws within the Stormers’ sport and tactically they have been sensible. Sadly they simply let it slip within the final 15 to 20 minutes. However we all know they have actually good coaches who’re going to carry a very good plan in opposition to us, however we’re well-prepared I believe.

“Historical past has confirmed that you simply can’t take these so-called smaller unions evenly. The Griquas and Pumas all the time present up in opposition to the larger groups and so they’ve overwhelmed the larger groups on many events as effectively.”

Earlier within the 12 months, the Sharks had topped the Tremendous Rugby standings with six wins from seven earlier than the season was halted attributable to Covid-19.

Van Heerden stated they’ve put that a part of the season behind them and have been totally centered on profitable the Tremendous Rugby Unlocked trophy.

“We will not journey that wave anymore, we did have a very good Tremendous Rugby, however issues occurred the best way it occurred and now we’ve this competitors [to focus on]. We wish to do effectively, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our followers.

“It isn’t about wanting on the Currie Cup, the Currie Cup isn’t right here but. In the mean time we’re enjoying Tremendous Rugby Unlocked and that is what we wish to win at this stage.

“The Currie Cup is behind our minds, however we’re protecting it there for the second. We all know we won’t afford to lose any extra log factors. Now we have to win each single sport if we wish to stand an opportunity at profitable Tremendous Rugby Unlocked.”

The Tremendous Rugby Unlocked title will go to the staff atop the standings after a single spherical of matches, with factors obtained then carried over into the Currie Cup competitors.

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