Sharks stars Meyer Bosman, Jaques Botes and Charl Mcleod and the Garvz Academy kids celebrate the Sharks' victory over the Cheetahs (34-32) at Mr Price Kings Park on Saturday evening. Picture: Pierre Tostee / Mr Price SPORT
Sharks coach John Plumtree said he was proud of the spirit and never-say-die character displayed by the Durban side in their impressive comeback win over the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup at Mr Price Kings Park on Saturday.
Overturning a 15-point deficit at half-time, the Sharks went on to secure a 34-32 bonus-point win after scoring four impressive tries in a sensational second half performance.
“I think we played a lot of rugby in the first half, but there were a lot of turnovers. We managed to put more together in the second half. We conceded two soft tries just before half-time and we didn’t really deserve to be 15 points down. I was really proud of the comeback, the team was well led and they kept their heads up and kept going the whole time. It was what we’d asked for, and we got it.”
Plumtree added that they had never felt like it was a game they were going to lose despite falling so far behind.
“We were more frustrated that we lacked the accuracy to finish off our chances. We knew we could comeback and that just a couple of tries would get us back into the game. The Cheetahs did defend well, they shut us down from going out wide early. We needed to show a bit more patience, and when we attacked up the middle of the field we got some good gains, we changed tactically a little and it worked.”
The five log points securedy by the Sharks has taken the coastal side to the top of the Currie Cup log, and they will head to Kimberley for this Saturday’s encounter against Griquas full of confidence.