Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
19 Oct 2014
2:42 pm

Sharks coach lauds Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

Sharks coach Brad MacLeod-Henderson has credited the Lions as a worthy Currie Cup final opponent for Western Province in Cape Town after his side were smashed 50-20 at Ellis Park on Saturday.

FILE PICTURE: Brad MacLeod-Henderson (Head Coach) during the Cell C Sharks press conference at Growthpoint Kings Park on September 11, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

“All in all a disappointing day for us,” he said. “The Lions are a quality side and we have said it the whole week. They probably got the best scrum in the competition.”

The Sharks coach also warned Province about the striking force of the Lions’ backrow.

“They’ve got good backs and some explosive runners among their loose forwards and we couldn’t do enough to stop them,” he said.

“We are very disappointed. The Lions played great and deserved their win. We had a few opportunities, didn’t take them and I think we fell off about 20 tackles. That led to wave after wave of attack.”

Henderson said that 12 points they conceded just before the break was the turning point.

“In that first half for 38 minutes the score was just 11-3, we were under pressure, but the guys hung in there. Those late tries before halftime probably hurt us a bit,” he said.

“In the second we played some rugby and created a lot of chances, but didn’t convert a lot of them. They didn’t allow us to get close enough to them on the scoreboard.”

Sharks skipper Tera Mtembu said that a slow start was again their Achilles heel.

“We started off slowly and then started to play some catch-up rugby. We then scored some tries but then they came back again,” he said.

“We just weren’t allowed and weren’t good enough on the day and the slow start to our first halves is something we’ll have to look at.”