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‘Back to the drawing board’ for Du Preez

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The game ended 50-28 to Western Province, but that scoreline does not really tell the tale of the see-sawing match

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The Sharks’ unbeaten run in the Currie Cup came to an end on Saturday in Cape Town in what was an enthralling, but also devastating match for the visitors.

Western Province managed to score fifty points against their opponents, but the men from the East Coast at least showed some guts in their fightback.

The game ended 50-28 to Western Province, but that scoreline does not really tell the tale of the see-sawing match.

The Sharks scored first, but were then outscored heavily in the first half only to mount a comeback and get close. However, Province were too good at the end and walked away with the result.

For the Sharks, and their coach Robert du Preez, it was another case of missed opportunities. In fact, Du Preez pin-points one such missed chance that was the tipping point in shifting the game back to Province’s favour.

Du Preez was adamant that Western Province got the credit as they did play a great game of rugby which was difficult for the Sharks to dampen.

Despite being on the receiving end of what turned out to be a bit of a hiding, Du Preez said he was happy with the character his team showed in their fightback, but also admitted that it would be ‘back to the drawing board’ before they take on the Griquas in the last regular game of the season.

“I liked the character the boys showed to come back into the game, and still be in it for a potential win, that shows a lot of guts and character.” Du Preez said.

“But it is probably a bit of a wake up call for us as well, because we will have to go back to the drawing board and work a lot harder.”