Du Preez hails tough win

Sharks head coach Robert du Preez was proud of his side’s showing as they got the better of the Jaguares on Saturday, winning 18-13.

The victory took the Sharks just a point behind the Lions in the Africa 2 Conference but the Johannesburg side do have a game in hand.

However, putting four points on the board that moves them three ahead of the Argentines was a pleasing result for Sharks boss Du Preez.

“It was very tough, just as tough as we expected it to be,” he told the Sharks’ official website. “They are a very difficult side to play against, a full test team, so I’m very proud of our victory, I think it was a fantastic win.

“It was very difficult because the ball was really slippery, especially that last 20 minutes. It made it really difficult to play the way we wanted to.”

Du Preez knew it was going to be a stern examination of his side against the international-filled Jaguares so he was happy with the result.

“This is a team with lots of character and that’s what was demanded of us for this match,” he added.

“The forwards were outstanding, they laid the foundation for the win. The bench also contributed, when the new front row came on – Lourens, Thomas and Chiliboy – they really had a strong influence on the game.”

This coming week is the Sharks’ bye round and coach Du Preez admitted it had come at the right time after a tough period of fixtures.

“We’ve played seven games on the trot now and it’s been particularly tough, especially with our players going to the Bok camp; we had 13 guys there on Monday and Tuesday and they had a tough work-out, so we only had one day of preparation. The boys are really looking forward to the break before we host the Rebels,” he said.