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Working on Improving:

Although the Cell C Sharks went down to the Reds in their opening Vodacom Super Rugby match of the 2017 competition, the team can take great heart from a number of positive aspects of the game.

Obviously there is disappointment given the fact that they took confidence into the match from the hard work and pre-season outings against the Cheetahs and Bulls, as well as their dominance of the scoreboard for over 70 minutes of the match.

But it is important to see that leading the entire match until around the 71st minute is a positive worth reflecting on. The Reds finished strongly, but it was a result that so easily could have gone our way.

“We are obviously very disappointed with the result, especially since we were in the match right till the end,” Head coach Robert du Preez admitted after the match.

“It was not our best performance and now that our first game is out of the way, our focus is on working hard and improving on our mistakes.”

Very little should ever be read about a first match of the season and no doubt the coaching staff will look to take out the positives and continue with those, while analysing areas of concern to fix ahead of their next clash, against the Brumbies in Canberra (10.45am kick-off SA time).

Defensively, it was an outstanding effort and despite the Reds’ dominance in possession (66%) they found it difficult to penetrate. Du Preez did however lament our lack of possession.

“We had very little possession in the match (34%) and with us conceding 11 penalties, our discipline let us down. A lack of possession and ill-discipline made it difficult for us on the night.”

And when we had the ball, there were some exciting and enterprising passages of play which the coach acknowledged too.

“On a positive note when we did keep ball in hand we looked dangerous at times. Our defence was also good. There were individual errors that cost us.”

The team has an eight day turnaround until the next match and having analysed the game, know what they need to do against the Brumbies who lost 17-13 to the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

“Our focus is now on the Brumbies,” said du Preez. “We will work hard this week to fix our errors and we are looking forward to the match on Saturday.”

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