Sharks join the other three big SA losersNow all four the South African franchises have been hammered properly in the first eight rounds of the 2019 Super Rugby competition. Really hammered.
The Sharks were the latest big losers when they lost 17-51 to the Jaguares at Kings Park on Saturday with the winners outplaying, out-thinking and out-scoring them.
They were shocking. The Sharks conceded seven tries in a performance that be described as humiliating, annihilating, listless and unacceptable that will do their support at the stadium little good, while the Jaguares let through two Sharks tries.
It is especially sobering if one has a look at the possession on Saturday, of which the Jaguares had only 26% in the first half and 35% in the whole match. The Sharks were also in the Jaguares territory for 64% of the match duration, scrummed better than the Jaguares and ran further, passed more and won nearly twice as many rucks.
But if you don’t tackle, if winning isn’t important enough to pitch for the day to what is after all you full-time job, and you get hammered to the extent they did, the time has come for some serious introspection.
♦ That goes for all four the franchises. A look at the biggest defeats of the four South African franchises this year does not make for good reading.
The Bulls beat the Stormers 40-3, scoring four tries to none.
The Chiefs beat the Bulls 56-29, scoring seven ties to two.
The Sharks beat the Lions 42-5, scoring six tries to one
The Jaguares beat the Sharks 51-17, scoring seven tries to two.
What’s more, three of these hidings came on the SA losers’ home field, something only the Stormers can plead not guilty of.
Sharks (10) 17: Tries: Hyron Andrews, Aphelele Fassi. Conversions: Rob du Preez, Curwin Bosch. Penalty: Du Preez.
Jaguares (21) 51: Tries: Tomas Cubelli, Pablo Matera (2), Matias Orlando (3), Matias Moroni. Conversions: Domingo Miotti (5). Penalties: Miotti (2).