DURBAN – In hindsight, the Sharks were always going to struggle against a well-oiled Griquas team last week.
But what nobody saw coming was a 37-13 drubbing, and that poses the question of whether the Durbanites can reverse matters a week later against a powerful Western Province side on Saturday at 2pm at Kings Park.
I don’t think they can, although they will surely be much better.
Griquas had five months of playing together before the Currie Cup opener... Sharks coach Sean Everitt had five sessions.
That is not enough time to reverse the brainwashing of the players from the Robert du Preez era where it was all about following instructions, whereas Everitt is an advocate of free thinking and educated enterprise – back yourself to play what is in front of you, but with sensible parameters.