So last night in the Neo Africa series the Sharks set up a full strength team of mercena… I mean side against basically a weak Lions side.
Lions whose numbers for the Sharks included Charl McCloud, Willem Alberts and Louis Ludik were soundly trounced by a five try rout from the Lions to the tune of 41-10.
The boys at some other more biased sites did not take the news very well, but what we gleaned from match commentary was that Plummo has a lot to be worried about because this was not a case of men holding back and the Lions victory came because of some fundamental errors from the Durban outfit. In particular their tackling was apparently pretty poor and tactical kicking similarly weak whilst key players like Ryan Kankowski had nightmare games. The backline was particularly weak on defence. However, DavidS predicted that Meyer Bosman’s weak right shoulder defence was going to haunt the Sharks… it’s a long standing problem for the Cheetahs import so nothing new… again a fundamental shortcoming… this after I had to listen to my brother in law (a four year Durbanite) tell me last night that the Sharks are “the best provincial side in the world”.
Lions fullback James Kamana had a start off the bench at fullback and was an immediate impact on the game.
Anyway back to reality:
Both coaches were quick to make off the results of this game as saying nothing about proper performance of the sides.
I’ve always said it… these games say nothing… BUT if you’re a Lions fan… you’ll take the good news where you can find it… no matter how small… this was a small step in the right direction.