Everybody lauded the Sharks for their attacking efforts in the Super 14, but scrumhalf Craig Davidson expects even more five-pointers in the Currie Cup.
The Sharks scored the second-most tries in the Super 14 this season (42) and aim to continue that trend according to their scrumhalf.
“We are not going to change the way we played in the Super 14, we want to score tries. We want to win each game, but we want to do it by throwing the ball around,” Davidson told keo.co.za.
The Sharks were cruelly denied a spot in the Super 14 playoffs this year, and the Wildebeest side suffered a narrow defeat in the Vodacom Cup final. But the current Currie Cup squad remain positive according to Davidson.
“There was obvious disappointment in the Super 14 when the Bulls went through, and I don’t want to talk out of turn, but I think the Stormers let us down a bit there. And then in the Vodacom Cup, the Wildebeest were robbed of a home final. If it was held in Durban, we would have won by 20 points.”
Despite these setbacks, the Sharks squad remain positive for the upcoming Currie Cup campaign. “The players have not had much time to rest, but are enjoying their rugby,” remarked Davidson.
The depth in the squad is also being pointed as one of its strengths. “We’ve been lucky that when we lost a lot of players to the Springboks that their was just so much talent still available. When those guys left there were so many quality players waiting to take their place. The competition within the side is incredible.”
The internal battle at No. 9 between Davidson and Ruan Pienaar is a happy headache for any coach to have. But Davidson is fully behind the popular theory that Pienaar is destined for the green and gold jersey. “He’s had such an outstanding season, and I just hope he gets his opportunity soon.”
By Jon Cardinelli