Valke wary of Shark attack

Valke captain Piet Krause is pleased his team took home five points against the Pumas, but was not entirely satisfied with the overall display.

“You have to be happy with a win, and a bonus point at that, but we were not as convincing as the final result suggests,” Krause told keo.co.za.

The Valke triumphed 36-8 in the Absa Currie Cup match in Witbank, scoring six tries in the process, but led just 12-8 at the break. “We had some harsh words at half-time and we also changed our game-plan in the second half.”

Instead of trying to spread the ball wide as they had done in the first 40 minutes, the Valke adopted the pick and drive approach and it paid off handsomely. Four tries in the second half was just reward for their efforts.

“Each team you play requires a different approach, but we didn’t get it right in the first half and they closed us down well.” The Valke take on Dick Muir’s wounded Sharks in Brakpan on Friday night and are expecting a backlash.

While the Sharks hardly need to search for extra motivation as the Absa Currie Cup first round draws to a close at the weekend, they are sure to have plenty on their minds.

“After losing to the Cheetahs this weekend, Dick needs a win if he hopes to get a home final so we are in for a tough 80 minutes. Also they are still smarting from the Vodacom Cup defeat (as the Wildebeest) so I think they might be out for a little revenge.”

Under coach John Williams, the Valke are experiencing one of their best seasons to date and according to Krause the upward curve is continuing at a slow, but steady pace.

“Although we have lost a few games recently, the low point was the defeat to the Cheetahs at the beginning of the month. We have improved certain areas since.”

While there is no doubt that the Valke are capable of upsetting one of the big guns this year, it will require a massive effort for the full 80 minutes. “If we are to beat the Sharks we need to cut down our mistakes drastically, especially in the opposition half.”

By Andrew Hollely