Sharks captain Johann Muller was liberal in his praise of his side’s defensive effort against the Chiefs.
The Sharks tackled relentlessly for the last 10 minutes of the match, including for four minutes after the full-time siren had sounded, to hold on for a 22-15 victory. They were forced to make nearly double the amount of tackles the Chiefs did, and the fact that they emerged the win despite this pleased Muller.
“We knew our character would be tested here. The Chiefs had come off two defeats in a row and they were going to be desperate,” Muller said.
“We came prepared for the fight and the way we defended in that last 10 minutes showed just how much character this side has.”
Muller also reserved praise for Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar, who each threaded through a brilliantly executed grubber to find JP Pietersen for two tries.
“We spoke about that tactic all week and it feels great when something you’ve been planning comes off on the day,” he said.
“We knew they would rush up their defensive line and that that would give us some space to exploit behind them. Ruan and Frans were superb in their execution.”
Muller did, however, warn that they had to improve before next weekend’s clash with the Blues.
“We don’t want to be at a place where we’re going into the last 10 minutes of next weekend’s match defending like we did today. We have to be more clinical with our chances.”