Coach Tana Umaga confessed he was humiliated after a 4th loss in the very first 5 video games of the season for the Auckland franchise.
They matched the Sharks’ six-try tally however were sunk by excellent goalkicking from pivot Robert du Preez who completed with a 38-point haul.
We’ll take the knowings from this; certainly it’s an awkward one for us.
He scored a shot, transformed all his group’s shots and included 7 charges, the very first which put the Sharks ahead in the 3rd minute.
Captain Ruan Botha barged over from close quarters for the opening pursue the Sharks, with Michael Collins responding on 22 minutes.
The visitors held a commanding 26-7 lead at the break after Jean-Luc du Preez beat a few protectors on his method over the try-line.
The Blues capitalized a one-man benefit early in the 2nd half, after Sbu Nkosi was sent out to the sin bin for a high deal with on George Moala, with Akira Ioane dotting down in the corner.
The house side struck their stride with 2 more attempts in 2 minutes from Patrick Tuipulotu and Stephen Perofeta, putting them 28-26 up.
It showed an incorrect dawn as Tera Mtembu and Robert du Preez crossed for the Sharks, and the Blues’ possibilities were even more struck when Jordan Trainor was sin-binned 15 minutes from time.
Kobus van Wyk and Curwin Bosch scored even more pursues the South African side, with efforts from Rieko Ioane and Moala for the Blues showing simple alleviation.
Umaga stated: “We’ve got to discover – we’ve got to be client in exactly what we do, not offer away such a lead and after that anticipate to obtain back and slice them down later. It simply makes it tough for us.
” The execution of our game-plan wasn’t the very best too, and our stubborn kicking. We do not assist ourselves in that regard. Our video game understanding and awareness is still a huge work-on.”
The coach included: “We’ve still got 11 rounds of footy to obtain through. We’ll take the knowings from this; undoubtedly it’s a humiliating one for us.”
” The execution of our game-plan wasn’t the best as well, and our stubborn kicking. We do not assist ourselves in that regard. Our video game understanding and awareness is still a huge work-on.”