Mvovo : Sharks need to go ‘back to basics’

Sharks winger Lwazi Mvovo says that the Durban based Super Rugby franchise need to go “back to basics” if they are to rekindle their form and reignite their Super Rugby title bid.

The Durban side led for much of the 2014 season but have slipped up badly over the past two rounds with losses to the Stormers and the Cheetahs which have dropped them to third overall.

“We just want to take a step back and look at what we can do,” said Mvovo.

“We need to get back to the basics. Have a look at the mistakes we made, just rectify that and move forward.”

Before the break for the June Internationals Jake White’s Sharks lost 21-19 at home to their Cape rivals the Stormers who they face this weekend at Newlands.

Last week the Sharks rotated their squad by naming a number of regular starters on the bench only to lose 27-20 to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Those two results mean that they now need to aim to beat the Stormers with a bonus point to have any chance of finishing in the top two and, with it, claiming an automatic semi-final berth.

The number one and number two ranked sides, currently the Waratahs and Crusaders, on the overall log have a bye on the opening weekend of the playoffs next week.

“There’s so many wrongs we did in the last two games that we lost,” Mvovo said.

“So the last couple of days we’ve spoken about it, we just want to rectify that, get back to our game plan and go to Cape Town and just play.

“Get back to the dream, the standards and the goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the season.”

He insisted there was a strong will to rediscover the form they showed on the overseas leg of their season, where they won three out of four games and also secured a famous win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

“We played very well overseas and I’m sure if we put our mind back to our game, we can get back to winning ways,” the winger said.

Mvovo was among a group of eight players who had played in all 15 games for the Sharks this season.

He admitted fatigue had been catching up to him, although he was now ready for the final push.

“I was tired at the Springboks, but we are professionals and have to bear it and move on.

“Lots of guys have also been rested and some others have played a lot, it’s a matter of just performing on the week and doing the recovery after the weekend and getting back on your feet again.

“I did get a bit of a break with the Springboks because I didn’t play all the games. Every team and every player needed those four weeks to be off.”

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