Neil Powell. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
- Neil Powell bemoaned his workforce’s ill-discipline after the Sharks went down 32-20 to the Scarlets in Wales on Saturday evening.
- It was additionally the Sharks’ fifth URC defeat because the flip of the 12 months, throughout which they’ve solely gained two matches.
- The Sharks subsequent meet URC foes Munster within the Champions Cup quarter-finals at Kings Park on Saturday.
Neil Powell rued his workforce’s ill-discipline after the Sharks went down 32-20 to a spirited and decided Scarlets in Wales on Saturday evening.
The director of rugby stated his prices conceded too many penalties to successfully mount a successful problem as they slumped to their third straight defeat within the United Rugby Championship (URC).
It was additionally the Sharks’ fifth URC defeat because the flip of the 12 months, throughout which they’ve solely gained two matches within the competitors in 2023.
It’s put their playoff place in jeopardy. The Sharks maintain only a two-point lead in eighth, the final playoff spot, forward of Cardiff with two extra round-robin matches to go.
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“It was obviously a disappointing performance from us and the result as well,” Powell stated after the sport.
“It was again a game where we let ourselves down because of our ill-discipline. Again, [we conceded] too many penalties that we put ourselves under pressure.
“We additionally had unforced errors. We knew coming into this recreation that Scarlets have been feeding off these alternatives and people scraps, and sadly, we gave them these scraps and so they scored two of their tries off our errors.
“All-round not good enough, not clinical enough in this game and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.”
The Sharks subsequent meet URC foes Munster within the Champions Cup quarter-finals at Kings Park on Saturday, a recreation that can present what this workforce is fabricated from.
Powell stated he hoped to see higher workforce cohesion forward of that elimination bout after decrying their individualistic displaying on the Park y Scarlets.
“I also think it was a very individualistic performance by us. It feels like the guys tried hard individually but we didn’t try hard as a team,” he added.
“We will have to come together as a team over the next three or four days and make sure we bring a team performance against Munster and not an individualistic one.”