‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the mantra for Sharks coach Etienne Fynn and captain James Venter as the Currie Cup frontrunners strive to build on their unbeaten start to the season.
The Durbanites are the only unbeaten side in the tournament following their 43-31 victory over the Lions this past Saturday, scoring five tries in their bonus-point win on the Highveld.
With a week off until their next clash, against the Pumas in Nelspruit on 4 March, Fynn aims to keep his men focused on what has kept them top of the log and one point clear of the second-placed Free State Cheetahs.
“The reality is you get a picture of what’s happening in the game as a coach or observer, but the players on the field get a tangible feel and they will know what will work and what won’t. It’s up to them to consistently probe and nail those weaknesses in the opposition,” the Sharks boss said.
“So for us, the work-ons are to not stray away from what works and get better at what does.”
And after three wins on the trot, Venter understands that sticking to the blueprint will go a long way to staying successful, adding: “When we stuck to our gameplan and structure [against the Lions], we really executed well.
“We have a really good squad, so we are backing the boys, backing the decisions they’re making. We know what we’re good at and will keep doing that.”