Experience winger Lwazi Mvovo believes the Sharks have regressed after a promising start to the 2019 Super Rugby campaign and need to step up when they host the Reds in Durban on Friday afternoon.

Robert Du Preez’s side were hammered by the Jaguares last weekend and have failed to win back-to-back games since the opening two rounds of the competition.

Mvovo says they have no option but to improve.

Like the Sharks, the Reds have struggled for consistency this year, winning just three out of eight games.

They will arrive at Kings Park fresh from their 32-17 defeat against the Bulls at Loftus eager to pick up some points from their tour to South Africa before they head back home.

Mvovo says the Sharks know exactly what to expect from a team who pipped them by two points when they met in Brisbane in 2018.

The clash against the Reds is the Sharks last game in South Africa before they head for a tough three match tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Flank Phillip van der Walt admitted that the players felt embarrassed by the manner in which they lost against the South Americans and it was now time to front up as a group.