It was their second defeat from their opening three matches, and a performance which left the Sharks faithful scratching their heads.
They watched their team dominate the first half at the Mbombela Stadium, but were simply outmuscled in the second stanza.
As they prepare to host the Free State XV this Saturday, questions about their lack of physicality were raised but scrumhalf, Cameron Wright says the team is fully committed.
Sean Everitt’s side have just three games left to claw their way into play-off contention. They are currently second from bottom, but just one point separates them and Western Province in fourth place.
Wright says the team is in desperate need of momentum and will have to beat the Free State to re-ignite their hopes of defending their title.
They face a Free State XV, who were pipped at the death against the Golden Lions last weekend. It was their first loss of the campaign after they thumped the Griquas and Blue Bulls in their first two encounters.
Wright says they will have to ensure the Bloemfontein side do not get too much time on the ball at Kings Park.
— The Sharks (@TheSharksZA) August 8, 2019
– Report by Thahir Asmal