Sharks still on Cloud Nine after Crusaders win

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James Mortimer and     10 Apr 2013     Getty Images

“When the final whistle went and we saw the celebrations by the players, that showed just how much the win meant to them all, a huge amount,” admits Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards.

“The youngsters who haven’t played the Crusaders before realise what they’ve achieved and only a handful of players had beaten them before, and that was back in 2007. So for the majority of the players, this was a feat new to them and getting that sort of gain is a huge thing and for these players, a tremendous result.”

A lot of belief would have been taken out of the result - belief in themselves, belief in the structures – and going into a tough period now, it has an important confidence-boosting element about it.

“The previous stat was two wins in 16 outings, so it was a game we had to win,” he adds. “It was a home win and looking to where we want to go in this competition, it was a vital win for us. We were taught a lesson in the game against the Brumbies and we couldn’t have that again, this side is good enough to go a long way. To prove that to themselves, the players needed to come out and perform and certainly in the second half we did.

“It was winning a home game against one of the sides that will probably end up in the top six, we now play another team that should end up in the top 6 [the Stormers], albeit they haven’t started off as well as they would have liked. It meant it was a vital win, a win we don’t normally get and mentally it was massive.

“Whichever way you look at it, it was a great result for us.”