Hyron Andrews of the Cell C Sharks, left, tackling Scarra Ntubeni of the DHL Stormers during their Super Rugby match in Durban, March 2 2019. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES
Hyron Andrews of the Cell C Sharks, left, tackling Scarra Ntubeni of the DHL Stormers during their Super Rugby match in Durban, March 2 2019. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES

Sharks lock Hyron Andrews may be getting better at his craft but knows that improvement will make him an even better player for his team.

Andrews had a reasonable outing for his franchise against the Stormers on Saturday but they ended up on the wrong side of what was an utterly forgettable fixture. The Stormers won the ugly SA derby 16-11.

The Sharks are generally slow starters but the ragged Stormers dragged them into a mud-fight they could not get out of through the 80 turgid minutes at Kings Park.

“There’s always something to improve on‚” Andrews said. “We as a squad challenge each other and we were very hard on each other in terms of how we played and we don’t take it personally. We are tough on each other when we make mistakes.

“It’s a brother saying to you: ‘You made a mistake there and we just have to get back at it’. We always teach each other and that makes this group very special. We look at our game‚ we look at what we did wrong‚ look where we can improve and get back to the job at hand. That’s what’s really good about this group.”

The Sharks had won their two opening games against the Sunwolves and the Blues before slipping up against their coastal rivals. It was the kind of loss that reminded the Sharks of their latent inconsistency that tends to creep up when it is least expected.

With the Bulls looming at Loftus this Saturday‚ the Sharks, and Andrews in particular‚ will have to be better.

The young and fiery Bulls pack asked questions the Lions couldn’t adequately answer. With the Sharks unable to ward off a Stormers pack that was bristling with Bok talent‚ the Bulls pack that was ably marshalled by Duane Vermeulen will examine the Durban side’s forwards.

Andrews said their loss to the Stormers was disappointing but they will come back stronger for the Bulls.

“It was a very disappointing loss and our accuracy let us down big time. In the first two games‚ we had a very good set-piece and we could get going.

“Our set-piece let us down and we’ve been hard at work this week to rectify that matter‚” Andrews said. “If we take a loss‚ we learn from it and we have to come back even stronger. I know we’re going to come back stronger.”