Sharks coach John Plumtree has put his team on notice, after their a scrappy 23-3 Currie Cup win over the Leopards in Durban last Friday.
Following their impressive victory over Western Province at Newlands the week before, the Sharks failed to secure the four-try bonus point at home - a cause of great concern, considering their next assignment is against the table-topping Lions in Johannesburg.
"We won't beat the Lions if we play like that, but we won't play like that ... we'll be a lot better than that," was Plumtree's bold assessment of his team's poor showing against the Leopards.
"We've had these nights before," the Sharks mentor said, adding: "We wanted to see some good football, and we didn't get it.
"It didn't help with the stop-start nature of the game - [the numerous] scrum resets, knock-ons, etc."
Plumtree was a little more complimentary when asked about the midfield combination of Meyer Bosman and Marius Joubert.
"They had their moments, but not enough space was created for them," the coach said.
"It looked like Meyer [Bosman] did pretty well defensively - there was pressure on him to make those tackles, so he was pretty good.
"It's still a bit of a dilemma for us," he said of his midfield scenario.
"I don't think they will be totally happy with themselves, but I don't think we will be happy as a group.
"It's hard to feel happy as an individual or a partnership or a combination when we didn't click [as a team]."
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.