We spoke to Monty after the Bulls game, where he had a good game, even scoring a try which has unfortunately disallowed due to an alleged act of foul play by Albert Van den Berg. We spoke to him about that game, his interesting rugby career which has seen him play for a few clubs overseas, as well as last year’s Currie Cup and this year’s Super 14, enjoy all, and thanks to Monty for giving us his honest answers, we hope to see more good performances from him in the near future.
Congratulations on the win against the Bulls on Friday, especially the way you played at flyhalf, many people thought you would be the weak link in the Sharks backline, do you feel like you have answered your critics?
Thanks very much . . . Yes, I think when you take the place of someone like Frans or Ruan place at 10 then everyone will be critical of you . . . I’m just happy that I played for 80 minutes, and showed that I can play some ball (laughs)
The Sharks and Bulls players always seem to lift themselves for the games they play against each other, would you say they are the Sharks’ biggest rivals?
I definitely think that the Bulls and Sharks players bring the best out of each other..it always is a very physical game..and think it will stay like that for a very long time.
Stefan Terblanche has taken over the captaincy with Johan Muller having broken his arm, how does Stefan’s leadership differ from that of Johan Muller’s?
They are both very experienced players, Stefan has been in the game a long time..and his leadership is as good as Johan’s. We are very lucky to have great leaders like them in our team.
You have been labelled as a utility back, playing flyhalf and fullback mostly, which is your favourite position to play in and why?
I must say that I enjoy playing both positions. I enjoy 10 because you have more responsibility. At 15 you have much more space. But I will play where ever the Sharks’ coaches pick me.
You have had interesting career that has taken you to Italy and France, which clubs were you at, how did those moves come about, and how does the rugby culture differ there ?
I went to Italy in 2004 where I played for Parma,(after having played 3 years for the Sharks at under 21 level) in 2005 I moved to France, to Aurillac where I played for only one season. In 2006 I moved to Paris, where I signed for Racing Metro. In 2007 I came back for the Sharks in the Currie cup. After that I left after that to join my new club Oyonnax in France for 6 months.came before back to the Sharks for the 2008 Currie cup, and have stayed here until now for the Super 14 this year and now the Currie Cup again.
How do you feel about Juan Martin Hernandez joining the Sharks, have you met him yet? If so, what is your initial impression of him?
It’s always good to have a player of that level training with us, he is a very nice guy, and I think he will do well here.
The Sharks’ Super 14 challenge started well but fell away at the end, as a player can you tell us what went wrong?
(Laughs) ,yes we let it slip away, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
The Sharks won the Currie Cup last year, when did you realise that you actually had a good chance of winning the competition?
We always know that we have a good chance from the start of every Currie Cup season, but the closer you get to semi-finals, its becomes more of a reality.
How did it feel being part of that Currie Cup winning squad?
That was awesome! Definitely my most exciting season.
What do you for fun, outside of rugby?
Well at the moment, I don’t play golf . . . think I must start (smiles) not anything specific, I like to do the normal stuff. . . go to the beach, movies, those kind of things.Tweet