Swys de Bruin will watch Saturday’s Currie Cup match between Griquas and the Sharks in Durban with mixed feelings.
Christo Buchner reports for News24.
De Bruin is a former coach of the Griquas, as well as the Natal Wildebeeste and U19 and U21 teams of the Sharks.
“Dawie Theron (Griquas coach) was my captain and then my assistant coach when I was at Griquas, while Bashie (Sharks assistant coach) was my assistant at the Wildebeeste and U21s,” said De Bruin.
“Peter de Villiers was my assistant at the South African U21 side. Just look at how all those guys have progressed. I think I missed the bus somewhere,” De Bruin joked.
De Bruin is now involved with the Sharks Academy.
“I am really proud of what Dawie has achieved with Griquas. He is a passionate guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. That is how his team plays – in a hard and honest manner. Those guys have heaps of confidence and are not intimidated by big names,” he said.
“For them it’s simply about doing the basics right. It helps them not to be based in a big city because the support in Kimberley is really good.
“Even so, I think it will be a different story when they play in the Shark Tank. Home ground advantage will play a role and the Sharks now have momentum. Griquas will struggle to get something out of the game. They always had the advantage of not being given a chance and then surprising their opponents. The Sharks won’t underestimate them and will be well prepared.”Tweet