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What’s going on in the Tank?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 9 Jan 2010 at 12:03
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The more I think about this Reece-Edwards move, the more confused and concerned I become. I don’t feel that this bodes at all well for the Sharks Super 14 campaign.

The part about it that worries me most is the talk (which I’ve heard in a number of places) that Reece-Edwards is being lined up to take over as Currie Cup coach this year. Looking back over the former fullback’s coaching career, you’ll soon discover that he is most valuable when concentrating solely on backline tactics. The consensus seems to be that Reece-Edwards’ man-management skills are nowhere near good enough for the role of head coach of a professional team.

Now on the face of it, Reece has been appointed to the current Super 14 coaching team in exactly the right position, that of backline consultant, but what worries me is that it is an appointment that has been made very late in the day and I start to wonder whether Plumtree himself actually had any say in the matter. After all, Chris Boyd is the man who’s meant to be running the backs, so why has Reece been added to the mix at the 11th hour? Another question that needs to be answered – if we’re looking for a replacement coach for the Currie Cup, how has Reece-Edwards suddenly leapfrogged so many other candidates who are already in the system, including Grant Bashford, Deon Kayser and (my personal choice) Sean Everitt?

I might be oversimplifying things here, but Sharks teams that have Everitt in the coaching mix tend to look settled and happy, whereas the last time we saw Reece-Edwards in control, the wheels fell off quite spectacularly, with politics and in-fighting the order of the day. Sure, it’s easy to blame Ollie le Roux for what happened in 2000, but who’s to say that Reece will do any better managing the current crop of egos, including a notoriously high-maintenance pair of brothers from the Free State? While Reece is acknowledged as a poor man-manager, Everitt has the respect and admiration of everyone who’s ever played under him and is reputed to be one of the best in the business when it comes to this oft-overlooked skill.

Concentrating on the immediate problem, though, I see a very real possibility that we will see the Sharks squad dividing at the earliest opportunity. Plumtree, Chris Boyd and those loyal to the old coach on one side, with the young bucks rallying under Reece on the other. If there is any sign at all that the coaching staff isn’t all on the same page – and that may well be the case if Reece-Edwards’s appointment was forced on Plumtree – the players will pick up on it immediately and naturally gravitate towards whichever faction they feel offers them the most stability.

A strong leader on the field might be able to prevent this happening, but I simply don’t see any signs that Plumtree intends to hand the captaincy to John Smit. My gut-feeling is that this ship is going to sink with poor bewildered Johann Muller at the helm, powerless to do anything about it.

Plumtree is widely rumoured to be leaving the Sharks at the end of the year anyway and must be a hot favourite for the vacant Hurricanes coaching job. Whatever the case, the Sharks will go into the inaugural Super 15 with a brand-new coach, but whether that coach is Reece-Edwards, or a more experienced foreign coach head-hunted in remains to be seen. John Mitchell’s name is one surfaces time and time again.

Could my fears be nothing but a bad dream? I sure as hell hope so.



55 Comments

  • I guess we will have to wait and see what happens, is everitt more of a forwards or backs coach?

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.01.10 12:12:05 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : to be honest, I haven’t a clue. He was skills coach when we won the CC in 2008

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.01.10 12:16:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : I was hoping you were going to tell me I’m imagining things and that I should just calm down…

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.01.10 12:17:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : it could pear-shaped or it could go better but i think its too early to panic

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.01.10 12:42:02 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : I like to get in ahead of the rush

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.01.10 13:09:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : time will tell, lets see what happens

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.01.10 13:45:14 by war1 Reply
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  • Chris Boyd is the man who’s meant to be running the backs, so why has Reece been added to the mix at the 11th hour?

    Why at the last hour I don’t know. But I suspect he was added because of all the frustration caused by our single dimension rugby at most stages of last year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.01.10 15:10:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 1) :

    @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I imagine Sean to be a backline orientated coach. He played first side center for Pinetown Old Boys whileat Edgewood teachers training collge in the Early 1990s.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.01.10 15:11:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Plumtree is widely rumoured to be leaving the Sharks at the end of the year anyway and must be a hot favourite for the vacant Hurricanes coaching job. Whatever the case, the Sharks will go into the inaugural Super 15 with a brand-new coach

    From widely rumoured to fact in the space of one sentence? :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.01.10 15:14:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The 2009 FNB Top 20

    1. Grey College
    2. Outeniqua
    3. Paul Roos
    4. Paarl Boys’ High
    5. Monument
    6. Affies
    7. Glenwood
    8. Marlow
    9. KES
    10. Waterkloof
    11. Wynberg
    12. Selborne
    13. Bishops
    14. Grey High
    15. St Andrew’s
    16. Noord-Kaap
    17. AHS Kroonstad
    18. Paarl Gim
    19. Die Brandwag
    20. Dr EG Jansen, Boland Landbou, Framesby

    Those who came close to the final FNB Top 20: Michaelhouse, Westville, Tygerberg, Klerksdorp, Oakdale, Rondebosch, Diamantveld and Drostdy.

    Reece-Edwards was one of two 1st XV coaches at Westvile this year. While they may not have ened in the top 20 they are certainly keeping good company by having been in the top 20 during the season

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.01.10 15:26:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Rugby history was made one wintry morning in Durban. Two old rivals had been squaring off against one another from some unreasonable hour of the morning, and the final act of the game was unfolding. The mighty maroon-jerseyed u10Cs were leading their green-clad opponents 12-3, but in a belated burst of enthusiasm the Greens breached the Maroon defence and scored a try beneath the wonky wooden uprights.

    The Maroon coach, a geography teacher, made the relevant calculations and concluded that his side were safe. He breathed a sigh of relief – the results in Monday’s school assembly would please the boys and the boss – as he watched the small Green halfback place the muddied oval ball on a mound of earth with painstaking precision and step back to admire the poles.

    But then, as the halfback began his oft-practised approach to the ball, it toppled over. For a moment there was confusion. Then anarchy. And, finally, 15 Maroon jerseys charged at the kicker. Petrified, he instinctively scooped up the ball and made haste for the safety of the Maroon corner flag. Flinging himself over the white chalk, he planted the ball without a hand being laid upon him and the young referee, who, it should be said, had thoroughly enjoyed his previous evening unto the early hours, promptly awarded the try.

    There were vehement protests from the Maroon side who, though young of mind, felt that a 10-point try was impossible. But the score stood and the game ended 13-12 in favour of the Greens.

    =================================

    I want the book from which this is an extract.
    Between the Lines: The Spirit of South African Rugby.
    Author: Matthew Knight

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.01.10 15:30:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : i thought it was well-understood that everything in this piece was conjecture? :-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.01.10 19:28:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : didn’t we ask you nicely not to jinx the sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.01.10 20:48:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : agreed. unfortunately the backs did not look creative enough under Boyd – so I am not all that happy that he’s back.
    whether Reece is the man – I don’t know.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.01.10 20:50:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : perhaps school boys rugby is not the best avenue to judge somebody’s credentials for Super XIV :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.01.10 20:52:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 13) : but usually the opposite of what I write is the thing that happens

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.01.10 20:54:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : i’m not too sure about that – remember how you jinxed ruan at the start of last season – he hasn’t recovered yet ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.01.10 21:03:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 17) : oh ja – shit, forgot about that!

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.01.10 21:14:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : :roll: i would rather forgot about that one too ;-)

    but changing the subject -
    i guess it’s evident from your artiany whispers from durban who will be the captain. Wonder whether Stef is remotely in a frame.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.01.10 21:35:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 19) : well, to be honest, I’m not hearing anything at all about who the captain will be. But I just don’t think Plumtree will give it to Smit, because then he would need to start Smit in every game.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.10 09:02:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • i see p3 vannie bulle is in big troubles!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.01.10 07:38:19 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 21) :

    how so??

    Aah, so thats what this mornings ‘poster headline’ was about… :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.01.10 07:52:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : cocaine, and booze, someone sent a video to the bulls union

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.01.10 07:54:10 by willa Reply

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  • Cant help but agree with Rob.

    On the surface, there seems to be a massive power struggle.

    Whether the fears are founded or unfounded will soon become clear when the captain is selected for the season.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.01.10 07:58:56 by Morné Reply
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  • Rather ask whats going on at Loftus!

    Die Bok-flank Pedrie Wannenburg van die Bulls het erken hy het hom aan kokaïen, Ecstasy en drank “vergryp”.
    :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.01.10 08:41:15 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 25) :

    And their coach apparently told him to find other habits… lol

    He is being tested on a weekly basis though!! :shock: :|

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.01.10 08:45:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 25) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.01.10 08:53:16 by Charlie Reply

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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 25) : ja nee dis lekke by loftus, vra maar vir P 3(gram) :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.01.10 09:06:56 by willa Reply

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  • Pedrie Druggenburg!

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.01.10 09:07:15 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 29) : @willa (Comment 28) :
    :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.01.10 09:18:53 by wpw Reply
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  • You guys are sharp today. :cool:

    I wonder where Joost fits into this.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.01.10 09:32:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : It was his straw in the room

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.01.10 09:44:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 32) :

    Nah, his mom said that this was the last straw…

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.01.10 09:46:53 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 33) : I don’t think she is in ecstacy about this scandal.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.01.10 10:12:33 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Funny how all these sportsmen suddenly feel compelled to be ‘honest’ when there’s a few bob to be made from their sordid lifestyle.

    :roll: :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.01.10 10:15:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 35) : they should read Smitty’s book

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.01.10 10:37:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Dear Sharks,

    If you play good rugby and win games we’ll be so blinded by joy that we won’t notice your off-the-field shenanigans…and that Reebok jersey…

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.01.10 10:44:07 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 37) : we should epand the above into a “Sharksworld Charter”.

    “Dear Plum. I promise if we win the Super 14 I’ll get off your case”

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.01.10 11:04:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • ‘die blou bul snuif nie van die vloer af nie’ :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.01.10 11:30:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 17) : I see our Ruaan is now married…..maybe his confidence will now be restored ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.01.10 11:47:10 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 21) : WOW!! u certainly know how to change the subject :grin:

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.01.10 11:48:25 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 40) :

    or go for a ball of s.. – if she is a strong in-charge wife, like a wife should be.. ;-)

    Howzit Ma!

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.01.10 11:51:10 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 42) : Doing well Ice…just finding time to blog etc. a little scarse :o

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.01.10 11:52:49 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 42) :
    Just like you??????

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.01.10 11:53:59 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 40) : how have you been ? :razz:

    I read in Sharksmag that they’ve been together like forever so I’m not having hopes for drastic changes in his attitude but who knows … i’m strong believer that women do wonders for men :mrgreen:

    @One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) (Comment 42) : ;-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.01.10 11:55:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : in the mirror

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.01.10 11:56:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 44) :

    Off course yes – you are either in charge or single.. :lol:

    How’s pappa Shark?

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.01.10 11:56:58 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 46) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.01.10 11:57:57 by One-eyed Ice (Sailing the seas of 2010 with the Sharks) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 45) : I can attest

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.01.10 12:04:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • if Plums going anywhere i pray it John Mitchell who comes in.

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.01.10 13:51:26 by billy Reply

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  • @billy (Comment 50) : is he any good as a man-manager? Not doing so well with that aspect at the Farce…

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.01.10 13:57:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi Rob

    Just wanted to say that you should put a bit more research into your article, conjecture or not, before posting. There is in fact a very good reason why Hugh has been brought in so late. Im personally a bit biased when it comes to him as he is family, but I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at how things turn out now that certain players arent around. This is a man who has lived and breathed rugby all his life, to the point of getting up at 5am almost every morning (and dragging his brother along) to practice kicks. Give him a chance please, Im sure there will be good things in the Sharks future if he sticks around. :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.02.10 15:23:40 by Ryoko Reply

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  • @Ryoko (Comment 52) : hi Ryoko.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and I apologise if you found the article offensive. I tend to write things the way I see them at the time but I’m sure, as you get to know me better, you’ll learn that I always try to keep an open mind and am never afraid to admit it if I’m wrong about something.

    Do drop me a line – [email protected] if you’d like to discuss this in more detail. In particular, I’d be interested to know what you mean about the “certain players”… do you mean the Ollie le Roux’s of the world who made Reece’s life so difficult in 2000?

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.02.10 15:28:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey Rob

    No major offense taken really, I just tend to get over protective when it comes to family.

    I do indeed mean Ollie and the rest of the old boys, I dont think that Ollie was the only player causing problems that year and its a pity that he is now bearing the brunt. I am however glad that people are taking what John said in the book seriously. It is however water under the bridge now, new year, new position (coaching wise) and a new opportunity to prove himself.

    Will definitely send you an email. Thanks for the response.

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.02.10 15:57:20 by Ryoko Reply

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  • @Ryoko (Comment 54) : sure thing – I look forward to it.

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