You’ve got to hand it to Craig Lewis of the Daily News. For a young journo, he certainly knows how to get Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl to spill the beans!
I’m referring to Lewis’s wide-ranging interview with van Zyl, which you can read here. We highlighted the aspect about John Plumtree being the Currie Cup head coach in an article yesterday, but there is plenty more food for thought in what van Zyl had to say.
To me, one of the most significant things is that he seems to have ruled out the possibility of the Sharks looking abroad for (yet another) flyhalf, insisting that it has never been a policy of theirs to do so, but rather something that has come about through necessity. While I’m not sure I completely buy that argument, one would have to assume that there is pretty widespread unhappiness with the results of the latest spate of foreign signings, those of Juan-Martin Hernandez and Andy Goode. Neither has had the desired impact and it looks as though the Sharks now might be forced to bite the proverbial bullet and give a local youngster, such as Patrick Lambie or Guy Cronje, the chance to make the position his own.
More worrying, though, is the CEO’s denial of any serious problem with the Sharks’ backline play, reducing any talk of that nature to a media creation. He highlights a lack of tries as the only real issue – which to me goes to show that he doesn’t really understand what a backline is actually used for. He and Plumtree must get on very well!
A last point that raised an eyebrow for me was the admission that Plumtree has allegedly not yet signed the offered 3-year contract extension. The Sharks have flip-flopped on this particular issue so many times in the last few months (with one interview saying that he has signed, only for the next to deny it) that it does make one wonder how much of the other stuff van Zyl has to say can actually be taken at face value.Tweet