In his own words: Charl McLeod

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Aug 2010 at 08:00
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Sharksworld caught up with red-hot Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod and put some questions to him. Our thanks go to the Sharks for making this interview happen.

Sharksworld: Many commentators have noted the positive impact you have had on the fluidity of the backline by ensuring quick ball; is this something that you consciously work at?

Charl McLeod: I think that is a 9′s most important job, getting the ball in the 10′s hands as quickly as possible, so it’s probably the first thing I started working on.

SW: You have been in the system for a while, and have taken your chance with both hands when finally presented; how have you managed to stay sharp, keep motivated and not drop off while waiting for game time?

CM: The environment here has always been a very positive one. So it was more a case of working harder to become part of it, than sitting around and moping!

SW:What do you consider to be your natural strengths at scrumhalf?

CM: As I mentioned in the first question; clearing the ball quickly and accurately.

SW:How have you found playing with Pat Lambie at 10?

CM: We played together for the first time on Saturday, I enjoyed it! He is a very talented player!

SW: Has there been a change in team strategy this Currie Cup? – It seems we value possession a lot more, and this suits your game.

CM: The new laws encourage teams to keep the ball, even from your own half. I certainly enjoy this more, but I think it also benefits our way of playing.

SW:What’s the attitude in the camp with regards to positivity towards winning the Currie Cup?

CM: Everybody wants it!!!

SW:As a scrummy do you do added fitness work seeing as the scrumhalf is seen as the fittest player on the field?

CM: After the last 2 weekends, I think I should, I got pretty tired out there… I just work hard in the pre season. Our fitness trainer is pretty good in getting and keeping us fit!!

SW:Have you always been a Sharks fan or did you grow up supporting another union?

CM: I grew up in Johannesburg in the Francois Pienaar era, so I did support Transvaal back then. But I didn’t hesitate for a moment when I got the opportunity to come to The Sharks!

SW: Are you aware of any other players from Wonderboom Hoer playing professional rugby in SA, or are you the only one?

CM: There are 3 guys I think, one at the Griffons (Hendrik v/d Nest), one at the Pumas (Braam Pretorius) and one guy in New Zeeland, Otago (Eben Joubert).

Thanks again to Charl for his time and we wish him and the rest of the team all the best for the rest of the Currie Cup season.


  • Keep on doing the things you do Charl. You go boy! :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.10 08:06:54 by Jarson Reply
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  • The Rory fans will be thrilled that he’s starting this weekend, but to be honest, Charl has done nothing wrong to warrant being dropped. In saying that, I saw Lambie and even Sykes playing scrumhalf a couple of times last week….

    Although Rory does back himself to take it up against the oppo forwards so a non 9 will have to do his job anyway.

    Let’s see how he grabs the opportunity this weekend.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.10 08:17:40 by Baldrick Reply

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  • Just keep doing the basics well Charl, that is probably the most important job for a scrumhalf. Don’t worry too much about being flashy because the supporters know the value you’ve brought to the Sharks and the new brand of rugby we’ve seen.Good work.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.10 08:35:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good one Charl, your hard work and positive attitude has paid off. Keep up that quick and snappy service and you will establish yourself as the leading scrummie at the Sharks for the S15.

    Glad your move to KZN from Gauteng has paid off for you, you kept the faith while playing for Harlequins, all the time working on your game. When at last your chance came you grabbed it with both hands – Well done.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.10 08:38:43 by jonnow Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Good advice from one Charl to another and Charl and an ex-scrumhalf to the Sharks scrumhalf. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.10 08:40:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thanks for your time boykie, always great to hear from the guys playing the game

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.10 08:49:03 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Well done charl uve had a huge impact on the sharks backline. Personally i was tired of rory taking all the good ball 4 himself and giving the bad ball 2 the backline. Charls been a breath of fresh air and the backlines responding well

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.10 09:01:58 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    Vir die ‘kaas en wyn span’ :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.10 09:05:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Natuurlik….dit was lekker tye. Geen stress nie net lekker rugby.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.10 09:09:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • morning all :smile:

    Charl Mc well done my friend its always good to hear the imput of the players :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.10 09:12:04 by chaz Reply

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  • Thanks for taking some time to respond to us Charl.

    I have been a fan ever since that game a few years ago where you scored 2 tries for the Valke playing against us.

    I like how simple and focused your job description is in your own words: get quick ball into the flyhalf’s hands. It is a very under-rated skill, and your contribution in doing this has revolutionised the Sharks this season.

    Keep playing as you have: we don’t need you to score tries; we recognise how you are making it possible for others to do so.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.10 09:24:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : plum just wants to see how good ludik and lambie are with a shit scrummie. it is a good game to test this. look how shit morne and kirshner are without du preez. he probably wants adolf to see that he needs to buy a better backup scrummie. :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.10 10:45:56 by try time Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : I could not have expressed this better….my sentiments exactly! Even the 2nd para ;-)
    Although it would be nice for Charl if he did score a try or 2 :-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.10 11:22:41 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 12) : You at it again…BIG wooden spoon for you :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.10 11:24:28 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 12) : Try Time I do believe you`ve got it! Brilliant Plum! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.10 11:33:39 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Hi guys,let’s nt use this to belittle the other very talented sh at the sharks.please.. With both charl and rory on-form ,imagine the probs the opp will have ! .. Charl,well done with the commitment u have shown :-) u an inspiration to the others . Hope to see just going from strenght to strenght! And ruck to ruck :-D !! Als van d beste Charl! Jy’s n yster wat staal word!

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.10 11:45:14 by bergshark Reply

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  • How did he grow up in Joeys if he went to Wonderboom Hoërskool?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.08.10 12:44:27 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) :
    I dont think that it was a ‘disgrace’ that CM didnt clear the rucks everytime. It wouldnt have been that obvious if the phase slowed down and he eventualy arrived a few seconds later and cleared the ruck. The reason why the ruck was cleared by Lambie and Sykes, was because the gameplan was to get good/quick front foot ball. To keep the momentum going. And to attain that, ANY player is regarded as a pseudo-scrummie.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.08.10 23:37:55 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • And tonite we have seen the same thing happening while Rory was on the field. He was’nt the clearer at the ruck everytime. Even Ross Skeate (great game he had btw) played scrummie on a few occasions.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.08.10 23:40:59 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • Great to see Eben Joubert get a meantion he is on absolute fire for Otago this season…..looks destined for a Super Rugby Contract with the Highlanders.

    However dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago ..out for 6 weeks ! :sad:

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.10 09:59:53 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 17) : have you ever been to Wonderboom? :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.08.10 10:14:51 by robdylan Reply
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