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.Tweet