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Bashford reflects on Sharks career


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 16 Jul 2013 at 10:03
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Outgoing Sharks coach Grant Bashford addressed the media at Kings Park on Saturday evening after the Sharks’ 58-13 thumping of the Southern Kings.

Here’s what he had to say, courtesy of the official Sharks website, www.sharksrugby.co.za.

“If you had asked me to sign on the dotted line when Dick Muir recruited in 2006 and said I’d still be here in 2013, I’d have taken it.

“I guess when you don’t make the play-offs as a big Union, it is a disappointing season. It’s been an interesting year, but I think the most important thing was that we finished well, the last few weeks were tough for everyone and finishing with a 10 try game was important; and satisfying.

“From a players’ perspective it was really good to see some youngsters on the field going nicely, I thought Fred Zeilinga showed some of what he’s able to do even if he didn’t get much opportunity, although there will be opportunities for him in the Currie Cup. It’s great to have players like Jean Deysel coming back to full match fitness, I thought he had a good game. There is certainly enough depth in this squad to have a good Currie Cup.

“it [the decision to change coaches] wasn’t a performance-based issue, but that the time was right for change. It happens to all coaches, it’s just a matter of when.

“We’ve had a good run, there have been a lot of finals – we haven’t won as many as we would have liked to, but at least we’ve been there. So there are no regrets, it’s time for change I guess. I am hugely passionate about rugby, I’ll always be involved in a rugby team, it’s just a matter of where.

“Working with Dick Muir was great, we started off together, then Plum got involved in 2007. I remember in 2006, we played the Western Force on a Friday night, we had to win to still be in for the semis, but had to wait for another result and they had to win by 32 points, and that was exactly what happened.

“So we unpacked the bags we had packed on Friday night, that was the end of the campaign. Plum arrived the next year and we were in the final against the Bulls. That’s probably my most disappointing memory ever in my rugby career, losing that game when we felt we had it won.

“But winning the 2008 Currie Cup, when we hadn’t won it for 12 years, was awesome. I guess it was our time even if there was huge pressure on anyone. It was a great day in Durban and managing to get one over the Bulls was great.

“There are lots of memories but those two are special, good and bad.”

We’d like to wish Grant Bashford all the very best for the future, whatever that may hold.



34 Comments

  • Ja I must admit, that those 2 exact memories of bashy is 2 of mine that also stands out these past couple of years!
    I was at that final in Durbs 2007, traveled 2000km to see the oukes loose it to ou boozer (Steve Walsh) after almost an hrs “injury time”! But had a JOL afterwards with the players!
    And then tears of joy in that 2008 CC final!!! The drought was broken!
    Cheers BASHY!!!! All the best!
    PS: Just don’t join the bulls!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.13 10:29:02 by R Hayward Reply
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  • Seems like a well respected guy among the players. I always wondered what he and HRE brought to the party from a technical point of view.

    If it were up to me I would have promoted one of them to head coach, and then given them well accomplished assistants.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.13 10:41:02 by Talent Reply
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  • Legend! Thanks for the memories Bash! Served the Sharks with distinction and the coaching team deserved more than what they got

    Waiting (very impatiently) for the announcement from Smith, with regards to the changes in structures and coaching appointments…

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.13 10:44:54 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • LEGEND. Hope to see you back in the Sharks ranks soon.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.13 10:47:12 by Uli Reply
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  • Guys…. can we have some consistency here? For the last 5 years, we’ve heard nothing about what a liability Bashford is and how he knows nothing and brings nothing to the party… now all of a sardine we’re calling him a legend and complaining that he’s been let go!

    Which is it, FFS? It can’t be both things.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.13 10:49:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : well, I for one have never bashed Bash. I had a problem with what HRE brought, and thought Plum ran out of ideas/steam.

    My problem with it all was mostly based on the fact that for the last 3 years, it seemed that we couldn’t win unless our backs were against the wall – had to be in a must win situation to start winning. Yes, at times that took us all the way to the final, but why should it come that first?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.13 10:54:17 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • Out with the old and in with the new. A new Sharks era is slowly (feels like its very slowly) approaching. Cheers to Bash and HRE, good luck in whatever you may pursue next.

    Now all we need is confirmation on who will take over! no more rumors please….

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.13 11:11:14 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I have always said he should take over form Plum.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.13 11:23:19 by Uli Reply
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  • John SMIT
    Juan SMITH
    Keegan DANIEL

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.13 11:59:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 9) : :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.13 12:02:17 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Go well.

    The word legend, like the word lady, suffers a lot of loose usage nowadays.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.13 12:04:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Can someone advise me if our beloved DOR is actually DOR? because he seems to think hes not the DOR….

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.13 12:18:53 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 12) : I heard he would be based in CPT where he will be practicing medicine. all whilst being DOR for the sharks and jetting of to Saracens once a month for a week. again rumors that i think Smit should come out and be open about

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.13 12:22:51 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 8) : I dont really know what BASH offered I just remember one clear fact, when Ballie was scrum Coach and Campese was Skills Coach/backline…the sharks had their best back-line years under BASH AND Muir. I know Campese might be arrogant but he had some influence on BACK pLAY back in the day…I heard though that he is not lekker to work with. I just wonder some times that fresh ideas in BACK PLAY SHOULD BE A annual effort/ new faces to coach and innovate the back-line leadership with ideas.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.13 12:26:27 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 14) : true

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.13 12:33:18 by Uli Reply
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  • Hi guys, I don’t have too much time to actively chat on the site but just an observation, why could Plumtree not have taken the news like Bashford:”“it [the decision to change coaches] wasn’t a performance-based issue, but that the time was right for change. It happens to all coaches, it’s just a matter of when.” Instead he acts like an asshole and runs to his lawyers….

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.13 13:06:25 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 14) : I’m with you, Bashford as a backline coach achieved very little, so have no idea where the sudden adoration is coming from. Sounds like a really good bloke though. I’d bring Campese back in a hearbeat, the backline cooked when he was involved.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.13 13:20:40 by neilster Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 16) : I think the way it was done was in BAD taste, we know both sides of the story Smits, MALLETS(tool/poepol) and Plums. I just think Plum maybe had his own limitations with administration and Struali (who has come off lightly from all this) and he felt a bit betrayed not to be included or even seen as a way foreward by Smit Saad and Co…Love Hurts… ;) …and Plum loves thE sHARKS…

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.13 13:26:14 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 16) : “why could Plumtree not have taken the news like Bashford:”….. because he had been offered a 2 year extension. He was looking after his earning potential, like anyone would do that had a job yanked from under them. This has been flogged to death.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.07.13 13:27:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 16) : I would guess the difference is that a certain CEO hadn’t verbally assured Bash of a renewal. How ‘manufactured’ one thinks that renewal was considering the new CEO would probably have disagreed, depends on what side of the fence you sit on.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.13 13:30:27 by neilster Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 16) : at the end of the day rugby is a business and money plays a big part of this. I think plum had every right to do what he did. he was verbally promised an extension only to find out via the media that this is no longer the case. Plum is not a stupid man and probably knew what was coming and played this to his advantage. Remember he has a family that have made Durban their home and would like to stay in Durban.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.07.13 13:30:47 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 18) : Mallet was just to honest, that has always been how he operates, some love it some hate it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.07.13 13:32:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 17) : I was under the impression that HRE was back line coach?

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.07.13 13:35:33 by Uli Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 19) : Anyone who has had as many opportunities as Plumtree and not brought back one super title must surely realise that he is bound to be replaced, Bash did…anyway probably enough said on the topic

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.07.13 13:38:42 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 21) : True, he probably recorded the conversation with Brian as well :lol: By the way, I have been meaning to ask, are you the same “Hobbit” that regularly tweets on 5fm?

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.07.13 13:41:15 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 25) : yes, yes i’am :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.13 13:42:31 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @mbay-shark (Comment 24) : Many will coach, and have been coaching, much longer and wont get a sniff of a final…they will not just give up because of that, they will all have a burning ambition to still win it. The biggie for Plum was that he actually had a 2 year job yanked from under his ass.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.13 13:43:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : Should of had it yanked long ago…ask KSA :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.07.13 13:47:04 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 26) : Haha

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.07.13 13:48:06 by mbay-shark Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 23) : that’s how I had it as well…

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.07.13 13:49:10 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Hahahaha vertel hulle !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.07.13 13:53:23 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 23) : That must have changed when he came on board, as Bashford was before.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.07.13 14:15:38 by neilster Reply

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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 21) : Which is exactly why I believe the outgoing CEO, whose wife Plum’s wife regularly has coffee with, helped him out. IMHO :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.07.13 14:17:50 by neilster Reply

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  • @neilster (Comment 32) : My take is the backs operated fairly decent until Brash was replaced as back line coach.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.07.13 16:06:09 by Uli Reply
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