The Sharks look likely to pick Keegan Daniel at open-side flank this weekend, leaving Jacques Botes at number 8, according to assistant coach Brad Macleod-Henderson, who chatted exclusively to Sharksworld this afternoon.
“We aren’t going to make many changes, ” the coach tells us, “Keegan will be back, but Brynard’s probably going to be out injured, so that might be an easy swap. Odwa’s also out, but Sizo Maseko appears to be over his injury. There might be one or two changes, but most of them will be injury enforced.” Elaborating further on the loose trio composition, Brad reveals, “we’re probably going to play Keegan at 6, with Jacques at 8. Jacques will also keep the captaincy, for the sake of continuity.”
Both Jean Deysel and Marco Wentzel, who were earlier listed as injury concerns, look like they’ll be fit to play.
Going back to the Lions game, Brad tells us the team is relieved to have won. “There were some mixed emotions – a combination of satisfaction and relief. The guys ended up down [on the scoreboard] after playing all the rugby and showed great character to come back from that and get the win in the end. ” The coach isn’t overly concerned about the two tries scored by the Lions in the first half, adding that “for the one, our chase lines weren’t as accurate as we would have liked, but the other was an unlucky intercept which can happen to any team. The important thing was that the guys didn’t get too down and didn’t stop playing. That first half was probably some of the best rugby we’ve played since coming together as a group.”
Moving to the scrums, Brad is pleased about the great improvement after the Griquas match, although he highlighted the need for more consistency in what the team produces. “We were going well, then they introduced some personnel changes at half time; there were a couple of scrum collapses after that and were were just a bit inconsistent in that second half – that’s something that we’re working on. I also think that these changes put a lot more onus on the ref; the scrums take longer, the ball’s in play for longer so the ref have a lot more to keep an eye on. As much as the players and coaches are still getting to grips with the new scrum engagement process, it’ll take the referee’s a few weeks to iron out the creases. The important thing for us is how much better we were this week and to keep improving.”
Regarding the defensive lapses against the Lions, the coach was again not too concerned. “There were a few times when we didn’t back our system enough and a few slips, which cost us. We’re looking at that and working hard on it this week”.
The Sharks play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Friday night.Tweet