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Bresler has the inside track


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Feb 2014 at 10:39
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In a wide-ranging interview with the Sunday Tribune, Sharks coach Jake White has explained some of his thinking relating to a number of the youngsters in his Super Rugby squad.

White reveals that he considers Anton Bresler’s experience a vital ingredient next to the somewhat greener Pieter-Steph du Toit, hence the decision to back the former’s 33 caps when he picks his starting line-up for Saturday’s season-opener against the Bulls. Bresler has played no rugby at all in six months after a frustrating shoulder injury, but having come through 80 minutes against the Lions on Friday evening looks a sure bet to be named in the number 4 jersey.

White further reveals that young Etienne Oosthuizen is nursing a shoulder injury, but is by no means out of the picture. He says that Bresler’s selection “doesn’t mean I’ve lost faith in Etienne, or his days are numbered. If I feel that Bresler’s combination with Pieter-Steph du Toit is working, I will keep them together for a few weeks. But I could also change that and give Etienne a crack.”

White also tells the Tribune that he sees young Andre Esterhuizen and Tyler Fisher as ideal understudies to Frans Steyn and SP Marais at inside center and fullback respectively. Esterhuizen, who has covered a number of positions across the backline during the early past of his career, will focus on inside center for the Sharks. White explains that “h is big, he is strong, and has great hands at 12. What I don’t want to do is isolate him on the outside where he would be coming up against players like (All Black) Julian Savea and Israel Dagg. He would then be judged against the very best.”

The youngster is currently on a special speed program, though, as the coach admits “we want him a yard quicker over the first 10m.”



38 Comments

  • Jake White’s justifications for inclusions and exclusions just reek of common sense at this point. What a novel thing at the Sharks :mrgreen:

    (Well, not entirely as Brendan Venter probably pioneered it)

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.14 10:50:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • wonder what he thinks of sbura

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.14 11:10:51 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 2) : I’m sure he would have impressed the coach. Perhaps outside centre is his gig after all.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.14 11:35:44 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Did you get to interview any of the players after the game? I believe they spent a good while chatting to fans after the game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.14 11:38:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • I really rate Bresler! He is just what you need at 4, the type of guy who will quietly spend 80 minutes crashing into rucks and making tackles all over the park. Imho players like him are often the difference between sides with big names who never seem to win titles and championship winning teams, they just seem to be the glue that pulls everyone together.

    I really hope Williams is not thrown by the wayside. He seems to have really great sense of where to be on the field both on attack and defense not to mention he also just seems to be really enjoying himself while playing!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.14 11:40:56 by Half-Pint Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 2) : he said that he believes S’bura can be a Bok at 13

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.14 11:41:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : that is awesome :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.14 11:42:57 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : Unfortunately not, they entered the tunnel immediately after the game. High-fived a few fans on their way in but I didn’t seem them chatting to anyone.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.14 11:48:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : If he’s defensively up to it I think it’s a future possibility.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.02.14 11:49:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : I know I read an article over the weekend where Jake is quoted as saying that… you think I can find the damn thing now?

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.02.14 11:54:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : It’s probably better that way anyhow. Best we contribute as little as possible to overhyping the poor guy before he’s even played a Super Rugby game in that position.

    As someone who’s felt that Sithole has never truly delivered on he’s potential I’m still excited at the possibility though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.02.14 12:02:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I read that as well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.14 12:05:56 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : same here

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.02.14 12:08:09 by Poisy Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : very excited. He’s an awesome guy who had some issues with skills (which, I’m sure, mostly came down to confidence), but Plumtree could just never seem to find a way to work with him.

    Who was it who said that the Sharks “only ever accepted the finished article” when Plum was the coach? I think it was Mjekevu.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.02.14 12:18:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Well, the appointment of Cheryl Caulder proves that particular attitude has definitely changed.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.02.14 12:21:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : whats plum been up to now?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.02.14 12:31:20 by Poisy Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : I think Caulder is going to be the ingredient which is going to propel guys like Sbura and Paul Jordaan who both suffer a little from butter fingers to greater heights.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.02.14 12:31:25 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 16) : @robdylan (Comment 14) : Plum is busy turning Ireland’s forward play around. Could definitely see his fingerprints on their play on Saturday.

    Plum is really an international type of coach where they really do work more with “Finished articles” rather than works in progress.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.02.14 12:33:03 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 18) : oh well atleast his got a gig

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.02.14 12:36:53 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : He was a good coach but more of a coach who should work pretty high up and not with guys at the start of their careers. That’s why I think is the perfect type of coach for international level.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.02.14 12:39:08 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : That is a big statement but it means Sbura is doing something very well. Jake knows how to believe in players. Good stuff.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.02.14 12:42:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Here ya go. http://citizen.co.za/124738/lambie-dan-carter/ :smile:

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.02.14 12:43:31 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 20) : Deffinitely not head coach material though, way too many personality clashes with the “pre-madonna’s” :twisted:

    We bled talented players under Plum, Kockott and Mostert…how we let them go only Plum will know.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.02.14 12:51:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : Can’t agree more. Imagine an axis of Kockett, Lambie and Steyn

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.02.14 12:53:51 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • but with plum kockett only excelled when he was pushed by another player. Can anyone remember as craig said “brutal punch” on thompson against the highlands that gave him a red?

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.02.14 13:01:17 by Dunx Reply

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  • @Dunx (Comment 25) : Oh yeah, that courtesy fall knockout. Soccer fans the world over had to applaud that dive. :lol:

    Always enjoyed how Kockott had to score a try during his 5 minute cameos Plum used to give him as “punishment”.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.02.14 13:20:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Well done Anton on the 80 minutes. He has the ability to play 4 or 5.He is experienced and will compliment PSDT. It looks like PSDT , Anton and Ettienne are the chosen ones with Peet, Hewitt and Marco bound for Vodacom Cup. Not sure experienced player would like to play VC ?Rob you did an article some time ago about the alarming rate at which the shark union looses locks. Steven Sykes, Ross, Johan Muller, Johan, Mostert etc. Locks are injury prone, look at what happened last year. Will we lose more locks ? SA locks are in high demand in France and the UK!

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.02.14 13:31:15 by Observer Reply

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  • Jake seems happy: http://www.sharksrugby.co.za/news#article2309294

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.02.14 13:37:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 27) : well, we can’t really say, but let’s hope at least some of them buy into the bigger picture.

    Peet, even if he is a bit behind in the Super Rugby queue, will surely play a big role in Currie Cup, as will Lewies.

    I’m less confident about the likes of Edwin Hewitt and Marco Wentzel, whom Jake quite simply does not seem to rate. Let’s see what happens, though… I mean, a guy like Peet is not more than a single injury away from the squad. It takes a brave man to bet on us not picking up even one injury to a lock this season…

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.02.14 13:37:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 27) : just to pick up further on that point… sure, nobody wants to play VC, but then again, you can only have 23 guys in a Super Rugby matchday squad. So what do you do? Simply have to have some sort of a culture where players don’t get disgruntled at being in the VC squad for a period and seek to leave en masse.

    It’s a problem that affects all teams, though. Ask yourself how many locks the Buls have lost over a similar time period.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.02.14 13:38:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : It’s also on the main sharks rugby website: Jack enthusing about S’Bura at 13. The main thing that impressed me was that in both tries he bulldozed over a couple of players, so there’s a bit of physicality there which wings sometimes lack. Good on him.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.02.14 13:40:01 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • To be honest though, Jake has been talking up a big game since the pre-season started. I’m glad he rates S’bura but to start talking about bok quality seems a bit ludicrous after one warm up game.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.02.14 13:44:09 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 32) : I can’t find that quote now, so maybe take it with a pinch of salt. Doesn’t change the fact that he had a good game and Jake clearly rates him as having a big future in the position.

    Let’s imagine for a second that you have a backline including McLeod, Lambie, Steyn, Mvovo, Pietersen and Marais/Ndungane…. with that amount of experience all around him, can you think of a better way to develop Sbura as a top 13? Shit…. let’s pick him now

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.02.14 13:46:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Vanmartin gave a link in Comment 28 to the article. He definitely says it.

    @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 32) : I tend to agree that it might be a little early to be talking about Bok quality… BUT Jake is one of the most successful Bok coaches we’ve had. I think he can tell from the warm up game, watching what little has been shown Sbura in the past and at training to tell what sort of qualities he has. :twisted:

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.02.14 13:53:19 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : You mean this quote?

    “He could become a Bok in that position, it’s the first time that he has played in that position, he got an opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands, he really looked good out there,” he said.

    It’s here => http://citizen.co.za/124738/lambie-dan-carter/

    :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.02.14 13:53:52 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 35) : thank you!

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.02.14 13:58:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 32) : It might be a bit premature, but like Rob said it could very well be a case of confidence with S’bura. Who better than having Jake instill that confidence and get him working towards the goal of been a Bok 13.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.02.14 14:00:50 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Do you guys think JW is very calculated with his words, or does he allow his emotions to overshadow his better judgement?

    I think of his “none of the Irish players will make my Springbok team” comment.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.02.14 14:09:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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