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Coach Brad’s post mortem


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Oct 2014 at 13:18
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We caught up with Sharks Currie Cup coach Brad Macleod-Henderson earlier today to do a bit of a wash up after the team’s season came to an end on Saturday.

Not wanting to dwell on the negative too much, we had to talk a little bit about that game at Ellis Park, and what contributed to the Sharks suffering a 30-point defeat to the Lions. “You have to take your hat off to the Lions,” says the coach, “I thought they played particularly well. Pretty much from the start they put us under pressure and we struggled to deal with that. From the start of the second half we came back and played some nice rugby, but we probably made too many errors and we missed too many tackles to build enough pressure and stay in touch with them on the scoreboard.”

Missed tackles – up to 30 in the match – were a big concern. We asked Brad what went wrong. “It’s difficult to put your finger on,” he admits, adding “we conceded the least tries in the Currie Cup going into the game and then we allowed six to be scored on Saturday. I think they did put us under a lot of pressure from the set piece and the guys fell off too many tackles and once the guys had missed one tackle, it led to two or three which just compounded the problem. ”

Scrumming was another area that wasn’t up to par on Saturday – an area that’s plagued the Sharks throughout the campaign. “I think our scrums were maybe a little bit inconsistent,” Brad concedes, ” at times we scrummed well and at times we didn’t. It’s certainly an area we need to look at and improve for next year. It cost us on Saturday – we knew going into the game that the Lions had a strong scrum and unfortunately we couldn’t deal with it.”

Looking at the campaign as a whole, we asked the coach to list the positives he was able to take. “There were a couple of highlights: firstly the performance of Tera [Mtembu] both as a captain and player. He’s come on in leaps and bounds – we always knew he was a fantastic rugby player and he’s continued improving and his leadership ability also showed great maturity. He’s led the guys from the front and played every minute of every game and shown what a talent he is. A couple of the young guys have come through – Cameron Wright and Thomas du Toit were still at school last year and they showed what talented players they are. Andre Esterhuizen was at school two years ago, he showed what a phenomenal athlete he is, so from an individual player point of view there were some huge highlights.

“The team were under pressure – we weren’t playing well at the start of the competition and had two narrow losses which really put the cat among the pigeons, but the fight that the guys showed, going to Pretoria and getting a result there, going to Cape Town and winning there, beating a pretty-much full strength Lions team at home, those are all highlights that we’ll certainly take from the campaign. The guys enjoyed their rugby, they always played with a nice spirit, so those were all pleasing aspects to see.”

And what do we think about the depth available to us, having completed the Currie Cup season? “I mentioned those names earlier, then someone like Khaya Majola showed that he can certainly play at Currie Cup level, Etienne Oosthuizen showed that he can play at this level if not above. A guy like Kyle Cooper hasn’t had a lot of chance to play this year, but he got that now and he was fantastic, Monde Hadebe also showed what a talent he was. You don’t really want to mention individual names but a lot of players put their hands up and showed what they can do.”

Talking about the style of play, Brad also finds positives. “I think at times, when we played to our potential and the passes stuck we looked really good – really threatening. That was definitely a highlight to come out of the campaign. You’re obviously always looking to refine things and improve on things, improve your decision-making. There are always area that need improving ahead of Super Rugby next year and we’ve obviously got quite a few players coming back into the squad, as well as those who’ve put their hands up during the Currie Cup and are looking for an opportunity in Super Rugby.

“We’ll get back together on the 17th of November and start working towards a good Super Rugby campaign.”

We’d like to wish Brad and the team all the best and hope they have a good break.



35 Comments

  • Enjoy the rest.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.10.14 13:23:50 by JD Reply
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  • He must be as unsure as anybody else. Unfortunately he does not sound like a man who has a plan or confidence that he can take us further ?

    The best thing might be for him and his coaching team to coach the VC so they gradually gain experience and later coach the senior side.

    A new DOR/HC should be allowed and will probably insist to pick his own team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.10.14 13:29:47 by Observer Reply

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  • I wonder if all the pre-season training plans as mentioned by Jake in his last interview is still in place?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.10.14 13:53:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 2) : That might be fairer on them, instead of throwing them in at the deep end.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.10.14 13:55:32 by StevieS Reply
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  • How the coaching staff thought starting with Matt Stevens was a good idea is beyond me.
    He has been getting drilled in every single scrum this season.

    So they opt to start him?! Against arguably the best front row in the comp…good one.
    We were under such immense pressure at the set piece it was inevitable we would crack at some point.

    Also, the Lions loosies completely and utterly dominated ours. Front row and loose forward…that’s ultimately where we were beaten on the day.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.10.14 14:10:39 by John Galt Reply

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  • Considering his only credentials is coaching a high school team, I don’t think he did too bad. Not to mention he got handed a squad without any Springboks and in a bit of disarray after the whole JW debacle. I reckon, with the right mentor, he might become a very good head coach in the future.
    But right now we need that mentor. Someone who can finally steer this black and white ship to glory.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.10.14 14:11:46 by Another Nick Reply

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  • We really missed a crash tackler like Alberts in this game. Pretty much each Lions runner was making metres at will. There were plenty missed tackles, but even the majority of the made ones were ineffective in stopping go forward. You cannot give that much momentum to a team like the Lions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.10.14 14:28:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 6) : I am sorry but I do not support the whole “he has the potential to become”, for me mentoring and coaching should start at the bottom, not when you get to CC or Super rugby. By then the coach or players for that matter should know whats hes doing and do it well.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.10.14 14:35:50 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 8) : I get what you’re saying, but the thing is he didn’t start at the bottom. He jumped straight from his high school job to assistant SR coach and head CC coach. That’s one helluva jump going from coaching pupils to professional sportsmen, and I think he is still finding his feet. I’m prepared to give him some more time to see what Smitty sees in him.
    Now if it was someone like Deon Keyser that was head coach this CC, then I agree with you wholeheartedly.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.10.14 14:43:31 by Another Nick Reply

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  • I think the player we missed the most this year was Jean Deysel. In the CC against the weaker teams, he just got the team forward with those strong runs, bumping players of every now and again. We really did not have a ball carrier this campaign that even came close to him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.10.14 15:14:17 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 10) : Agreed, no big loosies. We eventually started playing a high tempo game i.e. using the game plan which suited the players at our disposal, not keeping it tight e.g. versus the Pumas where we got smashed.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.10.14 16:26:52 by StevieS Reply
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  • This article sums the state of Sharks rugby up,a novice coach with no game plan and no tic tacs,eish

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.10.14 16:32:31 by benji Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 5) : could not agree more and JB was wholy exposed and spent more time rolling around on the grass than a 5 year old at nursery school

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.10.14 16:35:44 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 13) : All respect to Oosthuizen but he’s not a seven so playing witb a talented but inexperienced 8 and a lock as his partners JB was always going to struggle against a very good loose trio.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.10.14 17:05:48 by JD Reply
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  • When a player jumps from school to senior rugby he is expected to perform or drop out to lower teams. Why does the same not apply to our coach? You only get your arses handed to you when there is no cohesion in a team and that is why we defended like cardboard cut-outs. JS must step up and right his wrong appointments

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.10.14 20:08:23 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 15) : This season is a legacy of having 5 head coaches in 18 months!!!!!!! And now almost everyone is calling for yet another change of head coach that will make it 6 in 20 odd months!!!! No wonder the players are in such a mess!!!!!!! I dare anyone to have as many bosses (each one with his own procedures and work methods) in that amount of time and still do your work 100% correct without making mistakes!!!!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.10.14 21:15:18 by JD Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 13) : Try to show a modicum of respect. Jacques Botes always gives his all and does not pick himself. No way to treat Sharks’ servant when he’s always put Sharks rugby first.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.10.14 07:45:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : I’m coming to the conclusion that some people only really exist to be unkind about others.

    It’s rather sad. I started out with higher expectations of our species.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.10.14 09:08:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kitch Christie,Graham Henry and Jake White were all school masters and guess what they each won a World Cup.It’s time people cut Brad some slack,unless the players left because of him how is this his fault,You can’t take 7 Boks out the team,and lose players like Deysel.Kanko ,Keegan,Mcleod, and expect to carry on regardless.
    I wonder what this coaching team would have done with the full complement.
    Also all those true Brendan Venter disciples,remember exactly what he had at his disposal in last year’s Currie Cup,everyone of those aforementioned players.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.10.14 09:36:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : I would love someone to compile a list of all the players that have left the Sharks in say the last 4-5years…i know players come and go but i think it would make for interesting reading to see the amount of quality that has gone out the door…

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.10.14 09:44:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : Good idea.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.10.14 09:45:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : I think the problem is deeper, and you have to ask why did we lose so many players in the first place.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.10.14 09:46:21 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 20) : Also agree

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.10.14 09:47:00 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 22) : That is what I said,unless some one can prove that they left because of Brad,then how can we blame him.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.10.14 09:52:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 22) : the issue is a tricky one, though.

    Look, any fool can compile a list of 60 names and say “there is the Sharks’ problem” but the reality is that no team can accommodate the emergence of 60 new players over 5 years and expect to keep all of them, along with the existing squad. South Africa produces a lot of good players and the Sharks Academy, in particular, has done a good job of creating a surplus.

    The question is more whether the Sharks did enough to keep the right ones. Looking at Howard Mnisi, Ruan Combrinck, Warren Whiteley and co, I’d say there a far bigger case to be answered there.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.10.14 09:53:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : To be honest here,all those players plus the Cronjes and Redlinghuis,ended up at the Lions because nobody else wanted them,add Marnitz Boshoff to that list and Mapoe,

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.10.14 09:58:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 24) : I don’t think anyone left because of Brad, but as @robdylan (Comment 25) : mentioned, we need to look at why we let certain players slip through our fingers. Quality player with a huge amount of talent, now playing elsewhere. Those players mentioned by Rob are not even playing overseas, so we can’t use money as an excuse. Perhaps JB will help with this issue next year, identifying the cream of the crop, and KEEPING them.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.10.14 10:01:02 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 27) : some players develop later than others and I think that, if anything, the Sharks have often not been patient enough. It’s a criticism I would level at the Bulls too (cf Boshoff).

    Too many players are dumped after under 21 rugby (or maybe half a season as a 22 year old if they don’t immediately excel at Vodacom Cup level). Some of those guys go on to establish themselves later on, as 25 or 26 year olds.

    Looking at the guys the Lions have, it’s only really Mnisi that I feel we should have treated better. We discarded him way too soon, given how he did as a junior and the position he plays.

    You can’t blame the Sharks for not contracting Whiteley or Redelinghuys – there were simply far too many better players ahead of them at the time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.10.14 10:10:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Very true Rob. With the incredible power of hindsight, it’s easy to look back and say we should have kept this player or that. But in reality I think it’s a very fine balancing act between knowing which players to invest in and when to let go. You do not always know whether a player will perform in the senior setup (Or at an older age) or not, so its always a bit of a gamble I guess..

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.10.14 10:18:21 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : The list would just make for interesting reading and obviously we couldnt keep all0 just not possible. But i think their would be a trend of the type of player we lose or perhaps a specific position with a high turnover. As yes as you say are we equipped at releasing the potential of some good players or are we trying to squeeze water from the stones we have

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.10.14 10:23:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 29) : it’s a huge gamble and the more young players you have, the more difficult it gets…

    I mean, at the time Redelinghuys was cut, the Sharks had Jannie du Plessis, Pat Cilliers, Wiehan Herbst and Eugene van Staden all contracted as senior tighthead props, with others like Nick Schonert, Maks van Dyk, Allan Dell, Marne Coetzee, Bart le Roux and Stephan van Schalkwyk all coming through behind him.

    You can’t blame the powers that be for deciding they had enough cover.

    The real problem was getting rid of both Schonert and van Dyk immediately afterwards, leaving us with Herbst as the only senior option once Cilliers and van Staden moved on. Then it’s suddenly panic panic panic and in come Adriaanse and Stevens.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.10.14 10:29:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : it’s definitely worth discussing, but needs a more careful and thoughtful angle, I’d say.

    I’ve tried it a few times and am invariably left with more questions than answers.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.10.14 10:31:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I think the key thing to look at here is the players in the leadership group who left.Plum had Frans Steyn as his Captain,then Keegan,Deysel and Mcleod .
    J.W arrived and appointed Bismarck as his captain with Pat and I think Deysel again as vice captains.
    Not one was available on Saturday.Terra was a gamble who almost payed off,but one always felt that the team was light with on the field leadership,thats why guys like Wentzel,Stevens and Botes were included.

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.10.14 10:46:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Yeh it is a bit of a merri go round hey

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.10.14 11:09:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 33) : I disagree,Terra was probably the only positive move forward for the Sharks,he represents the future and the CC is the place to blood players like him not the habitual hanging on to the past,and what past,there is no SR trophy to hang on to,and the rehashing of old players afflicted with John Smit syndrome ,JB should be in the coaching structures or scout and mentor where I believe he is the best man for the job

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.10.14 12:54:07 by benji Reply
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