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Sharks confirm Horak appointment


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Nov 2014 at 16:04
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In a recently-release statement, the Sharks have confirmed that Michael Horak has been appointed defensive and kicking coach.

Horak was earlier today released from his contract with the EP Kings, with whom he had initially agreed a five-year deal after a successful stint as defense coach with the Cheetahs’ Super Rugby side in 2013. That year, the Cheetahs qualified for the Super Rugby knock-out phase for the first time, with their improved defence under Horak widely considered a key factor in their best-ever campaign.

In another bit of interesting news, the Sharks revealed that Samoan and former EP Kings winger Paul Perez has also arrived in Durban, to “see if there is a future for him at the Sharks”. Earlier today it was reported that Perez’s Kings contract was torn up, after he disappeared for two days last week without explanation.



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  • This Perez thing is a little fishy. Some media are reporting that he was arrested on Friday. Seems when he disappeared on them, the Kings immediately cancelled his contract and called Home Affairs to boot.

    Nice okes….

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.11.14 16:09:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Heh the winger sounds quite shady

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.11.14 16:12:39 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : don’t ever cross cheeky! !!!! It will cost you dearly! !!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.11.14 16:13:04 by JD Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 2) : yes he will feel right at home with the rest being audited

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.11.14 16:18:59 by benji Reply
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  • Perez wouldn’t be our first bad boy winger… hopefully it turns into more of a Chavanga story in time

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.11.14 16:20:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Sounds about perfect for the Sharks he missed the whole of 2011 and most of 2013 with injuries! !! Perfect signing!!!! Btw apparently he was deported out of NZ for domestic violence and also failed to get a visa to play in France on three different occasion (all according to a Wikipedia).

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.11.14 16:21:48 by JD Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 4) : different crime boet totally different crime!!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.11.14 16:23:25 by JD Reply
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  • Good signing,any more info on Perez?Which wing is he to cover?Could open the door for Mvovo to shift to fullback?

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.11.14 16:28:26 by BarendL Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : I’m concerned about that domestic violence thing.

    I can’t condone the Sharks signing a man who has a history of violence agianst women.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.11.14 16:37:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Same feeling here. Hopefully they bounce the bugger. We aren’t that starved on the wing.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.11.14 16:41:25 by PTAShark Reply
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  • ok, so reading a little deeper, it seems there ma have been genuine remorse. I read an article about Perez taking a role as spokesman for the Samoan Victims’ Support Group, taking a stand against domestic violence.

    Maybe a reformed character?

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.11.14 16:47:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ive just sent a barge pole to Kings Park.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.11.14 17:00:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • We suddenly have a rather big and rather, um, “shapeless” senior coaching team.

    Hoping for some clarity soon about who is doing what.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.11.14 17:07:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Consisting of whom? Can you list the names of coaches and what they will be doing…and then those who’s job description we’re not too sure of?

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.11.14 17:59:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : That request for a list of who’s who is a good idea…

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.11.14 18:19:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : :D

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.11.14 19:12:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Director of Rugby – Gary Gold
    Technical Director – Brendan Venter
    Forwards Coach – Brad McLeod-Henderson
    Backs Coach – Sean Everitt
    Defensive Coach – Michael Horak
    ? – Paul Anthony

    Unless things are heading for a shift…

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.11.14 20:32:39 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 17) : why would Anthony not be forwards coach?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.11.14 20:55:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : you are hinting BMH is on his way.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.11.14 22:14:08 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 11) : ja look I just quoted Wikipedia don’t know anything else about him but tonight on the news they had a piece on him and the Kings and apparently home affairs is looking into his stay in SA as his visa or work permit expired. Reading between the lines it did not look good for his chances of staying in SA but I suppose we will see.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.11.14 23:17:05 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : I’m officially offering my services as a liason officer between the coaches just to make sure there’s no mis communications or misunderstandings between them. Hey what’s another coach on the already cluttered payroll!?!?!?! ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.11.14 23:22:56 by JD Reply
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  • I would be mortified if this ” bad boy ” Perez gets a shot at playing for the sharks…the same piece of useless flesh that was deported out of New Zealand for assaulting his wife / partner ….twice !!!! Scum if you ask me.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.11.14 01:33:33 by The Duke Reply

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  • I’m surprised that the Sharks appoint a rather unsuccessful defence coach when defence hasn’t been a problem at the Sharks

    Cheetahs – Tries let in
    2014 – 59
    2013 – 38
    2012 – 47
    2011 – 49
    2010 – 50

    Sharks – tries let in
    2014 – 22
    2013 – 31
    2012 – 31
    2011 – 28
    2010 – 27

    Kings – Tries let in CC
    2014 – 53

    Sharks – tries let in CC
    2014 – 20

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.11.14 05:17:35 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 23) : I’m not saying too much about this appointment…let’s wait and see. Regarding the stats above and Horak’s time with the Cheetahs: at least it seems that he led to a 20% improvement in 2013 and then his departure led to 55% more tries against the Cheetahs in 2014…so maybe there is something to him. The difference in tries conceded by the Sharks vs Cheetahs and Kings should, of course, probably be mainly attributed to player quality…

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.11.14 06:21:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 23) : There’s only so much an F1 driver can do with a beaten-up rusty old Ford Cortina :twisted:

    Let’s see how Horak does behind the wheel of a real SR team. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.11.14 06:24:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 19) : Is he? I think he’s saying that Paul Anthony actually works with the forwards and should be given the tag “forward’s coach”…and he’s saying nothing about BMH…

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.11.14 06:25:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : Agreed…

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.11.14 06:25:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • BMH was the specialist coach during SR 2014 looking at rucking and ball presentation. Jake was Head Coach and also looked after defence and kicking I think. So what is the fuss? Do you guys want the head coach to again have a specialist role and still have an helicopter overview of all the coaching? Business 101, segregation of duties. As for Perez, did he not lead a campaign against women abuse after his brushes with the law with regards to this? So a person cannot be forgiven for his mistakes especially when he has tried to atone? Julian Savea, has also had a few brushes with the law, he seeked help, atoned and look at him today. There are South African sports heroes that have done worse and are still praised and supported today.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.11.14 06:56:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : ja let’s see what he can do!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.11.14 06:57:29 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : And if Julian Sevea wanted to play for the Sharks?

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.11.14 06:58:53 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 28) :
    Paul Anthony should stick to singing and playing guitar in pubs that’s business 101. We now going for quantity and not quality at coaching level.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.11.14 07:16:54 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : You want the Sharks to become even more defensive? I don’t see the logic in appointing a mediocre defence coach when the Sharks don’t have a problem at defence

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.11.14 07:41:28 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : Defense coach is but a cog in the coaching structure….would the appointment of a scrum coach indicate a scrum orientated game-plan? No.

    Tsietas didn’t play a defense orientated game in 2013, they just learned how to defend when they are not on attack.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.11.14 07:52:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : The defense was not great during the Currie Cup. Even though we tackled players, we often let the opposing teams gain way too much ground.

    Likewise the challenge when attacking is to get your defense quickly in place when you turnover possession.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.11.14 08:32:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Im happy we have an actual defense coach- lets see what he can do with quality players. I wont pass judgement just yet. Not so convinced about Perz though…big strong runner but i feel he is a bit of a lone ranger and prefers 7s where he can do what he likes and doesnt hav to fit into a structure

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.11.14 08:59:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : That’s a bit disingenuous don’t you think?

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.11.14 09:24:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : I don’t think it’ll make us more defensive to have a defensive coach. If he can get the correct players in the correct positions during defense we can generate more turnovers, more overlaps and thus more tries.

    The trick is having good defenders covering good attackers with a ball stealer close by to have a go. No use having a prop covering a wing half the time or Marcell and Bismark making the most tackles each game, seeing as they generate the most turnovers for us. Getting the players in the correct areas are tricky, especially in broken play.

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.11.14 09:42:25 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @durbsguy (Comment 19) : no, I’m not. I just assumed that since Paul had played the role of forwards coach in both Super Rugby and Currie Cup, he would continue as such.

    Turns out I was mistaken, though. Brad is forwards coach and Paul has been given a new role altogether. Still trying to get details on exactly what it encompasses.

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.11.14 10:01:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 30) : not even debatable,without a blink of an eye

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.11.14 10:55:55 by benji Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 8) : why would you want to play a great winger out of position,this continued playing of players out of their position just in order to keep them on the field is one of the big problems that has to change at the Sharks

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.11.14 10:59:49 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 40) : while I did think Lwzi looked good at 15, I’m coming around to your way of thinking.

    Lwazi really is a top, top winger who adds huge value to our backline at 11. I’m not convinced we should be shifting him just because our fullback ins’t (currently) at the same level.

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.11.14 11:48:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Uhm, if Perez is this ill disciplined and disloyal we should not want him at all. Sharks are growing a culture of family and club pride, elements like this should NOT make its way in. As for Hoark I agree with the people questioning his ability. Kings were horrible at defense in the CC in fact that was their biggest failure in the majority of their games. Their attack would be good and they would concede soft tries and easy points like crazy and then put the game out of their own reach or let the opponents in with a scraping win.

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.11.14 12:30:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Looking at the coaching staff it seems we have too many cooks here.

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.11.14 12:34:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 30) : also please add Robbie Freuen to that shopping list

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.11.14 12:43:45 by benji Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : yes and let the Sharks nurture a great 15 from within or then go buy one ,then you have a great 11 and 15 and let the opposition deal with that,my punt is still give Van T a chance

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.11.14 12:47:53 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 45) : I think under Venter/Gold, Jaco will get more game time.

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.11.14 13:26:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • A defensive coach from the Kings?!
    It’s hilarious!

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.11.14 15:45:02 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 36) : I honestly and sincerely do not see the logic of the Sharks appointing a defence coach with such a poor track record

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.11.14 16:07:26 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 48) : You obviously don’t rate his season at the Cheetahs and that’s fair enough but you are knowledgeable enough to know that teams don’t hire defense coaches to play more defensively. The Sharks don’t dominate the collision point, it’s been a concern this entire year.

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.11.14 23:54:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Apologies for the double post. App told me first post failed. Second post was from memory.

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.11.14 23:57:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 49) : I think that is in fact a huge weakness for the Sharks and has to be fixed so hence Horak

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.11.14 07:55:33 by benji Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 47) : :twisted:

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.11.14 08:22:14 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 48) : Imagine how many tries they would have let in without his guidance.

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.11.14 08:31:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I’m sure Horak was appointed with the knowledge and inset, and in all likelihood, on the recommendation of either or both Venter and Gold.

    It will be very easy to judge Horaks effectiveness with the Sharks – leak as many or more tries than our worst stats in the last couple of years and its a big failure.

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.11.14 08:45:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 54) : That’s one metric but what I’m even more interested in is our player’s technique at the tackle point (robbing opposition of forward momentum) and what happens immediately following the tackle. If we can start dominating this area and win more games as a result I’d be less concerned about the number of tries we let in. ‘Tries against’ is obviously very important but we should keep in mind that it’s not exclusively so.

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.11.14 11:34:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) : Ive always felt that the Sharks linespeed has been poor as well as the tackle technique. Esp this last CC the players tended to try and just pull the guy down which resulted in them often getting over the advantage line even if tackled. This put all our guys offside so they had to retreat and as a result we conceded a lot of penalties that were either kicked for 3pts or kicked to the corner and we conceded the try from a maul. Happened quite often

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.11.14 11:48:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : I saw it creep into our SR games too, frustrated me no end. I reckon a lot of the Lions’ success has come from simply getting this basic right consistently.

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.11.14 12:02:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) : Agree on this but in the cold light of day after the competition has run its course if we end in similar positions to what we have recently and have conceded more tries then Im sure Mr Horak will be judged harshly on that.

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.11.14 12:46:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) : @SheldonK (Comment 56) : @vanmartin (Comment 57) : I agree fully with your excellent and eloquent analysis…

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.11.14 12:58:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I am looking forward to seeing all this develop…

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.11.14 12:59:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 58) : Agreed.

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