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Tuesday snippets from the Shark Tank


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Nov 2014 at 11:03
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The start of pre-season training ahead of a new campaign always brings a flurry of activity. By all accounts, yesterday was certainly a busy day in Durban.

Let’s try to gather together some of the snippets of information we have relating to the goings on at the Shark Tank ahead of Super Rugby 2015.

- Brendan Venter is very much taking charge of the pre-season program, it would seem, with his boss Gary Gold still committed to Kobe in Japan for the next while at least. The players, as a rule, seem to really value Venter’s input and it’s hoped that the coming campaign will be a far happier (and hopefully more successful one) with his input and participation.

- Venter and Gold have a large group of assistant coaches working beneath them. We understand that Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt will fill the “traditional” roles of forwards and backs coach respectively, while Paul Anthony and Michael Horak will function across the team. Horak will cover defence and kicking, while we understand Anthony will be responsible for improving and monitoring players’ tempo and work rate. This latter role is one which Venter considers vital to the high-energy game he has in mind for the Sharks.

- Renaldo Bothma and Paul Perez were the two new faces at training yesterday, player wise. Perez would seemingly face an uphill struggle to end up as a Sharks player, given that he apparently has 14 days to leave the country (unless the Sharks like him enough to secure him a new work permit in time to prevent his deportation).

- Rumours indicate that a few more players are likely to join the squad once their Japanese commitments are done, with Jaque Fourie the anticipated marquee signing.

- Kyle Cooper has had to have surgery on his troublesome ankle and is thus unable to join the pre-season activities. It is unclear how long he’ll be out of action, but we believe he should be fit for the start of the Super Rugby campaign next year.

- Under 20 players Jean-Luc du Preez, Daniel du Preez and Hyron Andrews have been called up from the Grey Squad to train with the Super Rugby side. We’re not sure yet if others have been afforded the same privilege, but in the case of those three, we do have confirmation. Congratulations to the boys.



42 Comments

  • Encouraging on all fronts.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.11.14 11:11:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Any idea when the final S15 squad will be announced?

    marquis=marquee? ;-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.11.14 11:13:37 by Greg Reply

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  • All seems good except for the Cooper surgery, but it’s better to fix it now than middle of the season.

    The Anthony job spec is interesting. I can’t remember during which game/rugby talk show it was, but someone (new zealander I think) talked about workrate and tempo. It boiled down to that getting the workrate right up there was more important than high tempo. You can play a high tempo game and be ineffective workrate wise quite easily by running around like a headless chicken.

    If your workrate is high, it means you are using your energy and time effectively on the field. They can monitor the crap out of this through gps tracking. Making the players more effective is key.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.11.14 11:13:44 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 2) : oh crap, yes. I wondered about that one :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.11.14 11:15:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • What position does Hyron Andrews play?

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.11.14 11:24:21 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : 5 lock

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.11.14 11:29:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : Lock if memory serves.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.11.14 11:30:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) : Morne pointed out to me that the Sharks were actually pretty bad in this area in the Currie Cup….. things like the time taken to return to play after a tackle. This was an area where the Lions absolutely beasted us in the semi. Tackler getting back to his feet quickly and moving beyond the ball as he’s entitled to do. Our tacklers tend to roll around on the grass for those few extra seconds

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.11.14 11:31:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : good memory :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.11.14 11:44:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Thanks guys

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.11.14 11:54:39 by ChrisS Reply
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  • Paul Anthony has a very good rugby brain and probably the best of the lot to monitor player workrate within the required game plan etc. And yes i have felt at times that Sharks players are a bit lazy or do coast during games. Any news on whether PSDT is up and mobile yet? And Willem Alberts? Paul Jordaan? Any new big departures from the Sharks from guys within the larger squad this year? Besides the guys that left for Japan

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.11.14 11:59:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Good questions. Also interested in the answers.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.11.14 12:06:03 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • All sounds pretty good to me. Who us this Perez guy?

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.11.14 12:11:09 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 13) : Samoan winger/7s specialist. Been with the Kings for the last few years.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.11.14 12:51:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : Pieter-Steph is running with the team, yes.

    I would imagine Alberts too, unless he’s under orders not to. Can’t imagine SARU would not want him doing pre-season, though. He’s been out for a long time.

    Jordaan is still full of screws as per his last x-ray. I think he’s a while away from training.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.11.14 13:13:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Thanks. I know I am being greedy with this request, is it possible to get some pictures of the guys training. We haven’t seen them in a long time.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.11.14 13:43:58 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Good to hear PSDT is mobile again. That injury has a long road to recovery, he lucky to hav a guy like Bismarck around who had same injury. I didnt expect Jordaan to be able to much other than some upper body gym work.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.11.14 13:53:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : well, look. You know I’m in the UK, right? :)

    Gallo usually post training pictures from the sessions they’re allowed into. I suspect the problem right now is that Steve Haag, who usually snaps the Sharks, is on tour with the Boks. So we might have to be a bit patient, unless the SHarks plan on posting pictures of their own.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.11.14 14:00:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • We are on the verge of signing one of the premier centres in the game, and everyone is like “oh, ok”

    Can we at least have a whoop whoop or something????

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.11.14 14:14:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 19) : I think everybody is reserving their whoops until the signature is actually on the paper. We sharks sometimes have a habit of celebrating too soon, and then having to put the cork back in the champagne bottle with a red face.. :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.11.14 14:39:53 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : check the Sharks facebook page for some pics

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.11.14 15:02:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Cool.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.11.14 15:12:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 20) : Agree. Every time I log on I am hoping to see that headline. Until then I shall contain my anxiety.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.11.14 15:15:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 19) : You’re last to the whoop-whoop train. Please report to headmaster Rob’s office. :D
    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2014/11/17/back-to-the-grindstone-2/
    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2014/11/14/fourie-linked-with-sharks/

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.11.14 15:41:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 19) : if we successfully sign Fourie, you’ll get a “whoop whoop” from me. If we successfully sign Bekker, you’ll get a “whoo the f***’s idea was this” from me

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.11.14 18:27:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) : :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.11.14 21:14:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That all looks rather splendid!! Except the Kyle Cooper thing, though he seems to have got his timing right. Really? More players from Japan? As in players not already Sharks ( like JPP, Kanko and Frans)?!

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.11.14 21:16:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Thanks for the info, Rob. We get pretty much “starved” this time of the year.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.11.14 02:23:18 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.11.14 08:50:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Oh boy another geriatric signing in Fourie…….bang goes the chances of Sithole, Jordaan or Fisher staking a permanent starting spot at 13

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.11.14 13:49:04 by Saffex Reply

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  • Think I saw Inny Radebe in 1 of the pictures as well when we talk about u20 players.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.11.14 16:14:22 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 31) : yup, Inny has also been called up

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.11.14 16:53:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 31) : @robdylan (Comment 32) : That’s the young flyhalf, no?

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.11.14 10:31:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 33) : correct, played for the under 19s this year

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.11.14 10:34:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Taking the time to read the articles on the juniors is finally starting to pay off :cool:

    Interesting that he’s been called up, jumping the queue dare I say, ahead of a player like Cope. Could they be thinking of trying him out in another position (fullback perhaps?) seeing there’s already quite a few decent options at 10?

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.11.14 10:43:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 35) : no, I reckon Inny is an out-and-out 10, but the thinking here is really just to get some of the more promising juniors familiar with the way the seniors play and give the senior coaches a chance to work with them.

    I really don’t think the likes of Inny or Hyron are going to be playing senior rugby next year…. got some serious growing to do.

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.11.14 10:55:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Gotcha.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.11.14 11:05:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 37) : I’m surmising, though

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.11.14 11:14:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Yeah but you have a history of being largely right on these things :grin:

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.11.14 11:35:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’m excited about next season and seeing what the winds of change produce…

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.11.14 07:01:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : me too!

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.11.14 10:27:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : you’re very kind.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.11.14 10:27:37 by robdylan Reply
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