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Gold satisfied with win, but hard work ahead


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2016 at 10:57
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You can perhaps accuse Gary Gold of stating the obvious, or rather of hitting the nail on the head. The Sharks simply could not afford to lose to los Jaguares on Saturday night and the fact that they eked out a win, despite everything else, clearly pleases the Director of Rugby.

“It’s important to beat the teams that are in our pool,” said Gold after the match “and today it would have been a proper banana skin if we had lost at home against the team who’s in our pool.”

Notwithstanding the result, which saw the Sharks on the right end of a 19-15 result after 80 rather crappy minutes, Gold sees areas of concern. “We needed to play in the right areas of the field,” he says of the game described during the week as a virtual test match, “and I thought in the first half we did. We needed to be more ruthless with the ball in hand and we didn’t do that, in the first half. There’s certainly a lots of room to improve but I’m really happy with the character shown; I thought the guys got stuck in with a great defensive effort, but it was a tough day at the office.

“I could wallow in the things that I don’t think we did well tonight, or we could also choose to celebrate the things that we have improved in. I think the answer probably lies in having the humble balance, realising that we’re a long way from being a finished product. We do want to create enough pressure on the opposition that it results in scores – at half time, we had ten entries into their 22 and we hadn’t converted nearly enough of those. We set ourselves a target of wanting to convert 60-70% of those; I don’t think we even converted 30%. That’s not good enough from our point of view.”

Gold gave huge credit to the Jagaures team, who really caused the Sharks plenty of grief, particularly on the counter-attack. “It was a good test out there tonight and a hell of a good exercise in how we’re going to have to play against the Kiwi teams with their offloading game, how hard we’re going to have to work to catch up on the inside and our work-rate off the ball. As long as we’re improving, I’m satisfied. ”

There was definite improvement for the Sharks in the set pieces (and scrums in particular), for which Gold gives the players credit. “We worked really hard and I got a lot of fantastic input from our senior players. Lourens and Coenie took great responsibility at scrum time. I was really happy with the way the scrums went and the mauls too, but we must see it for what it is; they weren’t making contact with us (in the mauls) so when they got that wrong, we got fantastic momentum, but when they got it right, they managed to come around and tackle. It was satisfying to score a try from that phase, though and I thought our set was generally very good and legal.

“I was happy with the scrum, but it’s not going to get any easier in Cape Town next week – I think the Stormers scrum is formidable. ”

Fortunately, the Sharks look good on the injury front, with no serious concerns after the game. “Thank goodness nothing too serious,” said Gold. “Cobus Reinach hurt his shoulder a little bit and Kyle Cooper also hurt his shoulder. I’m hopeful that there are no major injuries, though.”



28 Comments

  • Not a lot that can be added to that! I’ll take the good and hope for improvement in the bad but must say all in all I personally feel a whole lot better than I did a year ago!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.16 11:06:48 by JD Reply
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  • Lets just take that win. Jaquars is very good side. We did well to hang in there.
    Handling cost us though…

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.16 11:07:13 by ebenp Reply

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  • “We do want to create enough pressure on the opposition that it results in scores – at half time, we had ten entries into their 22 and we hadn’t converted nearly enough of those. We set ourselves a target of wanting to convert 60-70% of those; I don’t think we even converted 30%. That’s not good enough from our point of view.”

    Glad to see this specifically addressed by Gold. We’ll celebrate the win while acknowledging the areas that need major improvement.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.16 11:13:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Just 1 thing I feel I have to get out of my system. A center should not get hauled in by a flank when he had 20m gain on the flank.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.16 11:23:57 by ebenp Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 4) : And a wing should be able to get back to retrieve a ball when he has a 10m head start over everyone….

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.16 11:27:35 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @ebenp (Comment 4) : who, Esterhuizen?

    Pace is a real concern there, there’s no doubt.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.16 11:29:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 5) : that wing appeared to spend much of the match jogging. I’m not sure what was up, but it wasn’t terribly impressive.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.16 11:29:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : He covers it with the rest of his game, beasting in turnovers, crash ball and tackles. At the end of the day he is an inside center, yes pace helps but it’s not the core of the position.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.16 11:33:27 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 8) : look, Andre was my man of the match, no doubt about that. Question for me was more why there was no support when he broke.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.16 11:51:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ebenp (Comment 4) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : Rob must agree with you Andre had a solid game and he will not have the same pace as Jordaan. Also must remember at 12 he does not need all that speed as Andre is there to bust the line and then offload to the faster players to go and score and on Saturday that did not happen. Really need to work on support play as it cost us points!

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.16 11:58:33 by JD Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 5) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : time for some nettles in their shorts? maybe that will give them a bit of a go!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.16 12:01:06 by JD Reply
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  • I think the most relieved guy in rugby this week is Rob du Preez,happy he will not be facing the twins this weekend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.16 12:05:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Esterhuizen was a machine. Adding responsibility to his game is making him a better player – kicking out from 22 with left foot, marshaling the defence often at defensive ruck time. Sharks using him as a decoy and then skip passing to Jordaan is freeing up space as 2 defenders hold to check if Andre the Giant gets the ball on crash ball. Even opens gaps for Joe Petersen to run into as 2 defenders drift onto Andre.
    His passing has improved 100% too – even tends to pass now when maybe he should hit the gap. BUT decision-making will improve as he gets used to this new dynamic.
    One thing he needs to check is lifting people in tackle and dropping them on floor – I think its just purely his size, strength and momentum which flattens people but sometimes it looks quasi-spear tackle!
    I think that GG has treated him well and made him aware that he is not a one-man behemoth and that if continued being 1-dimensional, then he wouldn’t progress. Far more of a team player now and the Sharks have their best balanced and creative centre-pairing for years.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.16 12:26:42 by Sharks_UK Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : is junior injured?

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.16 12:42:59 by JD Reply
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  • Im not desputing all the other categories of his play. But it was not pretty to see how easily he got caught…. no more comments required…but take Willie’s skill with no speed… and if support is not always there you expect most 9..15 to at least go for the line… not to stop after 20m and try to barge over a flank and then to loose the ball. Apart from bulls kicking each other up the bum… close to most embarrasing moment on the weekend.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.16 13:04:28 by ebenp Reply

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  • @ebenp (Comment 15) : ok,this i actually saw.think ball-carrier had the ball in the wrong arm,the inside (right) arm ,where the defenders were coming from.what he could have done was actually stop,and run a few steps backlooking for support runners.or toed the ball towards the corner touchline 5m area.chase hard.dive for the ball and hope momentum takes you over.or try to stay with argies and tackle argie out,or compete for ball if player falls on it.hope you understand what i mean with the different options.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.16 13:37:21 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : with etzebeth in the stormers team i hope the twins just stick to playing rugby.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.16 13:39:38 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 16) : must say I do want to add on there that a lot of the times the Sharks players breaking the line did not get supported by teammates but then again the players just carried on running and did not look to run towards supporting players. It’s just as important to have the vision to not run away from support players and to link up with them than it is to support a player that’s making the break. Let’s hope they get it right against the Stormers.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.16 14:33:37 by JD Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 17) : just think if Bissy and Jannie was also playing?!?!

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.16 14:34:34 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I haven’t watched the game at all…but I read that he was pretty much the rock. Dick Muir was a centre who literally had no pace to burn…but, man, we all know how effective he was in putting others into space. That is what I am looking for from Andrew…that and defence…and I think we have started to see that. I like what I’m seeing from him. This pace issue, by the way is why I just never saw him as a fullback or wing. Anyway, we’ll see how he develops. I am quite excited…

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.16 16:42:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : :grin:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.16 16:43:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : must say I don’t think Andre is as slow as some people think, yes he’s not as fast as Mvovo but like you said at 12 he does not need to be. For me he is fast enough to be a very good 12 and with him being young and modern training techniques he might even gain a yard or two.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.16 17:29:45 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : Agreed. He’s definitely fast enough for 12…

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.16 19:31:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • My backs for sat game#15 le roux 14JP 13Jordaan 12Andre 11Mvovo 10Joe 9Cobus…

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.16 21:31:38 by shakes Reply

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  • @shakes (Comment 24) : my team for Saturday will be
    15 Willie
    14 Sithole
    13 Jordaan
    12 Andre
    11 Mvovo/JPP
    10 Joe
    9 Claasens
    8 vd Walt
    7 JLdP
    6 Marcelo
    5 Lewie’s
    4 E Oosthuizen
    3 Adriaanse
    2 Marais
    1 Beast
    16 Cooper
    17 Schoeman
    18 Coenie
    19 Andrews
    20 Dan dP
    21 Keegan (would have loved Bothma or Potgieter)
    22 Cobus
    23 Odwa/JPP/April

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.16 22:19:22 by JD Reply
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  • @shakes (Comment 24) : I would have sithole over jp even Odwa on the bench over JP and Claasens over Cobus to start.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.03.16 06:29:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Gold is entering uncharted territory ,don’t think even he can remember when he was last was on a 5 game winning streak.

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.03.16 10:12:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : please don’t remind him! At least I think RdP will know how it feels maybe he will guide him through it! :twisted: :shock:

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.03.16 10:21:59 by JD Reply
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