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“We can’t start games of rugby like that”: Gold


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2016 at 08:00
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Trying to figure out what exactly was going through Gary Gold’s mind after Friday night’s draw at Loftus was high on the agenda of the assembled media pack. The Sharks Director of Rugby made his feelings pretty clear from the outset. “No, no – I’m not happy to come away with two points, but like everything in life, the way you choose to view it is important,” replied Gold.

“I thought that we were really poor in the first half; I felt that our errors kept the Bulls in the game and they took their chances well,” he continued. “They earned a 13-3 lead and I felt that we just hadn’t fired a shot at half time. I’m really happy that, at half time, the guys were committed to sticking in there and fighting back; not only fighting to come back, but to actually take the lead and in that half, there were two pretty favourable try opportunities that unfortunately went begging. Adding to that, after conceding the lead, we had the presence of mind to fight as hard as we did from the kick-off, put them under pressure and then Marcell’s piece of magic created an opportunity to give us the win, but obviously it wasn’t to be. I’m happy with the fight the guys showed, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we can’t start games of rugby like that and put ourselves on the back foot.”

“Those two missed try opportunities were huge,” he adds, perhaps a little perplexed at being asked something quite so obvious. “We drew the game. If we’d taken even one of them, we could be in a very different position. The guys put in a lot of effort in the second half and won the momentum back, but again, even in that second half at crucial times, we made silly errors. Not finishing off those tries, but other areas two – we didn’t exit properly, just kicked the ball down the Bulls’ throats and let them run it back into our territory. Silly penalties at the breakdown giving them the opportunity to get back into our half.” Gold makes it clear that he feels the Bulls enjoyed far too much territory and that the Sharks’ own mistakes were largely to blame for that.

“There were positive aspects of the game,” he counters, “it was a really tough game, but nullifying the Bulls’ maul, a real strength of theirs, is something we did well. Not only did they not score [from that phase] I don’t think they really got any momentum off it. Scrums were a bit of a lottery, but it really does come down to errors and we’ve got to be hard on ourselves there. When we do things well, we’re effective, but when we make errors we just let the opposition back in.”

Gold gave the home team credit for their approach to the game, saying “I think they came out with a good kicking game tonight; they certainly kicked more and their strategy was different to what we’ve seen to date. They asked us questions by kicking onto us and their high ball management – Bjorn [Basson] in particular – was great. They were good at the breakdown, put in a lot of players and won that gain-line battle in the first half. Their try was really well taken – a bit of a defensive lapse from us but they took their opportunity well and scored a nice try.”

Asked about Joe Pietersen’s unfortunate last-minute penalty miss, Gold defended his player. “I just think there were so many other things in the game that we can control. If Joe had missed that kick in the third minute, rather than the 81st, we wouldn’t even be talking about it now. That’s not the issue. The issue is, where there were other critical opportunities that we could have taken (and that could have afforded us a comfortable lead), we didn’t take them.

“Joe walked in and apologised and we move on,” Gold concluded, effectively drawing a line under the incident.

Asked how pleased he was with a haul of 11 log points from three away games to date, Gold was non-committal. “Yes, we’re happy enough, I suppose, but we set ourselves pretty high standards and I don’t think we were good enough with ball in hand tonight. I think we need to stay grounded and admit that we are disappointed that we didn’t come away with the four points tonight. It’s a tough competition, though and away wins are pretty hard to come by, so I suppose we’d be pretty happy with where we are now.” Gold also didn’t think much of the fact that the team is still unbeaten after four rounds (clearly feeling that the “sister-kissing” draw hardly counts). After a few deep breaths, he rather commented that “it’s a good result to be in a position like this when we feel we’re not playing our best rugby. That’s a lovely incentive for us to keep working harder.”



66 Comments

  • I see the Sharks has released Renaldo Bothma and the Bulls signed him
    http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/news/160321/Bull_surprise_with_Bothma_signing

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.16 08:15:27 by Baylion Reply
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  • Ja look if it was only this game I would say we should be happy. But we have been doing this for the past 3 games. Have a poor first then scramble to make up the second half. Poor line kicks inability to finish and any many handling errors. I would start there to see what we can improve. Also our loose game seems to be an area of concern were just barely present at the rucks not doing much else…

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.16 08:17:56 by coolfusion Reply
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  • Agree with his last statement. We are not playing amazing rugby (yet hopefully) and yet through pure grit and determination we have 3 away ‘wins’ and happen to lead the tournament, unbeaten. Can’t say I expected that at the start of the season, anyone else?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.16 08:30:23 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : I’m still shocked by this move. We have 8 crazy weeks and we let players of this calibre go when we were thin are 7. We saw against the Bulls that we still need a traditional 6, 7 and 8. Philip and Dan must only play 8. Keegan only 6 and 8. Which means we are screwed if Jean-Luc can’t give us another 5 solid weeks. When is Chili available? Worried about our lack of grunt upfront. Remember that Tera and Kleinhans are also out. Oh…there’s still Deysel. Ok.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.16 08:52:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Sharks need to start better and improve their concentration on the field. Can’t be leaving tries behind.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.16 08:54:18 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : Mind you, if Jean-Luc had to tweak something or not be ready yet, do you want Jean Deysel against the crusaders? There might be blood on the grass, yikes.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.16 09:20:12 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 3) : Nope, winning ugly and with grit, or drawing at Loftus was unexpected…which makes me wonder when the wheels are going to come off. Not only a tough draw this year, but a tough pool as well, so unbeaten as yet is more than expected.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.16 09:22:59 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • Well, we’ll know after the Crusaders game where we REALLY stand with regards to the repercussions of not being able to finish.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.16 09:29:33 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 7) : wheels coming off??? WTF.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.16 10:12:00 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @SeanJeff do you call yourself a full blooded Sharks supporter? It sure as hell doesnt seem like it with sh#* comments about when the wheels will fall off. Yes we didnt win, but we are in a really good place. And 2 points is better than no points. Top of the combined log after 4 rounds. I will take that anyday. If you were referring to the Brumbies i would agree as they came badly unstuck. As for all the South Africans moaning about a Stormers win, f#*k your fantasy league predictions, I dont like the Stormers either but they did us a favor by humping the Brumbies. If it was Springboks vs Wallabies, there would have been a different tune being sung

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.16 10:29:43 by Fox Reply

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  • @Fox (Comment 10) : slow down pal….

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.16 10:45:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 10) : With the nature of the competition, at this stage we are really competing against our own conference (Lions and Jaguares) to top the conference, and then teams in our group (Stormers, Bulls and Cheetahs) if we have to go for the wild card spot. Apologies Sun-Wolves and Kings, but I don’t see either as quarter final hopes. The points overseas teams get will become an issue only at the semi-final and final stage as to who plays home semis, and who knows what the field will look like then.

    At the moment it is a dog fight for quarter final spots. Personally I can’t see the Stormers not topping their conference. The teams that do worry me are the Lions and Jaguares.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.16 10:47:34 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 12) : The problem with our conference is that we play the Kiwi teams, who are tough across the board, while the Africa 1 conference play the Ozzie teams which is going to make it tough for a team from Africa 2 to get the wild card. Playing to the top spot is the only guarantee

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.16 10:51:50 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 13) : It is going to be quite a dogfight between the Lions, Sharks and Jags for that spot, and then to beat the Bulls for the wild card spot.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.16 10:57:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 7) : A tough game at Loftus is not to be expected? Have you watched rugby ever? 3 time winners of of the tournament, one of the most feared rugby fortresses in the world…. I’m sorry that is the dumbest comment I have seen in ages.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.16 11:17:03 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 10) : I couldn’t give a damn who wins or loses, as long as it benefits the Sharks. I don’t hold bias. I want the Sharks to win and that’s all.

    PS I predicted a Stormers win on superbru ;) .

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.16 11:27:10 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 15) : I said it yesterday and am going to say it again,when did we become so windgat that an away win against the Stormers and an away draw with the Bulls all in six days, was a cause for concern,in what year, in what competition have we ever done better

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.16 11:29:06 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : Thank you, people seem to forget that last year both results were losses. Pretty big ones at that.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.16 11:34:08 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 15) : @The hound (Comment 17) : @Seth101 (Comment 18) : before the games I think most Sharks supporters would have gladly taken it. Personally I’m a bit disappointed that the Sharks did not get the victory as it was the best chance they had in years to beat the Bulls at Loftus. But I’m also very happy with the win and draw!

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.16 11:56:37 by JD Reply
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  • When you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory you will always be disappointed.

    At least Gold is making the right noises and is feeling disappointed too.

    And he also commended the Sharks’ character so we’re 4 from 4 in the running post match character-mentions.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.16 12:13:19 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 20) : dude, if you listen to the audio, he sounds like he’s lost a family member

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.16 12:23:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) :
    Great comment.

    We need to separate disappointment of not snatching the win from our feelings about the result itself. The short turn around was certainly not ideal and the Bulls were desparate. I’m very happy with our log position right now.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.03.16 13:23:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • SArugbymag really is the home of poor journalism. Apparently they believe that the Sharks have to beat the Crusaders now.

    In line with hound’s comment above, that is just arrogance and an apparent ignorance of history. This is the Crusaders FFS! I’d happily take a draw if possible – we aren’t even at full strength yet.

    I’m really proud of what our young team has done post the huge Bok exodus.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.03.16 13:29:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • media trying to put pressure on the sharks.but as a home game this is a must-win.this is the sharks litmus test as a team.the team won’t run out thinking: oh well,this is the saders.won 8 titles an put 50 on us.no shame in losing.lets try to draw it.no,they will say: 8 time champions.they have made winning on our home ground the rule and not the exception.put 50 against us last season.this is the challenge we want as a team.this is the test that measures us.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.03.16 13:51:00 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • It depends on what our goals for the season are.

    If we want to top our conference and claim a QF spot, I’d agree that we need some sort of a win against the Saders. Our tour is awful.

    If we want to see marked improvement over last year and build towards a team that can challenge for the title next year, then a win is not crucial here. We do need to see another strong showing characterised by plenty of pride and good defence.

    The Sharks were broken in every possible area last year. You do not turn that around overnight. The guys are starting with the correct things – defence, discipline and attitude. The attack will come right in time.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.03.16 13:54:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very sorry but I get very disappointed when I hear fans say they’d be happy to accept a draw at home against any team in this tournament.

    We really should expect the Sharks to win every home game against any team in this competition.

    When you start to hope for draws at home, well then that says a lot about the union. You need to start questioning why the team has let the results slip against this team in particular and whether your acceptance is a part of the mediocrity culture being allowed to foster.

    The historic results against the Crusaders are inexplicable. An anomaly. Whilst we all appreciate the enormity of the task at hand there is no better time to start setting the record straight as now. We cannot be little doe eyed rabbits in the headlights just because the Crusaders are pulling in to town.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.03.16 13:58:41 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 26) : hey, when did you go platinum?

    I agree with what you say to an extent, but I do think we need to be realistic about where the Sharks are right now. One thing that certain about the past is that it can’t be changed.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.03.16 14:06:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • I guess as a fan you can either choose to support your team as a personal choice – irrespective of how good they are objectively, or you can choose to embrace idealism over reality – and believe that your team is the best irrespective of reality.

    Both are valid forms of fandom, but I personally choose the former. I do not EXPECT us to beat the Crusaders, particularly given where we are as a new squad and coaching unit; but I certainly will be willing it to happen.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.03.16 14:11:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • with a few 1st-choice match 23 players out injured,agree ,it is advantage crusaders.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.03.16 14:17:50 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • I think it’s more a case of deciding where we want to be and setting standards to achieve that. Whilst we’re not going to achieve it all the time (of course) demanding home wins is a good starting point. It’s a slippery slope otherwise when defeats start to become the norm and acceptable. This has a funny way of eating into a team’s belief and expectations.

    I get the different approaches to this. Keeping your expectations low helps you to manage your emotions better when the team does lose. While I get closer to a heart attack after each disappointment!

    I feel the Sharks are capable of so much more. It really is inexplicable that we haven’t won this damn competition before.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.03.16 14:21:59 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : by talking a lot of shit :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.03.16 14:22:27 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 30) : we just need to keep going this year and get better each week.

    Trust me, if we do, we’re going to win this trophy in 2017.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.03.16 14:26:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 31) : well established pattern. It’s worked for every other guy so far :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.03.16 14:26:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • yes,this is a 2-season campaign.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.03.16 14:30:05 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : maybe even 2016!

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.03.16 14:32:41 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : think it was Friday night he got his platinum star.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.03.16 14:34:25 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 28) : must say I do think the draw could be a great motivator for the Sharks to beat the Saders.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.03.16 14:39:40 by JD Reply
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  • One thing you guys are forgetting here this might be the current Sharks 6 th game of the season ,but it is only the second one where it counts at home in the tank,in front of the faithful.
    Very few of us will make the trek,thinking this is a two year campaign,we are going expecting a win,I hope Gold has that image in his head and that he goes into this game knowing that this is the most important game of his career.
    Easter week end against the Crusaders,it doesn’t getaway better.Win this game and he will climb a mountain in the acceptance the faithful who have never really warmed to him.lose and he can start brushing up his C.V.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.03.16 14:55:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 38) : this is imo a 2-year campaign just as 2006/2007. ’07 was due to the foundation laid in ’06 after the disaster of ’05.the game vs saders is the measure of how much this team has grown .

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.03.16 15:03:30 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 39) : I don’t know who worked out the fixtures this year ,but they did a shite job for the home fans.
    Two games in France, away to Kings,one at home,two games away,one at home,then a bye.one at home,then three away,by now I’ve lost all interested hope to hell Jordan Spieth is playing decent golf..

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.03.16 15:29:04 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : I hear you. I think from what we’ve seen it is clear that a lot of work has been put in by the coaching and conditioning team. The team is really looking good so I for one can’t contain my competitive self anymore especially when there is so much potential there.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.03.16 17:58:45 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 38) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 39) : yes this game is important to see where the Sharks are!!! Hope the Sharks can beat the Waders!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.03.16 19:00:14 by JD Reply
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  • Just my thoughts on the Bulls game…our handling is still letting us down and cost us 2 tries which would have made the game a lot easier. But you have to credit the Bulls, they bossed the Sharks in the contact situation and they also missed 3 shots at goal. So perhaps the way it ended wasnt great but perhaps a draw was the best and fair result. Sharks need to improve their handling and physicality in the contact.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.03.16 08:53:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 43) : The Sharks were very physical against the Stormers 6 days before, so I don’t think that should really be a problem.

    However the continuous turnovers (handling, penalties) means that the team just cannot hold onto the ball long enough to build some pressure, and ends up defending for large parts of the game in their own half.

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.03.16 10:05:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 44) : It was hard to judge against the Stormers as we didnt have much of the ball so majority of the time we were the ones competing for it. Against both the Janguares and Bulls we lost a lot of ball both in the contact and at the ruck because we were out muscled. Players leading with the ball into contact, players not clearing past a ruck…these are old Sharks problems we still seem to have. Players need to be winning the tackle contact and then being strong over the ball on the ground if we want our attacking gameplan to come into effect.

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.03.16 10:24:36 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 45) : True. I would also like the player going to ground with the ball making an effort to lay the ball back as far as possible.

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.03.16 11:00:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 46) : Agree but id like to take it 2 steps prior to that…the player taking the tackle must work to fight the tackle and dont go into the tackle leading with the ball in that arm. If he fits the tackle and looks for an offload that will definitely keep the defenders honest. Then the arriving players must clean past the ball and maintain a strong body position. The Sharks are currently working off pretty slow ball…if we quicken that up with the guys we have in our backline we can be seriously dangerous

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.03.16 11:08:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 47) : that’s true but I still think the Sharks have to many one of runners with no team mates to support them and that’s why we also loss a lot of balls.

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.03.16 11:25:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 48) : Thats a tricky one…you still need guys to carry the ball and i dont think there are too many occasions where its a guy by himself, sometimes pressure means there is no choice, but i think too many ball carriers arent fighting the tackle and then are just looking to create the ruck instead of looking to off load to their team mate nearby. So sometimes the team mate is there looking for the offload and it doesnt come so he then needs to adjust to clean the ruck.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.03.16 11:34:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 49) : very tricky to get the balance right. Most times SA players take the contact instead of passing just before the contact.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.03.16 12:11:11 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 50) : True passing before contact would be good, but then you have to run straight. Players also still need to take the contact to suck in players and offload as they feel that contact and have attracted a defender to them. I just feel as though when we feel the contact our players just go to ground when there is a possibly of an offload. The reason for that is possibly also because they go into contact leading with the ball as opposed to the body and the defender can then wrap up the ball and not allow the contact. If you watch NZ sides they lead with the body and the ball is far away from the contact point thus allowing them to either offload or quickly place it far from the defender.

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.03.16 12:16:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : good point.

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.03.16 12:17:35 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 51) : @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 52) : must say that was a basic skill I was told in primary school and the teacher would moertivate (with the whistle strap) you to do it like that.

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.03.16 12:26:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 53) : Thats how i was taught too…although the coaches boot was quite motivating in my case. I think players are perhaps trying to get their hands through the tackle to offload but defenders are now seeing that and attacking the ball and well we knock it on AGAIN….

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.03.16 12:30:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 53) : yes.

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.03.16 13:01:01 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • It seems that multiple elements (defense, attack, handling) haven’t ‘clicked’ since the Sharks’ first match against the Kings. I suppose it will come with practice game-by-game and consistency in selection, but if the Sharks click this weekend I think it may be a thing of beauty. Not knowing precisely what goes into a week, I may be guilty of underestimating the work and intellectual capital that goes into preparing for an opponent.

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.03.16 13:01:07 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 56) : the last time the Sharks truly “clicked” in the way you mean was against the Reds in that away quarter final in 2012. That was a thing of beauty. A day when the passes just stuck.

    We’ve been waiting a long time since. Not too sure it will magically just happen this weekend against our nemesis but there has been an upward curve (anything is better than last year).

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.03.16 13:04:58 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 57) : I think we must remember too that a team clicking perfectly also has a lot to do with how much pressure comes from the opposition. So a team will probably have a better chance of clicking against the Kings than the Crusaders for example

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.03.16 13:08:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 58) : that makes sense. The Reds were the top Australian team that year and not many people thought the Sharks would win in Brisbane (one of our hoodoo grounds). It all made that win extra special.

    Luckily you don’t need to click to beat quality opposition. Like that 2014 win against the Crusaders in Chch with 13 players.

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.03.16 13:14:13 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 59) : Definitely. Teams strive to be both pretty and effective which is the ideal…but if can only achieve 1 on the day id rather be effective than pretty.

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.03.16 13:15:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 56) : @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 57) : @SheldonK (Comment 58) : this Sharks team has for sure shown a huge improvement over last years team!! Hope they can improve and beat the Saders!!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.03.16 13:17:03 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 55) : the good old days!!! If the Sharks can secure quick ball I think they could be very dangerous they must just find the balance right of when to do offloads and when to take contact.

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.03.16 13:20:33 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 61) : The Saders still have some good players but they def arent the same team they used to be. They have a good few weak areas. Last year our defense against them was shocking. Like playing the All Blacks if you pressure them on defense they will give you chances…but you need to take them

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.03.16 13:22:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 63) : for sure I personally think the Sharks should beat the Saders as we have improved a lot since last year and they have lost a lot of quality players but it will not be easy and a third very hard game in a row for the Sharks will only make it harder!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.03.16 13:36:52 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 64) : Definitely wont be easy…there arent really any easy games in super rugby. Its why its so taxing on the players bodies.

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.03.16 13:42:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 65) : not easy but for sure do able!!

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.03.16 13:53:34 by JD Reply
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