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Du Preez, Sharks relishing Super Rugby challenge


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jan 2017 at 12:59
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Sharks coach Rob du Preez faced his first media scrum of the new year at Kings Park yesterday and had a few interesting things to say, despite playing his cards relatively close to his chest.

“Yeah good I’m happy,” he replied when asked about the state of the squad (conditioning-wise). “It was a long preseason – seven weeks – so the guys had a well-deserved break. They came back and the tests were all good. One or two guys a little off the pace, but generally very happy.” Du Preez, as we know, is a stickler for disciple and sets a high bar in terms of conditioning, so I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the “one or two” who erred on the side of too many mince pies over Christmas!

“Our travel schedule is a little bit easier this year,” he said of the Sharks draw. ” The first two games are in Australia; the first one is up against the Reds and then the Brumbies after that. It’s going to be a tough challenge in Australia because the Reds put together quite a strong team so there’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to be quite a challenge that first game.”

Looking at the squad, du Preez says “what’s really been pleasing is that the youngsters that we’ve brought in to the Super Rugby squad have really performed well on the training field and they’ve brought a nice energy. They’re going to push hard for places in the team. I think there’s a good spirits. Hard work and discipline really brought the guys together. It’s always good to have that balance between experience and the younger guys in the team.”

A few brief moments of hilarity followed as du Preez was asked a question about “Cobus”…. he clearly thought the player in question was Kobus van Wyk, but in fact the journalist had meant Cobus Reinach. I’ll not dwell on the nonsense that was written as a result.

“For us very important that we work hard – that we work hard to improve every game,” he said of the goals for the season. ” I would say that’s the most important thing and also the discipline that goes with that. There are tough trading conditions especially in Durban at this time of the year and the boys need to look after themselves. The guys are putting in the hard yards so it’s really important that we try to minimise any niggles that we might pick up.

“I think it’s a challenge for any coach at this level. We’re going to take it one day at a time but I’m looking forward to it I think the squad is ready – they’re looking forward to the challenge.”



47 Comments

  • Can only imagine what resulted from the Cobus/Kobus mixup. Do either of the two have a nickname or is this a task for Sharksworld readers?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.17 13:43:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : can’t see the problem one is clearly spelled with a C and the other with a K?!?! ;-) what’s the problem?!?!

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.17 13:53:19 by JD Reply
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  • Im really really hoping to see some new and fresh combos in the team and new ideas as im afraid the same tried and tested combos will yield the same result. Hoping DuPreez has a bold and brave approach..or at least i hope he is allowed to

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.17 14:03:01 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : Agreed, the game plan that was prevalent under Jake, was like watching grass grow in Kimberley :-)
    Was so unlike the Sharks Rugby of the glory days.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.17 14:29:56 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : Not just the game plan but the combos as well. I want to see fresh new faces that challenge the established names. Some of those established guys have been very underwhelming the last 2 years so lets see what others can offer

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.17 14:37:44 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : Yes, the year Jake coached us we did play very conservatively, but that was after Lambie got injured and he moved Frans to 10. Frans is a very conservative 10 and feel the plan changed once Lambie wasn’t around anymore. The very beginning of that campaign I remember the Sharks had scored a 4 try bonus point just about every game. So to sum up yeah Jakes season in charge wasn’t great but think he showed with the right “attack minded people” on the field he could lay out a good attacking game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.17 14:50:23 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Wholeheartedly agree. However there aren’t that many “established” guys left who have been underwhelming that I can think of. 2, possibly 3?

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.17 14:54:11 by Hulk Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Cobus Reinach’s nickname is “Stiffler”. Not sure about the other one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.17 14:55:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 7) : yeh as you say there are a few. will see what happens but yeh im hoping RDP is bold in his selections. Something like:
    1. DuToit 2. Chilliboy 3. Adriaanse 4. D DuPreez 5. Lewies 6. DuPreez 7. Mthembu 8. Van Der Walt 9. Reinach 10. Lambie 11. Van Wyk 12. Esterhuizen 13. Ward 14. Am 15. Poitrenaud…just off the top of my head

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.17 15:06:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 4) : It was nice having the results go our way but hell to watch over an extended period.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.17 15:07:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I propose Cabous van Wyk in that case – a well balanced mixture of humour and good omen in there.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.17 15:14:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Sheldon thats a seriously brave call you are making for D Dupe at 4,on this site.
    Expect the collective wrath of Sharksworld to come down your head ,don’t you know he is too short.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.17 15:35:11 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 12) : Yup its those kind of brave calls that im looking for from the Sharks this year. As i said same combos will give same results…we need to break out of the box

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.17 15:37:42 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I really like your team, take it Pat as captain, now my only bone of contention would be Reinarch at 9,he tries to control the game and I just don’t think I like the Sharks playing Reinarch schizophrenic rugby.
    I would much rather have a 9 with a quick accurate service who would allow Pat to take control.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.17 15:42:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : Yes Pat to capt. I think if anyone could get Reinach to give quick ball it would be Pat…no other 10 in the squad is commanding enough. If not Reinach other 9 options seem a bit slim…Claasens looked well off the required pace last year

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.17 15:56:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : Agree but have heard rumors of a very good no9 heading our way

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.17 16:33:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : who ?

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.17 17:28:00 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • Unlike CNN I don’t deal in unconfirmed speculation and my source is not Christoper Steele,

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.17 17:55:23 by The hound Reply
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  • I see baby piet steph cant live without his big brother

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.01.17 18:10:57 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 19) : that’s just so annoying that I’m pretending it hasn’t happened.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.01.17 18:30:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : Dan @ 4 is a good call. He isn’t too short at all, the Cheetahs have used Uys to great effect at 4
    Would also solve a possible conundrum with vd Walt being in good form, likely keep Dan out of a starting berth.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.01.17 21:17:53 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • I wish we can have a solid team this year. Like 15Clemont
    Poitrenaud/Rhyno Smit
    14Kobus van Wyk 13Jeremy Ward/Johan Deysel 12Andre
    Esterhuizen 11Lwazi Mvovo/Sbususo Nkosi&Sbura Sthole 10Patrick Lambie 9Cobus Reinach 8Philip van der
    Walt/Daniel du Preez 7Jean-Luc du
    Preez 6Francois
    Kleinhans/Jacques
    Vermeulen 5Ruan Botha/Stephan Lewies 4Stephan Lewies/Etienne
    Oosthuizen&Daniel du Preez 3Thomas du Toit/Lourens
    Adriaanse 2Chiliboy
    Ralepelle 1Coenie
    Oosthuizen/Beast Mtawarira 16Stephan Coetzee 17 18 19 20 21Michael
    Claassens 22Curwin Bosch 23 thts m selection*

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.01.17 10:38:51 by shakes Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 19) : All I’ll say is that atleast now it’s over and we don’t have to wonder when it will happen. Both the brothers wanted to leave,so let them. Hope for their sakes the storners can afford to keep paying them…

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.01.17 11:27:10 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : To be fair to the player our loose forward stocks are pretty full at the moment so there would have been few opportunities for him. If he was a hooker or th prop I think I would have been absolutely livid

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.01.17 12:17:26 by byron Reply

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  • @shakes (Comment 22) : I like it but will start Bosch every chance I can get and play the frenchie off the bench. I expect a big year from curwin. It would be a short sighted strategy to use the old man ahead of the up and coming youngster especially an unproven one (unproven in SA rugby)

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.01.17 12:21:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : apart from baby dutoit the province signings relative to the players they have lost really seem to be scraping the barrel. Their big named signing this year is SP who has has not has been on a steady downward trend since leaving the kings. Sharks signings this year are really goid in comparison. I would love a new th prop and a melcolm marx class hooker. We can all dream

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.01.17 12:26:55 by byron Reply

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  • @shakes (Comment 22) : No Am? I think he showed a lot of potential.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.01.17 12:50:22 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : I think your sample size is too small. If you took a proper poll you would find many who thought he would make a good a mobile Lock. Long before the sharks started playing him as a loosie.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.01.17 13:06:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : I think in reality he is a great no7 and an average number 4. Hes probably 10 or 15 kgs lighter than a first class no 4

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.01.17 13:19:59 by byron Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Why don’t we call “Cobus” “Jaco” – the commentators make that mistake often enough, so let’s just give him that mam and make it easier for everyone!

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.01.17 21:18:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) : :grin:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.01.17 21:20:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : As in American Pie?

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.01.17 20:33:13 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 30) : Mam? I obviously meant name…haha!

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.01.17 21:35:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 28) : @byron (Comment 29) : With the speed of the game only getting faster and faster especially in SH the need for more mobile players that can still get the hard graft done is increasing rapidly. The days of a a very heavy 1-4 with a jumping timber at 5 are going quickly. Speed and skill is the name of the modern game BUT those players still need to be physically good.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.01.17 08:46:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 16) : That would be very interesting considering all the 9s on our books already…Reinach, Claasens, Ungerer, Gouws, Stevens, Venter?

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.01.17 08:48:49 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 32) : Yeah. People clearly think he looks like Seann William Scott

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.01.17 09:30:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • http://m.sport24.co.za/sport24/Rugby/SuperRugby/stormers-guru-kiwis-work-harder-at-their-skills-20170118
    Very very interesting read this, about the hard work (Kiwi) layers put into training…

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.01.17 10:01:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 37) : That is very evident. SA players are lazy..talented but lazy. SA players are rated and get big heads as we compare them to other SA players…if compared to others worldwide even in NH we will see how poor our work ethic is…our guys just try get by on raw talent. We think we are professional in this country…we are so far from it its not even funny.

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.01.17 10:24:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 38) : Raw talent is what makes the Kiwi’s so great, the difference is they hone those skills to perfection, something our guys don’t do.

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.01.17 10:59:14 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 39) : Trust me we have bucket loads of raw talent here too. But as you say its the honing of that talent and the hard work that we lacking. We create superstars too early

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.01.17 11:17:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 40) : Watch Pacific Warriors on Netflicks for a wonderful insight into the Islanders that have revolutionized Rugby
    .Draw your own conclusion ,but mine is that there is a hunger, pride and commitment in these guys that our players have lost.
    It transcends size, strength and speed.

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.01.17 12:07:51 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 41) : I think ive watched a bit of that a while ago…didnt watch the whole thing. But yeh it prob just reinforces my point about our players sitting back and relying purely on raw ability than actually working on their game and skills

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.01.17 12:35:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 37) : Did I write layers instead of players?! :shock:

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.01.17 16:31:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : you did :)

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.01.17 16:44:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : Hahahahaha!! :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.01.17 17:55:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : There’s a Shrek joke in there somewhere…

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.01.17 08:08:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 46) : Kakakaka… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.01.17 08:15:16 by pastorshark Reply
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