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Sharks must fix own mistakes


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 1 Mar 2017 at 13:29
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Looking back to last week’s game against the Reds, I’m starting to agree more and more with coach Rob du Prees, whose feeling is that the Sharks were their own worst enemies for much of the game. While it’s true that the Reds played some enterprising football in the second half, it’s hard not to agree that the Sharks really have only themselves to blame for the extent to which they allowed their opponents to make so much of the play.

More than 60% possession for the Reds tells a definite story, but with the Sharks certainly not coming off second best in the set piece contest, one has to look to the countless silly mistakes and poor options that led to that imbalance. One area in particular that I noticed – and one that I specifically asked the coach about – was kick-off receipt, where the Sharks, time and again, appeared to lose possession through scrumhalf box kicks, this after the forwards had done good work to take a clean catch from the restart. “I think Cobus kicked those contestable kicks really well,” the coach responds, adding “they were good kicks. I think our chase lines were poor and contesting of those good kicks was poor and that’s something that we definitely have worked on to rectify ahead of Saturday. I think we can also look at a little bit more variation – like maybe set up one or two more phases and play from there.”

Getting chase lines right is something that needs to happen more generally, I’d think, with the Sharks guilty of a number of defensive lapses due to errors in spacing and communication as well. These are things that can happen with a lot of new faces in a team, but the learning curve has to be steep because teams like the Reds and the Brumbies will not hesitate to exploit them.

Getting back to the possession argument, though, the Sharks won’t need to do as much defending if they take better care of the ball that they get. Handling errors in the backline aside (there were lots of these), the Sharks really do need to tighten up when it comes to silly technical issues; the transfer from the top of a good lineout to the first receiver often went awry and there were also one or two penalties caused by players getting in each others’ way – perhaps a sign that communication needs to improve. Discipline in general, be it rolling away at the tackle point or avoiding an offside call (again, defensive alignment and positioning comes into play) is an area that needs to see marked improvement too.

The Sharks have the tools to be successful this weekend and certainly don’t need to tremble in awe of the names on a likely Brumbies team sheet.Every player, though, needs to take personal responsibility for his own execution on the day, though and cut out the silly individual errors that added up a collective team defeat in a game that could have – and really should have – been one comfortably.



22 Comments

  • How does RdP support Cobus kicking all our ball away? Especially the very first ball he touched! I am very surprised that he is talking in this manner.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.17 14:50:38 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : possible he knows more than you do? Seriously, though, you have such a personal (and very tiring) vendetta against Cobus Reinach that it’s hardly worth reading the nonsense you write about him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.17 14:54:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • The proof will be Sat. Hoping for improved / varied exit strategy and 200% handling improvement.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.17 15:08:59 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : For one, rather than putting the blame on a single player he talks about what the team did wrong.

    Furthermore, we spectators normally don’t know what calls were made on the field. The scrummie doesn’t decide willy nilly to kick the ball. I watched a discussion with Jean de Villiers during RWC 2015 and part of it was about who makes the calls. Box kicks are often the call of the blindside wing, if I remember correctly

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.17 15:40:10 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : As he kicked away that first ball,I felt like Hilary Clinton on the night Trump won the presidency, well and truly fucked.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.17 16:01:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : hahahaha!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.17 17:20:33 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : Classic mate classic for the horrible truth and fact that it is

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.17 17:29:41 by benji Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : if the rumours are indeed correct then he need not worry as time for CR at the Sharks is short!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.03.17 17:30:49 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : interesting to hear what the coach view of the game was! Really hope Sharks can fix it otherwise it might become a very frustrating season for the supporters and team!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.03.17 17:34:13 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Rob seriously, what does he know that we haven’t seen in the last five seasons?

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.03.17 17:42:55 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 10) : loyalty to players by not throwing them under the bus after their first game back!?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.03.17 17:51:42 by JD Reply
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  • Let’s hope for an improvement this weekend. We seem to make the same mistakes we have been making over the past few years. Let’s start by increasing our intensity. Our game is too slow for SR. I suggested we do what the Lions did when they first introduced their ball in hand approach…the spacing between the players was much closer. Maybe we need to introduce the same tactic especially when we play in Durban.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.03.17 21:07:41 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Rob, thought of you when I read this…..http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/news/170228/SP_gave_Bulls_a_toffee

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.03.17 09:09:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : let’s wait until round 6 and see if SP is still playing well. As I recall, his first couple of games for any new team tend to be good.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.03.17 09:28:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I think you misreading what I am actually saying. You see an attack on Reinach when I am simply saying that I am worried that RdP’s game plan involves kicking the ball away so much especially the first ball of the game. that said RdP might have said try allot of box kicks, but I am sad that Reinach did do it with the very first ball he touched. Which in all intention was a big mistake on his behalf.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.03.17 10:31:38 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : that just about sums it up.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.03.17 10:32:04 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : You have a better memory than me.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.03.17 11:37:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : perhaps because my intention is generally to educate, rather than to stir?

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.03.17 12:03:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : oh but sometimes stirring is so nice!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.03.17 12:06:23 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : @robdylan (Comment 14) : Ja look must agree with Rob one good game does not make any player a super star so let’s hope for his sake he can reproduce the form more often than not!

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.03.17 12:08:59 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 15) : I didn’t read it as Rob supporting his decision to kick. Rather, he said the execution of the kicks were good but the follow up was not.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.03.17 16:02:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : :?: Huh….

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.03.17 08:31:02 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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