Dick optimistic after Lions win

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :Sharks, Super 14 on 7 Feb 2008 at 13:29 reports Sharks coach Dick Muir was pleased in general with his side’s showing and felt good leadership came to bear when the Sharks needed it most.

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“I’m happy with the five tries,” he said. “I’m also happy with the way the guys pulled it together after making early mistakes. A lot of credit must go to the leadership of the side to pull it back after it was going a bit awry.”

He was pleased with the way the scrums went for the Sharks, but admitted the lineouts could have been better. “We lost the first couple, but it was nice to see the composure the guys showed after losing a few, then getting it right and even poaching a few of theirs.”

He put the early ill-discipline down to everyone keen to get stuck into the game more than anything else. “I thought it was more over-eagerness, also a bit of frustration from the number of early mistakes,” he explained.

“The guys wanted to put on good show. Remember, there were two sides in the game, I think we were just on the receiving end. But you can’t do well in a tournament when you concede yellow cards because it allows the opposition to play, and you need all 15 on the field.

“I’m not overly concerned about discipline.”

With the number of handling errors from both sides, he explained that the slippery ball was not so much due to the humidity (although it was very warm), but more because the ground staff had sprayed the field earlier to protect the grass and unfortunately it hadn’t dried properly in time.

“The game was very messy, the conditions didn’t make it easy and handling was very difficult,” he admitted.

On the injury front, Muir confirmed that he had no major concerns. “We will have to assess JP who went over on his ankle, I don’t think it was too serious, I hope not. Fred took a slight knock on his calf and BJ battled with his groin.”

He also confirmed that Frans Steyn was pulled out of the match because of an ankle niggle which he explained was “not serious, and he could have played with a push.”

Asked about the form of Fred Michalak, he said, “I thought he had some special touches, perhaps tried to do too much, but you can see the class coming through. He also defended incredibly well which is something people might not give credit to someone of his size.

“There are pros and cons to the new laws, whether they would suit a fleet-footed, quick hands player like Fred. What I enjoyed was that he took certain control. It’s difficult to make a judgment as the game lacked rhythm and once it did start to flow, the guys started coming into their own.”

With regards the ELVs he said that “We need to get through them, they are not vastly different, even though a lot has been made about them. The penalties have changed and attack from scrums are more momentum than strike oriented, so that has changed the face of it.

“At this stage I’m happy with where we are. You don’t want to be peaking going into the competition and we are far from that, but you also don’t want to be totally underdone, so I think we are in a good place right now.”


  • Reckon if the sharks can stay off the cards they might just impress this year.

    Sounds like the squad is quite settled – just wondering how adequately John Smit’s boots are being filled in terms of leadership.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.02.08 13:31:49 by Vinnie Reply
  • Hey Vinnie!

    The Sharks have a very difficult match schedule. They might make the semis this year.

    I think a lot will depend on their experienced players like AJ, Ackermann, Jacobs, etc performing well.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.02.08 13:39:48 by wpw Reply
  • Ackerman is playing for the first month only Wes.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.02.08 13:53:13 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • And WP just lost 33 – 14 to the Eagles.
    Ai ja

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.02.08 13:54:52 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • The Sharks open agains the Force.

    NOT going to be an Easy game.

    The Force will be one of the semi-finalists this year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.02.08 14:12:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Its not just John – Butch was the backline leader; not all flyhalves can lead a backline, and many times its the 12 or 9 who practically does that.

    Also, Percy was hug in terms of all-round reliability and professionalism. It was interesting how JP said Percy was the oke who kept him and Frans calm.

    Thats effectively 3 great players and good leaders who are missing. BEEEG call to replace them.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.02.08 14:12:50 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Funny how this squad has a decidely development feel about it.
    This only a year after Dickie started developing his original squad.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.02.08 14:14:14 by Vinnie Reply
  • Vinnie

    Last year i had that same feeling, and dick unearhted a gem or two in Steyn, Murray and JPP.

    Maybe he does that again this season, but i will be damn surprised if he does it in consecutive seasons though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.02.08 14:22:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • #

    Ackerman is playing for the first month only Wes.
    02.07.08 13:53:13 – provincejoulekkading Edit


  • Comment 9, posted at 07.02.08 14:42:49 by wpw Reply
  • Is Dick optimistic or just plain cocky?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.08 09:02:46 by Kal-El Reply

  • K-E, Dick knows that we will do well as long as the squad remains injury-free and he can prick from his top guys.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.08 09:22:14 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I hope Dick doesn’t prick anyone… they also bleed, you know…

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.08 09:25:00 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Rob… you feeling a bit slow this morning?

    Where are you anyway?

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.08 09:42:32 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • If Dick pricks his top guys, he’ll burst the Sharks’ bubble

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.08 09:50:14 by Kal-El Reply

  • Hmmm, its all speculation though – we cant do more than wonder woody or wont he at this stage.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.08 09:53:26 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • You’re nuts, fish!

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.08 10:10:07 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • wow this is a prickly subject

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.08 17:39:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Nice one!

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.08 19:21:00 by robdylan Reply
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