If you could do ONE thing…

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Apr 2012 at 11:41
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Time for us to put our “armchair analyst” skills to good use, Sharksworld…

The questions are simple and I’m very interested to hear your answers to them. Put yourself in the position of someone who has real authority within the Sharks Union. I want to know the following:

1) What is the ONE thing you would do to help the team win the next match?
2) What is the ONE thing you would do to help the team make the Super Rugby knock-outs in 2012?
3) What is the ONE thing you would do to best improve the Sharks long-term?

Get those thinking caps on and let’s see what this brainstorm can reveal.


  • NUMBER ONE – Next match – teach them how not to butcher scoring opportunities, IE. Improve our finishing.
    NUMBER ONE – Knock outs – Don’t have to do anything, Frans Steyn is coming (i hope)
    NUMBER ONE – Long term – Specialist coaches, mental, skills, conditioning, all that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.04.12 11:46:06 by The Quirk Reply
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  • 1. Change the way the bench is used, not making silly subs with a few minutes to go, leave players doing well on the field, and replace off form players earlier.

    2. Get a proper defence coach in the setup.

    3. Long term, approach a well known coach to come and coach the junior teams, with the ultimate goal being that he take over the senior squad with same players..

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.04.12 11:46:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 1) : can 1) be achieved ahead of the next match, or is that more of a long-term thing?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.04.12 11:51:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • 1) I don’t care if we win the next game but I will start giving some youngsters time to get SupeRugby experience. Work on handeling and communication.

    2) Again I don’t care about the knock-outs. Keep working with the youngsters and give them experience.(this should have been done during the CC 2011 already)

    3)Total reworking of the Sharks structures from management to coaches.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.04.12 11:51:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I can’t see why not. Practice creating space, practice being patient and simulate try scoring opportunities… They have two weeks or so with the bye…

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.04.12 11:56:30 by The Quirk Reply
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  • 1. Tell the team all pressure is off to reach the knockouts. Go out there and play for the fans.
    2. Stick to one simple gameplan and only make the necessary alterations for the team you’re facing.
    3. “My people perish due to lack of vision.” Develop one cohesive vision for the Sharks union. Also send them a link to Rich’s article to get them started. Tell them to also take a look at the comments section of that article. There’s some sound advice in there.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.04.12 11:58:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 5) : 4 of those days the guys will be with Heyneke

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.04.12 11:58:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 1) Appoint Morné

    2)Appoint Morné

    3)Appoint Morné


  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.12 12:05:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 1.Emphasize how important it is that Bissie, Keegan and Lambie communicate and run the show.
    2.Focus on building phases and huge focus on ball retention. With thisd patience is needed, and this will build pressure on the opposition and the holes will eventually come. Communication will also provide better teamwork and support play, hopefully.
    3.Play talented in form youngsters ahead of off form established players. Also rotation must be done correctly, eg. swop players that are like for like. Eg. Alberts off and Deysel On. We need to get the blend of youth and experience right. Jordaan must get the 14 jersey. Stef du toit/Sykes and Bresler must rotate to stay fresh. Allan Dell must be considered as a bench option, plays both sides of the scrum, good ball carrier and has a great skill set and workload for a Prop, good option to have off the bench. JPP back to Wing possibly, with Jordaan at 13. They can rotate positions on defence and Attack, JPP at 13 on defence.

    Oh and don’t forget, end of superugby appoint Plum forwards coach and appoint Nick Mallet as Head Coach. David Campese to be Backline Consultant. Balie Swart scrum coach.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.04.12 12:06:32 by JJR Reply
  • 1) Make them read Sharksworld
    2) Defence coach, kopdokter
    3) Appoint Morne as consultant (and follow his advice)

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.04.12 12:07:22 by MysticShark Reply
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  • 1. Make lambie captain
    2. Get rid of anyone who isnt. happy with nr 1
    3. Get Brendan Venter, if not Jimmy Stonehouse

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.04.12 12:07:48 by jako Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : Should have refreshed before posting

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.04.12 12:08:21 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 9) : I like all of that… very sensible suggestions. 2, in particular, is great.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.04.12 12:11:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • 1) bring PDiv in to give the team talk.
    2) appoint PDiv in as skills coach.
    3) appoint PDiv as coach

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.04.12 12:13:19 by Loosehead Reply

  • @Loosehead (Comment 14) : only joking.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.04.12 12:14:09 by Loosehead Reply

  • @jako (Comment 11) : Brendan Venter… would need to make a very good offer to get him, i think. Jimmy Stonehouse…i forgot about him,he would be great; his Pumas teams have been so disciplined, structured and aggressive. Sharks could benefit a lot from having him in the management team.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.04.12 12:15:13 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Shot Rob 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.04.12 12:16:08 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 16). :I think jimmy would be first prize. He knows the game. He understands discipline. He wouldnt break the bank and he carries no baggage. I believe what the sharks need now is a tough no nonsense guy like him

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.04.12 12:26:03 by jako Reply
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  • 1) Fix the line-outs – attack / defense
    2) defense coach, mental coach – focus on concentration
    3) Fire Mr Potato Head and get correct structures in place, changes to coaching staff

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.04.12 12:27:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @jako (Comment 18) : He gets the best out of his players for sure, with the players currently on The Sharks’ books and Steyn most likely joining, again, he will be able to finally get our Sharks team to play to their full potential…i’ve waited years to see The Sharks fire at 100% in superugby…i’m wondering if we will ever see it with Plum at the helm.

    Ja, agree we need a strict coach that puts his foot down properly…Our conditioning/medical team is great, we now just need coaches that are as disciplined and driven to succeed as they are. Jimmy i think will also create a disciplined culture for Sharks Rugby, just the same as what Heyneke did for the Bulls.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.04.12 12:28:36 by JJR Reply
  • 1) Concentrate on protecting the ball in the tackle by carrying into contact with both hands on the ball. If you can’t fend without risking losing the ball, then you are forbidden to do it! No 50/50 passes at all inside the first 20 mins, if at all. Assess the situation.
    2) Basics, basics, basics. Set piece accuracy and basic ball skills have to improve drastically. It is not even worth talking about a new gameplan until this occurs.
    3) Defence coach, Attack coach. Change the win bonus structure. If you win but the team performance is error-strewn and inconsistent you get one bonus. If you win by playing for 80mins and the error rate is low, then you get the proper win bonus.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.04.12 12:35:34 by neilster Reply

  • Lots of good suggestions here.

    How to get them to Plum and co though 😕 ❓

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.04.12 12:39:33 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Staldraad!

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.04.12 12:43:28 by Rahul Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 22) : Use the 30 April 2012 declare a strike in Durban, march to Kings Park and hand the memorandum to Van Zyl himself!

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.04.12 12:44:03 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 23) : yeah we could march starkers maybe potato head will take heed 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.04.12 12:44:48 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 23) : we do need something like that…maybe just a disciplined/strict Head Coach.

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.04.12 12:48:45 by JJR Reply
  • 1. Get the young exciting players on. Let them show their skills.
    2. Get everyone on same page, simplify, do basics well. No 50/50 passes, get forwards in the rucks.
    3. Concentrate on the U19 / U21 skills & satisfaction, get a kopdokter and a defensive coach.

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.04.12 12:49:52 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 25) : not for us! The players! Staldraad was a huge faluire and over the top. Something like that that brings the team together. Battle out their differences and see each other for what they are before they get on the field!

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.04.12 12:50:28 by Rahul Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 26) : you’re on the same page. What do the team do together apart from train and play once a week?

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.04.12 12:52:51 by Rahul Reply

  • One thing i forgot to mention is to build momentum down the middle, before spreading the ball…a lot of our problems come because we get rucked over/robbed, because we swing it wide without good momentum, and then we have our backs on their forwards and then we struggle to retain the ball.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.04.12 12:54:28 by JJR Reply
  • @Rahul (Comment 29) : With the recovery sessions, Gym Sessions, Field Sessions and games they don’t do much else…we can’t send them on a camp now, what we need is a Coach that gets his point across and makes sure the players execute, if they don’t they get dropped until they can execute the plan consistently.

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.04.12 12:58:56 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 31) :they can do all those things on camp and some team building at the same time!

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.04.12 13:03:06 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 32) : We can’t do it now, though…need to prepare/plan for these type of camps long before, cause most of these camps will be away from home. Maybe during the international break, we can see the non-international Sharks go on a 3-5 day camp somewhere.

    Sharks didn’t have a proper camp this pre-season, they stayed in Durban with their families and friends, so no real team building stuff was done this year…maybe that explains why it looks like The Sharks are playing as individuals out there on the pitch. Obviously Sharks leadership comes into question when we talk about a team playing as individuals.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.04.12 13:08:14 by JJR Reply
  • 1. Pay the Ref to look the other way.
    2. Pay the other unions to take a dive.
    3. Get in specialist coaches and get rid of the deadwood.

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.04.12 13:15:42 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 33) : with you on the preseason! Maybe the international break is a good time. The concept is what I was getting at, and the when or why doesn’t matter now when our season is over

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.04.12 13:19:24 by Rahul Reply

  • 1) Focus on finishing moves
    2) Hire a mental coach
    3) Jimmy Stonehouse asap

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.04.12 13:30:23 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) : pay the refs to be consistent! That’s all I want to see from them

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.04.12 13:31:53 by Rahul Reply

  • 1) Pay the ref
    2) Pray
    3) Repeat steps 1 and 2!!

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.04.12 13:33:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 35) : Wat? Sharks can still make the knockouts if they can play how we know they can.

    Hopefully something will be done during this Bye to get everyone on the same wavelength and we can start winning run…most of the superugby tournaments under Plum the Sharks have had a run of Wins, hopefully we see that start next week.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.04.12 13:38:46 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 39) : they can, but they won’t

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.04.12 13:56:55 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 28) : Oh ok thought you meant it literally cause of oom Rudi at Sharks

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.04.12 14:27:23 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • 1) Drop non-performing seniors to the bench or out of the squad, depending on the level of non-performance, and take a chance with the youngsters
    2) Hire a top-notch mental coach
    3) Appoint Nick Mallet as DoR/Super Rugby coach, and invest him with the authority to implement any structures and appoint any persons he wishes, but with the clear directive of a settled, stable, unified Sharks organisation from Academy- to Super Rugby level as end goal

    Failing that, what Pokkel said in post 8

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.04.12 14:34:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 41) : wow! Didn’t think of that! So where is the team building? In the hands of King Staldraad? Makes sense now

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.04.12 15:27:13 by Rahul Reply

  • 1. Concentrate on ball skills and basics in preparation for the next game, and the next until the Sharks has become clinical in their execution again.

    2. Motivate and so try to boost their confidence. It would be difficult for any team to go into these games thinking that they can make it seven from seven, but if they believe they could, that’s half the battle one. If they don’t it will reflect on their game.

    3. Find the right captain and include a few specialist in my coaching staff.

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.04.12 16:38:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Hey Rob, now someone should write a follow up with all the good suggestions and see what we got.

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.04.12 16:43:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • 1) Focus on first time tackles.
    2) well if 1 works, then 2 will come naturally
    3) Strategy and sticking to it.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.04.12 19:25:51 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • 1) Focus on our work at the break-down. Too many turnovers and penalties conceded here.

    2) Ensure sufficient rotation of players.

    3) Recruit the starting Craven Week XV each year and base them in PMB. Get them playing Varsity Shield, gain promotion to Varsity Cup and give our youngsters exposure to a higher level of rugby and reap the rewards as the Stormers have in the form of:

    Juan De Jongh
    Eben Etsebeth
    Nizaam Carr etc.

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.04.12 07:41:32 by StevieS Reply
  • @Loosehead (Comment 15) : Eish…I was just about to unleash not so nice things… 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.04.12 09:18:05 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Do an indepth analysis on is why we don’t have the proffesional aptitude the Crusaders, Bulls and most recently the Stormers(wtf?…but true) have. No matter what the situation, they believe they have it to finish any job. Surely it can not just be the captain? Runs much deeper.

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.04.12 11:21:02 by catfish Reply
  • Some interesting stats here

    Seems Sharks not too bad come scrumming time – based on scrum penalties conceeded

  • Comment 50, posted at 26.04.12 12:50:25 by Bokhoring Reply

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