Bok camp may have benefitted Sharks

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 16 Apr 2013 at 10:30
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In this morning’s BusinessDay Heyneke Meyer revealed that his main focus at the Bok camp was the breakdowns and that he used the past 2 days to get the importance of this area across to the players. Although it might have been a concern for  Super Rugby franchises to lose key players for 2 days, the focus of the camp might just have assisted the Sharks. This area of their game have been somewhat of a weakness for quite some time and Meyer revealing that he has been studying this area of the game, over the past few months, could just be the news that the Sharks needed.

Meyer says that with the way the referees had been blowing the game at the contact  last year he had not felt that there was a need for a specialist open-side flank, but that he changed his mind after the end-of-year tour, where he saw how important it still is. Meyer also says that he feels South African teams have fallen behind in their technique  even though we have the athletes capable of contesting in this area and that he has been preparing himself to improve the players.

“Our Coaching group has studied opponents, players and trends in the past few months and we’ve been all over the world watching and learning. There are five critical areas we have identified that if consistently performed well, will lead to the Boks becoming the best team in the world.”

“I’m excited that we will fix problems in the breakdowns based on an action plan that involves the input of the franchises. The breakdowns are crucial, we need to secure quick ball, if we can do that we’ll be able to attack more effectively. We’ve looked at every detail and I’ve never been more prepared and it’s just a case of getting it through to all the players. We’re using the internet to send all the players information and data to study and we’ll continue to do that.” Meyer said to the BusinessDay.

Sharks loose forwards Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts and Ryan Kankowski were all present at this camp, with 5 other forwards and 4 backs and would all hopefully have learned something to take back to their team in preparation for the Cheetahs this week. The Cheetahs have one of South Africa’s best open-side specialist back to fitness and playing some of his best rugby again this season and although he was not invited to Meyer’s training squad he would most certainly like to prove a thing or two this weekend.


  • My personal favourite quote from Meyer after the training camp: “I’ve told (forwards coach) Johan van Graan, who I rate as one of the best lineout coaches in the world, that I don’t care if he sleeps at Pieter-Steph du Toit’s house for three weeks, or at the Sharks, but he really needs to start working with him. “ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.13 10:44:11 by Viking Reply
  • Why did I laugh when I read “We are using the internet”

    This is all probably stuff I coach my u13 teams 😆 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.13 10:45:18 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.13 11:47:10 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • I find it really strange that the breakdown was targeted for this camp and Meyer acknowledged the importance of a specialist 6 and yet Brussouw is still left out in the cold? Really wish I had some insight into the reasoning behind this omission.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.13 11:53:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I hope that we do improve from the breakdown coaching, cos I agree that its a weakness, but the fact that Meyer is targetting the breakdown but doesn’t consider Brussouw worth inviting doesn’t inspire confidence.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.13 11:57:14 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Spot on – it makes a mockery of him identifying an issue with out breakdown and excluding Brussouw in the same breath.

    But Brussouw is not the only glaring omission, not to mention the inclusion of players not worthy or way out of form.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.13 12:39:42 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 6) : Agreed on Brussouw not being the only glaring omission but when Meyer specifically targets the breakdown for a camp it just makes it that much more confusing.

    I suspect our national and provincial coaches forget that we the public aren’t privy to every detail of the big picture/long-term vision/master plan. A few words of explanation now and again would go a long way and at least provide us with the illusion that they are acting in a reasonably consistent manner.

    I don’t for one moment doubt that Meyer is acutely aware of what the public must be thinking when he makes statements like those in the article and maintains complete silence regarding Brussouw.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.13 15:37:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bok camp may have benefited the Sharks.. Or may have just made them realise they are Springboks, and need to take it easy in Srugby to get a crack for Trugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.13 08:14:47 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : According to an interview conducted with Brussouw, Meyer has told him he’s being overlooked due to his penalty count.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.13 11:21:36 by vanmartin Reply
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