Sharks camp underway

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Jul 2013 at 09:59
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The Sharks Currie Cup squad have assembled under new coaches Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt for a training camp this week, ahead of their Currie Cup campaign which kicks off next Friday night.

For many of the group, it will be their first opportunity to get to know new Director of Rugby Brendan Venter, who arrived in Durban over the weekend ready to start the “hands on” phase of his new role; Venter has already been involved with the coaches in a remote capacity, but this week will serve to kick start the campaign and allow Venter and the new coaches to really instill their values, philosophies and playing styles into the group.

Venter has already said that he doesn’t intend to make radical changes to the way the Sharks play, but will rather look at helping the players to develop as people, concentrating on the environment and structures around the team to help the Sharks recapture the “special feel” from the 1990s that is new CEO John Smit’s target. I think the majority of fans will probably be pretty happy to hear this, so long as it is the “good bits” of the Sharks’ play that are retained, rather than the endless “bashing up with no plan” that became the norm whenever the team ran out of ideas.

The players, so far, seem to be reacting well to the change of environment, though and with the energy and enthusiasm in the camp palpable, here’s hoping that the upcoming week on the North Coast can lay the platform for a great Currie Cup season to follow.


  • Nice! Super Rugby is something from the past so to speak. Time for some Currie Cup now.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.13 10:18:42 by JarsonX Reply
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  • How are your Fantasy Squads coming along? Ive barely started thinking about it 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.13 10:20:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : Lol, I didn’t even manage to find time to remember my superbru picks this year 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.13 10:58:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : Learned my lesson in the last couple of years….I will only start picking my side Next Thursday…. Wanna make sure of my selections…LOL

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.13 10:59:46 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Rob, any idea on who’s in the squad?
    Or do they only officially pick a squad closer to the start of the season.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.13 11:26:46 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 5) : this isn’t too far off…

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.13 12:13:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, something I really like about what Eviritt has said about his appointment in the last couple of weeks, was how he thought his stint with the age group and vodacom cup team was very important in teaching him how to adapt. Age group and Vodacom squads change on a yearly basis and even then players could be called up to the senior squad and players returning from injury have to be given game time in the vodacom team. Everitt had to be able to adapt his gameplan to those players’ strengths, which is something I always thought Plum lacked.

    Hopefully these coaches can adapt to the strength of players. You’re never going to play the same team all season, so harping on about not having this player or that player and making it difficult to execute the gameplan really just becomes tiresome, when everyone can see there’s talanted players waiting to be utilized to the best of their potential. The Sharks are always great when they have all the players they want, but as soon as a few players, not necessarily with less talent, but with completely different playing styles were asked to step in, they always had adapt their games to fit the previous gameplan.

    That’s what never made sense to me. You can bash it up if you want, some of the Sharks’ best victories came from bash it up rugby over the past few years, but then you have to be able to adapt when you lose players to injury, or even if your opposition is too strong to simply be muscled out of a contest.

    It seems from what Everitt said that maybe he will not only be more able to do this than our previous coaches, but also more willing, having experienced the importance of adapting under certain circumstances.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.13 14:26:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.13 15:46:39 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Letgo; I agree completely. And that’s 1 reason why I have faith in our new coaches.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.13 16:03:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • sad to see that Tyler Fisher is not amongst the mix at the camp. funny that he had a successful year last year and now he is not up there. hopefully Venter will notice this from his stint with the sa u20 squad and pull Fisher into the mix and give him the opportunity he deserves and not judge him on his last game alone.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.07.13 21:12:47 by sharksupport Reply

  • @sharksupport (Comment 10) : rest assuered, Venter is going to be involved in all the teams and certainly isn’t going to turn a blind eye to the talent in our u21 ranks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.13 09:02:35 by robdylan Reply
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