“We put ourselves on the back foot” – Everitt

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Aug 2013 at 14:58
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“Look, there were three things that went wrong for us on the weekend,” says Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt, speaking exclusively to Sharksworld.

“Firstly, we didn’t scrum well. Although we only lost two lineouts, the execution of the ones we won wasn’t good at all and then obviously the penalties were a big factor as well. If your set piece doesn’t function and you give away that amount of penalties, you’re really on the back foot. We can’t really nitpick about too much else until we sort out those three major things.

“Nothing in rugby can really get going – either from an attack or defensive point of view – if your set piece isn’t functioning and that was particularly frustrating for us on Friday night. We have to give credit to Griquas too – they have a very good scrum, they have guys who’ve been around the block and they take great pride in their set piece. We did prepare for that, but obviously we just weren’t good enough on the evening.”

We asked Sean whether they’d been able to take anything out of what happened, in order to better prepare the team for the Lions game this weekend. “Absolutely,” he replied, “I think you learn a lot more form a loss than you do from a win. It was our first outing as a group – we’d only been together for two weeks – and we learned a lot out of it. We were probably a bit nervous to play, so we didn’t have much width in our attack. That’s obviously something we’re going to try and change this week. We’re looking to play a little bit more – not play ‘within ourselves’, if that makes sense.”

Sean concedes that some of options taken against Griquas may have played into the opposition’s hands. “Unfortunately for us, that was where they were strong,” he says, “and those areas around the fringes are their bread and butter. Again, though, that wasn’t the reason we lost the game.”

We then looked at positives to come out of the encounter, from a Sharks points of view. Sean was happy with the kicking game, saying “we’ve worked really hard on it – and I thought we chased really well. We managed to squeeze Griquas when we had the chance, like in the second quarter where we enjoyed 93% territory. We won the territory battle overall, which we were pleased about and at times we also mauled really well. When we needed to scrum well, we did – like in their 22 when Jacques [Botes] scored [his second try]. Overall, a lot of positives to take out of the game, including some really good individual performances. We did put in some really good patches of rugby, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be more consistent.”

Looking ahead to the Lions match, Sean tells us that a few injury concerns are preventing the team form being finalised; but that there won’t be any changes otherwise. Keegan Daniel, Tim Whitehead and Sizo Maseko are the men in doubt for the weekend. “If Keegan is out, we’ll obviously go with Jacques Botes as number 8 and captain,” he confirms. “For Sizo, we might look to SP Marais, with Heimar Williams the only guy in contention to replace Tim at 12. We’re going to look within the squad – a guy like Heimar has gone well at training and deserves a shot. He’s come through the junior ranks and I know personally what he’s capable of. We look forward to seeing him getting his opportunity.”


  • I love the fact that they are willing to back the guys in the squad

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.13 15:07:25 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Ouens did anyone see that CC unveiling the Friday morning on SS blitz with all the captains present?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.13 15:07:54 by R Hayward Reply
  • @R Hayward (Comment 2) : you mean most of the captains?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.13 15:20:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree on the lineout – although we managed to retain most of out throw-ins, the ball to the scrummy was messy.

    I do think Cooper needs to really work hard on his throwing – the ball tumbles all over the place on the way to the locks. There is just no way you can be accurate with that trajectory, and it puts unnecessary pressure on the jumpers.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.08.13 15:30:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Yeah, we where represented by frans… whom looked fokken fine to me! Did you see the interview by barnes from the kwas?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.08.13 15:32:55 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 5) : no, I didn’t… what did he say?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.08.13 15:44:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : I dunno if you saw one of the pics from the match… Wentzel was lying practically horizontal, on his back, having caught a lineout ball that went way over his head.

    Amazed at the skills of the man, but you can’t play off ball like that.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.08.13 15:45:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Maybe with Sean Everitt and BMH being the coaches more reliance will be on players coming through the ranks who they know. It’s something everyone here has asked for …. now maybe it will happen. As the man said I know what he(Heimar) is capable of (sic)

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.08.13 15:58:04 by Caratacus Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Well from what I could remember the ouke said: they prepared for this match by looking at the sharks strengths and weaknesses and then build their game plan around it!
    Our representative that day talked only about the history of the cup.
    I might be reading too much into it, but clearly showing to me whom was better prepared for the day. And it showed!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.13 16:00:41 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 9) : ja, but our oke wasn’t even playing, so it’s ok that he didn’t know the plan 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.13 16:06:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Talking of that ouke…. when is he back? looked well enough to play for me.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.13 16:08:01 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 11) : He was sitting for most of the interview… Rugby’s not played whilst sitting 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.13 16:21:33 by SuperEtts Reply
  • Anyone know the details of the college rovers vs Saracens game tomorrow? Is it open to the public, how’s it working?

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.13 16:21:50 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @SuperEtts (Comment 12) : These days if your a shark and don’t walk with crutches anymore you’re good to go!
    Don’t get me worng… I like the ou stukkend! I was the happiest supporter alive the day I read he’s coming back and he looked awesome last year the few games he played for us! but then this year he was just nowhere…
    must have been the married life? anyhow I need ouens like him to survive…
    My fav: Frans, Bissie, DEYSEL!!! aag sommer ALMAL!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.13 16:26:19 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 14) : DooS!!! VERY unfair of you to single out favorite players when you like the whole TEAM!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.13 16:29:02 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 14) : I’m a fan of Frans as well… even though the bastard called me Oom when we had an introduction by his then agent… I was 31! haha Din’t like his lack of form after France. I watch almost every Top 14 game and/or highlights package and in some matches he was brilliant. He left that adventurous spirit in Paris though

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.13 16:35:02 by SuperEtts Reply
  • When he got his first MOM award (I think it was in his first Sharks game against WP) he kept on calling the interviewer oom – I think it was Gavin Cowley. Jeez but he was good in the rain in that game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.08.13 16:54:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : 100% right I also remember that one! Even remember where I was… Touring Knysna area. I told my wife back then that he’s gonna be something special!

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.08.13 17:03:57 by R Hayward Reply

  • I agree,I rated him best 12 in world and I also watch all French Top 14 and what he got up to there was simply awsome but he left it all behind at the check in counter in Paris

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.08.13 21:10:34 by benji Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 14) : Let us not play our players into the ground like the spotted species tends to do.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.08.13 22:11:08 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) : Ok yes agreed. We used to be very good in that!?!?!? Coule of years ago I thought that we where the best in managing players. I started doubting that seriously this year (with all our injuries). But then i look at a ou like Bissie. We managed him well didn’t we?

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.08.13 22:40:48 by R Hayward Reply


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