Sharks summon scrum guru

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Sep 2013 at 10:07
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It didn’t take long for the Sharks to react to a few, um, “less than stellar” scrummaging performances in this year’s Currie Cup. Former Sharks scrum coach Balie Swart – incidentally a World Cup winner just like CEO John Smit and Director of Rugby Brendan Venter – will spend time with the pack this week attempting to shed some light on some of the interpretation issues that have blighted them thus far in the competition.

The new scrum engagement sequence appears to have caused problems for players and referees alike since its introduction a few weeks back and while the Sharks felt they did well under Jason Jafta in Bloemfontein a fortnight ago (incidentally, the same ref who oversaw their demolition at the hands of the Griquas pack a fortnight earlier), the old woes resurfaced under Jonathan Kaplan’s somewhat fickle whistle in Durban on Saturday. Dale Chadwick’s yellow card, which fortunately caused little overall harm, will have been the tipping point.

Swart, if I remember correctly, presided over a period of real Sharks scrum dominance during the median years of the last decade – helping to unearth the likes of BJ Botha, Deon Carstens and more latterly Beast Mtawarira and turn all three into potent scrum exponents. He played a big role under Dick Muir, but seemed to fade into obscurity under John Plumtree; no announcement was ever made regarding his departure, but before we knew it, he had cropped up in Lions colours, a sure indication that his Sharks days were over. Etienne Fynn, meanwhile, has done a very good job himself, but it surely must be very difficult for him to concentrate on roles as both head coach of the so-far successful Sharks under 21 side and scrum coach of the seniors.

One thing the Sharks surely must look at, though, is rotation at loose head prop. While Wiehahn Herbst and Rayno Gerber have shared the load on the right hand side of the scrum, The erstwhile Chadwick has soldiered through 80 minutes of every game so far and while nobody is doubting the fitness or workrate of the former Westville boy, only the most fervent admirers would be able to claim his scrum performances have been anything more than barely adequate. Danie Mienie is a player who has come up through the ranks and even earned a Super Rugby cap – albeit for just a few minutes – and the time must surely have come to throw him into the same deep end that the likes of Fred Zeilinga and Heimar Williams now paddle about with consummate ease.


  • Good call, and yes Chadwick needs a rest!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.13 10:14:54 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I hope we can have Mr Swart back at the Sharks for good. He seriously made our pack a tough one to beat.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.09.13 10:28:24 by Uli Reply
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  • Hats off to the new coaching staff for paying immediate attention to the problem and making the decision that they needed a specialist to fix it. That kind of thinking, absent in the past, is what we need. One man is not an expert in everything and someone who realises their shortfalls and can make amendments to fix the problem is the coaching staff Sharks fans have been asking for.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.09.13 10:46:16 by Caratacus Reply

  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : Chadwick needs a rest? Why? He has played four games this season.

    He’s one of our star players we need him.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.13 11:23:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Echoing everyone else’s sentiments, this is a positive sign from the management to bring in extra help. Now to get Paul Treu as skills consultant :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.13 11:40:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The erstwhile Chadwick has soldiered through 80 minutes of every game so far and while nobody is doubting the fitness or workrate of the former Westville boy.

    Erstwhile? Where has he gone? Have I missed a chance for celebration somewhere?

    and while nobody is doubting the fitness or workrate of the former Westville boy. . 😯 ❓ 😯 ❓ 😯 ❓

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.13 12:58:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : that was a poor choice of adjective on my part

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.13 13:02:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I’m hoping you are predicting the near future. 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.13 13:09:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : well, let’s see how Mienie steps up this weekend

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.09.13 13:22:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.13 15:00:40 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Let’s hope Mienie fills the gap and even more, lets hope The Sharks give Balie Swart a permanent post. It would also be good for Sharks to utilise Paul Treu’s talents. He has such a good eye for sevens attacking, defensive etc rugby he could only be a huge benefit

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.13 12:02:02 by [email protected] Reply

  • Brilliant news.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.13 23:00:42 by lostfish Reply
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