Jake’s “9-to-5” Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Dec 2013 at 12:50
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“Working nine to five what a way to make a living,” reckons Dolly Parton…. well, she might not like it, but for Jake White’s Sharks of 2014, putting in those sorts of hours are seen as the key to success in Super Rugby and beyond.

In fact, according to our information, Jake has the Sharks starting well before even Ms Parton has managed to haul her sizable assets out of bed, with 7am being the time at which their day starts. Taking to ECR’s Alain Tardin last week, White had revealed that “as professional athletes the players need to treat their job as any other person in the working world would”. While the Sharks of the past have enjoyed somewhat of a more “flexible” schedule, with little structure to their day outside of formal training and gym sessions, Jake White’s era seems set to be built very strongly on a platform of hard work and putting in the necessary hours.

The Director maintains that with other teams in Super Rugby already having this sort of strict schedule in place, to not follow suit would put the Sharks at a clear disadvantage.

I’ve got to say I like the sound of what Jake is trying to do here; the Sharks have never wanted for talent in recent years but have often fallen short due to the lack of “finishing touches”. The more time the team spends together, honing their art under the watchful eye of their coaches, the more likely it is that any latent weaknesses can be worked out over time.

White has apparently also identified pace as an area of the Sharks’ game that needs work, telling Tardin the team “needs a bit more pace, which is why they have recently started a 5-week programme to improve on the side’s speed.”

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  • Bravo Great White Shark! But damn, imagine when the likes of Mvovo, Chavanga(whom I hope stays) and Swiel gets even more faster ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.12.13 13:07:41 by KingRiaan Reply
  • 100% Jake White! These guys have all the talent but need to work on being good professionals. I think this is more of what John Smit wanted when he appointed Jake. He was more concerned with the structures off the field than on it that would be put in place.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.12.13 13:12:49 by SheldonK Reply
  • Things just keep on looking up at the Sharks! I need a fast forward button to 15 February 2014.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.12.13 13:13:57 by gregkaos Reply
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  • The ship is tightening up! If this is an improvement on their currie cup final where they were first at the breakdown and their kick chase was quick, they will be phenomenal.The Sharks were starting to look more like their NZ counterparts in that game so 2014 is really looking exciting. With Smitty going all out to fill the stands we really are in for a glorious season. (sic) ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.12.13 13:14:34 by Caratacus Reply

  • So Rob, is that three hours or four hours earlier than your day starts up north? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.12.13 13:15:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • World class coach implementing his long term sustainable plan for the Sharks. I cannot wait to see the results ! The players will ultimately be the biggest beneficiaries, fitter, stronger , faster, more skilled …… The team spirit will improve immensely if they spend so much time together. When do they announce the S15 squad for next year ?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.12.13 13:16:01 by Observer Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : that’a about a day-and-a-half earlier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.12.13 13:22:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • this does sound great but what will they do all day?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.12.13 13:24:40 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 8) : What every other working person does all day long – Facebook and Sharksworld ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.12.13 13:39:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.12.13 13:58:43 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Are the ouens gonna get a break over the festive season???
    Jake sure seems helbend on winning the SR!
    Anyway… a bit off the topic… I read that our jersey only gets unveiled early next year… and here I am making fun of my bull family members… PLEASE dear lord don’t let our jersey be as kak as theirs!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.12.13 14:15:34 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 11) : no ways bro. It will be special.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.12.13 14:41:23 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 4) : Sry to disappoint, but the sharks in 2013 cc final was pure bulls rugby…..big, aggressive forwards with some great kicking. Don’t take that as a insult, they got three superrugby trophies to show for it. With the sharks great pack and jwhite they should get their hands on a trofy within the next two years. If not they should break the bank and get bventer back!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.12.13 14:51:33 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 13) : I dont think anyone in the world cares about playing a nice brand of rugby when it comes down to a final, I’ll have us play Bulls rugby for the next 100 years if it means we win!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.12.13 15:37:40 by Tintin Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 11) : think the sharks might miss out on some crazy festive spending by only bringing out the jersey next year. A lot of people are getting their bonuses now, by the beginning of next year its gone!

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.12.13 15:41:58 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @Tintin (Comment 14) : That’s exactly my point….there’s only two types of rugby: winning rugby and losing rugby. Too many people complain about the bulls if they lost that they didn’t have a plan B, and they right, the bulls walk onto the field with one gameplan and it either work or it doesn’t. Jwhite loves his structure and it will be good for the sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.12.13 15:49:12 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 16) : I cant believe the bookies still have the Stormers at 8 to 1 and Sharks at 10 to 1. Even with the tour schedule the stormers have! 10 to 1 good value on the sharks me thinks.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.12.13 16:03:33 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 11) :

    Check out this tweet from John Smit โ€“

    โ€œ@Paljas256: When are we seeing the new BLK [email protected] @TheSharksZAโ€ Soon & believe me they wonโ€™t blend into the surroundings!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.12.13 16:31:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 17) : yes its strange….maybe its the strms low scoring, defensive gameplan. With demitri the strms are a save bet to make the play-offs, but low scoring means not a lot of bonus points, which means an away play-off game possibly…

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.12.13 16:35:22 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 12) : I believe so yes!

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.12.13 17:18:38 by R Hayward Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 15) : lol yes could be a problem… haha

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.12.13 17:19:23 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : lol yes just saw it and yes it still makes me keep the faith in our CEO.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.12.13 17:20:39 by R Hayward Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 17) : the one thing that stands out from the bulls three trophies was that all was played in SA. Which means u have to end in the top two, possibly first. Need bonus points to do that. The problem for the sharks is that in the beginning of s15 in durbs theirs lots of humidity and the ball is slippery, making 4tries difficult….

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.12.13 18:11:45 by KingsArmy Reply

  • exciting times these.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.12.13 20:10:55 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 13) : You call any type of winning Rugby “Bulls” Rugby. According to you the All Blacks play “Bulls” Rugby ๐Ÿ˜† get real…

    This KingsArmy guy, every thing is bigger and better in Texas, even if it ain’t. ๐Ÿ˜†

    I like what I am hearing from Jake White, let’s see if he can walk the walk now.

    I am concerned, however, that we will become a bit conservative under him.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.12.13 20:25:23 by Talent Reply
  • Jw did identify speed as something the sharks need.and he brought in chavanga(a “finisher”).

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.12.13 20:39:05 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 23) : not try bp that derailed the sharks in ’13 sr,but rather losing 3 home games.managed only 2 points from a min 12,so right there is a deficit of 10 points on the log.need to create a fortress at home.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.12.13 20:48:29 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • I see the R C schedule for 2014 just came out. Guess what. No rc tests for Durban. Again

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.12.13 21:10:57 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Reminds me of 1995 (or what I’ve heard about it seeing as I wasn’t alive) when the Boks were supposedly not the most talented team but by far the fittest. Joost called them “superfit”. This time though, we definitely have the talent to go with it.

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.12.13 21:54:44 by David12246 Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 25) : Oh please, u just upset that I’m not a major fan of ur loverboy lambie!! U still believe that rugby is about running around like headless chickens. Jwhite like his structures and it will be good for the sharks. And kicking…..sry mate it will never go away, live with it!

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.12.13 09:38:55 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 30) : Kicking is fine, as long as there is variation, which let’s face it, the Bulls are hardly famous for.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.12.13 10:22:17 by David12246 Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 28) : It was announced a long time ago, it was confirmed just now. Smit would have known the schedule for a long time by now.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.12.13 10:23:21 by David12246 Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 30) :Lol I proposed the Springbok played “total Rugby” which involved kicking, I’ve never called for a Lions like approach.

    Just for future reference my ideal Rugby is what the Sharks played in 2012 SR, combined with a Stormers like defense; coincidentally, the type of game the Irish, of all people, almost beat the All Blacks with this year. On that point, does it not perplex you that with all our talent we could not manage to do what the English have and what the Irish nearly did(they came closer than we did)?

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.12.13 10:39:23 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 33) : No sry, I think the bokke should play like the bokke. If u try and play like someone else u will always be a follower, and never a leader. Our style of play has won the AB’s more than any other style!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.12.13 10:46:41 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 27) : I agree with the fortress thing, that’s a given. Just think that top of the log is so much better, u do need some bp for that. With the high humidity early in the comp keeping it close to the sharks great pack of forwards can just work for them, can always open up abit more as comp go’s on

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.12.13 10:52:57 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 34) : You have a very broad perception of what Bulls “our” Rugby is. Now is the most accurately I have seen it implemented(With Meyer), and we have yet to see the Boks beat the All Blacks with it.

    You need to open your eyes. You need to stop thinking of ours, us and them and learn to identify what is effective and what isn’t. Release the dogma, be young at heart grasshopper ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.12.13 11:00:10 by Talent Reply
  • Are you not tired of chasing the All Blacks? What is it they do that makes them so successful? People like KingsArmy will tell you we simply just don’t have the players with the ability to mimic and surpass them ๐Ÿ˜• We do, they just never get the opportunities.

    The thing is, they have, out of necessity, learnt to play a variety of styles to combat any team they come across. Why do we refuse to do the same?

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.12.13 11:05:19 by Talent Reply
  • Proof is in the pudding!

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.12.13 11:14:11 by KingsArmy Reply

  • What pudding? When has “our” Rugby ever produced lasting results? It hasn’t.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.12.13 11:17:13 by Talent Reply
  • we will never beat them as long as we idolise them

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.12.13 11:38:27 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 38) : allow me to rant for a bit, if you don’t mind?

    Saying “the proof is in the pudding” is such a horrible corruption that it never fails to get my back up.

    The correct phrase is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.

    Consider yourself educated – there will be no charge.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.12.13 11:41:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 40) : Spot on!!!!!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.12.13 11:42:28 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : sry for not being an expert in my 2nd language!

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.12.13 11:44:26 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 43) : don’t apologise – just work harder.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.12.13 11:50:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : en DIT, my vriend, is ‘n feit soos ‘n koei!

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.12.13 11:52:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : Well done ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.12.13 12:00:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Ahem Roberto!…. “Consider your educated” is going to bite you in the butt, luckily you can edit it.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.12.13 12:07:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Why aint your smileys working?

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.12.13 12:14:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 48) : ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜• โ— โ“ โ“

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.12.13 12:15:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 46) : ag, I’m just playing with the guy… he be trolling, I be giving some back.

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.12.13 12:16:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : oh Rob, I love it when you talk forrin…

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.12.13 12:27:09 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : :lol:, Oh to be an all powerful editor.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.12.13 12:31:40 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 52) : oh indeed

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.12.13 12:33:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sounds like a solid work ethic is being put in is great that he is emphasising hard work as the road to success and not just trying to get by on natural talent.

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.12.13 13:00:27 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : nothing wrong with just abit of trolling……it gets the conversation juices flowing…

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.12.13 13:09:23 by KingsArmy Reply


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