Charl speaks out ahead of big game

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Jul 2014 at 09:44
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Cell C Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod will most likely play his last home game for the team this weekend, with the big Super Rugby knock-out clash against the Highlanders to see him take the Kings Park field for the last time before a move to Grenoble in France. Here are some of his thoughts ahead of the game, courtesy of the Sharks media team.

Momentum from the win

It was a big confidence booster for us, just to see that what we’ve been doing all year is successful and we went back to that: solid defence, forwards working hard, better kicking game, better kick-chase game and we got the reward from that. That all gives us a lot of confidence going into this week’s knock-out match against the Highlanders.


We’ve been playing knock-out rugby from Round one, but we went away from that a bit and that’s why I think we fell short, but we put in a solid performance on the weekend now we’re back to playing winning rugby and so I think it’s a good way to kick off this knockout phase.

His Last Game at home?

There is no emotion around personal stuff, it’s all about finals rugby for us, we have three games to win the competition so we’re taking all emotion out of it, it’s all about the team and the union. It’s something we haven’t achieved before so that’s all we’re focussed on.


They’re a very difficult team to play against, they showed that when we met them in Durban earlier in the season, I think they will take confidence out of that performance. We know how dangerous they can be if our kicking game is off and our defence is not on song so those are two areas we will be working hard on in training this week.

The value of Ben Smith

We saw that last weekend when he missed out on the Crusaders game (lost 34-8). He’s a very important player for them, one of their captains so if he’s back for this game, that will give them a lot of confidence.

Reflections on previous clash in April

Our kicking game wasn’t accurate enough, we didn’t get out of our half, we gave them a lot of opportunities to counter-attack and that’s one of their strengths, they like broken play. So if we can avoid giving them good ball, it will be good for us.

Players returning

There are a few players coming back and if they play, it will be good for us, it’s always nice to get some fresh guys back and especially players as important as Pat Lambie, Cobus Reinach and Beast Mtawarira.


  • Thanx Charl and good luck in France.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.14 09:53:46 by JD Reply
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  • My father in law who still lives in Durban reckons the murmurs coming out of Kings Park are the Lambie should be good to go this week. I hope that’s right, he’s the spark our backline have been missing. Of course Reinach and Beast would make a massive contribution but I think Lambie will be key.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.14 10:05:32 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • Good on you Charl, you’re a legend. Enjoy Grenoble!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.14 10:15:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • All the best Charl. You’ve certainly done some great things for us over the last few years.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.14 10:22:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Stay focused guys.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.14 10:37:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Jacques Venter (Comment 2) : this is the quarter final,knock out stage,do you think,local Durban hype aside,its not a huge risk to even contemplate playing Bambie now?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.14 10:45:34 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 6) : fortune favours the big balled

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.14 10:55:22 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 6) : I wouldn’t start him but he’d definitely be on the bench and then I’d introduce him with about 30 minutes to go.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.14 10:58:26 by Jacques Venter Reply

  • Pat’s played his best games with Mcleod on his inside

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.14 11:19:06 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • It makes sense to go back to kick for territory, defend and capitalize on turnover game plan. That is what this team executes best. The Sharks commit too many turnovers to play a ball in hand type of game. However the kicking game needs to be accurate – not just hoofing every ball straight to Ben Smith.

    We need to cut down on the one off forward bashing up the ball – that usually just gifts the ball to the other team. When we do get in a good position to strike, we need to try and keep possession for longer – at least force a penalty for Frans to kick over.

    Our midfield defenders is going to have to be very awake. Fekitoa has beaten 60 defenders, 17 clean breaks this season. Our forwards need to make sure that back line does not get much front foot ball.

    We also needs to stop this recent habit of the lineout suddenly becoming a mess after working perfectly for most of the game. It was the main reason the Stormers were allowed to camp for 25 minutes in our 22.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.14 12:08:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I just hope they get the mix of players right. It will be great if we can have Lambie and Beast coming off the bench. If Lambie plays best with Charl McLeod then McLeod must also come off the bench with 30 mins to go. Then hopefully Cobus will be ready to start in the first 50. If Lambie is on the bench then I think Zeilinger must start at 10 so that Francois can have his preferred position at 12 with Paul Jordaan alongside him. I don’t know if Ndungane is ready but if he is not then we’ll have one good wing on the bench – provided JPP is ready.
    I cannot wait for the announcement of the team and THEN the game!
    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.14 12:09:41 by [email protected] Reply

  • Good Luck Charl – we will miss you! You have played some great games for us! In particular, I’ll never forget the 2010 and 2013 Curry Cup finals. You played your magic big time! Your game against the Stormers last Saturday was huge as well. Go well!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.14 12:13:18 by [email protected] Reply

  • “Thoroughly deserving their top billing were the Waratahs. They won the most number of games, scored the most points (481), conceded the fewest (272), scored the most tries (55), conceded the second fewest (24), and picked up the equal best number of bonus points (10, shared with the Highlanders), including an amazing nine for scoring four tries.”

    – awesome on attack, awesome on defence ie. BALANCE = success

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.14 12:27:42 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 13) : finds the pill of balance….chokes on it 😈 😈
    They’ll choke

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.14 12:39:17 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 14) : well I am hoping that yes!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.14 13:21:44 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 14) : But my point is…the last time we gave ourselves a genuine shot at the title was in 2007 when we played a beautifully balanced game as well!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.14 14:15:16 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 16) : exactly!

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.14 14:30:15 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Its so quiet this week

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.14 15:51:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 9) : Yip. I’d start with the combo that won us 2 CC finals.
    Charl and Lambie are the senior members and best 9 – 10 combo in SA imho. Cobus can bring his surprise moves in the final quarter and even Fred can do a few drops and moves if we have a good lead.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.07.14 16:12:54 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • SP has been doing very well at fullback. Very good and quick under the high ball. However that being said I think sithole and jordaan should be on center JP and Mvovo on wings. Maybe even Chavanga. Fred on 10 not Frans. I like Frans but he cannot dictate a game and he is up against a champ this weekend. Fred knows how to move the backline. We cannot depend on just startving them of the ball there must be some plan of attack and chasing 3 points will be a mistake. We have seen how quick these NZ and AUS teams can turn things around.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.07.14 12:00:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • And Please please please use the forwards. You have the advantage use the line kicks (huge boot of steyn) and maul close to the line. Its all or nothing time boys.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.07.14 12:02:26 by coolfusion Reply

  • Good Luck Charl. And when you do come back make sure its to the best franchise in the world The Sharks!

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.07.14 14:54:18 by coolfusion Reply


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