All about the D

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 25 Nov 2014 at 10:03
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Thanks to our kind friends over at Sharks HQ, we’ve managed to secure an interview with incoming Sharks defence coach, Michael Horak, for a little later on today.

I’m not intending that the discussion is going to be an in-depth technical grilling, given that Mike is very new in the job and that it’s still pre-season, but I would like to ask a meaty question or two in between the regular “getting to know you” things.

Time for the knowledgeable Sharksworld readers to step up and show their class, I think. If any of you have a good, sensible, respectful and insightful question for Mr Horak, do post it below and I’ll pick one or two of the best ones and put them to him later today.

You have until about 1pm SA time.


  • Excellent News! I look forward to it…

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.11.14 10:07:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I guess the requirement of respect means we can’t ask “Were the Kings really just so crap?!” :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.11.14 10:08:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 2) : No, the correct question is: why was the Kings’ defence so crap, given that they had employed a dedicated defense coach…? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.11.14 10:15:31 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Your success will obviously not just be measured by the number in the ‘Sharks’ tries against’ column? What are some of the key areas you will be focusing on?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.11.14 10:22:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • By the way, thanks for inviting us to get involved in the Q&A Rob. Looking forward to reading that interview.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.11.14 10:25:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What areas of weakness does the sharks – or SA squads in general really – have defensive wise in Super Rugby?

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.11.14 10:35:15 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 6) : Just the sort of question you don’t want answered on a public domain. 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.11.14 10:47:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • When it comes to coaching the players on defence, how much emphasis do you place on communication?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.11.14 10:58:01 by gregkaos Reply
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  • In the modern game, would you say that an emphasis on defence is key to playing an attacking brand of rugby?

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.11.14 11:04:50 by Another Nick Reply

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  • So serious question: what has been the number 1 weakness in the Sharks defense that he will change? And the not so Serious Question: Who has the best tackling technique at the Sharks?

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.11.14 11:08:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • Do you think that backline players in general would benefit from employing the defensive formations and techniques becoming more prevalent in 7’s?

    Rob – youve always been a connoisseur of D, havent you?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.11.14 11:32:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Question: A lot has been made of the ability of individuals to force turnovers but the Greats (McCaw, George Smith, Nanyak Dala) don’t go in to every ruck looking for a turnover…they can read when the moment is right. Will you be teaching the Sharks players how to read the situations and pick the right moment to go for the turnover? It’s a skill that the backline also needs to learn.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.11.14 11:37:56 by ChrisS Reply
  • Are we going to employ one defensive strategy, or will we have variations depending on who our opponents are?

    I would imagine with BV as Technical Director we will be better placed to determine weaknesses and strengths in the opposition and how best to exploit them, and this would include how best we can make use of our defence?

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.11.14 11:38:41 by StevieS Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.11.14 11:43:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • The title made me giggle.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.11.14 12:16:45 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Question: what do think ot playing a player out of position (like JP at 13) and how much more difficult does that make your job as defense coach?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.11.14 12:26:07 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : That’s a great question.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.11.14 12:58:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : thanx.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.11.14 14:21:26 by JD Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 13) : My question is Similar to StevieS’. Are we going to have one defensive system that we master or are we going to have a number of defensive systems that we can use during a match to counter a new attacking strategy being employed by the opposition? If we are going to have the latter approach, who will be empowered to make the call on the field? The reason I ask is because a team will persistent with something that doesn’t work only to adjust it during the half time break and by that time they are a few tries down. Welcome to the Sharks and wish you well.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.11.14 14:24:31 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Sorry Rob, off topic – but any thread coming on Sharks intention to not include the possible test with NZ next year into the season tickets as they have done for as far back as I can recall. Would be intersting to see what the loyal fans feel about this.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.11.14 16:33:32 by stevovo Reply
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  • When is the venue of the AB Test in 2015 being announced?

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.11.14 16:58:35 by pastorshark Reply
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