Gary Gold’s thoughts from Brisbane

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 May 2015 at 11:52
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Courtesy of the Sharks, we have some quote from Director of Rugby Gary Gold after last week’s game against the Waratahs.


It was an extremely physical game so the guys are very sore, but by and large, we’re in a good position. Willem Alberts is sore, Beast is still sore and Dale received a cut above his eye at training on Tuesday, so we’ll have to see how everyone is tomorrow. But we’re hoping for more or less a clean bill of health.

What has the team taken out of the match against the Waratahs?

An improvement on the week before, although it was a poor start conceding a relatively soft try early on. But we showed massive character for the rest of the game and to get back into a position where we could have won the game. For the second week in a row we crossed the line a couple of times, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I thought S’bura did very well, it was just unfortunate that he was deemed to be forced into touch and Lwazi did outstandingly well to try stop their try; so you can’t fault the effort of the players. It’s not going for us at the moment but there was a huge amount of character shown, some cracking tries and some really good rugby. But from our point of view, obviously bitterly disappointed not to be getting the results.

Finishing off with a win… how much of an effect would that have on confidence and on the feeling that you’re on the right track?

It’s critically important. We had a shocking first week against the Highlanders then two good performances where we weren’t on the right side of the scoreboard. On other days, they might have gone our way, but the fact of the matter now is that the Reds seemed to have turned the corner and it’s important for us to do the same thing. We understand that there’s a huge amount of pressure that we’re under, but I have to say, the guys are up for the task. The training has been very good this week and everyone is really looking forward to finishing off the tour on a high and giving our supporters a little to cheer about.

Reds are in a pretty similar place to the Sharks with expectations exceeding results?

They are. They’re at home and we’re away from home, which is a big factor. We saw how well they pitched up against the Rebels at their own stadium last week. It’s important for us to worry about ourselves at the moment. We know we have a good team, we’re trying to play a brand of rugby that asks questions with ball in hand but by the same token, we can’t compromise ourselves from a defensive point of view; and we have done, so we realise the areas we need to improve on. A really good performance and a win this weekend against the Reds is critically important for our campaign, and confidence.

Reds as a team?

You look at the players in their team – Slipper, Horwell, Genia, Turner, O’Connor – these are really good rugby players, highly experienced internationals and this is a team going through a similar season to us. A couple of injuries, a couple of poor performances and they’ve found themselves on the end of a couple of bad results. But credit to them, they turned the corner last weekend against a good Rebels team and we know we’re going to have our hands full this weekend.

Improvement in Sharks attack?

We crossed the tryline five times against the Hurricanes, although two of them weren’t awarded, and we crossed the tryline a few times this weekend and one wasn’t awarded. So we’re creating opportunities and very nearly finishing them. I’m excited about that, I’m excited about our counter-attack and I’m excited about how we look with ball in hand. But we’re not fooling ourselves, we realise that we need a vast improvement in our defence. But we have some young guys on the park who are learning a huge amount. Coupled with the fact that we look quite good with ball in hand and I have no doubt we can only improve. I’m reasonably encouraged by the fact that the issues we’re getting wrong are very fixable.


  • Wait. Hold on. Did he just say the last two games were “good performances”???

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.15 12:02:39 by Feather Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 1) : I thought that relative to the shit we saw before, bot were pretty good.

    Come, be fair. The boys played out of their bloody skins against the Tahs. What more do you want from them?

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.15 12:04:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • A penny for every time Gold says “character”.

    Said it before. ‘Character’ is for loser teams who have nothing else. Teams against it from the start. We don’t want yo be the team that needs to rely on “character”. Please stop this Gold.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.15 12:04:53 by Feather Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Agree, I’m a proud Sharks supporter once again.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.15 12:08:03 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : perhaps “improved performances” but no, a 5th and 6th consecutive loss will never be “good”. I think we risk starting to accept some of these results. Apparently 6 consecutive losses is a franchise record. If we lose to the Reds that’s some history made right there…

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.15 12:08:30 by Feather Reply

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  • I really hope we can pull of a win against the reds.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.15 12:13:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I agree this constant negativity is getting boring.
    We know we are not going to make the playoffs we know we are shite,but do we have to rip down every shred of credibility left in the team.
    I as a Sharks fan have survived worse,and for what its worth I still honestly believe we will win in Brisbane,but have shifted all my expectations to the Stormers game.
    I know that once again we will shaft those smug A holes,and that win will make it all worthwhile again.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.15 12:16:55 by The hound Reply
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  • A win in Brisbane would be fantastic. But most will agree it is unlikely. Including the bookies who do this for a ling… As soon as the team starts winning I’m sure there will be an upsurge in positivity. Up to the team now.


  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.15 12:24:48 by Feather Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I agree…

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.15 12:38:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I said it last week and say it again. Their performance is showing a positive upward trend. This series is a wash so seeing at least an improvement is already a bonus. BUT I wouldn’t want the players to risk their bodies on a lost cause. I would like to see the improvement continue in cc.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.15 12:38:19 by coolfusion Reply

  • I’m glad that in these quotes Gary is not going on about how good our defence was!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.15 12:38:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I don’t think negativity would help us now.

    We’ve been having a horrible season. I don’t think winning the last few games, even three in a row, would make much difference to that, but I do feel that any improvement is important for next season. This season is over, but what we can get out of it, is not over by a long shot.

    When we get back after the Reds game, I expect some decisions to be made on a few players.

    Waylon, Hoffman, Stevens, SP, Botha, …. some to a lesser extent than others – have not added enough value to this team to motivate their continued selection.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.15 12:39:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.15 12:40:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 8) : #surelyyoumean5consecutivelossesandariggedmatch? 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.15 12:42:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) :

    I would like the Sharks Management to act quicker on players like this. Ungerer and Lionel has shown that had they been given game time earlier that we may have seen improvement in performances earlier.

    I would love us to look at a few options at prop, outside center and fullback outside of the guys we’ve been using for the last two games of this years SR. CC is around the corner and we need to use these last two games to build for CC and the CC to build for the 2016 version of SR.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.15 12:43:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : I would go as far as evaluating the effectiveness of some of the assistant coaches as well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.15 12:43:46 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : spot on cause when does losing become the accepted norm and not losing by 50 a great game with huge improvement,what a mess

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.15 12:51:56 by benji Reply
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  • I doubt the passengers will be sent back. The squad will stay as is unless there are injuries. If Gold had the insight or authority t
    o make the appropriate changes he would have done so by now.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.15 12:54:59 by coolfusion Reply

  • Lol true hey. Really can’t expect happy go lucky fans after 6 straight loses. And to adopt the at least they playing better rugby is as sad as the loses considering we were the conference winners last year now we destined to end last on the sa log. But there’s also no point in crying over it. JPP aside, the boys have really played out their skin the last two weeks and both weeks they were blatantly robbed. Perhaps if we had a better ref we might have sang a different tune. I do think they have to fire the defensive coach though. Honestly he’s horrible man lol.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.15 13:08:14 by Stiko85 Reply

  • Against the Reds id love to see more of the same attacking intent…want to see JPP also running off Cronje not just standing there. But the biggest thing im looking for is the Sharks shoring up that inside pass channel that has been gaping wide all season with teams exploiting it. Teams are also targeting the channel our scrumhalf defends…need a slight tweak there so that the scrumhalf is rather covering and not the man in the channel

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.15 13:43:41 by SheldonK Reply


  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.15 15:09:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • *sigh*

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.05.15 15:31:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I don’t think anyone is saying losing 6 in a row is ok. At the same time it is legitimate to recognise and therefore say that there has been a clear improvement in the Sharks play since the start of this terrible run. Clearly everything is not yet as it should be, but I for one am happy to see the improvements…I compliment everyone involved for them…and hope to see further improvements. That’s all…

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.05.15 15:35:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • JPP at centre? No ways!!?? Not Sithole? Shockhorror!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.05.15 15:49:19 by Surprise Attack Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : I agree with your sentiments. I am just backing the boys now. You can see Marko and the rest of the team is hurting. And that shows a bit of pride to me. And loyalty to us the supporters.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.05.15 16:13:30 by YamYam Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 11) : Oh my dear dear Pastor. I am afraid Rob was a little selective in the quotes he provided. Here is one from the Sharks website:

    “But I thought we were up for the questions they asked of us and I thought we defended extraordinarily well. There were one or two mistakes but you’re always going to make mistakes; they did as well.”

    Apparently 30 missed tackles is somehow acceptable, nay actually that is defending extraordinarily well. Honestly this bothered me the most post the ‘tahs match.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.05.15 17:32:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : What bothers me is after a statement like that we can not expect to see any improvements in defence. And we all know there is room for improvement.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.05.15 17:35:51 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • How does a team go from being, year after year, one of the top defensive teams in the comp, to leaking tries and linebreaks all over the place? Surely the players have not forgotten how to defend (and no, I will not jump on the Sharks players don’t know how to tackle bandwagon), there has to be something missing in the defensive alignments.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.05.15 17:39:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 28) : Surely you understand defence as with attack has a huge deal to do with confidence?(Which we are not bringing with at the moment)

    And there were periods in the game that the defence was good. What would you expect the Coach to do have full go at his players or coaching staff ineptness?

    What PastorShark was merely pointing out is that there were improvement, and him as I would rather focus on that.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.05.15 17:57:06 by YamYam Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 27) : Room for improvement? The room is bloody empty! 😈

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.05.15 17:57:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 28) : You’ve hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly what is missing. The defensive alignment. 😆

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.15 17:59:20 by Ben Reply
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  • Lol the Sharks made defence look easy last year. How can things deteriorate to such an extent in one season?

    Thank god there is no relegation this year! Because even though I detest the idea of the shitty S16 format next year it has saved our bacon! Can you imagine the mighty Sharks being relegated from Super rugby? That’s for the Lions and Stormers.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.15 18:37:59 by Feather Reply

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  • Loom anything less than a 50 point hiding will of course look like an ‘improvement’… that’s how shit we were….

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.05.15 18:39:15 by Feather Reply

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  • *Look

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.15 18:39:35 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 34) : When was it that you became a Shark supporter,what was it that turned you on about the team,cause I haven’t ever read a complimentary thing you said about the Union.
    I would have thought you of all people would have been happy with the performance last Saturday,you had completely written the team off before the game and were expecting a humiliating hiding.
    Was it the fact that that never happened that pissed you off so much.
    We played the current champions in their home ground,and were hardly disgraced. We lost,big news guy in most games someone loses.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.15 19:46:45 by The hound Reply
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  • Wonder what were the odds that we could get 2 biased refs 2 games in a row???? Must be astronomical lol :mrgreen: . I for one was expecting huge scores against us in the Canes and Tahs game but our boys did much better than I expected. Hell even Cronje had very good moments sat vs the Tahs. Yes our defence is still crap but damn these guys left it all on the field – lots of effort and commitment. And for now that is all we can ask for.
    Sat vs Reds gonna be bloody tough but with a bit of luck we might just pull it off 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.15 20:32:18 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 35) : lol. I believe I was so precise to predict a 15 point loss before the game.

    Looks like I was correct.

    A 15 point loss is a …err… 15 point loss. No way around it. Yes, it’s not as bad as a 50 point drubbing…

    Just commenting as someone who can see – and has seen it for a while now – that something needs to change at the union with the present coaching staff. Whether the assistants go or the head honcho goes or both… I have no faith in the current management team and after 9 losses this season and bottom of the conference wrapped up I’m surprised anybody can find positives in a 15 point loss…

    What’s so wrong with demanding intelligence and excellence on the field AND off it? I will never lower my standards, you’re obviously quite comfortable with it. Lol.

    Ps you’d make a lovely Cheetahs or Lions fan.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.15 20:51:52 by Feather Reply

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  • @YamYam (Comment 29) : You should perhaps read PastorShark’s post again. Ah let me quote it for you: “I’m glad that in these quotes Gary is not going on about how good our defence was!!”

    I pointed out in fact that he was still going on about how good our defence was. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.15 21:01:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : Yeah, I saw that in an article on rugby365 that I posted on another thread here. That really concerns me. My point was, at least these quotes include references to needing to work on defence. That was entirely missing from the rugby365 article!

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.05.15 21:51:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 39) : Absolutely baffles me how 30 missed tackles, not to mention the gaping holes where there were no tacklers at all, can be called anything but disastrous!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.05.15 21:53:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 37) : Demand away…but are you seriously saying that, compared to the disasters against the Crusaders and Highlanders as well as the tripe dished up in the win against the Force, that you could not see ANY positives in the games against the Canes and the Tahs? Wow…

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.05.15 22:03:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 30 missed tackles in one game is amazing. Maybe the entire team is carrying shoulder injuries judging by them not being used to dominate the tackle….or there is just no commitment from the guys or maybe no accountability for one’s actions on the field? Me thinks it’s the no accountability for one’s actions on the field…explains the many red and yellow cards thus far. Coaches are your mates and fans in some cases. We as fans can’t expect miracles whilst the current bunch of coaches are in charge.

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.05.15 22:15:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I see that in this article Gold did speak about how we have compromised ourselves defensively…

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.05.15 22:27:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 30) : hehehe, that was just your uncle being nice! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.05.15 00:58:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 31) : I did hit the nail on the head, inadvertently too. I had no idea what I was talking about but clearly identified the problem! 😎 😎

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.05.15 00:59:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : I was being nice, I said it was not extraordinarily good as Mr. Gold was quoted as saying. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I agree with you though.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.05.15 01:01:49 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 35) : my how you have changed your mind!!! 24 October 2014 is a day which will go down in Sharks infamy, the day Gold’s appointment was confirmed. Here’s what our dear friend The Hound had to say on that day:

    “For me the Gold appointment is a huge letdown.Gary Beige,sort of connect him with Alan Solomons and a whole lot of dour,colourless rugby.
    nothing wrong and nothing right with this appointment,seems like a safe option,after the potential explosiveness of Jake the snake.
    Don’t personally expect more than a middle of the table performance next year.
    Might very well be the first time in 20 years that I do not renew my season tickets.

    Comment 63, posted at 24.10.14 11:17:15 by The hound”

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.05.15 02:09:17 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 47) : Dude….good find, really good find. But seriously that must have taken a lot of time to find. Was it really worth it? 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.05.15 02:14:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 48) : nah bru. Googled “Date Gary Gold appointed Sharks director” and then it was as easy as scoring in a brothel.

    On the contrary my first reaction, whilst rather cautionary, suggested the man be given a chance. He’s had his chance in a full season and he sucked big time.

    Ps lots of interesting comments on 24th and 25th October 2014 🙂

    “Well, he is saying the right things at least.

    His coaching history and record all just seems a little ordinary and lacking in any noticeable success. Let’s hope he can make the step up to one of the biggest rugby jobs in the world. The fans expect much.

    Hopefully the smooth talk can be translated into results. Let’s wait and see…

    I am glad that Venter will have some involvement again.

    Comment 12, posted at 25.10.14 11:16:18 by Feather” 

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.05.15 02:22:48 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 49) : So I look at it this way, he seemed pragmatic about the appointment, as you say he said the right things. Some people feel that once the appointment is made it is their duty as a supporter to support it completely. It is an admirable viewpoint, even if personally I feel there comes a point where it is destructive to the franchise to continue to support something that is clearly not working and has to be changed. No reason to hate. 😀

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.05.15 02:30:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Feather (Comment 47) : Well played buddy,yes I admit I saw that one coming long before it even happened,but you miss my point.
    By now we all know we are shite, stop harping on the negatives. for fuck sake we get over it
    My ten cents worth,get rid of Venter,his reluctance to piss or get off the pot is what is throttling this team.
    He hasan amazing penchant for being there for the glory and being absent for the defeats.
    I firmly believe his hands on on the strings when it comes to coaching appointments,on field tactics and team sheets.
    He is the one who brought the over the hill players home from his other club Saracens
    I am willing to bet he was the one who pointed Jake and he was the one who fired him,and he is the one who pointed the malleable Gary Gold.

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.05.15 07:47:01 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : He could not have fired Jake. At the time he had no links with the Sharks.

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.05.15 08:21:36 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 52) : The story at the time was he met Jake by chance at the airport and he suggested that he take over the Sharks.He definitely was involved in his appointment.
    Now we were led to believe that the the senior players backed by the assistant coaches got rid of Jake.
    The recent movements of the Dupe brothers make a mockery of the senior players involvement,none more senior than them.As soon as Jake left Venter surfaced,he must have been involved in Gold’s appointment,as well as that of Horak.
    If he had a problem with the influence of the assistant coaches he would have culled them.
    I reckon Jake was shafted by the same guy who brought him in.

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.05.15 08:30:34 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 53) : At the time Jake was hired he was employed by the Sharks. At the time Jake was fired he was not. So even if he as an outsider recommended it to his friend, the decision came from the Sharks management (e.g. John Smit and co). I personally don’t believe he had anything to do with Jake’s firing.

    The problem with Venter is that he does not want to commit to the Sharks and only the Sharks. Pity in my opinion – as the last time I saw a happy Sharks TEAM was when he ran the successful Currie Cup campaign.

    I was hoping he could provide some part time advice to Gary and co – but that does not seem to work. So there is probably no point in having him around as well – in a very bloated coaching structure as is.

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.05.15 08:47:02 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 54) : Look there are many things about Venter’s appointment that are strange.
    Firstly how can you be employed by two different clubs at the same time,it just doesn’t make sense,unless they are owned by the same owner.
    I know that Johan Rupert has a big stake in Saracens,if not the entire stake.
    Makes you wonder about that.
    I always saw Venter’s as an insurance policy put in place to back up the apointment of an inexperienced John Smit.
    As such all major decisions would be made with his involvement,trust me Jake would not have been fired without his blessing

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.05.15 09:32:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : Gary “Beige” has done worse than even your predicted mid table mediocrity – we find ourselves in the basement. And yet here you are defending him. You’re a flip flopper. First it wad Gary “Beige” then it was his assistants now its Venter. Who’s next?

    I say sack the lot. None of them are a fit. Get a proven match winner in and allow him to choose his own back room staff. We won’t need a part time technical director either.

    Gary “Beige” has been round the block. He’s hardly a Heyneke Meyer in his first proper job at the Bulls. If he had the goods we would have seen them by now. I see no reason or evidence why faith should be placed in him and his assistants and I see no reason for a part time technical director.

  • Comment 56, posted at 20.05.15 16:18:37 by Feather Reply

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