Gold prepares Sharks for test-level intensity

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2016 at 13:00
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“We want to manage the game as if we were playing against Argentina, which is pretty much what the Jaguares bring,” said Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold yesterday, ahead of his side’s Super Rugby clash against the Super Rugby new boys tomorrow evening.

“We know how dangerous the Pumas are, and ironically they’ve been very good on this very field. So we have to manage the game correctly and that means we have to play our rugby in the right areas of the field, and we can’t allow them to camp in our 22. If we do that, as sure as nuts the dam wall will break.

“We have to go out there and ensure we are masters of our own destiny and be very clinical in everything we do. The Jaguares have 10 to 12 guys who were in a side that made the semifinals of the World Cup last year. They are the real deal and will play against us with real test match intensity. They have a great spine to their team starting at their skipper Augustin Creevy and including the halfbacks.

“These days we also know that the Argentine intent is to come out and play. They will be ferocious at the breakdown, if not always that legal there. It will be a tough day at the office and we are going to have to be very patient and switched on or before we know it Creevy or their openside would have stolen the ball from us.”

While the Jaguares may have been forced into some changes that may conceivably weaken them somewhat, there’s very little doubt that the side the Sharks face will be bristling with test experience and are likely to throw everything they have at the Durban outfit. Gold and defence coach Omar Mouneimne have both spoken of the need to lift the intensity after a performance against the Southern Kings last week that left a fair bit to be desired; dominance at the point of tackle and discipline at the breakdown are two areas that will be vital if the team in black and white are to prevails on Saturday. They’ll feel they weren’t tested overly much by the Kings in the first area, but were well short of the desired standard when it comes to the second. With the Kings profiting from no fewer than 14 Sharks penalties, many of them for breakdown indiscretions, the Jaguares will certainly be licking their feline lips at the prospect of a repeat showing.

The loss of lineout supremo Tomas Lavanini sees the Argentine team perhaps a little lacking in height at this key phase and the Sharks will want to capitalise and see if they can disrupt in this area. Other than that, there are few obvious chinks in the Juagares’ armour and the Sharks will need to be accurate and disciplined in all they do in order to try and force one.

An enthralling contest awaits.


  • Them be the right noises

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.16 13:03:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Really liked what the coach said that kp must once-again become a fortress for the sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.16 13:06:34 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • I really like what i’m hearing from the defense coach.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.16 13:32:36 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : @50shadesofshark (Comment 2) : @KingRiaan (Comment 3) : must say I like what the coaches are saying and doing. Personally I really think it could be the start of a good run for the Sharks!

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.16 13:40:45 by JD Reply
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  • I have full faith our guys are going to pull through. Full faith.
    Unless, of course, we do something stupid, the victory is ours for the taking.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.16 13:41:06 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Now the real test comes. People in NZ got excited about the blues based on first week of super rugby and look what happened to them this morning.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.16 13:43:06 by Poisy Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 5) : must agree Sharks should win the game unless they’re drawn into a negative game by the Argies. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.16 13:49:19 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 6) : think coach made to many changes and lost continuity! It’s a case of rotation gone wrong and for sure glad Gold & co sticked to basically the same side for this match.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.16 13:52:37 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 6) : Hard to say that goes against what people are saying. Definitely think the Blues are one of the better teams, it just so happened that Umaga decided to use today to test his depth, with a huge amount of unforced changes to last weeks team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.16 13:59:40 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 9) : also think he made a huge mistake with all those changes and/or maybe even underestimated the Crusaders?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.03.16 14:12:51 by JD Reply
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  • My tickets for tomorrow night have been organized! I can’t wait!

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.03.16 14:39:25 by jakkalas Reply

  • @jakkalas (Comment 11) : enjoy!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.03.16 15:03:54 by JD Reply
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