Sharks 10s team make us proud…

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Jun 2016 at 10:15
Tagged with : , , , , , , , ,

A big well done to Ryan Strudwick, AB Zondagh, Jean Deysel and the rest of the Sharks Invitational side that played in this weekend’s World Cub 10s tournament in Mauritius.

With a narrow 5-7 loss to the Brumbies in the semi-final the only thing stopping them from going further, the team ended with a credible third-place finish in the tournament, with a stunning 26-7 victory over Toulon in the quarter-finals arguably the finest result. The Sharks won two of their three matches on the opening day, defeating the Asia Pacific Dragons invitational side 14-10 and Euskadi 40-0, before an unfortunate 7-12 loss to Saracens in their final pool game.

In their final match on say two, the plate final, victory was secured over the Italian All Stars, again by a convincing 26-7 margin.

Unfortunately for fans, there was no joy in the 15-man game over the weekend. Paul Anthony’s under 19 side started poorly, going down 17-30 against reigning champions EP in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Further misery followed, as Michael Horak’s Sharks XV lost again, this time to the Pumas in Newcastle (13-35). In defenc of the 15, Horak was asked to make do without right-hand man Zondagh, as well as a slew of players, due to the 10s tournament.

That said, it was a very strong team with a virtual Currie Cup pack that took the field in Newcastle and the Sharks really should have done better.

With the performance of Gary Gold’s Super Rugby squad, of late, a rare shining light, a definite pall of gloom seems to have descended over the Sharks and with plenty of troubling developments “upstairs” as well, it’s time for some strong leadership in the corridors or and meeting rooms of Kings Park.


  • Do you know if Deysel is injured, I didnt see him on the field or the bench in the 2 games I watched.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.16 10:29:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • I thought the 10s side was fairly decent but barring the 2 Aussie sides i thought the standard was pretty low. Think ive seen better at the Cape Town 10s to be honest. Very concerning the results of the u19s and the Sharks XV…especially the manner of the losses and score margins. By all accounts our teams are getting physically beaten up…and make a large number of errors. Not a good sign going into the CC…unless we retain a large portion of the super rugby guys.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.16 10:30:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • add to this the Bok and Junior Bokke horror shows, things are not looking rosy. Strong and smart leadership is so needed right now. The individual quality of the CC side is far too high to be performing so poorly – maybe some of the senior coaches to be involved during the SR break? Omar and Rob surely can be of value there as well

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.16 10:31:36 by Kabouter Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : cant agree more – the CC pack should in no way be playing second fiddle and be at least be competitive based on individual ability. from the little I have seen our physicality is on par with what we saw in last year’s CC and SR and no where near what we are seeing in this year’s SR.

    There seems to be a serious lack of motivation and commitment, but I have not seen all the games to make such a broad statement across all the games. hopefully once the competition kicks off proper, these elements will be up to required standard….when does Rob take over from Horak?

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.16 10:37:23 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 4) : I must be honest i havnt watched all the games but i have watched a fair few and even those i struggled to watch as we were just quite literally beaten up. The Sharks players from u19 to CC level seem smaller and weaker than opposition teams. They may be quick and good steppers but as soon as they get into any form of contact its a big problem…same with defense. Ive said it for a while that overall the Sharks conditioning is not what it should be and that a few very talented guys at the top level are masking the poor state of affairs throughout.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.16 10:52:39 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : seems an exact copy of the issues vs Eng last night.

    with the facilities at KP there should be no reason why Sharks players are less conditioned. I do remember reading Marcel Coetzee went for conditioning in Pretoria after school to get him ready for CC rugby then – hopefully that was only due to being in between school and his Sharks contract and not that the KP program is insufficient

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.16 10:59:09 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : I really feel that SA rugby in general needs to go on a fact finding mission to Northern Hemisphere or NZ to find out about conditioning of players as i dont think we are on the right path. The Sharks seem to be behind the curve as well when it comes to conditioning of our players. People can say we have this and that in place but proof of the pudding is what happens on the field and to put it bluntly we are getting bullied and abused. Simple as that. We have some talented players but those talents arent being fully utilised as they cant compete physically.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.16 11:04:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : unfortunately that is true. One of my best mate’s son played for the Junior Bokke last year, Maties and WP CC this year as FH and compared to the Irish and English FH from this year’s u20 he pales physically in comparison if you look at conditioning. He is a big lad and can hoof the ball a mile but looks more like a Brummer body shape than his NH comparisons. the English commentators mentioned a few times that some the English lads have been on high performance training since 16 years and follow professional programs with their Premiership clubs. I know that Ernst has some guidance from WP but primarily follows his own program and the time with the JBs last year was far too short to achieve any results. Same for James Hall who looked quite decent for the Kings but he looked minute yesterday evening.

    I ma not advocating the HM size obsession but our guys are not even close to being conditioned to be strong nor fit enough

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.16 11:34:23 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 8) : First thing we need to realise in SA is that there is a big difference between strength/power and just weight. Believe it or not we do have a high performance identification program in Sa from u16 level. Players are identified at the Grant Khomo week and are meant to be monitored etc…guess it seems all they are doing is reading out names and leaving it as that. So a failed system. I very much doubt that our players can match the strength and conditioning test results of other Nations like ENG, IRE, NZ and OZ etc

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.16 11:44:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • Well done lads!!! Wonder how Kyle is feeling after playing tight head prop for the 10’s?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.16 15:37:56 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
  • @JD (Comment 10) : Its like 7s scrummaging so not that tough really. A lot of teams use locks to scrum in the front row. So was probably very chilled for him

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.16 15:55:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : also don’t think it was that bad.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.16 22:32:28 by JD Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Administrator
  • @JD (Comment 12) : Would have been interesting to see a front row in the 10s of Chadwick, Cooper and Jean Deysel…

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.06.16 08:14:23 by SheldonK Reply


Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.