Something old and something new

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Aug 2016 at 13:44
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The term “blend of youth and experience” has become something of a cliche in rugby circles, but I feel that a good balance in the Sharks team this Currie Cup season could lead to success.

It’s not completely accurate to say that this year’s team comprises an old pack with a young backline, but certainly, if we look at the mix of players, it appear as though there is significant experience up front, with those forwards bringing their Super Rugby experience to bear for the benefit of the team. The game, they say, is won or lost up front and for the Sharks in Currie Cup, it’s good to have a pack in place that’s able to provide a platform that allows some creativity and experimentation at the back.

While we don’t want to get carried away after one good performance against rather poor opposition, it pleasing to see that the “younger seniors” in the Sharks pack – I’m talking about players in their mid 20s who have been around for a number of seasons – are putting their hands up and seemingly accepting the mantle of leadership that is now theirs to assume. It’s inevitable that the loss of a slew of key Springboks from the pack over the last couple of seasons would cause some disruption, but I feel that we might now – finally – be seeing the likes of Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Stephan Lewies and Philip van der Walt coming into their own and showing just how good they are relative to the general standard of the Currie Cup.

The other big positive from the weekend’s result was seeing big performances from new faces, with Neil Maritz and Inny Radebe the two real stand-out debutants (although Curwin Bosch and Luk Am weren’t far behind). The Currie Cup, these days, is all about developing players for the bigger stage of Super Rugby and with a number of high-profile player departures murkying the backline pool for next year, I’m really hoping that this campaign will go a long way towards blooding replacements from within our own ranks.

Early days, as I’ve said, but there’s certainly reason for optimism if you’re a Sharks fan this week.


  • Definitely a good few positives that can be built on. Now can they be consistent…thats the question

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.16 13:58:29 by SheldonK Reply
  • Positive signs indeed. Rob du Preez influence showing dividends. Just need to develop or acquire a good scrum half until Reinach is fit.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.16 14:05:24 by sudhir Reply
  • Bosch was good against Pumas. Starting his first game showed early nervous moments but was good once he settled down. Was not helped by Claasens service though. Inny was composed when he took the field and showed good enterprise. This looks like the start of something good at the sharks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.16 14:09:44 by sudhir Reply
  • As I have been saying for some time now, the current crop of u21 players are going to be a shining light and force for the Sharks in the next few years. Inno is just one of the many talents out of that side, Maritz being another u21 from last year, although he is now 22. We are very lucky in the fact that basically the entire u21 side from last year, were u20, including the entire pack, now taking into account how close they came to a final and being the only side to beat the mighty WP U21 side, I think we are in good hands. There are a number of the current crop that will make it into the seniors – Sharks rugby is certainly on the up.

    @SheldonK (Comment 1) : There is one small problem with being young and that is consistency. If they persist with Inno and Bosch, we are going to have to expect mistakes from time to time, mistakes that may even cost us a game – but I am not too worried, I was happy with what I saw. My only area of concern is how they try to protect Bosch, in a tight game, this will not be possible and he will have to step up to the mark on D

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.16 14:24:49 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Bosch did not shy away from defensive duty on Friday. Agree that his technique needs more work. Is Buthelezi from the impi not an option for SH. He started most games at wing but moved to SH during the game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.16 14:42:25 by sudhir Reply
  • enjoyed this game so much, I made a few notes on paper while watching. forgot them at home. will post on Weds or tonight

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.16 15:19:17 by revolverocelot Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 4) : To be honest id be willing to acept some naive errors from a young backline provided they are playing at pace with positive intent like the 2nd half. I think Fri showed that Bosch is clearly a better 15 than 10 and Inny needs to play 10 with April the other option. The consistency i was looking for is more from the forwards who are a lot more experienced. Id like to see some consistency in the forward selection and those guys need to start producing the goods week in and week out. As we all know…winning starts up front

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.16 08:26:13 by SheldonK Reply

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