Poisy’s master plan for Sharks dominance

Written by Nkululeko Duma (Poisy)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Sharks on 31 May 2017 at 09:41
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With the international season kicking off (at least for us in the south) I thought it would be nice to discuss what the Sharks need to do to be a success year in and out.

I want to pay special focus to our junior structure and coaching. I don’t claim to know a lot about running a union – in fact the only thing I have ever run was a NGO sailing school with moderate success. However I believe as fans of the Sharks we have a right to an opinion and although I doubt the people in charge at the Sharks would ever look for ideas in a place like this (You’d be surprised – Ed) I would still be very interested to see what ideas are out there and what problems people see in our once great team.

So I will go first. What I would like to see is the Sharks Academy being great again. I remember it created 10 Boks in 10 years and it’s such a shame that it seems to me like it’s not good enough anymore.

I think they need to heavily invest in it and invest in the coaching, I think they need to hire young fresh coaches with new ideas and send them all over the world to get their coaching certificate, thus tying them down to a long term contract of five years minimum. With the current state in South Africa I believe it makes more sense to break the bank with your coaches than with players because as it stands players barely stick around for two seasons now if they are any good. So does it not make sense to focus on developing players year in and out?

The next thing with the Academy I would like to see is for the union to make a formal agreement with UKZN instead of Varsity College. Make it compulsory for each player to study a degree or diploma through the academy and UKZN and I mean any course including law and medicine. If you are failing you do not get to play until your grades are improved no matter who you are.
Each player as well must do 10 hours of community work each month to give back to the communities that support them.
With such an agreement we would be able to field a super strong team for the Impi, whether we are screwed by the corrupt administration again is of little consequence in my opinion because we still get to expose our players to a competitive competition. We found Sbu Nkosi thanks to the Varsity Shield and we can find more players.

Lastly I want to see the coaches that have coached in the academy recommend two players each for the Sharks Currie Cup squad and on any given match day two players from the Academy must start the game.

This so we see who can step up or can’t and if they all can’t than you need to hold the coaches that recommended them responsible because they are not doing their job the right way. People need to perform and when they don’t there need to be consequences.
For each year the under 19s and 21s must make the final of they respective competitions and if they don’t, then again we need to see consequences. Whether it’s demoting them and promoting those that did well. For e.g if under 19s win they final and under 21s fail in the semis than next year under 19s coach and his team coach the under 21s and the others move back down to under 19s.

It is important that as a rugby union we stay strong and move with the changing times, education is important as it brings a sense of freedom and options for one’s life. I believe there is a problem in the Sharks where the people there are there because they have nothing else behind them that they are there because rugby is all they have known and that will not bring success. I believe people in rugby should be there because they want to and love the game, not because they need to hence a more education approach for the academy. We want well balanced players with brains and brawn.

Anyway that’s it guys.


  • The issue with UKZN, is that they burn the place down everytime exams stars.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.05.17 09:51:14 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Some good suggestions… Can I just say that the reason I love this forum is that we’re all given the room to voice our opinions,so thanks for that, Rob. I agree with you, Poisy, that accountability is going to be the key to success. I read somewhere that the Lions players are asked to explain each and every kick during the analysis of the weekends game. Immediately accountability takes centre stage and meaningless kicks are minimised. Also, I like the idea of training up coaches properly and keeping them in the system. Obviously you’d need to identify the best candidates, but they need to be learning from coaches around the world, not just within the same structures they’ve come through.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.05.17 09:51:29 by Karl Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : not only ukzn. Its a sign of the times in most varsities and college’s. Students are unhappy and it’s easy to dismiss they issues out of hand but until you experience what they experience day in and out you just won’t get it. I’m currently doing a electrical engineering course at a tvet college and there are strikes every block( college semester) usually after exams. You want to know the truth of tertiary education in South Africa email me

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.05.17 10:21:47 by Poisy Reply
  • @Karl (Comment 2) : what’s your take on rdp?

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.05.17 10:23:30 by Poisy Reply
  • Good article, Nkululeko.

    I like the idea about investing more in our coaches. And the Sharks Academy has strayed from its original purpose, to produce Sharks and Springboks.

    We need to build a better relationship with UKZN which will see our u19s and u21s playing Varsity Cup, as well as preparing them for careers after rugby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.05.17 10:26:10 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : I really like the after rugby thing. Not everyone is gonna be a professional rugby player but you want the kids that don’t make it to say “hey it was fun while it lasted, thanks for the education and the experience” those type of people will continue to support sharks rugby and even sponsor other kids to go through the programme because of they experience with it.

    So many kids don’t get the chance to go get a tertiary education but are decent rugby players. Can you imagine what a bursary or scholarship will do for those kids!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.05.17 10:33:02 by Poisy Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 5) : thanks btw

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.05.17 10:33:31 by Poisy Reply
  • With this kind of structure you proposing – which seems quite organized and rewarding – how is your NGO sailing school achieving moderate success??? Good article, think you send a copy to The Sharks company – this will have a lot of players thinking. Key is always what after rugby? Or you in the beginning of your career and sustain a career – ending injury – then you have your studies to fall back on.

    In my opinion, the agents need to be scrutinized as well – how much of an influence do they have on players decisions to stay on or move on?

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.05.17 10:50:39 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 8) : In the 3years I was there (sailing school) my personal goals were to develop an Olympic sailor and unfortunately we didn’t even get close. Most we did was get a lot of previously disadvantaged youth to provincial and national competitions and best ever finish were msc regatta (provincials) 3rd, and lipton cup(nationals) 6th. Although the winning boat one year had 3 of our graduates and instructors.

    As for agents and players, is there a fee other teams pay to get our players like a transfer fee especially when we release these players early?

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.05.17 10:58:48 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 6) : exactly what Sharks Academy should be for. An avenue for education and training for talented youngsters.

    @Poisy (Comment 7) : My pleasure 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.05.17 11:52:31 by StevieS Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 6) : This comment needs to be given a whole lot of love!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.05.17 13:40:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : I like him for the most part… While he seems like a no-nonsense kind of guy, I get the impression that he still has his favou

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.05.17 14:11:55 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 12) : I get the impression that he still has his favourites that he refuses to drop despite bad performances. But I would definitely like to keep him if possible for a good 4 or 5 year run

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.05.17 14:13:32 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 13) : I seem to think he just won’t drop his boys no matter what, but my girlfriend pointed out this morning that I said same thing about plum, that every coach is like that to an extent it just so happens he’s like that with his boys possibly because he knows what they can do.

    My grief is fuelled by dropping tera and not Dan even though they both had a bad game a few weeks ago. Ginger ninja has not been performing either and basically gave the game to the Kings with that pass to the touch line but he is still there. I don’t even buy the crap about him being captain I mean tera is captain as well! Just can’t shake the anger and mistreatment of a player I like.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.05.17 16:34:56 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : I suppose it’s a fan’s prerogative to be peeved at a coach for not having the same favourites as you… It could be worse, he could favour someone of Earl Rose calibre!

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.05.17 16:52:45 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 15) : why you hating on Earl. He made all the smaller guys believe hawu!

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.05.17 17:21:28 by Poisy Reply
  • Nice article with some very interesting and important thoughts…

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.05.17 18:08:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 16) : Earl was about as quick as a 2nd rower, had the hands of a high school winger and weighed about 60kgs soaking wet – with all of his gear on – headgear, shoulder pads, elbow guards, wrist tape, gloves… I bet he wore shin guards too!

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.05.17 18:55:38 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 18) : lmfao

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.05.17 20:35:58 by Poisy Reply
  • @Karl (Comment 15) : @Poisy (Comment 16) : Earl the pearl!!! Blast from the past!!! Must say all in all not sad that he’s gone!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.05.17 21:03:04 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : nice read and some really interesting ideas! Just one thing if coaches gets demoted if they don’t perform some of them would be coaching under 9 teams by now! 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.05.17 21:07:00 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : nothing like a pay cut to inspire some hard work

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.05.17 21:10:46 by Poisy Reply
  • @Karl (Comment 18) : Hey, you’re talking about the Tiger Woods of rugby!

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.05.17 21:42:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 14) :

    I understand your frustration, but it unrealistic to expect a father not to put the interests of his sons ahead of his own or his employer’s

    The Sharks and their fans made that bed for themselves when they wanted to hire du Preez and keep his sons.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.06.17 04:25:44 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : @fyndraai (Comment 24) : I just don’t think the father/son relationship is why Dan is playing. I just think he is both better than Tera and a better long-term option. He was, for example, brilliant on Saturday in a way that Tera hasn’t been brilliant all season. Tera’s dropping struck me as not being about one bad game, rather than a below par season so far…

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.06.17 06:41:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Tera hasnt recovered from his injury a few seasons ago. Just like kanko back in the day

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.06.17 09:08:26 by Dunx Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 25) : I must agree, Dan has totally redeemed himself vs. the streamers…..But must admit that his continued inclusion ahead of Keegan smelled like daddy goggles, but daddy goggles paid off.

    Terra hasnt been very good since Jake left (I’m speaking under correction, but believe that was his best season)

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.06.17 10:25:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Interesting read Poisy, thanks.

    @Poisy (Comment 14) : @pastorshark (Comment 25) : Have to agree with Pastor here though. Dan has had a few very good outings mixed with a few average ones(most of them shortly after coming back from injury) where Tera has mostly been average at best.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.06.17 10:32:21 by Quintin Reply

  • What are we doing tonight Poisy? Same thing we do every night Pinky. ..try to dominate the rugby world. ….muhahaha. ..

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.06.17 11:33:37 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 29) : Wonder how young is the youngest person on here that understands that reference.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.06.17 20:54:05 by FireTheLooser Reply


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