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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Nov 2014 at 16:34
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For those concerned that the Sharks’ decision to contract a specialist defensive coach in Mike Horak signals a desire to play conservative rugby, fear not!

A press release from the union this afternoon reveals that Brendan Venter and Gary Gold, in their desire to engender a spirit of attacking rugby, have brought in Kiwi attack specialist Brad Mooar to share his knowledge of this key facet of the game.

Mooar, who is currently the Director of Rugby for Southland in New Zealand (and formerly worked with the EP Kings), will spend a fortnight with the squad during pre-season (including some time with the returning Springboks who will spend next week with him).

“In South Africa, we have a lot of organisation and structure in our rugby, but we do lack natural ability and the kind of flair we associate with New Zealand teams,” says Venter of the initiative.

“We invited attack specialist Brad Mooar over from New Zealand (along with his wife Anna) to spend two weeks with us here at the Cell C Sharks having assessed our attack and the attacking play in general in South Africa. We believe we lack the attacking flair that is prevalent in New Zealand. Having had a conversation with a number of New Zealanders around the issue of attacking rugby, they are very keen to impart their knowledge to other teams and countries. They believe that it is not what you do but how you do it that determines how successful you going to be.”

This willingness on behalf of Gold and Venter to seek outside expertise and advice is something of a departure from the Jake White school of thought and can only add value to the Sharks’ setup.



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