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“Attacking rugby, but not stupid attacking rugby”

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jan 2015 at 11:54
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The Sharks website has published a very interesting interview with assistant coach Paul Anthony, in which he says a number of things that are likely to be music to the average, entertainment-starved, Sharks fan’s ears.

“It’s going to be attacking rugby, but not stupid attacking rugby,” says Anthony os the Sharks’ approach for 2015. “We’re going to put a solid blend in, no-one wants to be predictable and you want to allow the players to play what they see in front of them, to play the space and really give them license to have a go.

“If it’s on, they have a go, but our key decision-makers determine that. If they have a go and slip up trying to force the offload, we’re going to be ok with that.

“The environment makes the energy and the environment is massive at the moment which leads to positive energy and that is transferred into the way we are training. And we’re looking to take the energy and that positivity into the Super Rugby competition.

“We’re calling the energy we’re putting in ‘Buzz Lightyear’: we want to go to infinity and beyond. But obviously we need to be sensible, it’s Super Rugby, you’re up against sides with massive defensive so you don’t want to be stupid; you want to do things in the right places on the field.

“We’re putting in the right skill sets, we’ve worked hard on the skills to develop those we never had, and hopefully that will come through. Obviously there will be slip-ups, we will spill ball, we will make mistakes, but we just need to keep playing and we’ll get it right.

“We’re probably running and gymming harder than ever, but the running is replicating what we are going to be doing in the match. That’s the difference; it’s not aimless running, it’s game-directed.”

All-in-all, pretty exciting stuff! And a much-needed tonic after the staid “Jakeball” that may have won some matches, but ultimately did little to win any new fans, during 2014.


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