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Venter admits defensive blunder

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Apr 2015 at 11:39
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Occasionally in this game you read something that makes everything seem right with the world. I’ve just had such a moment, courtesy of Sharks Technical Director Brendan Venter and the SuperSport website.

I’ve been running this site for a number of years – and obviously supporting the Sharks for far longer than that – and like to think that over time, my instincts have sharpened somewhat. More than blindly trusting my own judgement, though, I tend to consult rather widely (as those unlucky enough to have me on their WhatsApp or Skype contact list will attest) and will always lean on those who understand this great game better than I do before making a judgement call or writing a technical article.

Perhaps the most frustrating feeling in the world is when you know that you’re right about something, but are powerless to change it – it gets worse when those who are able to take action seemingly haven’t seen what you’ve seen, won’t acknowledge it and continue to blunder down the wrong path. I will admit to having just such a feeling this week after my article on failings in the Sharks’ defensive system seem to have been met with a response of “it’s all individual errors and we just need to try harder”.

Doctor Venter has blown that wide open in his latest SuperSport blog post, which I encourage you all to read if you haven’t already done so. I’ll not repeat its contents verbatim, but will rather summarise: Venter concedes that the Sharks spent virtually no time working on defence during pre-season because he assumed that the necessary structures were in place and would endure. He concedes that he broke all his own rules in doing so and has put up his hand to admit that it was a mistake.

That’s good. That’s honest. That’s what we need. Mistakes are made, but credit to Brendan for not hiding behind PR and just coming out and admitting to getting something wrong. Now that we know it’s there, we can fix it. Perhaps not all in one week, but over the next two to three.

That’s me feeling a lot better, for sure!


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