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Saluting bravery


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 May 2015 at 09:27
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Gary Gold has made some rather ambitious calls ahead of this weekend’s game against the Hurricanes – I for one think some of them are very brave indeed and that it shows great balls for a coach under pressure to make such bold picks.

There are two selections in particular that stand out and that will make our readers happiest; those of Stefan Ungerer at scrumhalf and Lwazi Mvovo at fullback. We’ve called for a brave selection at scrumhalf for some time now, with Conrad Hoffmann disappointing repeatedly as Cobus Reinach’s understudy. Reinach’s injury has opened the door for Ungerer to make the match 23, but for Gold to back the younger man in his first Super Rugby start, over the journeyman, shows guts and we’re really hoping it works out for both the coach and the player. Ungerer is one of those players around whom the Sharks need to rebuild, so we as fans absolutely have to get behind him and be prepared to support him as he develops at this level.

In other words, no howling for his head if he makes a few mistakes!

Regarding Mvovo, a number of us felt that moving him to the last line of defence was one of the things that Jake White got spot on last year and were rather disappointed when the experiment was shelved after just a few games. Mvovo is one of the very few players in the current Sharks back division with genuine x-factor, but tends to get rather isolated at wing and can often go for long periods without getting anywhere near the ball. While positional play at fullback is an area that needs work, the Sharks are without a recognised fullback option on tour in any event and Odaw Ndungane was ruthlessly exposed in this area against the Highlanders. Mvovo, in other words, would battle to do worse on defence and certainly offers a lot more on attack.

Let’s hope this switch could mean a new lease on life for a very talented player who appears to have lost his way a little.

The other selections pretty much make themselves, with the change at flyhalf perhaps the only exception. Dropping Fred Zeilinga straight out of the squad is a tough call (unless there’s an injury that we don’t know about) but is perhaps the right move in the interests of getting the team back on track. Zeilinga has been poor – there’s no sense shying away from that fact – and we may as well use the opportunity to see whether Cronje offers anything better.

Good luck to the Sharks and to Gary Gold this weekend – let’s hope things go better.



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