Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
4 Sep 2013
6:00 am

‘Sharks have changed’

Rudolph Jacobs

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has made a detailed study of what has changed in Sharks country and come to a few assumptions.

Allister Coetzee. File picture: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images

The Sharks are currently top of the Currie Cup log, while Province are the only unbeaten side, but Coetzee said a few significant changes have definitely taken place under their new coaching structures.

“Their game plan is definitely different to what it has been,” said Coetzee.

“It’s almost a suffocate and strangle type of game plan where they hardly play in their half. It’s a bit of ‘tennis’ that you see.”

The Sharks beat the Blue Bulls 34-18 last weekend, and it was their clinical approach in a second half where they scored 21 points against only eight by the visitors which underlined their eventual dominance.

“It’s a Sharks team that’s got a good kicking game – that’s what we’ll be facing and we’ll have to make good decisions based on that,” he said.

But Province showed against the Lions that kicking on their back three where fullback Gio Aplon and especially wing Cheslin Kolbe can rip holes in any defence is almost comitting rugby suicide.

“The Sharks could score from 60m out in the past from turnover ball. These guys will also have a look at it, but I think the kicking option is first,” said Coetzee.

Meanwhile, Coetzee has yet to decide between pivots Kurt Coleman and Gary van Aswegen, but Demetri Catrakilis is not ready.

“Kurt has played really well. He’s made no mistakes, defended well and kicked six from seven goals,” said Coetzee.

“It’s not an easy decision, but I’ll look at what the Sharks bring and who’s best suited for the game this weekend.”