Durban - Sharks scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer is enjoying a settled run in the side and the new brand of attacking rugby being played by the team, where the ball is doing the work.
“It’s all about getting time on the park and wanting to play,” he said.
“An extended run here in the Currie Cup gives me the opportunity to build and I must take what comes my way. Of course I wanted to play Super Rugby but with three scrumhalves in the camp it was always going to be a battle but now that I have a chance, I must take it and enjoy.”
Ungerer has been key to coach Robert du Preez’s brand of open rugby, getting great ball from the base of the scrum and able to provide decent service to the exciting backs, none more so than his number 10, Inny Radebe.
“I have been fortunate to play behind a strong, dominant set of forwards who have allowed me to get clean ball to set up momentum,” said Ungerer. “It makes life easier for me and gives continuity to our play.”
While taking his chance, Ungerer is enjoying his rugby at the coast and hinted of being around for a while to come.
“Life is good in Durban and I am enjoying every moment. I will stay on for as long as possible and rugby-wise, it’s great to see the younger guys coming through. It brings new vision to the team and how we play,” he said.
With Du Preez as coach, himself a tough, physical and nuggety scrumhalf in his day, Ungerer has benefitted from some wise words and assistance from the man in charge.
“Robert is a big help. We often have extra sessions after training where we work on certain aspects. He picks up on certain things during a game and we concentrate on the basics of quick ball, strong passes and going forward tactically,” said Ungerer.
This past weekend, the Sharks suffered their first Currie Cup loss this season to Western Province at Newlands and while disappointed, Ungerer highlighted too many errors that proved costly.
“We had a good start to the competition and were obviously unhappy at the Province outcome,” he said. “Our performance was not up to standard and we need to bounce back in this weekend’s important clash against the Cheetahs in Durban.
“Did we feel the pressure going into the Province game unbeaten? No, I don’t think so. I think the pressure comes knowing we need to improve and our current brand of rugby, which is not as physical as in the past, allows us to do that.
“We attack, string phases together and deliver an attractive product. That has resulted in a positive vibe in the camp.”