Currie Cup

Ungerer settles well in Durban

2016-09-07 15:17
Stefan Ungerer (Gallo)

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.”

Read more on:    sharks  |  currie cup  |  durban  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Sharks v Blue Bulls, Growthpoint Kings Park 14:30
Western Province v Golden Lions, DHL Newlands Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who do you think will contest the 2017 Currie Cup final?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.