Sharks eye fresh start

2015-11-24 16:49
Gary Gold (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - With a new-look coaching staff, the Sharks are hard at work as they look to right the wrongs of last season with a solid display in Super Rugby 2016.

A new format to the competition adds to the feeling of new beginnings, and director of rugby Gary Gold is embracing the change.

"It’s a fresh start after a few weeks away, although there was a lot of work done in that time, where a lot of plans have been taking place off the field," Gold told the Sharks website. 

"So with all the preparation behind the scenes, it is quite literally a new start for us."

Gold arrived after much of the 2015 Super Rugby pre-season had already been concluded following the completion of his Japanese commitments, and then again had very little time to prepare for the Currie Cup, but he feels that the time he now has is sufficient to ready the team for next year, something that provides a lot of confidence.

“The transition from Super Rugby to Currie Cup was just a short turnaround, but we have just over 100 days now before next year’s Super Rugby competition,” he explains. 

"And I feel I can pull the strings a little bit more now; we can focus on things I believe we need to focus on. People possibly underestimate just how difficult it is to inherit a team, especially because all your weekly preparation is for the game, whereas now, it’s about changing body composition, improving technique in certain areas, and so on.

"I feel we can coach, we can get involved and we can make a difference."

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