Currie Cup

Swart to tackle Sharks' scrum

2013-09-05 23:32
Balie Swart (Gallo Images)
Durban - The Sharks have called on World Cup winner and former Springbok prop Balie Swart to help out with the Sharks scrum in the hopes of minimising penalty infringements during set piece play.

According to Rugby365's website, Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has expressed his concern around set piece play and by calling upon Swart, especially within the scrums, will help eliminate costly errors which have hampered an almost flawless campaign.

Swart has helped out the Golden Lions in the same capacity throughout this season and it comes as no surprise that Macleod-Henderson has adopted his services as the Lions, despite their current log position, happen to be the least penalised team to date at scrum time during this season's Currie Cup.

Since the implementation of the new 'crouch-bind-set' scrum sequence, teams have found it tricky to adapt, and in the process, have found themselves on the wrong end of the referees' whistle far too often.

Macleod-Henderson pointed out that in the Sharks win over the Blue Bulls last weekend, his team were blown up four times for scrum infringements, which did not sit too well with the coaching staff.

He says that Swart has been roped in to inform the team of what a referee's perspective will be when teams engage in the scrum and clarify areas which may have gone amiss when teams first started adjusting to the new sequence.

A particularly emphasis will be placed on the Sharks' scrumming technique and the way the pack initially sets up for the scrum.

However, it has not been all doom and gloom for Macleod-Henderson and his charges as he has been encouraged by his crop of players for always striving to improve on what has been a good season thus far, bouncing back from a defeat in the dying minutes to Griquas on the opening weekend of the Currie Cup.

Macleod-Henderson also hailed the influence of his superior, director of rugby at the Sharks, Brendan Venter.

He said that Venter has brought a new approach to the way the team both attacks and defends which will hopefully reap bigger rewards as the season progresses.

The Sharks next Currie Cup assignment is away to Western Province on Saturday, with kickoff at Newlands set for 19:10.


Western Province

15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Michael van der Spuy


15. SP Marais, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Jacques Botes (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Rayno Gerber, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Danie Mienie

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder


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