Currie Cup

New Sharks coach confident of Currie Cup success

2019-07-04 07:03
Sean Everitt (Gallo Images)

Durban - New Sharks Currie Cup coach Sean Everitt is confident that the franchise can defend their title despite the fact they have lost a number of senior players who were key to the side’s successful campaign last year.

Last week, the Sharks announced Everitt as Robert du Preez’s replacement for the domestic competition and his journey is set to kick off next Friday against Griquas in Durban (19:15).

Du Preez led the Sharks to the 2018 Currie Cup title where they defeated Western Province in the final played in Cape Town.

Without a doubt, Sharks fans will want their outfit to defend the title and bring some happiness to King’s Park following a very disappointing Super Rugby season.

But, unlike Du Preez, Everitt won’t have the services of Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe, Robert du Preez jnr, Dan du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez and former skipper Ruan Botha, who are all heading to the United Kingdom for bigger pay cheques.

He is likely to also miss players such as Lukhanyo Am, S’bu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi to the Springboks during the year’s campaign.

Those players were also key to Currie Cup success last year.

This means the coach has to rely on youngsters in his bid to meet the high expectations of the fans.

Everitt, who led the Sharks Under-19 team to the age group title undefeated, sees this as challenge for him to develop further as a coach.

“It’s an opportunity for me to grow as a coach and us as a coaching group, so that’s how I would like to see the campaign,” he said.

“As far as expectations are concerned, I think we need to bring these youngsters through, as you know that as South Africans, we are under pressure in keeping our senior players from a financial point of view. So, the quicker we bring through these youngsters, the better.”

Everitt will be assisted by David Williams and Nick Easter, who both worked with Du Preez during the Super Rugby season.

“Winning the Currie Cup, that’s the end goal,” said Everitt.

“We believe that we can do it with the quality that we have, as long as we follow the processes. And obviously growth is one of them. It’s time to get these guys up to speed.”

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