Teichmann questions Potgieter signing
Cape Town - Former Sharks captain Gary Teichmann has hit out at the franchise’s signing of Waratahs loose forward Jacques Potgieter.
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The 29-year-old was signed on a two-year deal in Durban on Wednesday, and will join the Sharks at the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season.
In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Teichmann voiced his disapproval at the capture of the three-Test Springbok, saying that the Sharks should instead look to nurture young, local talent in their bid to improve on what has been a disastrous season so far.
“I would contradict myself if I said it was a great addition, because I believe we should be focusing on the youth. I know for a fact that there are quality youngsters coming through the ranks,” Teichmann said in the interview.
“One such example is 19-year-old Daniel du Preez. I’m not suggesting Potgieter is a bad player, but it’s time for the Sharks to rebuild and start bringing quality youth products through.
“Young players should be given more opportunities. The youth also have the positive effect of keeping senior players on their toes. If there is no quality youth coming through, then your senior players are not put under any real pressure.”
The Sharks face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday morning. Kick-off is at 09:35.