Sharks New Spin
Sharks New Spin: The Sharks have quite the peculiar travel schedule to start their Super Rugby campaign but this is something assistant-coach Sean Everitt said they are prepared for. The Sharks leave for Australia on Thursday where they will be starting their journey against the Reds on February 24 in Brisbane before travelling to Canberra to face the Brumbies the following week. “Having a young team and going with it into the unknown is always a difficult thing but I do think the boys are up for the challenge. We’ve worked out our goals over the three weeks with the three Australian teams‚” Everitt said. “We’re seeing the travelling as a positive because it’s good to get the group together very early‚ because it helps to build the team spirit very quickly. It’s also good to get the tour done very early.”
There also is the important role set to be filled by former French international Clement Poitrenaud‚ especially in the light of Curwin Bosch’s development as a fullback. The youngster showed immense promise in the Currie Cup side and also had a run in the Super Rugby unit before the Wellington quarterfinal blowout against the eventual champions the Hurricanes. Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach is also set for an important year‚ not just for the Sharks but in the race to secure the Springbok scrumhalf berth that neither Faf de Klerk and Rudy Paige tried to make their own. “Clement is definitely in contention for a role in the starting line-up in the match-day 23. He brings a lot of experience having played 49 tests for France.