White happy with Sharks draw
- 19 Dec 2013
Sharks coach Jake White is pleased with the Super Rugby draw for 2014, particularly the early bye.
The Sharks open their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls and Hurricanes in Durban on 15 February and 22 February respectively, then head into a bye for the third round.
‘I think it’s a fantastic draw,’ said White on the official Sharks website. 'When I was coaching the Brumbies, both times when we did well, it coincided with us having our byes early on. A lot of people thought that was a negative because it would break your rhythm, but we get two byes almost in the first month, and that’s fantastic because what it allows is for the competition to unfold on its own without you being involved.
‘You can also get a feel for how the referees are going to blow things and what the emphasis will be on early on. Also with the 11 Springboks we have, having a bye early on also allows them to freshen up for what’s in store for them for the rest of the year.’
White explained that he has always had the role of helping a team at its lowest, such as the Springboks in 2004 and Brumbies 2012, eventually taking the teams to a World Cup win and Super Rugby final respectively, but feels that the Sharks are established and packed full of potential.
‘We have senior players, Currie Cup winners and a positive energy, which is great. They’ve got everything in place, so it is great time to take over.
'The realistic thing is that all the lessons I’ve learnt in those success stories I’ve had with my past teams are almost the same things the Sharks are doing here anyway.'
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