Sharks’ style key to Libbok deal

Manie Libbok has opened up on his reasons for swapping Loftus Versfeld for the Shark Tank, insisting he will fit in well at the Sharks.

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With no guarantees for game time in Pretoria, Libbok explored the idea of leaving the Vodacom Bulls and found himself with no shortage of potential suitors as the Stormers and Sharks battled for his signature.

The flyhalf opted for the Sharks and has highlighted the franchise’s exciting style of rugby as a key reason for his switch.

‘I want to take my game to the next level and I can do that at the Sharks,’ he told a local media outlet.

‘The way the Sharks are playing is the way I want to play and I think it will suit my style of play. I definitely feel like I can fit in well with the guys they’ve got and into their system. I’m the type of guy who likes to attack with the ball and play the space in front of me.

‘Throughout the season this year, what I noticed about the Sharks was that they played the exact kind of game I wanted to play. You can see that the guys have the freedom on the field to play what they see in front of them and that’s my thing.’

A discussion with Sharks head coach Sean Everitt, as well as his views on the young squad, was key in getting Libbok to agree to terms with the Durban franchise.

‘I did speak to the coach, Sean, and we had a good chat,’ said the 22-year-old.

‘I could hear from the chat that they are busy building something special. He made me excited about joining the guys and being part of that something special. That also made my decision easier because I’m excited about what’s going on there and how they play.’

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