New Sharks coaches vow to attack

Date published: November 27 2014

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The Sharks’ desire to play attacking rugby has led to them acquiring the services of attack coach Brad Mooar for the next two weeks.

The Sharks’ desire to play attacking rugby has led to them acquiring the services of attack coach Brad Mooar for the next two weeks.

Mooar is the head coach of the Southland Stags in the ITM Cup and had a stint as the Southern Kings’ backline coach in 2013.

“In South Africa, we have a lot of organisation and structure in our rugby, but we do lack natural ability and the kind of flair we associate with New Zealand teams,”Sharks technical director Brendan Venter told the Durban-based franchise’s official website.

“We invited attack specialist Brad Mooar over from New Zealand (along with his wife Anna) to spend two weeks with us here at the Sharks having assessed our attack and the attacking play in general in South Africa.

“We believe we lack the attacking flair that is prevalent in New Zealand.

“Having had a conversation with a number of New Zealanders around the issue of attacking rugby, they are very keen to impart their knowledge to other teams and countries.

“They believe that it is not what you do but how you do it that determines how successful you going to be.”

The Sharks’ pre-season training for the 2015 edition of the Super Rugby competition commenced on Monday and Mooar has already made a positive impact since joining the franchise.

“Just listening to him work with the players, we have already learnt so much,” added Venter.

“He has been enthusiastically received by the players who are thoroughly enjoying their interaction with him on the field as well as the video sessions.

“They love the fresh ideas he brings, as well as his unique approach to attacking rugby.”

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