Sharks: Time is right for change

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:01
Large grant bashford   hugh reece Large hugh reece edwards media Large grant bashford points

Outgoing coaches Hugh Reece-Edwards and Grant Bashford left the Sharks with the perfect parting gift, a 58-13 hammering of the Southern Kings.

Outgoing coaches Hugh Reece-Edwards and Grant Bashford left the Sharks with the perfect parting gift, a 58-13 hammering of the Southern Kings.

And the duo, who stood in after head coach John Plumtree walked out a couple of weeks ago, admitted it is time to move on.

Brendan Venter is set to take over the reins in a Director of Rugby role from the start of the Currie Cup season next month.

Reece-Edwards, who along with Bashford, will now look for alternative employment after their contracts were not renewed by the union.

"I have no plans as yet, I'll see where I'll go," Reece-Edwards said.

"Coaching is in my blood and that's where I want to stay."

Bashford said while the change in coaching staff was not a performance-based issue, he felt the time was right for change.

"It happens to all coaches, it's just a matter of when," Bashford said.

"If you had asked me to sign on the dotted line when Dick Muir pulled me in in 2006 and said I'd still be here in 2013, I'd have taken it.

"I'll always be involved in a rugby team, it's just a matter of where."

* Meanwhile Reece-Edwards praised the players for not lacking any motivation on their way to a 10-try (58-13) romped over the Kings.

The KwaZulu-Natal franchise outclassed and outscored their opponents by 10 tries to two at Kings Park, in a match that was a dead rubber.

"It could have been one of those games where we fought for a win because we didn't get up for the match, but the players picked it up and finished off what we wanted to get done and hats off to them," Reece-Edwards said.

"Anyone wants to win a game and obviously we wanted to finish with a good win, as did the team.

"The fact that the Kings brought the side they did [with 12 changes] certainly wasn't something that was going to sway our guys in terms of the way we wanted to play and what we wanted to get out of the game."

Marcell Coetzee, Bismarck du Plessis, Odwa Ndungane, a penalty try, Riaan Viljoen, Tendai Mtawarira, Louis Ludik, Keegan Daniel, Fred Zeilinga and Meyer Bosman were all responsible for the home sides' scores.

The Kings' tries came via George Whitehead and Mpho Mbiyozo.

The result meant the Sharks ended an injury-ravaged season in eighth spot, with the Kings completing their maiden Super Rugby campaign in bottom place and without victory in a South African derby.

"We can blame injuries, but the depth in this team is not bad," Reece-Edwards said.

"They have played a part, but we have good depth.

“We probably lost two or three games we probably shouldn't have and that swings things around. It was those couple of games we let go.

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 08h45 Melbourne
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9