Sharks bring in attack coach for Super Rugby

Durban based Super Rugby side the Sharks have announced that they have brought in specialist attack coach from New Zealand Brad Mooar from ITM Cup team Southland.

Mooar has experience of coaching in South Africa as he was an assistant coach with the Southern Kings in 2013 under Kings head coach Matt Sexton.

Under new Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold and his coaching panel the Sharks want to play exciting and attacking rugby and they hope that Mooar can add some flair to the Sharks game.

“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,” explains Brendan Venter who has thrown his support behind the two week stay.

“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.”

Pre-season training for the 2015 edition of the Super Rugby competition commenced on Monday and over the next two weeks, Mooar will be assisting The Sharks, concentrating on their attack. The sharing of knowledge in a creative manner can only be a positive influence on the players and coaches.

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

“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.”

The Shark players currently with the Springboks on their end of year tour will return to Durban after the Wales Test match this weekend and spend the next week with their team-mates to participate in this learning experience.

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