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Bonding Together:

After a week’s rest according to Springbok protocols, Coenie Oosthuizen was named to play in the Cell C Sharks side to take on the Reds at JONSSON KINGS PARK on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t quite the return he would have hoped for.


He may have missed the Jaguares match, but in the Reds’ clash, was equally disappointed for the team and fans at the result.


“Obviously we were hurt after the Jaguares game, so while it helped mentally and for my body to get the time for the bruises to go away while I had the week off, you don’t really get away from the game. When the team loses, we all lose and we knew we had to make a step up against the Reds.


“It was all about rectifying the mistakes and we didn’t do that this weekend. There’s a heck of a lot of disappointment in each and every one of us.”


Talking from the team’s base in Sydney after flying out of Durban on Sunday, Oosthuizen admitted that, “We’re definitely going to have to step it up this weekend against the ‘Tahs, but the guys are ready to do that, we have a big challenge ahead of us.”


Handling errors were highlighted and head coach Robert du Preez admitted in his post-match interview that there wasn’t enough patience shown to finish off fantastic attacking opportunities that were created by the Cell C Sharks.


Weighing in on the debate, the affable prop explained that, “No player goes onto the pitch with the intention of making handling errors, but those were mistakes we made. And if it’s a specific mistake a player is making, then it’s up to him, on his behalf, to work on that. We have embraced the situation and going forward there will be a greater emphasis on keeping the ball in certain situations.


“There is also the issue of being accountable for when you make handling errors because sometimes it’s not a handling error but not being able to catch the pass. So the responsibility comes from both sides: the passer and the receiver and both need to be on point; you can’t just blame the guy catching the ball. So it’s not just a team thing but an individual thing as well.


“It’s something we have addressed and we are working on it.”


Although he admitted that preparations for Saturday’s clash with the Waratahs are going well, he acknowledged that addressing the mental side of things is just as important as the physical endeavours.


“After losing two consecutive games, the team’s morale is something we need to work extremely hard on,” he pointed out. “You only get worse if you start doubting yourself and the belief this team has in itself is there, so the morale is very high. The coaching staff have done a great job on getting the guys ready for this game.


“This weekend we had numerous opportunities to finish the game and we couldn’t, so it’s something we have been addressing and come Saturday, it’s going to be one heck of a match.”


Coach Robert du Preez admitted on Friday that getting away for three weeks would provide the opportunity for the team to bond on tour and Oosthuizen agreed that the togetherness would be to the team’s benefit.


“It’s a whole different ball game when it comes to touring. Some guys leave their family and children behind which is a negative, but on the positive side, it’s a team environment and a lot of quality time is spent together. For team morale, it’s phenomenal and you won’t get a better environment to build the team spirit and team culture.


“This tour has come at the right time – especially after the two losses – and we have the time and the right tools, now we need to work together, stick together as we live together.”

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The Fidelity ADT Premier Division League kicks off this weekend:

The Fidelity ADT Premier Division League kicks off with the annual Wahl Bartmann Day at Jonsson Kings Park on Saturday. With a full day of rugby in and around Kings Park all eyes will be focused on the club game this weekend.


With the Sharks away and schools festivals now a thing of the past it will give local rugby fans and supporters an opportunity of getting to know more about the clubs and meet up with the them. The day starts with two early games on KP2 the home of College Rovers with the home side second stringers facing FNB UKZN Pietermaritzburg in the opener at 10.30 am followed by eThekwini Refractories Amanzimtoti Reserves up against Varsity College at 12.10 pm .


The focus will then travel across to SA Home Loans Durban Collegians on their home grounds at KP 10  where they will entertain the Bidvest Insurance Crusaders 2ND XV at 1.30 pm.


This will be the 62nd Anniversary of the Moor Cup, which is the oldest piece of silverware in World Rugby manufactured in 1873 and first played for in Kimberley in 1875. The priceless piece of silverware was supposed to have come to the Colony of Natal in 1876 but went missing for 81 years to suddenly reappear in 1956 at Kings Sport in Pietermaritzburg. The historic Cup was then first played for and won by, now as we know them, UKZN Durban in 1957


With that the big games will kick off in the stadium at 12.30pm with College Rovers up against UKZN Pietermaritzburg followed by Varsity College playing the South Coast Terriers from Amanzimtoti at I.50 pm. The final game of the day is scheduled for a 3.30pm and sees Durban Collegians, the club that has won the cup more times than any other club in the province, facing Crusaders in what looks destined to be an absolute thriller.


Meanwhile in the First Division games played last Thursday evening UKZN Durban remained unbeaten edging out Westville Old Boys 22-17. Jaguar Land Rover Durban Hillcrest also remained unbeaten beating Ballito Dolphins 25-10 while Drakensberg squeaked home 10-5 against Jaguars in Sydenham and the third unbeaten side, the 2018 champions, South Coast Warriors hammered Maritzburg Collegians 52-5.

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