Mooar to sharpen Sharks’ attack

2014-11-27 00:00

WITH Gary Gold taking the reins at the Sharks next year, there has been a sworn promise to play attractive, attacking, ­try-scoring rugby.

In order to unlock that potential, the Sharks have brought in an authority on attack — New Zealander Brad Mooar.

For two weeks Mooar will ­assist the coaching staff, which now includes director of rugby Gold (who is finishing his ­season with Japanese club ­Kobelco Steelers), specialist consultant Brendan Venter, Currie Cup coaches Brad ­Macleod-Henderson, Sean Everitt and Paul Anthony, and newly appointed kicking and defence coach Michael Horak.

Although the New Zealander will only work with the Sharks for two weeks, Venter believes that his expertise will open up the Sharks’ ability to identify and use space on attack.

“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,” Venter said.

“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.”

The Sharks got stuck into their preseason training ahead of next year’s Super Rugby competition on Monday. Having another outside mind will hopefully bring another dynamic to both the players and coaches in Durban.

“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,” Venter said.

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

Venter believes that Mooar’s input is being well received and his work both on and off the field is bringing a lot to the table.

“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 remaining Sharks players who are still on Bok duty are set to join their team-mates next week to tap into Mooar’s ­expertise.

Mooar was previously the former Christchurch club coach and Canterbury Colts assistant coach before taking up a backline coaching role at the EP Kings. He is currently head coach of New Zealand club Southland Stags.

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