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Sharks mentor Everitt looking forward to coaching contest against Munster's Van Graan

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Sean Everitt. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Sean Everitt. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
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  • Sharks coach Sean Everitt is looking forward to coaching against Johann van Graan when the Sharks and Munster meet in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday.
  • Van Graan cut his coaching teeth at the Bulls and further proved himself at the Springboks.
  • Everitt also said Ruan Pienaar's experience will be invaluable for the Sharks in the tournament.

Sharks coach Sean Everitt said coaching against Johann van Graan is going to be an interesting challenge for Saturday's United Rugby Championship clash against Munster in Limerick.

Van Graan cut his coaching teeth at the Bulls before moving up to the Springbok setup with Heyneke Meyer in 2012.

He stayed on after Meyer left after the 2015 World Cup, but moved to Munster where he's presided over a solid stay with the Irish province.

Everitt said Van Graan, son of former Blue Bulls company chief executive officer Barend, had moulded the highly successful province into an effective fighting force.

"He's a well organised coach who coached at the highest level and he also coached at the Springboks," Everitt said.

"He's brought a style of rugby to Munster that's difficult to play against. They're a suffocate and strangle type of team and they don't give you much to play from.

"I know his organisational ability and when you look at Munster, they're a well-oiled team, so it is going to be tough for us as a group."

Everitt has forged ahead with pairing young flyhalf Boeta Chamberlain with seasoned halfback Ruan Pienaar.

Everitt cited Pienaar's vast experience in Irish rugby through his time with Ulster and in Europe as a factor for his selection.

"We're playing a young 10 in Chamberlain and Ruan is a leader in his own right, from where he brings leadership and experience to the team," Everitt said.

"In the conditions and the teams we're going to play against, he does understand what is required on the field to get a result.

"He's massive for us and he's been great at training this week. It has shown why he's had a career as long as the one he's had through the preparation he's put in."

Kick-off is at 20:35 on Saturday.





15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Werner Kok, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (captain), 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona

Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Mpilo Gumede, 20 Ruben van Heerden, 21 Hyron Andrews, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Jeremy Ward

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