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Sharks welcome Bok protocols

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“That is what this team is about – the results are a bonus, but the performances we delivered in terms of the way (we) want to play was fantastic.”

THE Sharks welcome the Springbok protocols that have senior players rested during Super Rugby, according to assistant coach David Williams.

On their recent tour of Australasia, Boks Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi sat out a game each as part of an understanding that each senior Bok is rested for three games during the group stage. “The resting part is massive and full credit to the Springboks for suggesting it and looking after their players,” Williams said.

“And it benefits us in that it gives the wider squad a chance to impress, and we don’t field the same team week in week out. The energy they come back with after that week off is awesome.”

The Sharks won three out of four games on tour and returned as the toast of the South African Super Rugby challenge. “For the whole group it was a very exciting tour in terms of the team bonding and performances we delivered,” the attack coach said.

“That is what this team is about – the results are a bonus, but the performances we delivered in terms of the way (we) want to play was fantastic.”

Williams said a stand-out performer had been young scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba, who also proved a dab hand at flyhalf when unexpectedly forced into that position against the Hurricanes.

“Sanele is an immense talent and a special person. To bring him off the bench so early on for (injured) Henry Chamberlain in that cauldron and have him stand up to the task and take a line break with his first touch of the ball is special,” Williams said.

“The public don’t see what he is like off the field. They see his energy on the field but not his diligence off it, the way he learns from Louis Scheuder I’ve just come out of a meeting with him on the plans for this week. He has (a) good rugby brain and is a great talent.”

Williams was also pleased with the form of Madosh Tambwe when he came into the team because of injury to Sbu Nkosi.

“Madosh has brought some nice ideas from the Lions and he is an energy ball on the field. There is a great relationship between the guys that make up our back three and whoever isn’t playing supports the other guys. What we love most about him is his energy and willingness to work for the team,” Williams said.

On Saturday the Sharks host the Jaguares and there is a feeling in some quarters that the Argentinian pack might be too strong and get on top, but Williams disagrees.

“From a forwards’ perspective, the growth on tour has been outstanding. They are a match for anyone and people shouldn’t underestimate them.”