Buthelezi wary of tough Griquas

DURBAN – The respect the Sharks players and management have for Griquas coach Scott Mathie is a major reason why his team will not be taken lightly when the Durbanites visit Kimberley on Friday night for a sixth-round Super Rugby Unlocked encounter.

Mathie earned 47 caps for the Sharks at scrumhalf between 2006 and 2008, the year Sean Everitt began coaching at the Sharks Academy, and he went on to have a much travelledwith the Blue Bulls, Leeds Carnegie and Sale Sharks before finishing his playing career in 2013 at the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Mathie moved into coaching and his first big senior role was as an assistant coach to Brent Janse van Vuuren at Griquas in 2019, when the Diamond fielders had an excellent season.

Van Rensburg, of course, has since moved on to the Sharks as Everitt’s forwards and defence coach, while Mathie was rewarded with the head coaching role at Griquas.

Before this, Mathie coached at schoolboy level, at Durban High School between 2016 and 2019, where the first XV had one of their best ever years when Mathie was coaching now current Sharks in Sanele Nohamba and Phepsi Buthelezi.Play VideoJohn Mitchell: England aim to keep smiles on faces with Georgia gameEngland Rugby defence coach John Mitchell speaks to the press ahead of his team’s Autumn Nations Cup match against Georgia on Saturday November 14.

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