Benedict Chanakira (BC) chatted with Springbok Marcell Coetzee
BC – It has been a tough season so far, how have you taken it, considering the Sharks are used to fighting for the play offs?
MC – “It is not the ideal season, but I think that we can take lessons from it to remain positive no matter what because you can’t beat yourself down every time you lose a game. We can just go to basics, enjoy the game and work harder.”
BC – You have been one of the form Sharks players and loose forwards in South Africa. Does it stand you in good stead in a World Cup year?
MC – “No matter what form I am in I just want to get better and work harder particularly this World Cup year. You want to be at your peak and your best. It’s a game by game target.”
BC – You became a YouTube sensation and showcased your music skills. Will we be seeing anything similar soon?
MC – “NO! Never again! I put Elvis to sleep now…. but you can never know.”
BC – It’s been noted that when players get married most would hit a dip in form, in your case you have managed to continue getting better. A rare case?
MC – “Well, being married to Chanelle makes me a privileged man because she is such a beautiful wife and always there to treat my wounds off the field. As a professional sportsman you must set your boundaries and principles and when it’s time to play rugby you do so while also giving the husband aspect 120%.”
BC – You got quite a fend off from Dean Mumm. Was that your biggest hit?
MC – “I can not remember a specific hit I ever got, but I can tell you that playing in the South African conference is always tough and there are lots of big hits in there.”
BC – How has it been playing under Gary Gold?
MC – “Working with Gary Gold… the first thing is that he is a very passionate coach and he knows what he wants in players. He always focuses on the finer details of play and makes sure the players are well prepared when going into games. He brings lots of energy and is quite open minded in terms of ideas and such. He is an all-round coach. “
BC – What is your fondest memory in the green and gold?
MC – “It has to be my first try in the jersey or the game we beat the All Blacks last season at Ellis Park (Emirates Airline Park). Pat Lambie’s 60m kick was unbelievable.” BC – If you got stranded on an island. What three things would you want? MC – “My wife, a braai and ice cold beers.”