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Redemption time


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Apr 2014 at 09:06
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It’s “Silver Lining Tuesday” (yes – that admittedly is a name I just made up on the spur of the moment) and time for all Sharks, fans, players and coaches alike, to shrug off the disappointments of the weekend and look forward to the challenges ahead.

Generally, after a bad loss, it takes me a few days to be able to see the bright side, but I’m determined to do just that this morning. We all knew that going through a Super Rugby season without suffering any losses along the way was a pipe dream and while it is far from ideal to conceded a loss at home – ever – it’s not quite the campaign death knell that some are making it out to be. After all, the Brumbies and Chiefs have each lost a game at home too this season but are still firmly in the race.

Any chance that the Sharks may have viewed Friday’s upcoming game against the Rebels as a bit of a soft tour opener will now have been completely blown away. Jake White has said that the target is four wins on tour and while it’s very unlikely the side will actually achieve that feat, you have to believe that they’ll die trying. Personally, I prefer not to look too far ahead and will be satisfied with a good bounce-back win in Melbourne, to set the tone for a good tour to follow.

The Sharks will be stronger than the scratch outfit picked to face the Highlanders. Also, they hopefully won’t have any nagging “if I get injured in this game I’ll miss the tour” type doubts, meaning we should be set for a full-blooded go at the unpredictable Rebels. Bismarck du Plessis, Odwa Ndungane and Jean Deysel should hopefully all be back as well, adding a huge injection of leadership to a side that looked rudderless without any of those players.

Perhaps the biggest reason for hope – at least in my mind – is the fact that the Sharks’ approach is simply going to have to change after the Highlanders debacle. Jake White is no mug and will have seen, clearly and without any doubt, how the kick-at-all-costs game plan failed, failed and failed again on Friday. Personally, I’m very excited to see exactly what White has up his sleeve for this weekend.

We’re not quite at the last chance saloon yet, Sharks fans, but you feel that with each defeat on tour, the Brumbies are simply going to ease further ahead. The Sharks have a golden opportunity, over the next two weeks, to ensure that doesn’t happen and can leave Australia still perched on the summit, having dealt their main rival a hammer blow along the way. That’s the outcome we have to hope for – that’s the outcome we have to believe in.



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