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Here we go again!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Jul 2014 at 09:16
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The Cell C Sharks seem to once again be paying for a “fast start” in Super Rugby, with defeats in their last two games seeing them slip from first position on the log after an outstanding tour, to third.

It’s been a bit of a trend in recent years that the Durban side have battled to impose themselves on this competition in any sort of consistent way over the course of a season; we’ve typically seen this year’s phenomenon, the sprint out of the starting blocks only to run out of gas towards the business end, alternate with the other, perhaps worse one, where the team fails to win any matches at the start of the year before staging a dramatic fightback towards the end.

So, 2014 will again be the bang-followed-by-whimper pattern. We can take some solace in the fact that the Sharks really did do phenomenally well during their purple patch this year and have actually manged to capture some silverware, even if the SA conference trophy is a bit of a lame duck when compared to the overall competition prize which the team now looks highly unlikely to win. With third place now looking the most likely finishing spot (perhaps even only due to being the best of a poor South African effort, rather than having third-most points overall) the Sharks are again going to face a nightmare schedule in the knock-out phase, needing to handle a home knock-out against strong opposition before (probably) having to win in Christchurch for the second time in a year.

Let’s hope that, at least, going into this weekend’s game against the Stormers at Newlands as rank underdogs might give us just the faintest hope of a win, because there’s precious little cause for hope right now as a Sharks fan.



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