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Sharks playing without the shackles


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2014 at 09:49
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The Sharks are playing attractive rugby again and I like it!

I think it’s fair to say that the current crop of players seemed a rather dejected and dispirited lot, suffering from a proper Super Rugby hangover for the early part of this Currie Cup campaign. The physical and mental toll exacted on many of them was high; those who had played Super Rugby were no doubt feeling the pain of working so stupidly hard for so long, yet ultimately getting no reward. For the others, players who for the most part were written off and told they weren’t good enough to feature in the Southern Hemisphere showpiece, playing Currie Cup rugby must have seemed a rather bittersweet consolation prize and not a reason to get overly excited.

That vibe, though, appears to have disappeared. It started to lift the moment the Currie Cup coaches stood up and took control of the team’s destiny, perhaps defying the Director who reportedly used the Griquas defeat as an opportunity to tell everyone from top to bottom just how useless he thought they were. I feel that the team pulled together at that moment, with White’s vitriol used as mental motivation to foster a real desire and hunger to do well, if for no other reason than to show him a big, fat, collective middle finger.

One feels that week by week, as confidence and team spirit has started to ebb back into the Sharks, so too the “Super Rugby shackles” have began to dissolve, with the team now backing themselves to play the sort of rugby that has made the side famous in the past. The green shoots were there at Loftus and started to bloom in earnest against the Kings. While the team may have only scored one try against the Lions, the attacking game was always the preferred option, with the added comfort of Zeilinga’s metronome there as a handy fallback.

Spirits are high once more and while we all know that there’s a long road ahead for the Sharks, I for one am thrilled at just how quickly we’ve managed to recapture some of the feel-good vibe. The players look happy and are expressing that emotion on the field. Long may that situation endure.



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