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Sharks need to “have a go”


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2014 at 09:56
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I’m not sure if I’m in the minority here, but I haven’t felt quite so relaxed about an upcoming Currie Cup semi-final in many a year.

Perhaps it’s just a case of trying to make the best of a bad situation, but certainly the crushing weight of expectation that comes with playing a semi-final at home – and thus being expected to prevail – is missing this year. It’s not that I’ve written the Sharks off, or anything, but rather that I’m preparing to watch the game with no real pressure, since (according to most) the result is already a foregone conclusion.

While we as fans are understandably loath to ever accept that our team is anything but the best, a sober look at this year’s Currie Cup campaign reveals that the Lions and Western Province have set the pace and led throughout. It’s true that the Sharks have recovered nicely enough and appear to be finding some form at the right time, but the Lions, who may have lost more games than the Sharks but have all the same won far more convincingly when they have won, surely deserve their billing as favourites going into this game. I wouldn’t quite go so far as to use the word “travesty”, but there may be a slight feeling of injustice, even, should the Sharks manage to burgle a win this weekend.

Not that there isn’t much reason for optimism, though. The Sharks have form on their side too – it may not be the sort of ostentatious “six tries in every game” form hat the Lions boast, but the Sharks haven’t been on the losing side in six weeks now and perhaps even more crucially, managed to beat the Lions not two weeks back. The shoe will be on the other foot this week, of course, with a stronger Lions outfit playing at home and only a fool would expect the same sort of Sharks performance to deliver the same result. That said, it would take the same sort of fool to insist that this Sharks side is playing the best rugby they are capable of.

No, the Sharks continue to be a work in progress and to the joy and frustration of their fans, it’s often quite hard to predict exactly what you’re going to get from them each week. I, for one, am happy to sit back and watch matter unfold at Ellis Park, knowing that the team have already performed pretty much to expectation in this horrendously disrupted campaign and can now only exceed that expectation.

Good luck, Sharks. Have a go…. We know you’re good enough to win this, but will be right with you at the end, regardless of whether you do or not.



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