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Easy on the fodder, Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Oct 2014 at 09:51
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I guess the problem with the sort of organised “media scrums” that teams do these days is that pretty much every journo and every paper gets to interview the same players – and generally ends up writing the same story.

This week is no exception – and already this morning I’ve lost count of how many different variations on the “Stephan Lewies says Sharks line-out is a weapon” theme I’ve seen splattered across the rugby websites of the world. I’ve got no real issue with what Lewies said, of course and it is obviously true that the Sharks have performed well at line-out time, particularly on opposition ball, in the last few weeks.

I am rather concerned at the (perceived) amount of “own-trumpet-blowing” at the moment, though. Again, I don’t think this necessarily has anything to do with what was actually said during the media session, but rather the way that one or two quotes have been turned into what feels like an avalanche. If ever the Lions were unaware of the threat the Sharks pose at line-out time, they certainly won’t be now and what’s more, coach Johan Ackermann certainly now doesn’t lack for motivational material if he’s going to ask his charges to step up and deliver an extra-special performance at this set piece.

Perhaps this is all a smoke screen? I certainly hope that the emphasis on one rather small story is more a reflection on falling standards of rugby journalism than it is symptomatic of what would be a very naive game approach on indeed on the Sharks’ behalf. I may not be an expert here, but I will make a very bold prediction that the Sharks are need to do a lot more than just win a few opposition lineout throws to be in with a shot at Ellis Park on Saturday.



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