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Mixed feelings as season comes to an end

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Oct 2014 at 12:49
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Well, that’s it as far as Sharks rugby is concerned for the year.

I’ve been battling a little bit since Saturday to work out exactly how I feel about the current state of affairs. I mean, it’s not like we were particularly confident about the prospects of either the senior or under 19 sides, heading into tough away semi-final encounters. The result in Joburg (and also in Pretoria to a lesser extent) was expected, but perhaps not the margin of the eventual loss.

I find myself having a very real “what now” feeling when it comes to Sharks rugby: the performance in the semi-final, as a microcosm of the season as a whole, once again leaves me with more questions than answers.

We’re now 18 months into the brave new world of Sharks Rugby under John Smit and while we’ve had lots and lots of change, it’s really hard to say definitively that things look a lot better than they did before. We continue to cling to hope for the future, but with some strong headwinds coming next year (in the form of an expected mass exodus of senior players) it’s probably safe to say that most fans are rather nervous indeed. We’ll postulate more on some of these concerns as the long off-season runs its course and hope to come up with some answers.

For now, though I’d like to wish everyone involved a really good break – players, coaches and administrators. It’s going to be pretty short indeed, since pre-season starts next month, but for now, all we can say is that we hope you guys enjoy the down time and come back refreshed and ready for another big push in 2015. We, your fans, will be there with you every step of the way, as we always have been.


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