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What to expect when you’re expecting…

Written by Martin van Niekerk (vanmartin)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Feb 2015 at 14:46
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… a Super Rugby title.

Let’s be honest Sharks’ fans. We’ve been forged in the fires of Just-Didn’t-Quite-Get-There (referred to as Choke-Town in the old Elvish tongue). The year that shalt not be mentioned still causes us to involuntarily flinch. The wound may have healed but the memory of a certain cup that never quite made it into the trophy cabinet haunts us ever so often. It’s our collective phantom limb (okay, I reckon I’ve pushed this analogy to it’s limit). But we’re a special kind of crazy passionate and that’s why I love you all and come back to this site week in and week out.

You have teams that have glass-half-empty supporters, you of course have the glass-half-full crowd and then you have Sharks fans who try to constantly drop-goal the glass from inside their own 22 and sometimes manage to miraculously pull it off. I know that last sentence makes very little to no sense at all and yet somehow it still perfectly describes a Sharks supporter.

So we have a new coaching staff, some new team members and a few of the old faithfuls being welcomed back into the fold because, like us, they simply couldn’t stay away. That’s more than enough reason for the average Sharks’ fan to get a little crazy excited about our prospects for this season. Adding to the crazy anticipation is of course the fact that this is the last ‘proper’ strength-vs-strength Super Rugby competition until our SANZAR overlords are finally defeated by a brave Deon Stegmann hobbit.

So what are some realistic expectations for this season? Well, it’s the current coaches first Super Rugby season at the helm, it’s the first time we have this new coaching structure in place and Tyler Fisher has not been selected into the Super Rugby squad. Ominous omens! We’re not quite sure why but that last one seems especially troublesome. Still! We have good depth in most positions, we have Mr. Brendan Venter on our side who seems to be our kind of crazy ‘get’ us and we looked fighting fit in our Toulon match which points to a successful and positive preseason.

Having carefully taken all of the above factors into consideration and after carefully weighing up our chances I can state with complete confidence that you need to excuse me from finishing up the rest of the article – I need to go drop-kick a glass from inside my 22.


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