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Time to settle

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Feb 2015 at 11:46
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It’s Tuesday and in the absence of much news, it’s time for my weekly rant. It’s about the Sharks, of course and it’s about a couple of home truths that we all seem to have completely forgotten in the light of some ultimately meaningless pre-season “good news”.

I’ve been trying harder than most to resist the hype – the announcement of new coaches by the bucket load, the overhauling of structures, the recruitment of players to add depth. All of these signs, in isolation, point to a time of exciting change in the Sharks ranks. With a strong coaching team and squad full of quality depth, surely a fantastic – nay trophy-winning – Super Rugby season must be in store? I mean, surely?

Take all the best ingredients you can find, chuck them into a bowl and your cake is ready to eat, not so? Makes perfect sense?

Except it doesn’t really, since even a really cheap cake, using Betty Crocker cake mix, two eggs and a bit of oil, needs at least some time in the oven before it’s edible. Better cakes take longer, but one thing that certainly doesn’t help is trying to change half of the ingredients and the entire recipe halfway through the baking process.

Now what sort of cake do you think you’d end up with if you changed the recipe five times before you were done? I bet you wouldn’t have particularly high hopes for that cake, even though you may have started out with ingredients that were “the best in the world”. I mean, surely you don’t have to coach an egg to be an egg, right? It’s a professional, that egg. It just knows what it has to do.

John Plumtree, Grant Bashford (briefly), Brendan Venter, Jake White, Brad Macleod-Henderson and Gary Gold have all bashed these same poor eggs around in turn over the last 2 years and it wouldn’t surprise me if a good few of them are now rather well scrambled. They can train as hard and as well as you like (to move away from the baking analogy, since you have all worked out that by “eggs” I mean “players”) but it’s game time that’s needed for each new philosophy to become ingrained. It’s been one game. Let’s all calm down, put our sense of angry entitlement to one side and give the boys a bit of time to figure it all out.


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