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Looking in the mirror

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Mar 2015 at 10:34
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I was all set to spend this morning poring through the recording of Saturday’s Loftus debacle, to catalog the numerous errors made by the match officials during that game and build a case – or rather a stronger case – for the Sharks having been done in.

The bad news for those of you looking for such an article is that I’ve had a change of heart. While it might be an interesting, albeit frustrating, way to spend a couple of hours, the reality is it will accomplish absolutely nothing. It’s time for all of us, players, management and fans, to “let it go”, in the words of an unfortunately famous Disney song and rather look at controlling the things that will have a direct impact on our success.

Whether the Sharks did enough to win at Loftus is moot. The scoreboard tells us that they didn’t and that a debatable try decision either way aside, the Sharks were comprehensively outscored in the try stakes anyway. The real killer blows struck by the Bulls were the tries either side of half time, the legality of which cannot be called into question. The Sharks weren’t good enough in some rather basic areas of the game: ruck defence, workrate and tempo and individual discipline. The commentators picked up on this a few times, mentioning with some surprise that the match appeared to lack intensity at times and that the Sharks, in particular, didn’t seem all that keen to pick themselves up off the floor and get back in line when the Bulls had the ball.

That’s pretty worrying, regardless of what the ref may or may not have done; the good news is that it’s something that the team has identified, acknowledged and spoken (in same cases shouted) about and that they are all committed to putting it right this weekend. A good, honest look at what they did wrong – the “controllables” that they can fix – is ultimately going to mean a lot more for the Sharks going forward than petty attempts to retrospectively crucify an inexperienced ref. I’m glad the team has got that message – time for the fans to get on side too.


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