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Sharks facing uphill struggle


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2015 at 09:49
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Having suffered a 13-29 loss at Newlands at the weekend, things are suddenly looking rather bleak for the Cell C Sharks and their new Director of Rugby, Gary Gold.

With the team now boasting only a solitary win from four outings, the race for the South African Conference title – which they won so convincingly last year – now appears to be slipping away from the Sharks, while their overall log position isn’t doing a whole lot to suggest they could challenge for the main title either.

Looking back to the 2012 season, in which the Sharks surprised all comers by qualifying for the final despite ending sixth in the regular season, we see some reason for comfort. Just like 2015, that campaign also started poorly, with three losses in the opening five games, including away reversals at Loftus and Newlands. One feels that, for the Sharks to recover strongly enough to push for a reasonable finish this year, though, they really cannot afford to lose again before they go on tour.

Saturday’s showing at Newlands, which promised a fair bit in the opening half before unraveling into chaos later on, doesn’t really give us fans a lot of hope that the recovery is imminent, though and with certain rather fickle sections of the support base already sharpening their pitch forks, one feels that Gold and the Sharks really do need to get it right – and convincingly so – against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this coming weekend.



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