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Stop the bleeding

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Mar 2015 at 10:48
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For the Sharks this weekend, there simply has to be one and only one objective: get the basics right.

Rugby is ultimately a rather simple game, but it can get complicated very quickly, especially once pressure starts to build. We’ve already pointed out that the Sharks, with their fifth new coaching regime in as many tournaments, really ought to be considered a team in a rebuilding phase; that message, though, falls on deaf ears when the team has a fan base as accustomed to – and demanding of – success as this one is.

Even the talk of moving to a more entertaining style of play did little to appease the masses, who clearly expected the Sharks to play error free ball-in-hand rugby from the outset while winning each game. With a bonus point. Of course. Needless to say, things haven’t worked out quite as planned and far from having the luxury of a bit of time and space to work with his players, Gary Gold instead finds himself facing barrages of criticism; for the players, it’s not much better.

I spoke to a friend whose opinion I trust highly and his view is that there are a few rather simple, yet very fundamental, things that you need to doing right to win a rugby game. I feel that if the Sharks stop worrying quite so much about the fancy stuff and rather focus on getting the core things right, a win against the Cheetahs becomes highly likely.

Win your scrums.
Win your line-outs.
Take your kick-offs.
Make your tackles.
Be sure of your exits.

Those are the five things that the Sharks really need to concentrate on. Get it right and the rest will follow.


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