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Take the points and move on

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 Mar 2015 at 09:41
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Once again, on a Monday we find ourselves bemoaning an ugly win after our team failed to come up to our expectations – yet all the same managed to win against a Force team that was arguably far better than their hosts for much of the game on Saturday.

Those following my in-game commentary on Twitter will have sensed my own increasing frustration as good possession, territory and – most importantly – points scoring opportunities – were squandered by a Sharks team seemingly hell-bent on their own destruction. A game that promised decent rugby delivered none and with a painfully short quota of Sharks rugby action available each week, I honestly felt robbed at having to sit through such a turgid affair.

Looking back, though, the team did well to turn around that awful start and while the second half performance certainly won’t go down in the annals of history as a great showing, we must applaud the two moments of real magic that the Sharks produced to seal the result. It doesn’t say much for the Force – combative and spoiling as they were – that it only took a total of about 3 minutes’ good rugby to consign them to defeat.

I’m a great believer in saving the real criticism for when it’s warranted and bashing the team and coaches after a win, to my mind, simply doesn’t hold water. We’re all concerned about what’s going to happen against the Crusaders this coming weekend, but let’s opt to rather see what sort of rugby the Sharks bring to the table in that game; we know that there tends to be a lot of variety in the quality of fare dished up.

After all, those watching the Bulls’ bumbling showing against the Force (who tend to drag opponents down to their level) could hardly have predicted their superb showing against the Crusaders just a week later. Why not the same for the Sharks?


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