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The spirit was willing…


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Apr 2015 at 09:24
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Looking back at Saturday’s defeat against the Bulls, there are again a number of different ways in which to view the Sharks’ performance. We tend to polarise very quickly into positive and negative camps as Sharks fans, and just like last week, I’m battling to decide which one to join.

I find it interesting that independent voices – those who didn’t give the Sharks much chance of winning this match from the outset – are prepared to cut the team a little slack given the loss of key personnel to injury and suspension. While I have some sympathy for that point of view, I certainly don’t think that it alone excuses a third successive defeat; perhaps, though, we do have to include it as a mitigating factor and hope that with more of their first team regulars filtering back while on tour, the Sharks will improve again.

Looking back at the low point of the year – the Crusaders hammering – the Sharks were slated for their attitude and a lack of effort. While the last two games have certainly been better in that regard, with Saturday’s performance against the Bulls a complete turnaround from the Lions fiasco from a defensive performance, as fans we now need to question whether attitude is the only problem.

In short, we’ve seen a team full of stars lose badly due to simply not being prepared to try. On Saturday, we saw a team full of understudies giving it a full go, but ultimately failing due to a lack of ability. While somewhat more palatable, the result remains the same and as fans, surely we have the right to question the continued inclusion of players who just don’t ever seem to come up to the standard required.

People are people – players are human and they make mistakes, but the same mistakes from the same players week in and week out is becoming too much for us to stomach.



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