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36% win ratio underlines 2015 as Sharks’ year of disgrace


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Sep 2015 at 13:24
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Rather than risk the ire of Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold with another “emotional outburst”, I’m rather going to spell out the reason for Sharks fans’ discontent. So far in 2015, our representative teams have tasted victory in just over a third of all matches played.

With the super Rugby and Vodacom Cup seasons complete – and the Currie Cup, Under 21 and Under 19 competitions halfway done, an alarming pattern emerges. Quite simply put, at all levels, the Sharks are failing where it matters – between the four white lines. In a professional era when so much is stake and for a franchise and union with such a proud (recent) history, this return is simply not good enough.

The five teams mentioned have played 45 times between them in 2015, with the following records:
Super Rugby: 7 wins from 16 starts (43.75%)
Vodacom Cup: 2 wins from 7 starts (28.57%)
Currie Cup (to date): 3 wins from 6 starts (50%)
Under 21 (to date): 4 wins from 8 starts (50%)
Under 19 (to date): 0 wins from 8 starts (0%)
Combined total: 16 wins from 45 starts (35.55%)

The under 19 and under 21 sides each have a draw apiece to their credit, neither result detracting from the fact that, so far this year, there would be better odds on the Sharks losing any game that they start then on winning it.

Rugby is a simple game, we are repeatedly told. To win, score tries and don’t concede any. In 2015, our senior sides have so far managed to secure a 4-try bonus point on only 7 occasions (in 29 attempts), but have conceded 4 or more tries on 12 occasions. All three of those teams (Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup) conceded more tries than they scored on aggregate as well. In Currie Cup alone, 3 of the four sides who have visited Kings Park have scored a 4-try bonus point, while in Super Rugby, the home bonus point was conceded on two further occasions.

Not a pretty picture, is it?



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