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What to expect when you’re expecting


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Sep 2015 at 06:31
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A silly title, perhaps, but as Sharks fans we find ourselves in a rather peculiar situation – for the first time in ten years, in with an all-too-realistic shot of not making the Currie Cup knock-out phase.

We’ve done all the requisite navel gazing, angry ranting, introspection, hopeful wondering and desperate pleading after the bad loss to Western Province and I’d be surprised if there were too many genuine Sharks fans who look ahead to this weekend’s game against the Lions with any expectation of a win. While we could always look for rationalisation when bemoaning less than convincing wins against lesser opposition, last week was, perhaps, the turning point (or rather the point at which reality dawned) for many fans; we were weighed and found sorely wanting against the sort of team against whom we should be measuring ourselves.

Perhaps Gary Gold has a master plan, after all and has been slowly trying to lead us to this realisation? Doing what he can with a limited group of players still carrying plenty of emotional baggage from the last few years, Gold seeks improvement and can only concentrate on a “process” that will hopefully yield results at some point in the future, because he’s done the hard analysis and has realised that he doesn’t have a combination that can realistically challenge for the honours this year.

The reality that the Sharks of 2015 are not a Currie Cup force was laid bare – in black and white – for all to see this last weekend and with games against the log leaders coming up over the next two weeks, it’s perhaps even a little naive to expect that we’ll still be in contention for fourth spot by the time the last two rounds come around.

As fans, I think it’s important not to delude ourselves. We should not expect a perfect, match-winning performance against the Lions this weekend. Rather, we should look for signs of the recovery that will hopefully be realised in years to come – take positives from the play of the individuals who will be an important part of our Super Rugby future, but not get too worked up when those who are just filling the gaps don’t live up to our expectations.

It’s not much, but it’s all that I have this morning.



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