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Recapturing that 2012 vibe


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2015 at 09:43
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With the Sharks quite literally fighting for their Currie Cup lives this weekend (and every week until they are either knocked out or bring the golden cup back to Durban), the union is encouraging fans to get behind the team.

There’s some precedent here. Back in 2012, the Sharks Super Rugby team managed to sneak into the play-offs in sixth position after a largely disappointing campaign. Peaking at the right time, though, the side went on to almost do the imposable, beating first the Reds and then the Stormers in back-to-back away fixtures. Competing in a final that they were never meant to have made it to in the first place, the Sharks failed to go all the way.

Perhaps the 2015 Currie Cup could be different, though? “Impossible”, this time around, comprises a run of three away matches against tough local opposition, with any loss meaning an end to the campaign. This weekend it’s the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Win that and you somehow need to topple the first-placed Lions in Joburg. A win there and it’s an away Currie Cup Final against either the Bulls in Pretoria, or Western Province in Cape Town. Easy, huh?

A rather ambitious social media campaign has been launched, using the #SharksFightingChance hash tag and while I’m not quite ready to dive head first into this thing, I do believe that the boys need our support and as their fans – regardless of what’s happened in the past – now is the time for us to be there for them.

We have high standards and expect much from this team and while some will say that it makes us “false friends”, I genuinely believe we have a duty to hold our team to account when what they deliver does not come up to scratch – and particularly at those times when their play fails to honour the proud legacy of Natal Sharks rugby. That does not mean, though, that we would ever not want them to do well or would ever not support them, with everything we have, every time they play.

The key message from me is that, while 2015 hasn’t been great, it’s not over yet. The fat lady hasn’t even voiced her first note and until we can all hear her singing, we need to be 100% behind our boys in black and white. Sharks, you have a chance – but whether it’s a “fighting” one or not, only you can control. When you call on your fans, we will be there. Let’s put in a run of performances of which we can all be proud.

Sharks forever!



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