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Masterstroke, or momentum killer?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2015 at 15:02
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The Sharks under 21 side, after a run of four unbeaten games that managed to drag them up out of the doldrums and into the semi-finals, suffered a 22-74 defeat at the hands of the Cheetahs this weekend. There’s more to this story, however and I urge that only the brave read further.

You see, it turns out that the Sharks under 21 side that turned out against the Cheetahs this weekend was, in fact, not the same Sharks under 21 side that had put together such an impressive run of results. You’d be forgiven for thinking it would be, since the team announcement on the official website on Thursday indicated that there would be no changes to the unit that beat the Leoaprds the previous week. All who read that (and shared any interest in the team and its fortunes) would have expected a strong team, in form, going all out to claim a win and perhaps, just perhaps, a home semifinal, however unlikely that latter result may seem.

Instead, the coaches opted to send a B-team like lambs to the proverbial slaughter, throwing the game in the interests of keeping their first team fresh for this weekend’s semifinal.

Fans who have been subjected to enough travesties in the black and white jersey in 2015 would question the decision to willingly and intentionally send out a side in whom there is clearly no faith of a win. I wonder if the coaches even travelled with the team on this suicide mission, or whether they too opted to rest back in Durban while Sias Koen and his squad of “expendables” attempted to do win a game that they clearly didn’t have the ammunition to even compete in. The decision itself, as you’ll gather, is not one with which I agree, but I can live with it as a tactic (albeit a very dodgy one).

What I cannot accept is the Sharks publishing the wrong team on their website. Knowingly, intentionally, duplicitously, setting out to hoodwink not only the opposition, but also the media and their own fans would seemingly be a step too far? Not in 2015, it seems. Not in 2015.

Let’s hope this wondrous plan does not backfire and that Marius Louw and his charges – none of whom I blame for this debacle and who all continue to enjoy my unwavering support – will show their coaches that they are perfectly capable of winning an away game in Bloemfontein.



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