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What’s next for the Sharks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 13 Oct 2015 at 17:09
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Reminiscing over the last few seasons it’s hard to believe how the Sharks got “worked” after they took “the drop” off the back of a very successful 2013 Currie Cup campaign. The Sharks decided to part ways with John Plumtree, who took them to two Currie Cup titles in 2008 and 2010, and appointed former Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White to take them into a new chapter in Sharks Rugby in 2014.

Coming off a successful Currie Cup campaign in 2013, the newly appointed Director Of Rugby Jake White took them to the top of the South African Conference and their second Super Rugby semi-final in 2014, since 2008, but White, however, failed to commit after the Super Rugby season.

Towards the end of the season the Sharks finished third on the Currie Cup log, but failed to progress beyond the semi-finals as they lost to the Lions. Things started to take shape and looked positive as CEO John Smit appointed Gary Gold, who some saw as the saviour who will surely take the Sharks to Super Rugby glory for the first time.

Needless to say, the Sharks got a “mullering” as they got washed out to shore with a mouth full of sand as they finished eleventh on the Super Rugby log and fourth in the South African Conference with only seven wins from sixteen matches.

The Currie Cup campaign was not any better as the Sharks failed to qualify for the play-offs for the first time since 2005, managing two narrow wins against the EP Kings, the Pumas and Griquas and a draw against the Free State Cheetahs in their final fixture, ultimately finishing fifth with only four wins from ten matches.

“Going into the 2015 season we were optimistic about our chances, however our performances were well below par and our results were just not good enough.

I am passionate about The Sharks brand, the rich history associated with the brand, but most importantly I am passionate about this group of players who I have immense belief in.

It hurts us that we have disappointed you, we will leave no stone unturned in our preparation to come back fighting in 2016.” – Director of Rugby, Gary Gold.

There is no doubt that they have talented players, but as supporters we demand results, we want to support a winning team, we want trophies in the cabinate, which begs the question, is the current management and coaching staff equipped to take the Sharks forward? Gold rightly pointed out the passion, which was clearly lacking the entire season and the rich history of a proud union.

Week in and week out we watched how players ran around the field like they left their hearts in the changing room, like a bunch of school boys playing outside during break time, just somewhere they have to be for eighty minutes.

It seems like the Sharks brand has become the brand of preference for the “rich kids”, just the flavour of the week. What happened to the rich history and the glory years of the 90′s? Do the Sharks need to bring in a coach who’s left blood, sweat and tears for Natal on Kings Park, someone that understands what it means to pull the jersey over your head?

We watch in anticipation of what will unfold from the men in the black and white, and until such time I for one will remain Sharks Forever, Black and White Nothing Else Matters.


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