I’m hearing a lot of talk about the Stormers carrying South Africa’s hopes in this year’s Super 14, given their impressive display against the Cheetahs. Glancing at the log, though, there’s a different South African team up there in second position, still unbeaten after 8 starts.
A lot has been said and will continue to be said about the Sharks’ performances to date. I’ve seen the word “luck” figure prominently. Pundits bemoan the lack of ties, the lack of bonus points and question the coach’s selections, tactics and everything else in between.
I think we need to catch a wake up. The Sharks are still unbeaten. No other SA side in the history of this competition has EVER gone 8 games on the trot without losing. We stuffed the Blues and showed our mettle in digging deep against the Bulls, Canes and Highlanders. It doesn’t matter what you do against the minnows in this competition; it’s how you face up to the big challenges that will define your season.
The Stormers have done well and will continue to do so. They have our full support and I for one hope they can give the Canes a massive hiding this weekend. They could well move into the top four should that result go their way. Even a single point against the Brumbies will see the Sharks safe in second, though and to my mind there is absolutely no reason to expect that we won’t get more out of the game.
The tour from hell continues. We have got through the first two weeks relatively unscathed and now it’s time for the boys to show their mettle in Canberra. They need our support most at a time like this, so let’s drop all the negativity, recognise their achievements so far and get behind them this week with everything that we have.
Love them or fear them, guys. Sharks Forever!Tweet