When Rob asked me to write a light hearted piece in light of the Sharks loss to the Brumbies, I replied that I needed to be in a light hearted mood before I tried, such was the disappointment I was feeling for the team. I then realised that however much I was feeling disappointed the team itself would be experiencing that to an even greater degree.
I watched the game with Epi Taoine and Kees Lensing at Sibaya. We were asked to give our pre-match, half time and post game views to the audience. Our sentiment at half time was unanimous – the Sharks are looking in fantastic form, they just need to come out firing for the first 10 minutes of the second half and we will have this game. History will show that didn’t happen, and the effects of that first 10 minutes of the 2nd half compounded to create the result. I firmly believe that if we fix that one thing, we will be a much more effective side. A real positive from my point of view.
Other positives for me was that the first half contained some of the best moments of the Sharks season so far – some great touches, flair and support play. We forced the Brumbies to play their best rugga of the season to beat us, their best by a long shot.
We had some calls that didn’t go our way – but that’s rugby. The team has been very good in the discipline department for most of the season, and for me it is good thing to have not performed well in this aspect now, as it gives us time to focus and fine tune.
We (as Sharks supporters) are experiencing for the first time what the Cheetahs have been experiencing regularly – the feeling of playing great rugby in patches, and loosing.
For me I get the feeling that a lot of frustration and disappointment comes from the fact that we know that this team is capable of so much more. Now as a Sharks supporter put your thinking hat on and imagine what it may be like to be a Bulls supporter – to have that much talent to burn, and only a few results to show for it. We can always talk about would of/could of/should of. The reality is our current placing on the log is very promising and the general consensus is that this team will fire sooner rather than later. The bigger picture will never dull the numb of frustration but it will certainly give perspective.