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Perspective, please


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 19 May 2008 at 09:19

I hate to pour cold water on the rampant enthusiasm doing the rounds, but we need to keep perspective this week, lest we find ourselves coming down to earth with a thump on Saturday.

The Sharks were great on Saturday. Absolutely no doubt about that. They fronted up superbly, played as a team and exceeded all expectations in getting the result they needed, with a bit to spare. The forwards were superb and completely took the Chiefs out of the game. The backs, for once, actually finished off the chances they created. It was pure magic to watch.

But on firing up my web browser this morning, I am suddenly inundated with articles claiming that “the Sharks can go all the way” and that we are “a shoo-in for the title”. I think we need to be very cautious about such wild speculation, particularly as much of it comes from that same Cape media contingent that rubbed their hands while gleefully writing the Sharks off not a week ago. We have had to endure talk for the entire second half of the season about how it was the Stormers, not the Sharks, who were sure to mount the best South African semi-final challenge; now, after two good performances (well, one good and one great) we are suddenly touted as the messiahs again – by the self-same people? Two-faced hacks, if you ask me.

No, despite all the media hype, we need to take a long, hard look at where we have come from and where we are now. In the words of Gandlaf “the quest balances on the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail”.

The Waratahs gave us a serious smack last time out. Our pack has the muscle to stand up to them, but it would be foolish pride to think that we can dispatch them as easily as we did a Chiefs outfit hamstrung through the lack of a proper front-row and no Sione Lauaki. Wycliff Palu and Rocky Elsom, operating in tandem, will present a formidable obstacle and it concerns me that we now seem to be turning to Epi Taione to try and repel them.

If we learned one thing last week, it should have been that Jean Deysel is ready for this level of rugby. If we should have learned one other thing from this campaign, it’s that Taione’s suspect discipline is not something that we can afford to carry in this team. Including the Tongan in the tour squad is a mistake and I hope it doesn’t come back to bite us.

Frans Steyn is injured, yet he is included at the expense of Andries Strauss, who did some phenomenal work off the bench on Saturday. Should Steyn fail to recover in time to take his place in the 22, that will leave us with a single fit backline reserve. I know that Taione can again be pressed into service as an emergency back if need be, but is this really the sort of risk we want to be taking on the eve of such an important game?

If anything, I would hope that the coaches stress continuity in the buildup to this week’s game. Also, the fans, as much as the team, need to concentrate on not getting ahead of ourselves. We are still outsiders, still under-dogs and (to my way if thinking) the Crusaders are not going to lose to the Hurricanes. Do we really have what it takes to beat the Waratahs and Crusaders on successive Saturdays, away from home? Particulalry when both teams will be playing semi-final style rugby?

I remain optimistic, but cautiously so. So should we all.



63 Comments

  • It’s only Monday…allow us to be on a high…we’ll talk sense starting tomorrow.

    On a serious note though…it’s just fan talk but i don’t think anyone really believes we’ll now waltz to a home final…or any final for that matter.

    Sharks forever!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.08 09:26:57 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply
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  • By the way, I hear that our mental coach is again cooling his heels back in Durban…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.08 09:31:34 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • We can be Perspective TOMMORROW :wink:

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.08 09:32:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 2) :

    :shock: Don’t they learn?

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.08 09:33:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Don’t get me wrong… I’ve been walking around with a forking MASSIVE grin on my face ever since Saturday night. I do believe, very strongly, in fact, that we’re going to beat the Waratahs on Saturday. I just don’t think we need to tell them that before the match!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.08 09:42:40 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Clearly not

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.08 09:43:18 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 5) :

    Yeah why strengthen their resolve even more.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.08 09:45:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Perspective :?: :!: Who are you and what have you done with Rob? :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.08 09:45:06 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 8) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.08 09:48:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 8) : I’ve finally turned into the negative d**s that they were trying to make me become on that other site ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.08 09:48:35 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    A thought has just crossed my mind.

    I KNOW there is a limit of 24 players that are allowed to travel.

    Is there maybe a limit on the number of Management team that can travel?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.08 10:00:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • No more secrets left now. :mrgreen: We’re coming for them…and they know it.

    Rob- I heard that Steyn and BJ were declared fit for the semi…

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.08 10:00:45 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 12) :

    From
    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/05/19/tongan-torpedo-back-in-shark-tank/


    * Meanwhile a question mark remains over the fitness of the Sharks’ World Cup-winning utility back Frans Steyn.

    Steyn flew out with the team to Sydney on Sunday, but it is not sure if he will recover in time from his rib injury.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.08 10:09:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hey Rob I note that there is a certain drunken insect that is conspicuous by his absence this morning :roll: ….must say you appear to have been very big in not mentioning certain teams getting bonus point wins and other not….Morne I’m smaller then Rob, I can mention it ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.08 10:50:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 14) : Morné was blinded by loyalty to his team. Let he who is without blemish cast the stone… it won’t be me, if that’s the crime ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.08 11:03:46 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 15) :

    Ja but Morne and I have been have such fun throwing stones at each other last week, I couldn’t resist one or two more gloating ones this morning…. I’m sure he would have done likewise if the shoe was on the other foot today ;)

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.08 11:16:46 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Well at least one Shark is showing some perspective here! Well done Rob, hope it rubs off on the other guys here – wont mention them, they know who they are… :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.08 11:34:56 by MorneN Reply
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  • Well done Sharks – the team played superb rugby and let me be the first to say that looking at the other semi-final contenders, the Sharks look a cut above the rest – they can, and should go all the way this time.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.08 11:37:02 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    Ah you are big enough to come take your punishment! ;) …. I think you need to humbly apologise to Rob for ever doubt his predictions about the bonus points on the Stormers and Sharks matches :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.08 11:38:27 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) : this Taione story worries the crap out of me.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.08 11:38:55 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 19) : Did Rob get 7 out of 7?

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.08 11:39:11 by MorneN Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 20) : If it worries the crap out of you imagine what it is doing to the Tahs right about now!!!

    Nah mate, dont read too much into this. Dick and the Sharks have been here before, they know what it takes to win semi’s.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.05.08 11:40:08 by MorneN Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    According to our friend Mike @ iol …


    In a double boost for the Sharks, B J Botha and Francois Steyn were passed fit to play this week and departed with the squad.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.05.08 11:40:37 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 19) : He doesn’t need to. He’s done his apologising on the SuperBru log already ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.05.08 11:41:25 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • One word – PALU.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.05.08 11:42:03 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 21) : Nobody did. Thanks Saders.

    I got 6 out of 7 and was within 5 points 4 times ;)

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.05.08 11:42:24 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 21) :

    Ok we will let you off this time without a full apology ;) ….particularly considering the fact that you correctly predicted the semi-finalists at the expense of your team!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.05.08 11:45:00 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 26) : Then I wont apologise!!! :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.05.08 11:45:21 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 27) : You see! I do know my stuff!

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.05.08 11:46:43 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 28) : Like I said, not necessary. Your analysis was sound, just as mine was. I just got luckier.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.05.08 11:48:01 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 30) : Nah mate luck had nothing to do with it!

    The Stormers started levelling out since week 9, and showed no improvement, and you cannot expect a semi if that is the case.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.08 11:52:38 by MorneN Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 30) :

    At that point Saint Rob was cannonised by the Pope…..

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.08 11:52:59 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 32) : He he… I am in an inordinately kind and generous mood today :)

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.05.08 11:56:03 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • More importantly, it became glaringly obvious the Stormers did not know how to win the big games, or win them big, when the pressure was really on – something you can expect from a team that has not seen a final or semi in years…

    It is more than just a culture at play here, it has more to do with ‘knowing how to win the important games’ and they simply did not know how to – their approach in their last 4 games were predictable at best

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.08 11:57:13 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 31) :

    Morne on the other hand was advised by the Vatican that he had to cut down his drinking if he wanted to be considered for similar honours….

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.08 11:57:36 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 34) : You’re saying they choked?

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.08 12:02:57 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 36) : Nope because they did not stop losing, they just did not know how to win effectively.

    Experience mate, experience – even if you lose finals you know what a final is all about.

    You Sharks are pro’s by now!

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.08 12:11:47 by MorneN Reply
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  • Nope because they did not stop losing

    Should read ‘not stop winning…’

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.08 12:12:20 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 35) : The pope is my drinking buddy, he brings the wine (or water) and I bring the tjops…

    Just last week I had 23 Sharks guys over there – bunch of tjops. :)

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.05.08 12:13:43 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 39) : :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.05.08 12:14:50 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • It will be pretty amusing if the Sharks, having failed to win the S14 on home soil against a local side, manage to win it against the toughest possible odds: away in Sydney and away (in all likelihood) in Christchurch. :wink:

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.05.08 12:24:36 by Waz Reply

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  • @Waz (Comment 41) :

    It would be….but let’s remember the counting the eggs thingy we sometimes forget, you know the thing Rob is going on about in his article above….

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.05.08 12:30:31 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Waz (Comment 41) :

    Doesn’t get any sweeter boet…

    Anyway…I hope the Sharks will use King Shaka war tactic when we battle the Tahs in Sydney.

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.05.08 12:31:02 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 42) : Well, that’s why I said “would” be and not “will” be. :)

    I don’t think that there could be a tougher path through the play-offs. At the very least, should we manage to win this thing, nobody will be able to say we didn’t beat the very best that Aus and NZ have to offer, on their own bloody soil! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.05.08 12:34:55 by Waz Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 43) : And that would be? Sorry, my Zulu military history is a little shaky!

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.05.08 12:38:44 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • King Shaka’s Buffalo horns formation

    -the “horns” or flanking right and left wing elements to encircle and pin the enemy. Generally the “horns” were made up of younger, greener troops.

    -the “chest” or central main force which delivered the coup de grace. The prime fighters made up the composition of the main force.

    -the “loins” or reserves used to exploit success or reinforce elsewhere

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.05.08 12:41:48 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 46) : Sounds good! I myself have used my loins to exploit weaknesses. :D

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.05.08 12:43:44 by Waz Reply

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  • guys – let’s get those messages of support in, please!

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.05.08 12:44:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Waz (Comment 47) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.05.08 12:48:23 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    Fortunately you aren’t refering to me :wink:

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.05.08 13:08:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • the sharks were brilliant on saturday, they could go all the way (cos everyone is fit), but they are up against a very good Tahs unit in Sydney who pretty much thrashed the sharks last time out.
    I hope and expect it to be different since there were injuries last time and the sharks have massive confidence after that chiefs outing.
    difficult questions: Epi or Deysel on bench, Steyn back in with Jacobs playing so well, start with Jannie Dup or BJ?

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.05.08 13:12:51 by cab Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) :
    :lol: He he he… I like the tone in that post…

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.05.08 13:14:03 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 52) : :smile:

    Rob

    Please make sure you don’t send any pics along with the wishes thread :wink:

    We don’t won’t word getting out in public that we allow guys looking like Racheltjie to post here. :roll:

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.05.08 13:16:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • All tough questions cab…but I want BJ back in the starting lineup…

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.05.08 13:17:03 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) : :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.05.08 13:18:58 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 55) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.05.08 13:20:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 54) : Agree. Jannie did well against a guy who’s not really even a prop and can’t breathe for shit. BJ is teh guy you want against the Tahs

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.05.08 13:21:45 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) : you two wanna get a room? ;)

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.05.08 13:23:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) : I think ever since I changed my pic, the Stormers have not lost. Hope that in keeping it, I transfer my positive energy to the Sharks. :smile:

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.05.08 13:24:14 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) :

    It starts with a shared innuendo about sex….moves onto a joke the way his avatar looks ( at which he laughs)…and before you know it KSA is buying pink stockings and watch Brokeback Mountain….

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.05.08 13:25:59 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 60) : Speaking from experience? :wink: :grin:

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.05.08 13:31:32 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.05.08 13:40:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 54) : agree BS

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