So three months after the Currie Cup got underway, the Sharks are top of the pops and looking more than capable of ending a 12-year trophy-winning drought. Isn’t that good to see? Yes, their performance wasn’t particularly flash over the weekend, but few would argue that they are still hot favourites to lift the Cup on October 25.
I remember how the general feeling after that dismal loss to the Cheetahs in Bloem was one of, ‘Jeez, the Sharks are looking nothing like a Currie Cup winning side’. Well what a difference a few weeks can make.
The Sharks are one hell of a side at the moment, and presently the talk of the town, but almost every fan I speak to is still extremely sceptical as to the whether the coastal franchise can get right what has gone wrong on so many occasions in the past.
I suspect though, that few Sharks sides of old had the desire and spirit that is so clear to see in this group. The current crop of players want this really badly, but the question still remains, will they get it?
Every sign seems to be a good one but what must be in the back of their minds and certainly mine, is that it just takes one bad game, and all the hard work of a long season can be undone.
Both the All Blacks and the Wallabies experienced this to some degree in the World Cup and even the Sharks did last year when they lost to the Lions in the Currie Cup semi-final.
In fact, it doesn’t even have to be one bad game, it could be just a few minutes of poor decision-making or ill-fortune, as we saw in last year’s Super 14 final.
On that fateful day, the Sharks were deserving champions and as it stands, they would be the most worthy winners of this year’s Currie Cup.
So can this crop of players do the business, I believe they can and will. Do you?Tweet