Last week there was the usual war of words between the coaches, as well as rival supporters of the two teams – Sharks and Stormers.
This is acceptable, understandable, and expected, especially with all the hype surrounding this derby match between the top two SA sides in this year’s competition (well, preseason talk has given them that status – we’ll have to see how the Bulls do without Captain Vic).
Anyhow, I digress…
With Agent Provocateurs abounding in the lead-up to the match, there was more than a hint of gentle ribbing and perhaps a more heartfelt belief that the supporters confidence in their side’s ability to beat the Stormers away from home was down more to arrogance than confidence, that simply being the Sharks grants the team some kind of god-given right to win.
Following the whole “ you never played our first side in the Currie Cup” argument (which is crap anyway, because a second string WP side should NOT lose to a 1st string Valke side) and Province’s failure to make the top four, somehow the fact that the Sharks won the tournament earned them this arrogance status, like they won and now everyone else was dogshit under their shoes?
Let’s just point out one thing, when your team has contested final after final (probably the most of any team) – and not won a single trophy in 12 years, when they do, you earn boasting rights – as does any other winning side.
The fact that it had been so long in the waiting gave supporters much relief that their side could actually get that “choker” bogey off their backs.
Anyway, the Currie Cup is long gone and a new coach and new tournament was here, a great match and confidence that our side could do it.
The Sunday Times’ headline with regards to the match was not along the lines of the Sharks winning, but the Stormers losing. Since when does failure merit the headline? Is it not arrogant to presume that they deserved the headline because they deserved the win? Or were expected to win?
I know there was some tongue-in-cheek, devils advocate baiting going on, but there was also an element of belief that we were arrogant fans.
I beg to differ.
We were confident, and our confidence was repaid. Thanks Sharks, you make me a proud supporter!Tweet