Okay, a lot has been said on the blog since we traded blows with our compatriots, the talented Stormers and the gutsy Lions.
I have to admit that I was also very disappointed that we couldn’t get a try bonus point from the Lions game- but as the adrenaline disappeared from my system I realized that it’s too early to start with the negative thoughts.
Some whispers of the “ugly win syndrome” have resurfaced but for all it’s worth, we were just warming up.
Anyway, most people have experienced their feelings on the blog but I thought it would be interesting to get the views of a non- blogger, just to balance things out.
I posted a few questions to friend and colleague, Calvin Govender, and these were his honest responses. Read on.
What is your general impression of the Sharks based on the first 2 Super 14 games? :
CG: I think the Sharks have had a satisfactory opening two weekends. Although the Sharks have not played to their true potential in the first two games, they have come away with two wins, minus the bonus points!!! Lets hope this does not come back to bite them!!!
I don’t think Shark fans can complain too much as it is still early in the competition, but in saying that, the Super 14 is one of the toughest or if not the toughest rugby competitions anywhere in the world. It is a type of competition where the first two or three games can determine a team’s progression. Bonus points are also a huge factor in this competition. Along with winning, I hope the Sharks accumulate as many bonus points as possible!!!
Which areas strike you as our weaknesses / requiring immediate attention? :
CG: Definitely at flyhalf!!! Ruan Pienaar is an immensely talented player. Most players are born with the natural ability to play in certain positions, and Ruan’s is at scrum half. However he now has to adjust to play at flyhalf, and mishaps will be expected. He is a versatile player, and in time will learn the art of playing at flyhalf. Because he is so talented I don’t think we will have to wait too long. Maybe its just nerves but he needs to practice on his placekicking. He should hook up with Percy or a former Sharks flyhalf to get some pointers!!!
SA Rugby should be glad we have a player like him. Jean de Villiers was also versatile when he first started and look at him today!!!
Which aspects of our general play have you been impressed with so far? :
CG: Our front row has been quite good. Rory at scrum half as been in excellent form!!!!
Whose socks are at their ankles? :
CG: For all the talent that he has, I think Steyn needs to pull up his socks.
Who has kept up with the preseason hype? :
CG: Ryan Kankowski and John Smit.
Who has surprised you – in a good way? :
CG: ADI Jacobs. I know he is in the Springbok Squad, but I never thought him to be that good. His time with the Springboks has certainly been beneficial to him.
Your expectations for the upcoming tour games (against Chiefs, Blues, Reds, Force)? :
CG: The Chiefs will put up a fight, but the Sharks will win.
The Blues will be really testing for the Sharks. I predict a close game with the Sharks winning, without a bonus point.
The Reds. This should be like taking a stroll around ABSA Stadium. Sharks to win with a full complement of points. Sorry REDS!!!!
The Force, will also put up a fight, but in the end a Sharks victory.
Am I being biased or just a TRUE SHARKS FAN?????
Any words of advice for Coach Plum ?
CG: Employ a former Sharks flyhalf to help Ruan Pienaar. The Sharks have produced some quality springbok flyhalves. Find out if Henry Honiball is available??? Eddie Jones will be available soon, maybe use his knowledge as Jake White did???
You’re doing a fantastic job, Keep it up!!!Tweet