Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford says that if he looks back at the season he has to admit that it was a disappointing campaign.
Rugby 365 reports that Bashford says that this Super 14 tournament for the Sharks was one of highs and lows, a lot of promise, hype and expectation, but sadly, it didn’t quite end where everyone would have liked
“Definitely from our side, if we look back, it’s a season where we failed,” Bashford told the Sharks’ website.
“If you look back to where we were on the log and the way we started the campaign to where we finished, it’s hugely disappointing, everyone’s gutted.”
One of the major contributing factors to finishing outside the top four was the injury toll. However, Bashford stressed that while injuries are something that you have no control over there is no hiding behind that.
“The problem was not the volume, but rather the length we had to key players. It was always going to be difficult, like any side, dealing with injuries, but I think if we also look back, we’re disappointed with some of our performances,” he explained.
“We were creating opportunities but not finishing. So yes, we did have injuries, but we created enough opportunities in the campaign with those injuries to perform better and possibly finish off higher up the log.”
Three of the Sharks’ games resulted in narrow losses [by 1, 3 and 4 points] and could have gone either way; it might have been a different story.
“Yes, if you looked at the games against the Waratahs and Crusaders where we certainly created enough opportunity, we pretty much felt we had played enough rugby that we could win comfortably,” he said.
“But unfortunately through errors we let ourselves down, and there is a fine margin between winning and losing in this competition, and it’s often minute. You need a bit of luck, sometimes you need to create your own luck, sometimes you get opportunities that if you take you win, and if you don’t, you lose, it’s as simple as that.”Tweet