I’m an eternal optimist. There it is – out there – admitted like an alcoholic at an AA meeting. But is that such a bad thing? Tempered by a dose of reality, maybe the clouds of doom and gloom will remain in that place where winter rainfall makes it the most inhospitable place to be – Cape Town!
Yes, the Sharks lost, and yes, we were made to look pretty ordinary. But is there shame losing away from home against a good side?
Reading something on the Sharks website, assistant coach Grant Bashford pointed out a very salient point: “Every year when the so-called minnow sides start at full strength in the Currie Cup, there are often upsets,” he said on www.sharksrugby.co.za.
“What you tend to find is that later in the campaign the smaller Unions pick up injuries and if they don’t have the depth, they fall away so catching them in the early stages of the competition is never an easy game, they can become really dangerous.
So just as Griquas can be applauded for their win over Free State, will they have the depth to cause another upset in the latter stages of the tournament?
Yes, the Sharks are weak right now and some teams are going to see them ripe for the picking, but if you look at the composition of the Springbok Tri Nations squad and count the number of players missing from each side, yes, the Sharks are severely depleted, but wait until those players get back.
Last year we got Frederic Michalak midway through the tournament, and it appears likely we’ll get Hernandez even sooner. Riaan Swanepoel has had a year now, last year he was making his debut. Jean Deysel missed the fist month or so last year, he starts this year.
The point is there is a lot more to be positive about this year than last, and we won the trophy last year. I think we just need some patience, we will battle and even lose a game here or there, but if we are willing to understand the scenario and accept it, there won’t be so much need for early doom and gloom.
And ask yourself this: Would you rather be a Free State fan after your almost full-strength side lost at home to a second division side?Tweet