The domestic rugby season of 2009 has come to an end and we have had some to reflect on it. For Sharks fans it has been a disappointing one because it was a season not so much of missed opportunities but rather butchered opportunities. So, while the haemophiliac horde in Pretoria celebrate a season of unprecedented success, sharks fans can only reflect on what could have been or rather what should have been.
The Super 14 started with the Sharks winning most of their early games without really playing all that well. Up until the game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein the Sharks looked very well placed for a home semi-final if not a home final. Then the wheels came off against the Cheetahs and the team was never the same again, with the result being a final log position of 6th when 1st place was looking like a reality. That should have been a warning of things to come in the second half of the season.
The first game of the currie cup was a disaster for the Sharks, losing to Western Province and looking like an average side, before going on a winning streak until inexplicably losing to Province again. The last two matches served as a bit of a warning as to what would go down in the semifinal against the Cheetahs with the defense leaking tries against the Leopards and the Griquas. But the team finished first on the log and faced a Cheetahs team which sneaked into the semis. The result? blowing an 18-3 lead to end up losing to a team which lost its first four games of the Currie cup and finished last on the Super 14 log and missing out on lots of revenue by not hosting a final.
That pretty much sums up the 2009 season for the Sharks. Pretty bad season, was it not? Well, it just shows what talent is in the squad that the team could be in such a good position in the Super 14 without ever really playing well and topping the Currie cup log without ever looking anywhere near their best.
What does this mean for the 2010 season? With a little more depth being added to the squad, which just needs to be finalised, the squad is in a great position going into the new season and should be well placed to dominate in 2010. Whether they do or not depends very much on if Plum and his management team can get the team properly motivated and send them out with a decent gameplan, after what transpired in 2009, I’m not holding my breath, yet.Tweet