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A season of missed opportunities


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14, WP on 11 Dec 2009 at 08:42
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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.



35 Comments

  • I think I have my cynic glasses on this morning :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.12.09 08:43:53 by war1 Reply
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  • i hope that next year we can get the starting 15 right,form above rep, like if the hoff and odwa is off, start with rhodes and mvovo(example only), put the “stars” on the bench :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.12.09 08:49:58 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 2) : the guys are under pressure to keep their starting positions, coz i think plum is under pressure to keep his job

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.12.09 08:55:17 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : i hope so, some of the young ones has truly shown potential, i say use them

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.12.09 09:02:44 by willa Reply

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  • @willa (Comment 4) : muir was bold with those sort of decisions, although he did not have an estabilished squad of boks, i think plum may hav been a bit conservative in his selections, probably the kiwi in him

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.12.09 09:07:24 by war1 Reply
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  • If we could trade the spectacular starts for some consistancy i would be happy. I really think we could have a great season purely due to the fact that we really got hurt last year. The players looked miserable, as miserable as we all felt i assume.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.12.09 09:21:34 by billy Reply

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  • You guys should never have let Campese go!!! :mrgreen: :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.12.09 09:36:57 by wpw Reply
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  • “Inexplicable losses” to WP – remember, they had only lost a couple of players, but had bulked up with Chris Jack and Anton van Zyl, so were hardly soft. The Sharks lost like 10 or 11 Boks and had injury problems, I think given the odds, they did remarkably well.

    Until the Semi, and the Boks didn’t really come to the party did they?

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.12.09 09:43:08 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : the first game was shocking, and the 2nd game the sharks were on a winning streak and were expected to beat wp by lots . . . then lost! inexplicably referring to the 2nd game, we should have thumped them

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.12.09 09:51:30 by war1 Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : and the sharks never looked like champs, they cruised through the currie cup season without ever hitting top form

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.12.09 09:53:37 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 10) : True, imagine though if they did?

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.12.09 10:06:18 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : but the sharks also ran around like a bunch of headless chickens,we could have won or put up a better fight at least had we played like a team

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.12.09 10:08:20 by willa Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 11) : the haemophiliac horde in pretoria would be contemplating 2nd place!! its as simple as that

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.12.09 10:17:15 by war1 Reply
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  • Guys I would hate to piss on your parade but the more I think about it the more I believe it is more of a culture thing, or lack of it at the Sharks.

    Teams with no depth like Griquas at least look and play like a team.

    The responsibility has to fall with the coach and administration not creating the culture conducive to producing the goods.

    Plum is a good coach, but I believe the Sharks lacks a good manager.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.12.09 10:28:59 by Morné Reply
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  • And this whole rough and tough play for the jersey and no-one is guarranteed anything has a whole lot of Staaldraad in it for me… Well Straeuli is there afterall.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.12.09 10:29:55 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : you mean a head coach who manages the players better?

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.12.09 10:31:10 by war1 Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 15) : im not sure that will work either, i dont think plum will be coach after the super 14 to be honest

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.12.09 10:32:12 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 16) :

    I mean a Director of Rugby yes…

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.12.09 10:33:19 by Morné Reply
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  • Sharks always had the talent, Plum is not new to the setup or the players and they were successful with him in a lesser capacity, so to Bashford.

    But they look a ragged bunch of individuals who lack a good culture.

    A phrase in Smit’s book on how some senior okes like Ollie treated him when he was a junior springs to mind where there are cliques rather than team efforts.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.12.09 10:34:55 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) : thats why i think a guy like sean everitt will do a better job at the sharks, my only worry is his inexperience

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.12.09 10:38:54 by war1 Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : you like excusing losses, don’t you? :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.12.09 10:48:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Glass half full type of guy.

    Dont worry, if they do follow WP’s suit as I suspect they will, those losses will only be tolerated for a short time.

    Next step, as pressure grows expect your management and coaching staff to become more paranoid avoiding chatting to media…

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.12.09 11:08:54 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 22) : how can they be more paranoid than they are now????

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.12.09 11:11:58 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 23) :

    If you are in CPT next year let me take you to a WP press conference and you will see… ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.12.09 11:29:36 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : hmm, never watched a game at newlands, would like to though, will let u know

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.12.09 11:34:10 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 23) : exactly!

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.12.09 11:35:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : sharks need back some of their flair.
    there was too much kicking.

    but although this article is very gloomy i think we had some good moments (actually plenty of them) and some younger players really stood up so sth to look forward to.

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.12.09 11:41:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 16) : maybe a DOR ?

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.12.09 11:55:06 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 28) : then we can say to the players: “Don’t the DOR hit you on the ass on your way out” :)

    And to Plum, I guess :)

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.12.09 12:11:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : :| oh my goodness! is it corny joke time? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.12.09 12:21:53 by war1 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : :mrgreen:

    that may just work. apparently the easiest (and most effective) way of uniting a group is against something / somebody. and since everybody is advocating going back to basics – perfect solution :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.12.09 12:24:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 30) : it’s friday :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.12.09 12:26:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 32) : yeah, clearly

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.12.09 12:40:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) : And you reckon there is a current problem with cliques?

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.12.09 13:14:54 by Baldrick Reply

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  • haemophiliac horde

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.12.09 12:24:10 by klempie Reply

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