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Hoping for the best… (but expecting the worst)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 18 Jan 2010 at 13:37
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I find myself at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to the upcoming Super 14 campaign. As the premier Sharks’ supporters site on the internet, we have a responsibility to our loyal readers to tell it like it is. However, being unduly negative in our coverage could only make matters worse for the team.

Fact is, players (and coaches) do read what it said about them in the media and on the Internet, despite whatever they may tell you. As an independent site, Sharksworld is under no pressure to only provide positive news about the Sharks. That said, our goal (or rather, my goal) is to help the Sharks perform as well as possible and writing critical, negative articles doesn’t seem to be the best way to accomplish that.

Fact is, that I’d also rather not jeopardise relationships with the players that I’ve worked hard to build up. I have a real challenge ahead of me, then; how to provide balanced coverage without being unreasonably harsh on the players whom I respect (and like) so much?

So here’s what I’m going to do (join in if you like, or not… it’s up to you!) I’m going to take this season game by game and expect a mid-table finish. It’s not where the Sharks should be, given the talent in the squad, but I feel it’s realistic given the systematic problems that I perceive. I have to believe that we’ll win more games than we lose this year, but given the draw and other factors, there really isn’t a huge amount of evidence to back that up.

The Sharks need to do something different to achieve their full potential and I see no evidence that enough changes have been made for 2010 to be their breakthrough season. That said, they remain my team and will always have my fullest support. I hope, against all hope, that they go out and prove me wrong. If they do, great, but if they don’t, that’s also ok.

We’ll still be here for them in 2011.

Go Sharks! Do your best for us. We’re black and white and nothing else matters.



46 Comments

  • I like the idea of one game at a time, can we hold you to that rob? no getting ahead of yourself when the guys put in a good performance

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.01.10 14:02:10 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : yeah, OK. I can but try, after all.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.01.10 14:04:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • I can’t help but think that you guys are slipping into a sense of accepting mediocrity.

    You should be your team’s fiercest critics, there is enough knowledge on this site to do this well, without resorting to personal stuff.

    The players should respect that also.

    Their life as rugby stars will be scrutinized, comes with the territory.

    I will be massively disappointed with the Sharks if they end up 7th – they are a top 4 team and nothing else should do.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.01.10 14:57:01 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 3) : It`s true Morne anything less than 4 would be disappointing, but lets face the facts.

    We`ve all gotten ” ahead of ourselves” on this site, more than once in the past.

    The super 14 isn`t won by the best 15 on the park, but by at least the best 22 if not 30.
    If I take that into account I have to aknowledge the sharks haven`t got the best 30 man squad.

    We`ll all hope for the best but there will be no premature celebrations from my side this year that`s for sure. And that includes my superbru predictions. No more going with the heart stuff for me. It works well while we top the log but as soon as disaster strike ( read free state ), my season is out the window!

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.01.10 15:05:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) :

    I do not think it is an unrealistic expectation to have.

    It is not getting ahead of yourself either, it is knowing how good this team is.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.01.10 15:09:31 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : Like I said, the team is okay. The squad on the other hand . . . :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.01.10 15:14:39 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I’m hoping for a underpromise-overdeliver season for the Sharks…..

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.01.10 15:33:09 by Pokkel (Rugby's over, back to fishing) Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 3) :
    I agree.
    I also feel its way too early to be talking about failure.
    The only thing against the Sharks, as opposed to last year is the travel itinary. We have only lost Frans Steyn whose effectiveness was negatesd by being played out of position.
    With a positive attitude, a better game plan and self belief, this team can do really well.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.01.10 15:45:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) :
    Go with your heart, when the Free State game happens, go wih the bogey man.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.01.10 15:49:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I am getting a bit tired of this NEGATIVISM that is being displayed on Sharksworld….so what if we haven’t got the best draw, so what if we haven’t got a “wonderful” backline, so what if we have a strong forward pack (only positive i have read for a while now), so what if the coach is leaving at the end of the year….and so on and so forth….IF WE, the fans, have such a negative approach…how do you think the squad feel and just how badly is our negative attitude affecting the fans who come on here, and only read??
    AS for those fans who are now saying they will not buy season tickets, go to games etc. think it is a cop out…..
    Either get behind the squad 100% or go shout for some other team!

    GO SHARKS……SHARKS FOREVER…..SHARKS, MY TEAM!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.01.10 15:57:07 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : this team is fantastic! and so were they last year, thats what pissed me off so much!

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.01.10 15:57:09 by war1 Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 10) : once a shark always a shark! ja feite!

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.01.10 15:57:59 by war1 Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) :

    Yup…

    You are the guys that spur them on.

    It is about time the guys in the Tank know what is expected of them, and that they start believing they are good enough.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.01.10 16:00:40 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) :

    If that is too much for them to handle, they are not in the right profession.

    We must stop treating players and management with kid-gloves, you are either good enough or you are not.

    If you are good enough, then supporters expect good results.

    If you are not good enough, supporters have the patience to stick with you until you sort that out.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.01.10 16:02:10 by Morné Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 10) :
    Im sure the players know they are a good side, after all most are Boks, so reading these thoughts from their fans will no doubt be enough to turn them into schizo’s.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.01.10 16:06:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : what about a fool is someone who does the same thing twice and expects different results, thats what im worried about

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.01.10 16:06:38 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 16) :

    Dont lower your expectations because someone else is stuffing up.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.01.10 16:09:00 by Morné Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 10) : Also worries me that there seems to be an attitude that, because Plummers is leaving at the end of the year, he is not going to be a “good coach”…please, the man is a professional and will give his best to the team he is coaching at the moment.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.01.10 16:12:22 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 17) : if the sharks dont get a home semi at least and challenge for the title, they will have fallen short of my expectations, they are good enough

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.01.10 16:28:06 by war1 Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 18) : that does not worry me as much as his tactics last year and how the team underperformed and wasted opportunities

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.01.10 16:36:53 by war1 Reply
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  • Just remember that this is the Sharks we are talking about and not the Stormers.

    For the Sharks a bad season is ending 4th or 5th, a devastating season is us ending 7th or 8th. This is not the stormers we are talking about where a good season is a top half finish and and excellent season is a 4th place finish. :razz:

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.01.10 16:48:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 18) :

    Also I am sure the coaches in with a shout at getting the Wellington job will be judged on their CURRENT performances. For Plumtree that is the 2010 Super 14.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.01.10 16:53:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • bollocks. ITB shot on BOTH legs now

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.01.10 18:28:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m expecting the worst but hoping for the best :razz: Are they gonna drop a bomb or what. GO SHARKS, I KNOW U CAN MAKE US PROUD.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.01.10 21:02:08 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 18) : brian van zyl has said he is expecting plum to extend his contract to 2013 after he gets ‘upskilled’ during the currie cup, and also that ludik and alberts will be in the squad for the tri series with the force and stormers, interesting

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.01.10 22:28:40 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 25) : still digesting that article…. I just don’t buy it.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.01.10 00:04:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : :roll: :evil:

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.01.10 06:49:46 by wpw Reply
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  • Interesting Comments and for the first time in years, I am with you Rob, not upbeat about any of the SA teams which is odd as I am always optimistic at the beginning of the season, so I am working on the reverse psychology, of its going to be a good year as I am not expecting anything, I reckon that the Stormers are going to do pretty well and watch my beloved Lions, nobody is expecting anything but 14 and Dick is working hard, just wish Wicus could join us now not only for the Currie cup and no I am not expecting a top four finish, but a lot higher than all the negative comments towards the Lions on this site expect, here is hoping!! The Sharks may just surprise you, but their lack of a decent flyhalf will be their Achilles heel.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.01.10 07:00:45 by Whindy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Are you planning on running a marathon or just keeping fit?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.01.10 07:04:35 by Whindy Reply
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  • it sounds like rob got kakked on by one of the players. :smile: if it is any consolation rob, isn’t that what sharksrugby for, blowing smoke up players arses while this site tells it with the emotion of the fan, and somewhere in the middle is the truth. i know how difficult it is going to be to be balanced if they choke like they did last year and the year before that and the year before that and the…. as for the players should we really be diplomatic to stoke their ego’s. maybe we (i’ll include myself in this as i am harsh) should state the weaknesses but without the emotion attached. so if rory’s selfishness cost the team a bonus point, we should mention the flaw in his game but hide all the anger his stupidity cost the teams chances. i agree it will be difficult, lets see who cracks first. :grin:

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.01.10 07:43:33 by try time Reply

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  • Hi chaps. So the draw isn’t ideal this year. But. Correct me if I am wrong, the only player missing from last year is Frans Steyn. Then we have Murray back and new recruits in Alberts and Ludik. In my opinion that makes us stronger than last year. Yes RP might be injured but last year we started well and bombed whereas the Chiefs only got stronger throughout. That should be our goal. You don’t win the S14 in February. Pienaar will be back and I think will be awesome at ten. No one is judging his every touch this time and the pressure might be off a bit. Go watch SA England in 2008 and tell me he can’t play flyhalf.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.01.10 07:44:34 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • isn’t it important to point out flaws in players games? but without getting personal. isn’t it nice to pick a weakness in your game you never knew about. that way you can work on it to become a better player. as nice and fuzzy it is reading sharksrugby, you don’t get any real feedback if you played a bad game.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.01.10 07:52:49 by try time Reply

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  • Former Springbok hooker Dean Stanton, was petrolbombed at his house in the early morning yesterday, he has already received some skingrafts and is in a stable condition, no apparent motive has been established yet :shock:

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.01.10 08:30:41 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 33) : Dale not Dean :oops:

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.01.10 08:31:49 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • I see Smitty is captain for the season

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.01.10 09:11:25 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Smit has been elected Captain of the Sharks for the 2010 season.

    Now you guys can feel a lot more positive!

    Your chances have just improved 30%!!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.01.10 09:11:58 by Morné Reply
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  • @deanoelsch (Comment 31) : Joburg sucks man. And I live there. Welcome to the site?

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.01.10 10:47:40 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 37) : you didn’t read the rule about not insulting people before you’ve had a chance to get to know them, did you?

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.01.10 10:54:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think my point about not criticising the players got a little muddled. Players must be criticised when they don’t perform, but we should never get personal and should never hide behind the anonymity of a website to say things that we would be afraid to tell them face to face.

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.01.10 10:56:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : I insulted Joburg not Dean. :razz:

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.01.10 10:58:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 37) : My condolences . . .

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.01.10 11:01:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.01.10 11:04:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 41) : Moving to Pretoria in the next month or so (assuming I can find a place), which is a step up but that is undone by the fact that it is Bulls country. :sad:

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.01.10 11:04:51 by klempie Reply

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  • Am really hoping for consistency at worst. Would love to hammer all the local sides at least in the super 14. Regardless i will be yelling like a madman.

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.01.10 11:07:51 by billy Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 43) : moving to Pretoria is only a step up from Joburg if you’re retarded.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.01.10 11:08:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : You may have noticed I qualified the statement with the fact that it is Bulls country and therefore undoes all the work. Or maybe you didn’t.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.01.10 11:09:59 by klempie Reply

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