First of all I’d like to thanks Sharksworld for affording me the opportunity to express my thoughts on this site. So there i was on Saturday afternoon sick to my core, probably due to the previous evenings antics, watching the Bulls and Stormers win convincingly. As i was watching these two games it all became so clear to me, the new rules just require teams to do basics well. Thats it. The new laws allow for teams to carry the ball through a large number of phases with the new laws benefitting the ball carrier. So how is a team effective under the new laws?
The way i see it all that is required is just doing the basics right, The Bulls kept ball in hand for a number of phases which resulted in easy tries eg. Morne Steyn simply diving over the unguarded line. This didnt happen due to his incredible playmaking skills(he doesnt have that in my opinion) it came from holding onto possesion, quick ball distribution and purposeful running. I dont want to pull out my swords on The Sharks but man how sick have i become of seeing our heavies carry the ball into contact just to see it squirt out into opposition hands, how many times is Kockott taking more than a split second to long to distribute the ball, Jp Pietersen has become The Sharks number one fan out on the wing and The attack always seems to be initiated at half speed.
I know the last paragraph was harsh but I see hope in the fact that these are small things that can so easily be fixed by a tweak here and there. The difference between success and failure is so marginal, The Sharks just need to get the basics right and fight harder for every single inch on the park, they must want it! When that happens we are golden and then a semi will definitely not be out of the question. Let me step on some toes before i finish, I would put Ruan back at 9 and Goode at 10, remember who was instrumental in the 08 Currie Cup from Scrumhalf. Just a thought!Tweet