I want to make this very clear yet again, just in case it’s not yet understood. Just because I occasionally write negative-seeming articles about the things I see going on the Sharks camp, that doesn’t mean I’ll ever stop supporting them. Supporting the men in black and white is a lifelong habit and no run of poor form could ever possibly change that.
Sure, I may question the coach and his ideas. I may throw down the (virtual) gauntlet to the administration as well, in the interests of getting the house cleaned up and everybody pointing in the same direction. The intention, as always, is to further the cause of Sharks rugby and help the team be as successful as they can be. I have never been an advocate of the ostrich approach, but I hope you will all believe me when I say that my goal here is not to stir up controversy and sow dissent where there wasn’t any before.
I love the Sharks and I want them to win. I can take a loss, because every team has to lose sometimes. I can even take a string of losses, provided I can see some evidence that the team (and the coach) learns something from them. I see Rory Kockott spoke to Mike Greenaway about people “kicking the team when they’re down” and although I don’t feel I’m as guilty of that as others at the moment, the fact is, I do feel a pang of regret and realise that my writing of late may well be construed in such a light.
So, once again, let me get right back to basics here. There’s a big game coming up this weekend and the Sharks need all our support if they’re going to turn their season around and record a win against the Waratahs in Sydney. I know I’ve been particularly hard on them this week, but maybe that’s just lashing out due to my personal disappointment about how the last three games have gone. That’s in the past now and I wish all of them – and that includes John Plumtree – nothing but the very best for Saturday.
This week the Sharks website is running an initiative similar to the one we did last week, so I’d like to urge all Sharks supporters who read this article to head on over to this page and submit a message of support for our boys.Tweet