Sharks have an interesting Super 14 ahead. They can either burn themselves out by trying to get a playoff spot, or re-build and maybe pick up a semi on the way.
There are varying views on whether Sharks should use the remainder of the Super 14 as a re-building phase to put themselves in good stead for future tournaments or they can carry on on the current dead end road of mending bruised egos.
The Sharks are going to need at least 39 points from their final 9 games to make a play off spot. This is not impossible…for the Bulls, that have a team that is creating and scoring tries. The Sharks however have players out of form and referees against them, so the odds are bleak. So why not re-build the team and bring in a few fresh faces that might bring some life back into the team. JP, Riaan, Odwa and Stefan although excellent on defence, don’t look like scoring tries in the next few games. So Plumtree should look at replacing a couple of them with attacking players. Pat Lambie has shown he enjoys carrying the ball up field and linking up with his backline, so throw him in the mix, and if he is battling you can always send Stefan onto the field to steady the ship. Give Mvovo a start in JP’s place, he has shown pace in the past and his defence has been solid. Ryan has been making some excellent line breaks, but has been average as a loose forward, so why not give him a stint at 12. He hangs out there every game anyway, so he wouldn’t be out of place. And by moving him out you add some bulk to the scrum, by having Deysel and Alberts on together. These little changes could just swing the momentum into Sharks favour, and they may find themselves in a position to compete for a playoff place in six weeks time.
Or we can field the same faces, that are down and predictable and sit and hope for miracles each game. And when the players retire or leave for overseas the Sharks can run around trying to find suitable replacements. It is a simple decision between being reactive or pro-active.Tweet