Good news, Sharks fans. There is definitely not a rift in the Sharks camp. Whatever you have read to the contrary, ignore it! It is just a nonsense story made up my the Afrikaans media to derail the Sharks Super 14 campaign.
So says coach John Plumtree in an interview with John Bishop – angrily, one might add. Adding further weight to the denial is flanker Keegan Daniel, who took time off from the festivities in Queenstown to tell Keo.co.za that any allegations of a rift in the camp are “bullshit”. The guys are clearly quite miffed at how much time they need to spend refuting allegations of unhappiness, rifts, clefts, chasms and any other sort of geographical feature in the camp. It’s time that could be better spent playing golf, white-water rafting, or maybe even on the practice field, trying to figure out how to protect the ball at the breakdown. Or kick for touch (and find it). Or not drop the ball. The little things.
I, for one am glad to hear this news. Plumtree has so far failed quite spectacularly to explain exactly what the problem IS, but at least we know he’s very sure about what it ISN’T. I’m somewhat less convinced that John Smit feels all is hunky dory in the team – his body language on the field speaks volumes – but I’m sure that he too will join the chorus in due course. One more loss ought to do it.
Ok, in all seriousness, this is all tongue-in-cheek. I’m not for a moment trying to imply that the Sharks are taking things easy on tour rather than practising. As for the supposed rift – well, I stick to my guns based on what I’ve been told, by people I’m not prepared to name. You all need to decide for yourselves as to what you believe.
Fact is, though, none of the fans are blind and we can see that there is something very wrong with the Sharks at the moment. We’re hearing lots of denials coming out of the camp, but seeing very little in terms of real progress. While that remains the case, rumours about rifts and even more sinister things than that will continue to surface and it’s not going to be of much use for the team and the coach to get angry about them. They need to rather fix whatever’s wrong and start bringing in the results. You’ll find far less negative talk doing the rounds when you have a few wins under your belts, Sharks.
Just my few cents, for what they’re worth.Tweet