I note, with some amusement, an article in which Dick Muir is allegedly “hungry for the blood” of his old team, the Sharks.
The article, which can be found here on the Sport24 site, reckons that despite everything that has gone wrong so far this season (Muir’s Lions have lost 8 games in a row), the coach will somehow be vindicated if he can manage to beat the Sharks, showing a fat middle finger to the Sharks administrators in the process.
Now I’m not sure if Muir himself has actually said anything along these lines, or if Christo Buchner simply found himself coming up against a deadline and didn’t really have anything else to write about, but if Muir really does feel this way, then it’s a pretty sad indictment on the guy. After all, the Sharks themselves are no great shakes this year and after all the big talk we heard coming out of the Lions camp in pre-season – and this writer is still not sure on what that was based – I’d think it’s a pretty sad admission of defeat if the hallmark of a “successful season” now becomes beating the Sharks.
That’s the way the Cheetahs approach the Super 14; it doesn’t matter if they lose the other 12 games, so long as they can beat the Sharks. Pathetic, really, but there you have it.
Dick, I really hope that you’ve had these words put in your mouth, rather than actually saying (or thinking) them yourself. One thing that is absolutely, unequivocally true, though, is that regardless of what happens against the Sharks, the Lions’ 2010 season has been an unmitigated disaster. Perhaps the fact that the Union, now 9 rounds in, have finally decided that they might need a defence coach, gives one some small insight into exactly what Muir is up against.Tweet