Okay, lets look at the rest of the Super 14 and ask what good would there be in playing for pride?
If the Sharks finish 6th or 10th on the log it is all the same failure, so what pride is involved? What use does it do the Sharks to play Andy Goode, Wilhelm Steenkamp and Johan Muller when all are leaving the Sharks in a month’s time? Also why must the Sharks continue to batter our Bok players in the name of pride? Added to this there are players carrying niggles that should be rested.
The Sharks are at a critical point at the moment, where if drastic work isn’t done the Sharks could be in a similar position as the Lions, where fans don’t pitch to games and everyone starts pointing fingers at eachother. It is time some quality backline players are invested in and time to re-build the squad so come Currie Cup we have a fighting chance to bring true pride to Durban.
The solution is simple rest the top Boks, namely John Smit and Beast. Drop Johan Muller and Andy Goode to the bench as mentors rather than players and lets start bringing in players that can carry the Sharks back to glory. Also give the players (Deysel, Pienaar and Alberts) carrying injuries a break. Play them off the bench rather.
A good team to field on Saturday is:
1. Jannie du Plessis
2. Craig Burden
3. Pat Cilliers
4. Stephen Sykes
5. Alistair Hargreaves
6. Jacques Botes
7. Mike Rhodes/Justin Downey
8. Keegan Daniel/Ryan Kankowski
9. Rory Kockett
10. Pat Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovu
12. Riaan Swanepoel/Ryan Kankowski
13. Jean Stemmet
14. Odwa Ndugane
15. Louis Ludik.