Where do we start? From high expectations to huge disappointments, that`s our season in a nutshell.
Let’s face it, they simply fell from grace, stumbling from one contentious disappointment to the other. Oh there`s mitigating circumstances of course, like always. Those dubious referee decisions and the whole flyhalve debacle to name a few. Their poor discipline in the opening stages of the tournament hampered an already struggling effort as well.
The fact that the new law interpretations caught them completely off guard is not really the players fault though, Plum and his staff needs to carry the blame there. Those warm up games in Cape Town were the first warning shots, the fans saw this, apparently the coaching staff didn`t.
Injury concerns to key players highlighted the fact that the Super 14 is a competition of depth, ceterus paribus. Don`t even pitch up if you don`t comply with this all-important criteria. While the Sharks possibly had the depth in the forwards department, their outside backs were never in the race. A casual glance at the complete squad of front runners like the Stormers and Bulls confirms this. Quality backup . . . ignore this at your own peril.
On a positive note, they did come back to finish strongly and we did discover some potential stars. Mvuvo and Lambie are building blocks for the future. Question is . . . how to hang on to these talented players? Sharks management need to handle them with a lot more care than Frans Steyn. The recent stink Butch kicked up, coupled with the Beast dilemma shows gross incompetence at managerial level. Somehow this needs to be rectified; otherwise we might be in for a long Currie Cup.Tweet