Enough doom and gloom from my side lets look at the road ahead :
Ian Mac taught us a couple of things, faithfull Shark supporters . . . You know this . You need certain key ingredients for a successful campaign. 1 A flyhalve who can dictate. Again you can merely refer back to current form sides, Carter and Steyn keep their team on the front foot, even when they`re up against it. Monty took the sharks to the semi`s last year, he can do it again. But what if something happens to him?
2 Your scrum needs to be rock solid.
3 You need a quality lock who demands some respect out there, he needs to dominate the line outs to such an extent, opposing teams shouldn`t even try to compete. He also needs to hit those rucks hard. We haven`t really had a lock who comply with all these prerequisites since the departure of Mark Andrews and Johan Ackermann.
Lastly there`s the whole marketing issue. The NRU needs to come to the party here. We need to capture the hype that surrounded Sharks Rugby in the 90`s again. Take a bold step, get a recognised artist to write a new Sharks song. While Steve might cause mass stay-aways in Durban guys like Art Mathews or even the Parletones might be considered.
Bottom line : Success breeds success. Dominate this currie cup, make sure of a home semi final and who knows, we might be in with a shout when the big boys of the Stormers and Bulls return. . .Tweet