The Sharks take on Griquas in a vital opening Currie Cup fixture down in Kimberley this weekend. While there’s been some unhappiness about certain of the squad selections, I think it’s time to put all of that behind us now and get 100% behind our team.
Fact is, we can bitch, moan and complain all we want and postulate and debate at length about who should be there and who should not, who should be coaching the team, running the union, cleaning the stadium and so on, but nothing that we say can really make a bugger of difference. It is what it is, at the end of the day and if our blood is still truly black and white (I know mine is), then it really doesn’t matter who’s in the squad, or who takes the field – those wearing the jersey deserve our unwavering, fully committed, undying support.
Do I think Stefan Terblanche is the right guy to be playing outside centre? Hell no, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’ll do a fantastic job as team captain, nor does it mean I won’t cheer my lungs out every time he scores a try. I’ve written articles in the past about the value that solid performers like Dries Strauss and Riaan Swanepoel bring to the side and when facing a potentially tricky trip down to Kimberley, I’m feeling quite confident to have those guys in the side. Have I had a change of heart here? Maybe I have and maybe sacrificing a little bit of development in the name of mounting a serious challenge for this year’s Currie Cup wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.
Call me a hypocrite if you must, but I still believe that backing youth and the structures in place is the best long-term guarantee of success for the Sharks. What I have been overlooking, though, is that we will already see a good few exciting youngsters in action this Currie Cup anyway, with Lwazi Mvovo, Wiehahn Herbst and Pat Lambie the pick of them. Others, who are still young and really need to start establishing themselves as first-choice options, such as Pat Cilliers, Craig Burden and Alistair Hargreaves, will also have much to prove as the season progresses.
So to the youngsters, I say hang in there a little bit longer. Chances come around eventually and when they do, make sure that you’re in the right place to grab them and make the most of it. We’ve STILL got your back here on Sharksworld and we will call for your inclusion as vociferously as ever when the situation dictates it. The senior players have our support too, though and we’re looking to them to provide real leadership and bring the Currie Cup back to Durban this year. The thing we’re possibly missing here is that, once we have all of our injured players back, we will actually have a pretty formidable squad available, far stronger than what any other team can boast at this stage of the competition, albeit on paper. Hell, I feel for the coaches trying to decide how to get Lambie, Mvovo, Louis Ludik, Lionel Mapoe, JP Pietersen and Odwa Ndungane into just three jerseys…
Go do it, Sharks. Black and white – nothing else matters.Tweet