Time to haul out the flags

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Jul 2010 at 09:27
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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.


  • nice article, btw my blood not black and white, its red which has got to do with the iron which forms the basis of the heme group in the haemoglobin . . .

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.10 09:36:02 by war1 Reply
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  • Good point!

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.10 09:40:46 by willa Reply

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  • I dont know, black blood just reminds me of those orcs from Lord of the Rings :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.10 09:44:25 by war1 Reply
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  • it really is hard to get excited about currie cup. it is usually just 5 teams fighting for 4 places. the only excitement i get out of it is seeing the youngsters and depth of the unions. i really hope sharks come to the party and give some outsiders a shout. lets see rudi keil, richards, stemmet etc get a run to show they have more to offer the team than the current crop of backline averages. if i see sharks management taking the future of the union seriously, i’ll take out those flags and i’ll wave them high.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.10 09:46:04 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 4) : uh, rudi keil in that list? surey he is in the twilight of his career

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.07.10 10:00:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : We could really do with 2 of those Orcs at flank right about now . . . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.10 10:01:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Go Sharks :neutral:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.10 10:04:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) : hope oom rudi has their number

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.10 10:04:38 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : or black pudding. yum …. NOT

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.10 10:05:47 by Baldrick Reply

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  • i have found a great barometer on the situation at the sharks. when the sharks have good things to say, there is a lot of excitement there are things on the go, the website is filled great stories a new one everyday sometimes two. over the last year i have noticed a sharp decline in stories as there is nothing really to speak about. i don’t think it is m marnewick’s fault, i think it is more a case of sharks shutting up shop, closing out the public because they know they are bumping along and the supporters are peed off. so the website puts its odd story of positivity and hope out and puts a new pretty face on every now and then. but overall it is a case of same old. i wonder if the sharks losing their spin doctor to moses mabhida has been part of the decline. look i am speculating, but it is funny that the site mirrors the team.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.10 10:06:32 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 10) : i know i am going to get kak for this comment. :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.07.10 10:07:45 by try time Reply

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  • Sharks for Victory!!! got my sharks jumper washed and ironed and will wear it with pride every game day!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.07.10 14:18:37 by richzed Reply

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  • I’m having problems making trades on FL… anyone else having that problem?

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.07.10 14:37:42 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 13) : please email the details and what the error message is.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.07.10 15:09:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 10) : What they should do is bring out a Flasher Girl Calender again . . . It should generate some new interest!

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.07.10 15:36:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Maybe Ludik or Mapoe should get the 13 jersey….oops no that won’t work….Captain Fantastic will take that spot :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.07.10 15:42:42 by Pokkel Reply
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