Another weekend, another bonus point win for the Sharks. Maybe not a vintage performance, but 5 points nonetheless. The last 60 minutes of that game have been discussed at length but these things need to be taken into perspective.
Often times when playing against the smaller teams in the Currie cup, especially away from home, the opposition sucks the bigger team into a scrappy pattern of play and we then get the big teams winning by five points or less or even losing to the unfancied side. This did not happen on Friday night, in fact the Sharks kept the Pumas scoreless in the second half albeit only scoring a solitary penalty goal themselves. I am sure the players and coaching staff have picked up on the errors of the second half and will work hard to rectify those against the Cheetahs. There will be no lack of motivation this coming weekend when the Cheetahs come to Durban. It will no doubt be a tough game, and one the team will lift themselves for.
After the loss against the Bulls last weekend, this match against the Pumas was always going to be a tough one, the team was under immense pressure to perform in this match. Maybe sometimes we as supporters put too much pressure on the guys to perform and demand championship winning performances every weekend. It is too early to talk about winning championships at this stage of the competition. There is still a month left to go to the end of the league phase of the competition.
I know this an extremely over-used cliche but we have to take this Currie cup one game at a time. Not just the players but us supporters as well. The pressure of expectation can be massive on the guys and it is sometimes a little unfair how easily the guys are built up and then even more easily broken down despite a match where some pretty good rugby was played even if it was just for twenty minutes. Next up for the Sharks are the Cheetahs. This will be a very difficult game, the Cheetahs played very to beat a desperate Bulls team. The Sharks need to move on from an indifferent second half performance against the Pumas and focus on the positives from that game and making tweaks to their play which will highlight their strengths and fix their weaknesses. It seems like the guys were trying a bit too hard in that second half and the team also need to get back to enjoying their rugby again. The Bulls loss is behind us and it is time to move on positively.
I for one am expecting a another good performance from the Sharks because you have to admit that watching a confident Sharks team running the ball and enjoying their rugby is a joyous sight to behold. Hopefully we will see that sight again this weekend.Tweet