Forgive me for misunderstanding or jumping to conclusions, but have the Bulls somehow already won through to the Currie Cup final without even having to play in the semi? Reading through the assorted commentary on this site and in other places, it’s a completely sensible conclusion.
There seems to be a pervading sense of inevitability that has crept into the communal psyche this week – and it seems nobody, not even the most die-hard Sharks fans (the ones who visit this site!) is prepared to give the Sharks any chance whatsoever of winning this game. The rationale and excuses are cliched and predictable and mostly focus on the Bulls ‘knowing how to win semi-finals’ or some kak like that. News flash, guys. It’s not that hard to win a semi; the secret is to score more points than the opposition.
Another supposed reason for the inevitable defeat we have coming is that the Bulls, who incidentally have played kak rugby all Currie Cup long, are suddenly unstoppable because they have all their Boks back. Well, we have our Boks back too – just as many, it turns out – and furthermore, theirs are just as rusty and unfit as ours are. I’ve chatted to some guys who played against them last week and they were far from impressed with the conditioning of the so-called superheroes of Loftus.
Furthermore, this championship aura they have is a myth that needs to be debunked. They are missing their general at scrumhalf and we have all seen how their flyhalf starts to look decidedly average as a result. They have a journeyman front row and further weaknesses at open-side flank, outside centre, wing and fullback. There is no doubt in my mind that the Sharks top them, man-for-man, in terms of talent and ability.
I reckon that we Sharks fans need to grow a frikking backbone already! I spoke to a mate yesterday, who supports the Bulls (I know! The shame!) and the sense of confidence in their team that these guys have is frankly unbelievable. It’s arrogant, sure, but imagine how much of a lift it must give to the players knowing that their fans have such an unshakable belief that they will win.
Any Sharks players reading some of the stuff here would wonder if they actually have any true fans at all. My take on this is simple – if you’re a Sharks supporter worthy of the name, then you believe, not only that we CAN win on Saturday, but that we WILL win. Anything less than that and you may as well be wearing a blue jersey and a helmet with plastic horns on it.
To the Sharks – I’m behind you guys all the way. Black and white – let’s stand up and fight!Tweet