Shaz

Outwit, outplay, outlast…


Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :Admin, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Apr 2011 at 18:07
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At the start of this SupeRugby season I made a heartfelt prediction that 2011 was going to be the Sharks’ year. It came from a gut feeling, a “sixth sense” that the Boys in the Black and White were finally ready for some super silverware. It was a feeling that grew and grew until the pivotal game against the Chiefs in Hamilton…

What happened during that game to change things, apart from the obvious intervention of the finger of fate breaking the finger of fortune, putting our playmaker extraordinaire Pat Lambie out of the equation for the next four weeks? Doubt is what. A small five-letter word which once it worms its way into a team’s subconscious is exceedingly difficult to overcome. And having today watched the repeat of Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes I can see that it’s still there, albeit more subdued, but nonetheless able to reduce the Sharks to pale facsimiles of their true selves at the seeming drop of a hat. Or ball.

It’s doubt that leads to stupid handling errors and bad calls of judgment. Doubt that causes the defence to fall apart and present the opposition with the gap it needs to score. Doubt in ability. Doubt in commitment. Doubt in divine providence… Whichever way it presents itself, doubt is a team killer. A slayer of behemoths. Robbing the righteous of their true calling. And in this case possibly putting paid to the Sharks’ right and proper claim on the SupeRugby trophy.

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the Sharks have what it takes in terms of skill and flair to lift the cup this year. The moments of sheer brilliance, of unbelievable, scorching rugby that light up the green swathe that is Kings Park are evidence to this. But what are most concerning to me are the moments of complete lunacy and apparent incapacity which seem to take hold during every game, where basic mistakes and ill-conceived moves offer up a wrecking ball to our hopes of supreme SupeRugby victory. It’s almost as if that small shred of doubt in the minds of an otherwise superlative team somehow flips a switch and puts the Sharks into headless chicken mode. And if there’s one thing we can’t afford to be this Saturday, it’s headless chickens.

The nagging doubts need to be put to rest, and team spirit needs to be at 150% when we take to the pitch at Newlands to settle a serious score, and confirm our status as the country’s No 1 contender for this year’s Super crown. The Sharks need to believe that a win against the Stormers is not merely possible, but inevitable… destined… It’s going to be a tough nut to crack, not just physically, but certainly mentally, especially given the sad home drubbing the Sharks suffered at the hands of the Kaapse mense a few short weeks ago. True, we have Lambie back in the saddle to help chase the shadow of self-doubt far from the recesses of the collective Sharks mind, but even SuperPat has his personal demon to deal with following a four-week furlow – getting his kicking mojo back up to 100% (not because we won’t accept anything less, but because he won’t).

Banishing the brain banshees and recovering the will to win convincingly, rather than just surviving the onslaught, is going to be no easy task. And although it’s true that a win is a win, whether by one point or 50, from a morale point of view winning with style and completely outclassing your opponents is SO much better than just scraping home by the skin of your teeth. The Sharks are more than able to outwit, outplay and outlast the Stormers and prove themselves more than mere survivors. They just have to believe in it completely to achieve it. And to be honest, as supporters and fans, we have to believe it as much, if not more than the team.

Which leads me back to my opening statement, and that gut feeling I had at the start of the year. Do I still have it? Yes, I do. And so there’s only one thing left to say… GO SHARKS! :cool:



54 Comments

  • If we look at it winning all our or 90 percent of our games puts us in line for a home semi..and that’s all that matters..to be the best you have to beat everyone..especially at home..wish we were playing the reds this year..stil believe the sharks have the capability to beat them..

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.04.11 19:38:10 by shaniboi Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 1) : I do too. I think we have the capability to beat the Saders too – we showed that during the second half at Twickers. I firmly believe that the task ahead of us is “doable” I just hope the team REALLY believes it too!

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.04.11 20:30:12 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Great article…This could almost have been written about the All-Blacks during the Rugby World Cup! They also seem to have those ‘brain banshees’, as do our cricket team but we won’t mention them.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.04.11 21:20:37 by rixta Reply

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  • @rixta (Comment 3) : Cheers! And no, let’s not ruin a good evening by mentioning the Proteas! :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.04.11 21:28:44 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • good article, i still firmly believe we can win this competition and this weekend the stormers are gonna feel the pain

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.11 00:20:36 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Brain Banshees. :mrgreen: I will be using that term quite a bit in the future.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.11 07:56:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Great read Sharon..

    You hit the nail on the head, there is nothing our players cannot achieve if they keep believing in themselves.

    A bigger crowd at Kings Park won’t hurt either!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.11 08:21:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : You have a point there… It did look a wee bit empty around the fringes on Saturday… I put it down to the holidays. I’ll be there on the 7th to bolster the support base! Along with a crowd of rabid, rugby-starved Zambian safari camp owners!

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.11 10:44:50 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Looking forward to the next home game..

    Maybe a meet and greet is on order?

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.04.11 10:52:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Absolutely! Will be in Durbs from May 6 to 10 for Indaba at the ICC. Will mail you my contact details… :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.04.11 11:03:20 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • I truly believe this is the Sharks year, and their timing is looking good, I fear for the Stormers as they have had their byes and still have a 4 week overseas tour ahead of them, they are going to be shattered come the end of the tournament. I reckon id Grant is out on Saturday the Sharks will romp home. It will be a good game, but your forwards are just to good going to win it for you. IMO. I wait patiently for abuse from WPW. :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.04.11 11:05:52 by Whindy Reply
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  • Don’t worry, Newlands will be packed!

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.04.11 11:06:44 by Morné Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 8) : Sounds like a huge party waiting to happen!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.04.11 11:07:45 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) : Still the best groung in SA for atmosphere, except Ellis Park when its full. does not happen very often though!! Kings Park cannot be beaten socially though

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.04.11 11:09:49 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) : Usually is, what with the beach party afterwards as well! (Every year, the City of Durban throws a beach party for Indaba delegates… lots of beer, food, music and beer. And did I mention the beer? Followed by Joe Cools. And more beer?) :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.04.11 11:23:53 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 15) : I am open to bribes for spare beach party passes! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.04.11 11:26:04 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 15) : We go on” Tour” there once a year and Joe Cools is a very important part of the itinerary. Thank-goodness those tables can’t talk, they are also bloody uncomfortable to pass out on, for obvious reasons: grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.04.11 11:33:42 by Whindy Reply
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  • Joe Cool’s. world’s worst restaurant. Memories of that place are good and somewhat fuzzy. :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.04.11 11:38:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 17) : Phew. If Joe Cools could talk… Luckily I have always managed to find my way back to the hotel (I even once, legendarily, got a cab to take me 100m from the beach party to the Elangeni, in a Brutal Fruit induced haze) even though I may not remember how I got there! :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.04.11 11:38:43 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 19) : I also once famously woke up to find myself in my hotel room bath, which was full of sand! :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.04.11 11:41:31 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I streaked down the beach with a mate, while everybody chered, the cops caught us, but were very good natured and requested that we keep our clothes on or they would have to arrest us!! Youare so right about the food, I think the only people who eat there have the munchies!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.04.11 11:42:32 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : Yup. Not known for its cullinary excellence. Designed more to purge the stomach to make room for more beer! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.04.11 11:44:26 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 20) : that sounds like nasty friends!! did they take a photo for prosperity. I think we need to organise a Sharksworld tour, as soon as I get back from the Middle East!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.04.11 11:45:11 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : There food is not bad at all. “world’s worst restaurant” is THEIR own slogan though. Used to appear on the menu and the Stone ball by the front steps.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.04.11 11:45:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 23) : You coming home in August? I’ll be in from 25 July to 27 Aug.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.04.11 11:47:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : I cannot remember ever eating there, so I should not comment. We had a Charles Glass Breakfast there and you had to be there at 9 to get your tickets and at that stage the last thing I felt like was breakfast, so we availed of the sponsor’s product instead!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.04.11 11:49:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 23) : Sounds positively dangerous! :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.04.11 11:49:43 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • I spent many a Friday there taking clients to “lunch” It was just coincidence that there was a Super 12 game on at the same time. REALLY it WAS.

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.04.11 11:49:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : I will be back from the end of May so that sounds like a plan!! I will put it out on the site as an idea??

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.04.11 11:50:54 by Whindy Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 27) : But always such good fun :mrgreen: Just need a week to recover!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.04.11 11:51:36 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Come to think of it, I did once eat there sober. Scampi and chips I think! :razz:

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.04.11 11:52:20 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 29) : You done over here? Or just having a long vacation.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.04.11 11:52:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 31) : :smile: another foggy memory?

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.04.11 11:53:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : Done for the time being , hoping the second phase will bring new Contracts!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.04.11 11:55:11 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 34) : Cool. Try and get back before December. :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.04.11 11:56:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Exactly Cant possibly miss the Sevens, now Sharon if you are up for some fun , the Dubai Sevens is a must!! You would not think you are in a Muslim state at all!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.04.11 11:59:32 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 30) : Eish. My “bad girl” days are behind me. Save for the odd bottle of Fat Bastard chardonnay I am pretty much the model of sobriety these days! But I still know how to have fun! :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.04.11 12:00:18 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 36) : Sounds like a possibility! May have work commitments though… Have to go to the Okavango/Linyanti/Selinda in Botswana… Killer hot at that time of year, but excellent game! :razz:

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.04.11 12:04:57 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 37) : Me too, really do take a week to recover so rather behave, but Dubai is the one tournament you have fun at nobody is agro and everybody has fun, we will have to have a coffee at Boys High when I get back, are your boys Boarders?

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.04.11 12:06:54 by Whindy Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 38) : Shame poor thing!! Okavango is my idea of Eden!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.04.11 12:08:09 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 39) : Nah. My son’s a day boy. It’s only 12 minutes down the road from me. Love that school. I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I drive through the gates. Going to miss the Affies match again this year – it’s the same day as the Brumbies match and I’ll be in Durbs. :???:

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.04.11 12:11:15 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 40) : I know. I have a pretty crappy time of it! With luck next year will see me spending a lot of time filming in Liuwa, Zambia. Also heaven. But with tsetse flies. :|

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.04.11 12:13:08 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 41) : Bummer, Know what you mean,(warm and fuzzy). My Kids finished two years ago and I still love going back!! They were boarders at School house. Loved the place except for the first year!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.04.11 12:15:23 by Whindy Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 42) : Have you got a job for me. I was born in Malawi(Nyasaland and lived in Zambia!! But that heat is almost as bad as here(UAE)

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.04.11 12:16:54 by Whindy Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 42) : Why did I think you were with the Pretoria News, or are you freelance??

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.04.11 12:20:20 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 43) : I just love the way the school produces such well-rounded, moral, caring, impeccably mannered gentlemen in an era when those values are sadly in decline.
    Anyways… Have to dash. Been great chatting and will catch up soon! Get those plans for the Sharksworld Durban tour moving! :razz:

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.04.11 12:21:18 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 46) :Will do Cheers!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.04.11 12:22:46 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 45) : Used to work for the PTA News. Spent 11 years there. For my sins! Am freelance now. Have been since 2000. Have my own company – Painted Earth Productions – doing freelance print and broadcast work. Hence the filming (wildlife documentaries). And yes, the heat at year-end is merciless! Usually work in the Lower Zambezi helping out a mate in his safari camp in October… suicide month. And I hate tsetse flies! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.04.11 12:24:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 2) : If we’re truly honest we’ll admit that the Crusaders had already gone home in the second half. It was inevitable that they would take their foot off the pedal and cruise the rest of the game. Even with our comeback we never managed to get within a score (I think the closest was 9 points behind) before their subs opened us up with ease for the final nail in the coffin.

    @Whindy (Comment 11) : I really hope you’re right. However, as much as I love my Sharkies, I am currently a bit of a Doubtful Thomas. We just don’t look anywhere near the team of last year. Although we’ve seen some great periods of rugby from the guys, our mid-field has been average, option-taking has been poor throughout, basic skills and lineouts a nightmare, and we have been dominated at the breakdowns.

    All the above have destroyed the style of play that started our winning streak in the S14 last year and ended with us lifting the CC.

    And the rot didn’t start with our loss to the Chiefs. As they say in the platteland, “Ons kak was klaar in die pos” when we battled to score 4 tries against 14 Force players and scraped through against the Rebels. I also can’t get out of my mind how a horribly kak Stormers team beat us with ease. At home.

    It would be nothing short of absolutely lovely if I’m proven hopelessly wrong, but I have my doubts.

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.04.11 12:57:44 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 49) : Lots of things have changed imo the Sharks are dominating up front and thats where the game is won and lost. The players have gained a lot of confidence from there last couple of games and you are scoring tries, remember we are only half way through and you still have a bye and the Stormers still have to go on tour. The Chiefs game was potluck with the weather conditions and the loss of Lambie, which was painfully obvious when he was not there and the transformation last week. Unfortunately nothing has changed in the center and I really believe AD Should be moved in, Oupa has slowed a bit , but plum is loyal to him and wont just drop him. I think you guys can go all the way!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.04.11 14:50:41 by Whindy Reply
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  • “Banishing the brain banshees” What are howling fairies doing in their brains? :wink:

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.04.11 16:30:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 50) : I hope you’re right :grin:

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.04.11 16:35:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 51) : I once played for a Rugby team that called themselves the Banshees. I once asked one of the guys who had been there for some time why they chose that name, and he said it was an American Indian warrior spirit, that led Braves into battle. I was pretty sure that was wrong, so I looked it up, and it is actually an Irish fairy that howls or wails at the house of someone that is about to die. When I explained that a Banshee was actually a howling fairy and not a warrior spirit, they immediately wanted to change the name. Unfortunately they had just gone through a kit redesign, which included an avatar of what they thought was a Banshee on the team shield. The avatar looked like an Indian Brave, not at all like a howling fairy. :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.04.11 20:26:30 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Well this is it. Win this weekend and we could be a serious contender along with the Crusaders, lose and it`s pretty much over.

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.04.11 10:14:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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