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Intensity must rise as season crossroads loom


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Mar 2012 at 08:15
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To say that the Sharks have already used up all their chances in Super Rugby 2012 would be a little premature. With a string of 8 games in the republic coming up, 6 of which are at Kings Park, we’re all hoping that they can put in a strong finish to the season, especially with some key players set to return for the latter half of the competition.

That said, though, we’re not awfully far from the sort of situation we faced in 2010 where, despite great late rally in the Super 14, the Sharks simply couldn’t overcome the self-made handicap they faced, cause by losing all five of their opening games. The situation back then was quite similar to this season’s malaise in that the losses were for the most part very close, with only the Crusaders recording a runaway victory. A loss is still a loss, though and those Sharks, just like these, seemed to develop an odious, anti-Rumplestiltskin-like ability to spin gold back into straw – or rather, to turn four log points into just one.

Not that there’s yet reason for widespread doom and gloom, of course; while we’ve played five matches this year, we have, in fact, won two of them, but the reality remains that the loss against the Waratahs, one of the teams that should have been targeted for a win this year, has increased the pressure to pick up at least two wins from the next three games on tour. Should the unthinkable happen – and the Sharks return from tour with just one win, or even worse no wins at all, from the four games, they would find themselves right back in 2010 territory and face a long, hard slog merely to end in mid-table.

One would fancy that in order to make that two-wins-from-three a reality, the Sharks really have to find a way to escape Canberra with at least four points this weekend, something that has in the past proved night impossible. The presence of new coach Jake White and erratic Kiwi ref Keith Brown are unlikely to help their cause much; tempering that is the news that all 26 players on tour should be fit for selection. The Sharks have this bit of their destiny still firmly in their own hands, though and must surely know that the type of game that they produced for 50 minutes in each of the last two games should comfortably see the Brumbies off – provided it is coupled with a lift in intensity to last the full 80 minutes. The addition of the likes of Jean Deysel and JP Pietersen to the match 22 this week should certainly help to alleviate a little of the fatigue, but a win in Canberra for the first time since goodness-knows-when will not eventuate unless there is a marked increase in accuracy and work rate from 1 to 22.

Lose this game and the Sharks will truly be at the crossroads, with the matches against both the Hurricanes and the Blues suddenly taking on must-win proportions.



35 Comments

  • With the captaincy and management the Sharks have, mid table will be a success.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.03.12 08:24:28 by waje Reply
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  • Say we end up mid-table, would Plum fall on his sword?

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.03.12 08:43:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 1) : Agreed.

    @Original Pierre (Comment 2) : In my opinion he’d be stupid to do it with a year left on his contract, let’s hope they trip him onto his sword.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.03.12 09:24:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jake’s Brumbies are super fit and play for 80min.

    “We were disappointed. At 73 minutes into the game, we were three points up, but we got pretty tired around the 55th to 60th minute when we faded quite quickly. All of our defensive indicators and measurements showed a big drop off at that stage of the game.

    “Every time the Waratahs put pressure on us from an attacking perspective, we couldn’t stop their momentum. They got metres and when they were deep in our half, they looked like they were going to score every time,” he added.

    Plumtree said that he was not sure whether the long trip to Australia played a role in his side’s lethargy in the second half, but added that they simply cannot afford to concede soft tries when they square up to Jake White’s fit and disciplined Brumbies outfit this weekend.

    He said: “We put a big emphasis on winning this match, we did all the right things during the week, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough, we conceded two or three soft tries and that was really disappointing. Against the Brumbies you don’t want to be doing that.

    “We were disappointed with the defensive effort on the weekend, it’s something we’re going to focus on now,” the Sharks coach revealed.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.03.12 09:34:07 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : While I agree with you, the thing that worries me, with oom Rudi at the helm who would he appoint as the next coach? Scary thought he was the one that brought KSA’s garden tap back from France to play for our beloved team :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.03.12 09:44:08 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • We simply cannot afford to lose more matches.

    And “fatigue” after only five games? Not in my vocabulary!

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.03.12 09:44:42 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 5) : :roll: i see now everyone hates marius joubert! hahaha when i said he was going to be rubbish nobody listened :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.03.12 09:55:45 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) : wasn’t keegan tweeting that this is the fittest sharks team he remembers or something like this is the hardest the sharks have worked during pre-season? :???:

    and now there’s rumours of fatigue???? :roll: :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.03.12 10:00:06 by Megatron Reply

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  • Come on Sharks!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.03.12 10:00:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : Yeah but at that time we were desperate I think we would have got excited by my granny running at centre! :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.03.12 10:02:05 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 10) : Can’t say too many people were actually all that thrilled about the Joubert signing, if memory serves…

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.03.12 10:05:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : Stop sucking your thump. You’re too old for that aren’t you? Please provide proof.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.03.12 10:11:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : Typo. Thumb.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.03.12 10:13:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : yeah not on this site, but on the other sites there were many excited Sharks fans at Joubert coming along.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.03.12 10:19:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 10) : It must have only been you. I didn’t take Maggie’s bait because I remember most if not almost all of us being unhappy with him signing.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.03.12 10:22:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Nope not me, I was in blissful ignorance as to who he was till he came here, just remembered him as some guy who played for the Cheetahs :oops: But Magetron I think is confused with the sites, cause in many of the other sites I remember there were excited Sharks fans rambling on about the three tries he scored for the Boks, and Megs in his other form was telling them that he was shite in France and wouldn’t be any better here. Wish I had paid more attention :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.03.12 10:35:09 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : You, and most here, also said the same about the current SW flavour of the month, Meyer Bosman.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.03.12 10:50:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : Back then MB mostly deserved the things that were said about him. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.03.12 10:57:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : @Ben (Comment 18) : All the criticism made him a better player! ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.03.12 11:00:17 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : well i was proved right, Bosman was shite last year and NONE can dispute it :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.03.12 11:05:33 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 20) : That was in a large part thanks to the carthorse centre partner he had imo. :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.03.12 11:14:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) : Just think how good MJ is going to be by seasons end then. ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.03.12 11:45:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) : :lol:

    Maybe Daniel will be able to Captain a side by then as well. :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.03.12 11:49:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.03.12 11:56:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 5) : Make John Mitchell an offer he can`t refuse.
    He`d love to get out of Crime Central I`m sure and if he really wants he can bring a couple of Lions with to help him feel more at ease.
    I`m thinking Minnie, CJ or Franco here hehehe

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.03.12 11:59:12 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • To be fair : all the losses were away games and very close (ie. Sharks got at least a bonus point).

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.03.12 12:25:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 25) : why John Mitchell ? The Lions are not exactly killing in Super rugby.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.03.12 12:26:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 27) : Would much rather like to know why those 3 players? Only player currently at the Lions that I wouldn’t mind coming to the Sharks is Jaco Taute. That’s about it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.03.12 12:40:07 by Ben Reply
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  • The sharks do this every year..have a big game and then travel and stuff it up..think back to 2008,last year n then the reds game..

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.03.12 13:02:15 by shaniboi Reply

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  • so its back to the Mj saga.the problem with sharks set up is oom Rudolph Straeuli. he is the one that brings in the players and that is where the problem lies i think.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.03.12 13:06:26 by pete69 Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) : Agreed.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.03.12 13:17:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) : @Salmonoid (Comment 31) : That’s average. I’m sorry I’m not happy with average. This TEAM is capable of so much more.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.03.12 13:18:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : Of course we would prefer bonus point wins from every game, who wouldnt but in the real world things work differently. I agree that the TEAM is capable of much more but at the same time the TEAM they are coming up against is also capable of so much more, according to their above average expecting supporters.

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.03.12 13:44:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : Point noted. The team is average so we should all calm down and have average expectations.

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.03.12 13:54:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 34) : Its good to have high expectations but at the end of the season only 1 team will be the cup holder – the rest will all be also rans. The Sharks can still be that champion team.

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.03.12 14:02:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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