Letgo

Sharks Locker Room Pep Talk


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 Apr 2012 at 11:39
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I’m not even going to apologise for it. I’m just going to come out and shamelessly say it. I still believe the Sharks can make the playoffs and even win this competition.

Okay so they have had a pretty tough time in the first ten rounds of this competition. We’re just sitting at the edge of a playoff spot, still 6 points behind the last team in that top six and we have at least 3 teams biting at our heels to edge past us and push us even further down the log. The fact is, we can’t lose any more games and unfortunately the first 9 games played by the Sharks does inspire much confidence.

They need a boost from somewhere. They need that movie-locker room pep talk with the music playing in the background and the coach getting all inspirational, with that menacing look of determination in his eyes lifting the players to a chant and a renewed and probably totally misguided belief that no one can stop them. When every player has stopped believing and given up the coach would come in and say: “You stop listening to what anyone is saying, you stop thinking of anything else and focus, focus on the fundamentals that we’ve gone over time and time again, don’t think about winning or losing and just play the game, I don’t care what anyone is saying, we will win this game.” like Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers or Will Patton as Coach Bill Yoast in Remember the Titans, or a combination of all of these cool movie pep talks put together.

Everyone needs a boost from time to time. It’s boosts like these that has gotten many a movie team, fictional and real through tough games and to impossible victories. Hollywood has tapped into this human condition and made many films that give us those last-chance-at-greatness speeches we’ve come to call sports movie pep talks. Through cinema, we meet many great motivators and if they could implore those athletes to dig a little deeper, then surely a little pep talk from the fans can spur the Sharks on to do the same.

A while ago Rob aspired to find the answer to the Sharks’ problems by asking the readers three simple questions, today I want to ask Sharks fans just one. Do you still have enough faith to support the Sharks and believe that they can achieve the impossible this year? If you do, then help me out. Imagine you had a chance to walk into the Sharks locker room before the game on Saturday and give them a movie pep talk, what would you say to motivate them to a victory and inspire them to complete these last 8 weeks with no further losses and an unlikely spot in the top 6?

I know we all feel disheartened and our faith is just hanging on by a thread, and with good reason. The results and the way those results have come, does not inspire a lot of confidence, but the team needs us now, we’re the fans, this is our job, we need to motivate the team to something special this year, even if it means putting all our energy in and heartbreakingly falling just short again.

One of Robin Sharma’s books says it best. The things we say determine how we feel, and everything we say affects everyone around us and what they say and feel. If we’re positive about something, we’ll have more energy, passion, and belief. If one fan are disheartened and losing faith, then the rest will slowly follow. The words coming out of our mouth shapes the words coming out of the mouths of everyone around us. Words are viral. And so by calling this day a challenge for the Sharks instead of a completely hopeless situation, the whole culture of our team could change. That which we speak about we strengthen. If we spend a lot of time complaining about all that is wrong with the Sharks and talking about every loss, we’ll actually heighten the stress and increase the awareness to our failures. What you focus on grows. So speaking about something amplifies it within your perception because you’re giving your attention and energy to it. If we continually complain about what’s broken with the Sharks and their game, we’ll actually see more of the very things we wish to avoid. Words have power.

Now I know, we are not the Sharks and do not directly influence them, but this feeling of total despair and disbelief must be circulating and reaching the players and the team and therefore could well be effecting the way they feel and play. I suppose it’s their job to stay positive and Plumtree’s job to find the whole movie-coach-pep-talk-moment within himself, but I also totally believe that we as fans can influence the team by changing the way we talk and reinforce our belief in them.

And so I can completely and utterly unapologetically say, I still have faith in the team and believe they can go all the way in this competition and screw you for trying to make me believe otherwise. :twisted:

Just imagine you had a chance to walk into the Sharks’ locker room before the game on Saturday, what would your pep talk sound like?



63 Comments

  • Its not about focus but HANDLING from our juniors to seniors. The best teams can catch and pass at any time from line-outs to off loads

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.12 12:05:34 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I have no doubt we will make the knockouts; when it comes to knockouts anything can happen, if our squad is on form and playing the way we know they can; Yes we can still lift the superugby title this year. Bulls have also come back from a poor first half to win superugby, who says we can’t do the same. The quality is all there, just need to see them all gel. Just look at how awesome that Sharks Xv vodacom cup match was against Pampas XV. Had Schonert not got injured early we would’ve totally smashed Pampas.

    I will say it again, PLUM must use Jordaan!!! Deysel was amazing on defence and stole a lot of ball in that game too. Alberts worst defender in terms of stats so far in superugby, so really hoping to see Deysel wear 7 this weekend. I will be surprised if we don’t.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.12 12:18:47 by JJR Reply
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  • For once look to your left and look to your right. Those men wearing the black and white are your teamates! Play for THEM! By trying your individual brilliance to win, you are letting down 21 other players! Play your heart out so the player next to you look like a star. Look at the jersey they are wearing – that’s OURS! Do it PROUD!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.12 12:19:36 by Ice Reply
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  • Sneaking in at number 6 is not going to work for me. For an SA team to win it, you need to be in the top 2 (top 4 or least). So the Sharks need to aim for top 4 position at least.

    I will always support the Sharks – no matter what – even sat watching every weekend through the Kevin Putt years

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.12 12:33:18 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • “Buck up or you’re gone”

    But no seriously, what can we expect. Anything that Straueli is involved in is destined to fail. Him and Heijns should’ve done prison time. Instead he was given a cushy job most of us can only dream of.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.12 12:33:20 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Was it even years – sure felt like it at the time

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.12 12:33:58 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) :
    I will limit myself to saying that I think he hasnt done enough during his tenure, and he should do the honourable thing and leave.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.12 12:54:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Be totally positive in BELIEVING in yourselves. With believe comes success. If we believe we can we will.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.12 12:56:34 by Puma Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) : You must be family of Corne Krige, to my knowledge the only one of the group that had a problem with Staaldraad.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.12 13:39:28 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • mmmm, I`d go with Al Pacino`s speech in Any Given Sunday.

    Problem is, a magical pep talk should usually be reserved for the final game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.12 13:39:53 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • We need to end as low as possible but still avoid relegation to have any chance of there being a house cleaning exercise. :(

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.12 13:43:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :
    Wait… Are you actually of the opinion that Staaldraad was a great idea? :shock:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.12 13:44:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • My heart says yes they can do it but my head says that there is no strong leadership in the side. The players don’t seem to be playing as a team. The basic errors in handling don’t seem to be getting sorted out.

    Plumtree needs to do something like the pep talk Al Pacino does in Any Given Sunday http://youtu.be/3bzK8r4c6Xc

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.12 13:51:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    :shock: Uhm, okay then.

    Whether you agree with the idea of it or not, forcing people to physically assault each other, then ordering them around at gun-point… and then later pointing a gun at Neil de Kock’s head… that’s ‘HEAVY’.

    I won’t get into how it affected the lives of some of the people who were involved, but let’s just say it’s easily the lowest point in Springbok history.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.12 13:52:53 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : that, ultimately, is the problem… I said as much to Morne earlier today. The Sharks have too many talented individual to end low enough on the log to force a revolution

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.12 13:59:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : Plum needs to give 8-10 of those talks and he can’t manage one. :(

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.04.12 14:01:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 15) : Isn’t the rumour that van Zyl told Plum that the Sharks need to improve or he is gone at the end of the season?

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.04.12 14:03:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : yes, but a new rumour is that Plum will use the injuries as a “get out of jail” card…

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.04.12 14:06:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : You can count injuries sure but what about the lack of skill, lack of game plan, lack of leadership, lack of teamwork etc. What excuse is there for that?

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.04.12 14:11:02 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : What a joke. I can’t see us having done any better had no one been injured.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.04.12 14:11:31 by Ben Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : Van Zyl told Richard Ferguson something along those lines.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.04.12 14:13:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 19) : Absolutely none. And I hope they see this when they revise Plum and co’s positions.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.04.12 14:15:01 by Ben Reply

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  • Letgo I will always support the Sharks and HOPE for them. However we are not asking them to turn a season around, but to turn the last 5 years around. :sad:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.12 14:18:36 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • My name is Riaan, and I am a Sharks supporter. I will always believe on the boys, no matter what. They should just go and defend the black and white jersey. In the words of 300, THIS IS KINGSPARK!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.12 14:26:48 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : @hendrikp (Comment 14) : It obviously wasnt the greatest idea but as I said, to my knowledge only Corne Krige has had a problem with it and the players are the ones that went through it so I would rather take my cue from them as to how bad it was as opposed to the Sunday media.
    Maybe Im naive.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.12 14:38:55 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : well, we didn’t have major injury problems last year and the team played exactly the same…

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.04.12 14:43:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : I don’t think you’re all that far off, TBH. I think Staaldraad was a monumentally stupid idea (or, at least, if the intention was good, the execution was stupid) but I don’t for a second feel that many of the players involved suffered any sort of mental scarring as a result.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.04.12 14:45:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Last year our forwards were okay and the backline sucked. This year our backline is okay but our forwards suck.

    Seems its the same thing over and over with Plum. He manages to fix one area of our game and the rest of it goes pear shaped. Same story this season week after week. No consistency at all.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.04.12 14:59:10 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : sorry to poo-poo your happy theory, but our backline sucked against the Chiefs, whereas our forwards more than held their own :)

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.04.12 15:10:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Like I said he fixes one area and the rest goes pear shaped. What I meant is in general our backline looks better than last year and our forwards not so much.

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.04.12 15:13:50 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 30) : oh ja – fair enough.

    My view is this… Plum himself isn’t a bad coach… he’s just trying to make up for too many gaps in the skills and expertise of those around him… and for those that haven’t been hired at all (like defence coach)

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.04.12 15:25:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Was it his decision not to have those specialist coaches on board or do the management not want to give him anyone?

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.04.12 15:27:46 by Ben Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : @Ben (Comment 30) : You guys are totally missing the point of this post.

    Be illogical just for a second and say something positive. :sad:

    I’m telling you one bounce of the ball, one decision gone our way and we were on 35 points. It’s just bad luck. I know we’re doing stupid things to, but with some luck we could have been right up there with the top teams.

    I just know this weekend is the turnaround game. :cool:

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.04.12 15:28:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • Hey here’s a thought. Every year we either see the photos or hear about the pre season training camp / team building event, where the guys go rafting, hiking etc. In the foothills of the berg or elsewhere.

    Was there one this year?

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.04.12 15:29:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 33) : Tim Whitehead was a great signing.

    Positive enough? :cool:

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.04.12 15:32:06 by Ben Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 33) : Gary Player has a famous quote. “The more I practice the luckier I get” Maybe the Sharks should apply that logic rather than hoping luck comes their way.

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.04.12 15:32:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : thanks… you saved me having to type that.

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.04.12 15:40:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 2) : Guys really played well…Deysel has to wear the number 7 jersey, play Alberts at lock and yes Jordaan is amazing and needs to be given a chance. We need to make teams fear us and the easiest way to achieve that is putting in big hits, something Deysel did well on Saturday..guys need to be committed and have the killer instinct. Teams must again start fearing playing against the Sharks..we used to be famous for being physical and our physicality used to cause teams to throw in the towel in the last 20 minutes and not the other way around. We need to bring the pain back. I see an improvement in the rucking department, guys still not sure when to throw in numbers to counter ruck..teams like the Crusaders, Stormers and Highlanders use the counter ruck as a weapon. Anything can happen and think it will start with a big strong physical pack..if Beast isn’t ready, we should think about playing Cooper at 1…the boy is just too good. Still believe in the boys and hope they make the semi’s…

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.04.12 15:40:56 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 33) : sorry hon – totally appreciate what you’re trying to do here. Today is probably a bad day, since it may as well be a public holiday and the only people around are the cynical die-hards! :)

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.04.12 15:41:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : “Was there one this year?”….. No, unless it was held in secret.

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.04.12 15:43:42 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 40) : there wasn’t one

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.04.12 15:49:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 33) : One decision and one bounce of the ball the other way and we could be sitting even lower on the rankings. The point we are trying to make is that something is very wrong at the Sharks and no amount of hope or positive thinking is going to fix that. The problems are greater than the team. There is a huge lack of decent support staff and technical staff. We have good players turned coaches who have turned out to be rather disappointing and severely lacking as coaches.

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.04.12 15:56:03 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.04.12 15:56:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 42) : haha… I thought you just described Bashie as a good player :)

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.04.12 16:04:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : erm no, was more referring to HR-E

  • Comment 45, posted at 30.04.12 16:06:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 45) : ah yes

  • Comment 46, posted at 30.04.12 16:07:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : Poor Plum, he has invested his faith in his players and they have shown him the figure. He isn’t entirely free of blame as he continued to select these guys. Guys like Jannie, Bressler, Bismarck (if you look at his stats which show that he is one of the worst performing hooker in the country), Chadwick, Alberts (his stats show is the worst tackler in the competition) have refused to deliver…these are all forwards and unfortunately the game is won upfront…Plum needs to be bold and have the hard discussions with these guys, they need to understand that they are costing him his job, unless that’s the idea. He also needs to put his pride aside and ask for help….Bash and Reece alone are not the answer.

  • Comment 47, posted at 30.04.12 16:18:04 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : hey Boet! Ms Hope Optimistique is also here!

  • Comment 48, posted at 30.04.12 16:47:01 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 48) : woohoo :)

  • Comment 49, posted at 30.04.12 16:47:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 50) : I’ve responded to similar comments a number of times, some of us have been Sharks supporters since the days of Walh Bartman, we supported the Sharks through the Kevin Putt days…. We love the team enough to say no, something is wrong. For how long have we dreamed that one day our highly skilled boys would win a super rugby competition…we’ve only won 2 out of 28 competitions since 1998 (CC and Superugby). Flip, if you add the Vodacom Cup, u19 and u21 the record is even worse. Is that record enough for a franchise that has the resources and the fan base that we have? Even the Cheetahs have a better record. Why don’t we employ world class coaches at the Sharks?

  • Comment 50, posted at 30.04.12 17:21:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Letgo – I liked your comment. I think you should put it back

  • Comment 51, posted at 30.04.12 17:25:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : Why did she take it off?

  • Comment 52, posted at 30.04.12 19:13:40 by Ben Reply

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  • Sneaking in in 6th place is not going to appease anyone or get the Sharks anywhere.

    That happened last year and the team got smoked playing away in the quarters (you could see the team felt finishing in the “play offs” was enough reward for that season).

    Not even the Crusaders could win an away quarterfinal, away semifinal and away final when faced with this gargantuan task last year. What odds the Sharks doing it (when they have largely been playing kak this season)?

    Well surprise, surprise here we are exactly 1 year later and nothing has changed :shock: :cry: Why do we believe the result will be any different this time around?

    The above is even more demoralising when there are TWO other SA teams kicking regular butt above us.

    It’s all well and good believing in the team and dreaming of them doing it. Trust me, last year I dreamed and believed the Sharks would beat the Crusaders in the 1/4s, then the Stormers then the Reds to win the comp…………. but there comes a time when failure and mediocrity becomes too much of an ingrained pattern and unfortunately that’s where we are with the Sharks.

    I refuse to put my emotions on the line this time, done that far too often and had my fingers burnt. No more.

  • Comment 53, posted at 30.04.12 20:05:02 by siorc Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : @Ben (Comment 52) : I didn’t think it was very nice. I suppose I can put it back.

  • Comment 54, posted at 30.04.12 20:32:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • You know what the really shitty thing about your negativity is?
    When Plum started making his selections, I said, after that first bloody game I said, we have to fix the crap that’s going on with the Sharks and we would have to fix them right away. I made a whole big deal about it. Pointing out the things that were lacking, and people reacted with….who can remember.

    Letgo, just relax, it’s the first game of the season. Plumtree clearly has a plan, we didn’t play that badly, give them a chance. Who remembers this. Things are going well, Whitehead is here, Fred is a good attacking option, I didn’t think our rucks were much of a problem and it’s just unfair to rate Keegan on the first game. boohoohoo.

    I then said I won’t bring it up again, because if we don’t fix it right away, we’ll have to stick and commit. This is what I’m doing now.

    Do I like the direction the team is going in… I’m so close to a swear word right now… No, Keegan is not the right selection for captain, and even worse selecting him, a very “slapgat” or lets rather say “laidback” captain with a super charged, over amped vice-captain is maybe the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. The more Keegan chills out the more Bismarck freaks out and the more Keegan chills out. It’s completely counter productive.

    One of your team’s biggest problems is protecting the ball, playing to the ball and constructive, clinical play and decision making and you pick Keegan and Bismarck as your captains???

    Did you know that between the two of them they are making an average of 10 Errors a game? Does it make sense to have captains like this? And Bismarck didn’t even play every game, so that’s even more than 10 Errors a game. And these are the guys that’s leading your team? Guys clean your game the f*^k up!!!! Oops sorry, I thought you could catch that one on your toes. Oops, my bad the ball is so slippery today. Shit sorry, I thought he was in my team. Crap, I thought if I jumped on his back and fell over the ruck it wouldn’t count as going of my feet. Who knew that the whole f’ing Chiefs team would just know that I would be so stupid to tap a penalty with 8 minutes to go and 1 point behind. Duh! It doesn’t even matter how good their work rate is, because the team is following right in their tracks. Who wants me to get some error stats of the Sharks. It’s already 90 for our Captains. That’s knocks, missed tackles, Penalties, and lose possession! 90!

    Okay so, I know of a lot of negatives, with those 90 from the captains I can give you all the ones the team followed up with.
    I just don’t feel like concentrating on that in the middle of the season, I choose to believe that it will get fixed.

    This is just not the time to be all, fire them all, start a revolution. When the season started Plum was being supported. We should at least see it through and make an assessment after the season.

    I’m serious. I don’t get why you guys could be all gloom and doom now, when you were the ones praising Plum’s gutsyness only a month or so ago?

  • Comment 55, posted at 30.04.12 20:35:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 55) : “I’m serious. I don’t get why you guys could be all gloom and doom now…”

    Sharks ~ played 9 won 4 lost 5 (win ratio 44%) ~ points for 202; points against 218; diff -16
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    Stormers ~ played 9 won 8 lost 1 (win ratio 89%) ~ points for 210; points against 144; diff +66
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    Bulls ~ played 8 won 6 lost 2 (win ratio 75%) ~ points for 270; points against 171; diff +99

    ‘Nuff said.

  • Comment 56, posted at 30.04.12 21:05:16 by siorc Reply

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  • Well said Letgo, I really enjoy reading your opinions.

  • Comment 57, posted at 30.04.12 21:09:14 by jonnow Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 55) : “I just don’t feel like concentrating on that in the middle of the season, I choose to believe that it will get fixed.”

    Plumtree’s record speaks for itself. Don’t forget this is his 4th Super rugby season.

    2009 – 6th
    2010 – 9th
    2011 – 6th

    2012… currently 7th…. not good enough….

    The weight of history is against your assertion.

    I do sincerely HOPE it can be turned around but do I truly BELIEVE it will? Hell no! I can’t think of any other thing I’d most like to be proved wrong on though.

    This is my last post on this thread! :evil: Just talking about the Sharks is making me angry :lol:

    Cheers.

    p.s. I like what you are trying to do by the way.

  • Comment 58, posted at 30.04.12 21:13:07 by siorc Reply

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  • @siorc (Comment 58) : To be fair, I remember you agreeing with my point of view right at the start of the season, so you can get a pass on the negativity.

    I get it, we haven’t been doing so well, but I think we’ve been fairing pretty well. This is a tough competition and I’d like to become the Crusaders of this competition, but I don’t think it will be so easy. Right now I think Plum is making all the right moves with what he’s got. He’s got a good blend of young players, as well as a few more experienced players (who has not stepped up so far I must say, but who could honestly say it would be right to throw in even more young players and then we all blame them for the bad performances). Now is not the right time.

    At some point the Sharks will be out of this completely, or they’ll keep on hanging in and I have to say as long as they are hanging in, I’m going to back Plum and the team.

    Once we’re out or this competition is over, I’ll be happy to dissect and find every little fault we might have and the complain about it a lot.

  • Comment 59, posted at 30.04.12 23:37:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • LETGO
    I admire your passion and what you’re trying to do here. But you wouldn’t make a good fireman. :)

    The Sharks are “burning down” right now. That fire has to be extinguished today and not after the S15. I’m not saying coaches should get fired (excuse the pun) now.

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.05.12 07:59:19 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 55) : I think it is more that we were waiting to see if anything had changed after the first game. After 5 games it was pretty obvious that nothing had changed from last year and by the middle of the season it seems we are on the exact same path as last year. As I mentioned on another post, the best thing that has come out of this season if Marcell Coetzee.

  • Comment 61, posted at 01.05.12 08:27:04 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 61) : And Tim Whitehead.

  • Comment 62, posted at 01.05.12 09:07:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • to get back to the change room speech,sit them down,tell them not only r they playing for survival and each other but also for the FANS.the same fans that supported them in the late 80′s,the same fans that were laughed at when we said we would beat Northern Transvaal on there home ground to win the currie cup for the first time in 100 years and the same fans that spend their last cent on rugby jerseys and match tickets even when the prices r so high.Come on boys do it for us
    Sharks Forever!!

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.05.12 12:38:39 by clarkville Reply

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