Highlanders hand Sharks a glimmer of hope

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 6 Jul 2012 at 15:11
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Just a while ago the Highlanders did just enough to place destiny back into the hands of the Sharks. While it would have been better had they clawed their way through the persistent Reds defense in the dying moments of the match, keeping the Reds away from that all important  bonus point made 10 more log points enough for a certain top 6 finish for the Sharks. While we would have loved to see one of those blue jerseys slip through the desperate Reds defence, it was not to be and the Sharks will now have the very difficult task of scoring 4 tries against the Bulls when they meet at Kings Park tonight.

There is still a few what ifs and only ifs ahead of us. Like if only, the biggest if only, we won against the Lions, or just scored one more try against them, which would have given us 2 more log points. If only the Chiefs managed to win against the Crusaders and what if the Waratahs can put in one or two more great performances and deny the Brumbies any log points and keep the Reds away from a bonus point next week? That would mean the Reds will end on 58 as well as the Brumbies if they don’t manage any bonus points in their last game against the Reds, which would mean 9 points may be enough for the Sharks. The Hurricanes could also only get 58 and with their final match being a little tougher than the rest and their Points Difference only 10 points better than ours, it’s still very possible that 9 points will be enough to slip past them on the log. But …

The Sharks will have to consider the fact that getting anything less than 5 points this week will mean that one of the above mentioned results will have to go our way  for us to have a shot at playing for the trophy this year. Furthermore, if we do get the 5 pointer this week, and I know it’s a huge ask, it could possibly happen that we go into the next weeks game knowing that 4 log points will be enough, a much better situation than going into next week’s game, knowing that the Reds scored 4 tries and have already done enough that our game against the Cheetahs will be for nothing, but … pride I suppose? Not that playing your final game knowing that you will not even make the top 6 is anything to be proud about, not even if you win by the biggest margin.

So here’s what we need. We need the Sharks to again play their best rugby in the last two weeks. We need two outstandingly brilliant performances that blows away one of our biggest rivals and another of our biggest local competitors, but we do not need them to only do that, because lets face it, winning only two more games won’t be enough for any Sharks fan and I know they say you’re not supposed to look ahead of the next game, but I’m going to need the Sharks to do that, to realise that if or when they deliver these two performances that it is not the end, and that I will expect them to win two more games, against whoever may come up against us and then go out and give everything they got in the final. Getting 9 points won’t be good enough, getting 10 points will leave us ending as a middle of the table 2012 team and will be unacceptable. Getting 5 wins. That’s what we need. Am I expecting too much. No. I’m expecting way too much, but that’s what it means to be a supporter.

Let’s go Sharks. It’s all or nothing now.


  • We all want that and we all believe they can do it. As we all know there is not nearly any other team that can be as dangerous as a Sharks team with their backs to the wall. It’s when we are the favorites that we under perform.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.12 15:16:38 by KingRiaan Reply
    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • It’s 5 wins in a row. That’s all. I need everyone to believe. C’mon, join me in my world of hopes and dreams, goblins and fairies – It’s Disneyland and you can only stay until the Sharks slip up, so now is the time to come over to this side. It can last anything from 5h47min to 4 weeks,1 day, 3h and 47min.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.12 15:24:32 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.12 15:27:21 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
  • AGAIN.. :?: :!: . Every year the same hope, the same believe, the same story, the same T-shirt…..

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.12 15:45:27 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • But i’ve been having it all day in my office from all corners because I was the only one with a sharks blazer on today…
    SO CMON GUYS!!! TRAP DAAI F#@%#$^N KOEIE !!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.12 15:47:20 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 4) : My T-Shirt is worn out – I’m getting a new one this year. One where we reach the finals.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.12 15:58:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : That’s kinda our speciality, the 5 game winning streak at the end of a season.

    C’mon Plum, pull us a chicken out of Straeulli’s ear – yu khan du eeet :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.12 15:59:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • gizlikita – what a day!

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.07.12 16:05:30 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Damn son, thought you finally took the good advice :?: :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.07.12 16:07:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Did you count possible overtime in the final? (Too lazy to work it out myself)

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.07.12 16:11:11 by Die Kriek Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • i want to see GEES on this blog!!!!!!

    where is IT???????????


    we are black we are white, we are DYNAMITE hahahahaha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.07.12 16:11:45 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : Megs? You OK?

    Prescription run out or something?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.12 16:17:35 by Die Kriek Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : That song is so 90′s you know :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.07.12 16:18:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : it started when I woke up 3 hours late and had to drive to Gloucester instead of taking the train…

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.07.12 16:21:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 12) : i’m more than fine, the more important question is, WHERE IS YOUR GEES?

    if my team’s chances of making the playoff were in the balance i wouldn’t be ambivalent about things, hell i would be kicking bins in the office corridors and shredding other people’s reports in anticipation of the ass kicking my team is going to administer come kick-off!

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.07.12 16:24:05 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 15) : True, and I agree, but shouldn’t you be the ‘villain’ stepping on the hero when he’s down?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.07.12 16:26:55 by Die Kriek Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : @Megatron (Comment 15) : Maybe old Mega dislikes the pienk Nulle more than he negatively-supports the SHarks :?:

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.07.12 16:29:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Three hrs. late – so you got up at 2am? :grin:

    Thought we didn’t see you around today because you maybe decided to take you bye week, and pick up your no questions asked 4 points ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.07.12 16:34:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : like i said to fire the loser earlier, i don’t kick other fans when they’re down. :cool:

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.07.12 16:52:40 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 19) : So you kick them until they are down, only to help them up with promises of glory, silverware and ice-cream, just to kick them down again? What sort of sick bastard are you? ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.07.12 16:56:02 by Die Kriek Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 18) : I was meant to get up at 4… ended up getting up 6:50

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.07.12 16:59:11 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) : :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.07.12 17:08:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @Megatron (Comment 15) :
    Gimme a SSSSSS
    Gimme a HHHHHH
    Gimme an AAAAAA
    Gimme a RRRRRR
    Gimme a KKKKK
    Gimme a SSSSSS



    Go Boys!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.07.12 17:53:12 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.07.12 18:07:21 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach

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