I’ve just seen another one of those “Plumtree warns about complacency” headlines that we always seem to see just ahead of a Sharks game against supposedly weaker opposition… to say that I’m nervous as hell now would be an understatement of note.
It seems like yesterday that we were all on such a high having beaten a top South African team at Kings Park and were sitting comfortably on the log, only for a so-called conference “minnow” to hand us a rugby lesson. In fact, it was just over a month ago that it happened and I distinctly remember the same calls from Plumtree to guard against taking the result for granted, clearly ignored as the Sharks undid all their good work against the Stormers by getting whacked by the lowly Lions.
The names may have changed, but the story is the same now… the Sharks exceeded expectation in whipping the Bulls and are now well back in contention; however a so-called “easier game” against the Cheetahs awaits and it worries me a little that Plumtree is using the exact same “media led” call for focus that failed so spectacularly the last time. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly whilst expecting different results and I hope with all the hope that I have that something else is being done differently behind the scenes this week.
Simply put, I cannot fathom any possible reason for complacency on the Sharks’ behalf this weekend. They are still in knock-out mode and surely cannot afford anything but a perfect result, or their season is over. Why does Plumtree need to mention this at all? In some ways, I feel in “marking” certain games as easier (and doing this by warning players against complacency) he may sub-consciously end up doing the opposite to what he intends. “Okes, the coach is saying we must guard against complacency this week – must mean he thinks it’s an easy game”…
Let’s hope that my amateur psychology turns out to be worth nothing and that the Sharks show us that they can, indeed (and finally) learn from their past mistakes. To say that I’m overflowing with confidence, though – based on recent results – would be a very blatant lie.Tweet