Dare we dream?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens, Super Rugby on 24 Jul 2012 at 09:26
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Saturday’s stunning qualifier victory over the Reds in Brisbane – only the second time the Sharks (or any South African side) have won an away knock-out encounter – certainly put a smile back on the faces of a legion of Sharks fans who have had to endure their fair share of disappointment already this season.

It’s been a lean few years for Sharks fans in Super Rugby, let’s be honest. The agonising last-second defeat in the 2007 Kings Park final was followed by a bad loss in Sydney in the semi’s the year later. The slide from grace continued, with a sixth-place in 2009 and a shocking ninth-place finish in 2010 meaning no knock-out action at all for the Sharks for two seasons. Last year they snuck into 6th place, losing an away qualifier against the Crusaders, meaning that Saturday’s semi-final is the furthest that the team has progressed in this competition in four years.

There seems to be a lot of two-mindedness amongst the fans at this point – with this dichotomy weighing heavily on my own mind at present. The Sharks, it must be said, are in sublime form at present and I think we’re justified in feeling that the sort of rugby they’re producing should be good enough to win them the trophy, should they be able to sustain that form for the next 160 minutes. The frustration that tempers this belief, though, stems from the shocking inconsistency that saw no evidence whatsoever of this sort of inspired play when the Sharks lost badly to the Lions, Chiefs and Hurricanes; all games that, if won, could have made a material difference to the side’s final log position.

The realist in me (and in all of us, I suspect), tells me that a side simply cannot win Super Rugby having finished in sixth position. The prospect of needing to play three games, in three weeks, in three different countries and win each of those makes it so unlikely that the Sharks could actually win this trophy that there a nagging voice at the back of my mind telling me to stop dreaming now – stop hoping now – and just be proud of what the boys have achieved so far.

There’s the thing, though. I see no reason to listen to that voice because of the facts I see before me. What is in the past is in the past and the Sharks have already breezed through the first of those killer games. What’s in front of them, right now, is a Stormers team that doesn’t often lose, but did exactly that the last time they faced the Sharks. It’s a team missing a slew of first-team regulars, it’s a team that doesn’t know how to attack. This match is not taking place in some dark corner of the Antipodes either; it’s happening in Cape Town, meaning that the Sharks can train at home and sleep in their own beds all week.

There is no reason why the Sharks cannot (and should not) win this weekend. Let’s leave what happens afterwards to fate and rather control what we can control. I’m daring to dream, Sharks fans and for me, Saturday’s semi final in Cape Town is a game that I feel we’re genuinely going to win. Come on the Sharks… let’s do this thing!


  • I’m behind the boys 100%. They’ve worked their asses off getting here, and they’ll be full of fire and brimstone come Saturday. They are going to thump the Stormers, then go and slay the NZ team whoever that may be.

    Hollywood will come running and make a cool movie about it. True story.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.12 09:30:15 by PTAShark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    DragnipurSuper Rugby player
  • Even I’m daring to dream. Let’s do this boys!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.12 09:35:25 by war1 Reply
    war1Super Rugby player
  • We are playing the best rugby I have seen in ages! Take away the Lions game, and the last 4 games we have dominated, albeit some of them only in the second half:


    With this sort of form we have a real chance at taking the title. Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.12 09:36:25 by StevieS Reply
    StevieSSuper Rugby player
  • I’m with you Rob, I can see the Sharks winning this weekend but if they pull off a win against the Chiefs or Saders in NZ it win be the stuff of legends.

    Let’s not get to far ahead of ourselves though and let’s first beat the Stormers which in itself would be a small miracle.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.12 09:40:54 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
    Assistant coach
  • I am one of those poepolle who always believe my Sharks can win a game..why should I believe otherwise now?? :lol:

    GO BOYS!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.12 09:46:05 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
  • Yes we can take it, but the Stormers play realy well when they had a week of to rest. So we cannot afford to go lie down in the second half. They will punish us for that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.12 09:47:34 by Quintin Reply

    QuintinSuper Rugby player
  • Stop counting the “Finals” chickens – that cup aint touching our grubby little Shark fins unless we get over our MAIN hurdle – the Streamers.

    Focus is everything now, and looking ahead at next week’s final is suicide.

    This is semi’s rugby, and the Streamers’ boring style of rugby will suit the play-offs very well. They defend well and live off penalties which Grant WILL be slotting.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.12 09:59:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • Sharks are favourites!!

    I can’t see them losing this week! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.12 10:03:46 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    Forgot your meds again? :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.12 10:06:28 by Pokkel Reply
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    Assistant coach
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : meds weggegooi en nou sit hy met die lepel…soos gewoonlik :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.12 10:07:30 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 10) :


  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.12 10:09:52 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Go Stormers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.12 10:24:49 by Ludz Reply

    LudzSuper Rugby player
  • Must admit I have a good feeling for this game. The funny thing is I have never been to cape town and this weekend of all weekends I will be there by pure coincidence and it just gives me a gut feeling. A sign almost. If only I could get some tickets for the game. Go sharks. Will be wearing my sharks shirt amongst all the other blue nd white ones

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.12 10:32:22 by sharkbok Reply

    Under 21 player
  • I’ll raise you on this dream….!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.12 10:59:54 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Go Sharks!

    I believe!

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.12 11:51:42 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    LetgoAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 8) ::lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.12 11:56:37 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain
  • @Ludz (Comment 12) : yes, go home and watch as the Sharks win the final…

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.12 11:57:30 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain
  • after the game against the bulls, Bizi said that they believe that of they reach the knock out stages they can win this comp…..
    I agree, one game at a time…….

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.12 12:05:17 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain
  • @Franshark (Comment 17) : in all honesty,I’m chuffed for both Stormers and Sharks,they deserve to be hear,Sharks at their destructive best are on par with Saders and Chiefs,Keegan Daniel has been a huge for the Sharks and the current loose trio has a wonderful with Kanko having refined his physical approach to the game,this Sharks team has everything,even something you’ve genuinely lacked for a long time,world class centre pairing,either way I hope it comes to SA albeit it not to Loftus

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.12 12:54:06 by Ludz Reply

    LudzSuper Rugby player
  • Whatever happened to the option of editing your comment if you saw an error

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.07.12 12:56:18 by Ludz Reply

    LudzSuper Rugby player
  • @Ludz (Comment 19) : agree…

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.07.12 13:32:27 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Definitely favourites after the hiding we gave you lot at Kings Park not that long back ;) Bookies have Mountain Goats as 4 points favourites and that will be because of the home ground advantage and the travel factor. Sharks confidence will be high however…so tough to call.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.07.12 14:19:36 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner
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