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Keep it steady, Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Oct 2012 at 10:39
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Man, there’s been a lot of talk in the build-up to this week’s clash between the Sharks and the Blue Bulls – I must say, I’ve found it pretty hard to avoid wading right into the middle of it and fighting fire with fire.

Sometimes, though, the best thing to fight fire with is a good old dose of cooling water and whether we like it or not, the signs would indicate that there’s going to be fair bit of that at Kings Park tomorrow, with the forecast indicating yet another wet game. There could be a bit of a metaphor developing here, but I’ll do my best not to push it too much.

So anyway, it seems all and sundry are talking up the Bulls’ chances this weekend and you have to admire that belief that exists within their squad. After all, they’ve had a bit of a crap season, all things considered and we mustn’t underestimate the strong bonds that can often be formed in a team environment when adversity strikes. Hell, we saw just a few months back how our very own Sharks overcame similar circumstances to progress all the way to the Super Rugby final, despite being written off as contenders relatively early in that campaign. Getting into a “knock-out rugby” mode before the actual knock-out matches can often work n a team’s favour, because they don’t need to change anything in their approach and preparation when they do get to the semi. That could definitely work in the Bulls’ favour this week. For them, it’s just one more must-win match away from home and they’ll take a lot of confidence, belief and fire into the game.

The Sharks, though, find themselves in exactly the opposite position; that of favourites for the game and the key for them – it must be said, a team that has never worn that particular tag with comfort – is simply to not panic and start trying to counter the bluster that is coming out of the Bulls camp. Even more important is to not let the Bulls dictate what happens on the field any more than during the build up. This is exactly when the so-called “choke” can happen, when you let people convince you that the underdog is actually better than you are and is all-but-destined to beat you. You lose the game in your own head before you’ve even played it – which is what I believe happened to the Stormers ahead of the Super Rugby semi-final this year.

The Sharks, though, have done well to keep their powder dry in the build up to this weekend’s game and as long as they stick to what has worked for them all season, without getting sucked into the sideshows, I’m confident they’ll come out with the result they want. Pressure is a given in this sport, but sometimes it’s ok to let the other guys be under just a little bit more…



48 Comments

  • Please don’t see this as sour grapes but I don’t believe that in a CC with only 6 team competing there should be semi-finals at all.

    This means that even a team that has performed really poorly throughout the season is now in with a chance to win the whole competition. I also don’t believe that the Boks, that haven’t been part of the CC, should be allowed to play in the last couple of games.

    At best this should have been a final between the top 2 teams on the log and the Boks should have been excluded.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.10.12 10:51:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Discipline…VERY important. Stick to the game we have been playing these past couple of weeks plus and have the will to win.

    Play for everypoint you can get, because one never knows what influence a refs decision can have on the game. When you are ahead…dont quit, play even harder.

    Come Boys – we are behind you – you can do this. We believe, You Believe it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.10.12 10:53:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I agree with you Pokkel…seems a bit unfair that the team who was mostly last, might walk away with the honours…could be because the have a great game for once and it could be because of mistakes by refs….if the latter, I’d be one pissed off Ice-cube! :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.10.12 10:56:07 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : mind you even if it is the first, i’d be pissed off…

    The Sharks have worked hard this season, they need to stay calm and focus. Then all should be ok

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.10.12 10:57:39 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I wish SARU had the savvy to realise that they need to BUILD the CC premier division to include more competitive teams.

    As you say, 6 teams ending with four in the play-offs is a bit daft.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.10.12 10:59:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • just before you all go too far down this road, remember that the Sharks finished 6th in Super Rugby, yet made the final. Many felt that it cheapened the Super Rugby knock-outs to have the 5th and 6th placed teams there in the first place.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.10.12 11:02:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agree, there should be at least 8 teams in the premier division

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.10.12 11:04:02 by Mutley Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    I agree to a certain extent, but that is 6 from 15 team so 40% in the play-offs. CC it’s 4 from 6 so 66.66% in playoffs.

    In any event the 5th and 6th placed team in SupeRugby have a VERY small chance of winning the competition due to travelling. Also the 1st and 2nd placed teams in SupeRugby have a HUGE advantage.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.12 11:06:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : yeah, I know…. but now you’re kind of into semantics :) I think the argument would already be lost.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.10.12 11:15:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Ok so then let’s discuss my point about the Boks in the CC! :o

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.10.12 11:19:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : I think the Boks should have been kept out, but not for the sentimental reason you’re proposing :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.10.12 11:24:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I do agree with the fact that there is 15 teams in the SR…so not really same scenario.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.10.12 11:26:05 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Maybe, but ending 6th out of 15 teams after 16 games is a lot more impressive than ending 4th out of 6 teams after 10 games I would say.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.10.12 11:36:20 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 13) : yes – you are right

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.10.12 11:45:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • But, I still find no game more exciting than full strength Bulls vs. full strength Sharks (bar the injury to Bismarck and Odd-one ;-) )

    Really hoping the Sharks win though, ’cause I’ve got my brother-in-law here for the weekend, and he’s one of “those” Bulls supporters :| :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.10.12 11:54:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I hope we face WP in the final if we manage to progress. We seem to have had the upper hand on them for the last few years. Wink wink nudge nudge :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.10.12 12:04:43 by Ben Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : wife’s brother or sister’s husband?

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.10.12 12:14:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Please don’t see this as sour grapes but I don’t believe that in a CC with only 6 team competing there should be semi-finals at all.

    Seconded!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.10.12 12:51:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.10.12 12:54:32 by klempie Reply

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  • Both should have 7 teams, 50/50 split of 14 teams, with rest week for each team.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.10.12 13:34:30 by JD Reply
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  • herre, tis is the most quiet i have seen this site before a semi…let alone a BULLS / SHARKS semi!! :evil: :?:

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.10.12 13:34:58 by Ice Reply
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  • All I care about is us smashing the Blue Boks this weekend and making both their gameplan and their actual Boks (the ones that dont deserve to be there. Potgieter, Steyn and co) look like crap!!!

    Oh and Rob AWESOME IDEA on that Keegan VOTE!!! He thoroughly deserves it after the year he has had!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.10.12 13:36:34 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 21) :

    Is nogal!!

    Nou laat daai bek van jou praat!

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.10.12 13:38:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Okai fair point but we wouldn’t have been that low down if the Reds were not in by default we actually had more log points than them and should have had home ground advantage in that game!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.10.12 13:38:52 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 24) : we still would’ve been fifth

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.10.12 13:51:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Netnou wil jy weer middelvinger smileys na my toe mik! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.10.12 13:55:40 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 26) :

    Ag Ysie! Ek weet mos jy kan dit handle.

    I hear Plum has a secret weapon for tomorrow….

    Apparently Chad le Clos will be a late substitute on the bench……

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.10.12 13:58:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Cmon Rob, Give us one of those inspirational/fired-up/believe messages before we knock off…

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.10.12 14:00:19 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 28) :

    You mean those really corny ones?? ;-)

    :runningaway: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.10.12 14:02:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This weekend we have a potential win win! If you read News25, Keo and Rugby365 most Bull supporters say that a WP loss makes them happier than a Bulls win, and that if the Bulls do not win they would be very happy for the Sharks to win it. SO we beat the Bulls and Lions beat WP we have 3 Unions extremely happy. If WP wins then The Sharks just have to ensure that we win the final and again RSA (except for a minority in Cape town ;) ) will be happy. So Come on Sharks do it for the Nation! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.10.12 14:03:12 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Okai long week, News24! :oops:

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.10.12 14:09:49 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : Oh Goodness…that Chad boy irritates me a bit..

    @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 31) : Been a 25 hour day? :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.10.12 14:15:05 by Ice Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 22) : Awesome idea indeed. Keegs deserves it.

    Kudos Robmeister.

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.10.12 14:18:34 by Ben Reply

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  • Anyone on top of the voting scores?

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.10.12 14:22:45 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 29) : Yip.. Exactly!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.10.12 14:24:36 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 35) : Something like this?

    A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE BOYS IN BLACK AND WHITE:

    To most of us fans, this weekends game seem like a final. Perhaps, we have the feeling that, if we can manage to succesfully overcome this little fleshy hurdle, the cup is as good as in the cupboard!

    So Read these words very carefully and believe in yourself!

    What if I told you it was all meant to be?
    Would you believe me, would you agree?
    Its almost that feeling that we’ve been here before,

    So tell me that you dont think Im crazy when I tell your time is here and now.

    A Moment like this.
    Some Sharksfans wait a lifetime for a moment like this.
    Some Shark Boys search forever for that one special cup.
    I cant believe its happening to us.
    Some people wait a lifetime, the Bulls time is up.

    Everything changes, but the game remains.
    Something so tough I cant explain.
    Well I may be dreaming but till I awake..Can we make the dream last forever?
    And I’ll cherish all the glory we share for a moment like this.

    All the Best, Boys!!!

    Loads of Love

    Ice and about 3 million other fans!

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.10.12 14:31:04 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 36) : http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2010/10/14/a-moment-like-this/

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.10.12 14:32:05 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 34) : Scores are very steady today, after taking the lead late last night, Keegan is still clear ahead on 18% vs Eben’s 15%. The only major change is the new nr.3, Habs and Pat have switched places from this morning, Pat on 12%, Habana on 11%

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.10.12 14:43:58 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 38) : Shot, Kriekie! :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.10.12 14:48:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 39) : An interresting thing I just read there

    Phase 1: (the nominations) the top 10 were chosen by 50% from votes cast, 50% from a panel of expert journalists
    Phase 2: (picking the winner) “the player with the most votes will be announced . . . ” no mention of ‘experts’ having a say in this one, so from what I gather, the fans pick the winner, finnis en klaar!
    So if we keep Keegan in 1st on votes, he wins

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.10.12 15:06:53 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 40) : That is how I understood it too, ja.. :cool:

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.10.12 15:09:59 by Ice Reply
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  • I
    Just
    Realized

    :shock:
    Your title says KISS :o
    :shock:

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.10.12 15:29:37 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 42) : :?:

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.10.12 15:43:07 by Ice Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 42) : @Ice (Comment 43) : OOOOHHH okay got it now!

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.10.12 15:46:26 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 44) : Kiss who and why? :???:

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.10.12 15:52:59 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 42) : this would throw the Bulls off guard completely. Sharks by 100.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.10.12 16:01:37 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 36) : Good omen… Did the trick in 2010… Hopefully will do the trick in 2012 !

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.10.12 16:31:26 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Well.. I’m signing off..
    Good Luck Sharks!
    You deserve to be in the position of playing and hosting a semi!

    I BELIEVE !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.10.12 16:42:48 by SharksRTB Reply

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