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Take heart, Sharks, it’s been a great year!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Oct 2012 at 09:30
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Finals are special, aren’t they? As Sharks fans, I think we’ve got little to complain about after a great season in which our side has qualified for two of them, albeit in very different ways.

Super Rugby was all about the underdog story and we tend to relish that kind of situation. The Sharks team, jetlagged and battle-weary, fighting against the odds to come so close to glory. We didn’t quite make it then, but what an amazing upset it would have been if we had done it, against the odds that we faced.

Tomorrow’s challenge is a little different, in that we’ve looked consistently good for most of the Currie Cup season and are at home, rightly installed as favourites for the Currie Cup title. The team will need to use a different set of mental tricks ahead of this game and rather than clinging to that “against all odds, the underdog shall prevail” vibe, rather need to approach the game with the confidence of a side that holds a winning had, but needs to play it one last time.

The Sharks have battled with the “favourites” tag in the past, but having won their last two home finals (in 2008 and 2010) must surely have erased some of those doubts and built up some positive “muscle memory”. There are plenty of guys in this team who know how to win as favourites and I’m hopeful that that fact, coupled with an adoring home crowd and the benefit of some good form coming into the game, will swing this one in the Sharks’ favour.

Finals are always a bit of a 50-50 game at the end of the day, though and we know that there’s every chance that Province could play a blinder and emerge with a surprise win. My message to the Sharks team, though, is to play with the confidence that their record this season warrants, because there really is no reason not to be full of confidence after the year that they’ve had. It’s got nothing to do with being favourites and certainly not complacency or arrogance; rather, a team that knows they can win, must win and will win, doing what they’ve been doing again and again this season – winning at home.

Good luck Sharks! I won’t tell you to do your best, because we know that you always do. Likewise, you make us proud every time you run onto the field, so there’s no point in asking you to do that tomorrow afternoon. If anything, my message is this; there’s another 80 minutes of fun to be had, the last of the season. Go out and play the game the way it was meant to be played and I’m sure the result will follow.

Sharks forever!



14 Comments

  • Nice article Rob

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.10.12 09:32:46 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Nice! Go Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.10.12 09:52:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • nice one

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.10.12 10:32:08 by Dunx Reply

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  • Go Sharkies! I’ll be cheering on!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.10.12 11:16:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • Go Sharks!

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.10.12 11:40:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Yeah robbie, time to back your boytjies! :mrgreen: :lol:

    Sharks are the real deal! what will it be 3 Cups in 5 years?

    Sharks are favourites here whichever way you look at it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.10.12 12:04:30 by Megatron Reply

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  • The Currie cup final is a very special game.
    Unlike test matches, there is only 1 per year. You could play 100 tests and never play a Currie cup final.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.10.12 12:08:58 by Hammerkop Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : oh, but you will crow if we manage to lose, won’t you?`

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.10.12 12:23:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : me, crow? no way :shock:

    Go Saaaarks

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.10.12 12:38:21 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : I’m not buying it ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.10.12 12:43:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eFQSB7QRrQA#!

    Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this!

    And I would love tomorrow to be very much the same as this game.

    Great start and the dominance throughout.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.10.12 12:44:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : Nothing beats being at the game. Not even an giant HD Tv.

    That roar when everyone realised Mvovo has the pace and how it increased when he got to the ball first and then the final elation when Charl was put over the line. It’s awesome.

    I hope we can fill up the stands.

    There’s nothing like the atmosphere at a final!

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.10.12 12:49:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • Geezilikit People….this day cannot go fast enough and I KNOW tomorrow is gonna draaaaggggggg like shit! I will be a full on nervous wreck come 17h00 tomorrow!

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.10.12 13:51:58 by Ice Reply
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  • Missed this one yesterday… nice message rob. They just have to play like they have been for most of the curriecup, and the result will follow.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.10.12 08:51:05 by SharksRTB Reply

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