The Sharks have in the last couple of years been the ‘almost there’ team and it has frustrated a lot of the loyal Sharks supporters……KSA Shark being a prime example.
The Sharks need to do a couple of things differently this year in order to lift the SupeRugby trophy.
Consistency is vital. They cannot afford to lose games that they are supposed to win like the losses against the Waratahs and Lions last year. You cannot expect to win the tournament from 5th or 6th place on the log and travelling all over the world before playing the finals. Keegan Daniel has already spoken out about this and hopefully we’ll see the results this year. Is it a mental thing? I don’t know but perhaps the services of a mental coach would do the trick
They really need to sort their lineouts out. The Sharks lineouts functioned very well towards the end of the SupeRugby last year mainly due to Kankowski running the show, but thing went a little pear shaped during the Currie Cup. The fact that Bismarck will not be available during the initial stages of the tournament means that the likes of Burden and Cooper will have to adapt and fire from the word go. Hopefully Franco vd Merwe will help in this regard. I also hope that Kanko comes back from Japan in the form that he left last year. He played some of the best rugby of his career towards the end of 2012 and I hope he kicks on from there.
They need a quality back-up loosehead. I know plenty has been said about this but with Chadwick being injured for the first part of the season it is crucial than Allan Dell steps up to the plate. Doc Jannie can also do the job at loosehead but he already carries a huge workload both for the Sharks and the Boks that this isn’t really an ideal solution.
They have plenty of quality loosies but not one real recognised fetcher so they’ll have to adapt their play to counteract other teams with quality fetchers. Ideally it would be good to have a fetcher but I believe that with the correct gameplan quality fetchers can be neutralised. We need to make use other tactics like driving over the top to make sure we regain and win possession.
My biggest fear though is that we start the season like we did last year where the tactics were to give it to Alberts, Deysel or Coetzee to bash it up and recycle and do the same over and over again. I truly hope we play the same way we played towards the end of the S15 season last year. Let’s play more of Lambie and vary our game more.
Let’s play with the flair of King Carlos!
Let’s defend like the Stormers!
And most importantly play with the passion of the Sharks!