So another Super Rugby season has come (and gone, for all intents), and despite the fact that every possible factor worked in our favour, the Sharks have once again, frustratingly, failed to lay their hands on any silverware (excluding the conference trophy, which right-minded people everywhere – excluding the folks down in the Cape, obviously – see as utterly meaningless).
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Incoming Sharks CEO John Smit probably summed up his day yesterday in the best possible way, in telling Ballz Radio’s Darren Scott that he was having “the worst holiday ever”. As the dust begins to settle on a truly momentous day in Sharks history, Smit must, I’m sure, already be wondering what exactly he’s got himself into. [...]
The Sharks, already severely decimated by injury, suffered the further setback of losing the resurgent Francois Steyn to injury during the loss to the Highlanders this past weekend.
The Sharks have announced the team to face the Highlanders on Saturday morning, with some welcome changes in the backline, and some less obviously pleasing ones in the pack. [...]
A chat I had with a well-respected rugby guru and socialite raised an interesting question; given the amount of time that Willem Alberts spends on the sidelines, is there value is extending his contract?
Turning and turning in the widening gyre; The falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.
In the modern world dominated by businessmen and a focus on the bottom-line, the distinction between success (the accomplishment of an aim or purpose)and progress (forward or onward movement toward a destination) has largely been forgotten.
After a drubbing like the Sharks handed to the Rebels this weekend, it’s hard to make an objective assessment on where the team stands.
Back in the days before Rob created the enlightened rugby blog that is now Sharksworld, we used to hang out on another site filled with some interesting folks. Before each Springbok match, there used to be a piece written by one author in a pseudo-epic style which was used to rile up the fans for the game. There were lots of “beholds” and “hearkens” in the piece, and I rather enjoyed it. [...]
In ancient Greece, a philosopher by the name of Zeno once founded a school of thought (Stoicism) that held that personal virtue was sufficient for happiness – that a well-developed and balanced mind would lead to a person being indifferent or invulnerable to the slings and arrows of misfortune. As a means of strengthening their spiritual strength, some stories hold that stoics daily challenged themselves to meet and endure difficult people and circumstances. [...]
So, the time is almost upon us for the SW “Rock the Cape” party. We call upon all our comrades and cadres to join us in revolutionising the city of Cape Town with some good ole fashioned SW raucousness. [...]
Coaches often talk about “winning ugly” as a euphemism for victories won by sheer bloody-mindedness and sticking to the basics – leaving complex backline moves and fancy skills out the game. In that case, the Sharks’ display was reminiscent of Cinderella’s step-sisters today!
Amidst all the existing loose forward talent in SA, it almost seems superfluous to mention the mop-haired Ashley Johnson. After all, this WP Craven Week player, who also captained Paarl Gimnasium as a junior, was overlooked by his home province, languished playing for the Griffons for a while, and first came to light at the Cheetahs when selected as a hooker by Naka Drotske, who thought him too short and heavy to play 8th man.
Sports 24 reports that Dr Brendan Venter, once a very influential inside centre, then a very astute coach and notable interviewee at Heineken Rugby games, worked with his old Vrystaat mates (who also played and coached under him at Saracens), Naka Drotske and Michael Horak (Cheetahs defence coach), in nullifying Sonny Boy Williams’ influence in their famous win against the Crusaders. [...]
Rugby is a game of small margins played by big men on a big field. It doesn’t always take a gulf in quality to translate into a drubbing on the scoreboard, and neither does it always take a complete change of personnel or game plan to change winning into losing. [...]