Focussing on failure

Written by Morné Nortier (Morné)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 22 Feb 2010 at 09:10
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Where do you go to find the answers when things go as badly as they do now?  My guess is most of us are looking at the wrong places.

It is human nature – failure is analysed and scrutinised to the finest detail because for some reason we believe if we analyse something that is not working, we will automatically and miraculously figure out how to start doing things right again.

Ah if life was but that simple.

It is one thing to figure out that you are getting something wrong or making mistakes, but it is quite a different thing turn that into success.

You see what we humans do (and believe we are smart because of it) is that we reckon just by identifying that we are doing something wrong we expect that we could get things right or turn it around by doing the exact same opposite knowing (or rather hoping) that if it is not wrong, it must be right and since we know this is wrong, doing the opposite will be right.

It is the typical analytical thinking (black and white, positive and negative, ying and yang) that makes me realise watching Discovery Channel on a Sunday (after a bottle and half of my favourite Red) that we are indeed very simple (read stupid) creatures.

Doing the opposite of wrong does not make something right – and the more you try and do the ‘not wrong’ or opposite of wrong (and you are still getting it wrong) the more desperate you tend to get.

The biggest thing we are getting wrong in my opinion though, is that we overanalyse failures, where we should rather spend our time analysing success and identify what is working or much more likely to work, than hoping for the best or shooting in the dark hoping one bullet out of 50 might just hit the target.

This is applicable currently to the Sharks.

In the last 20 years the Sharks have been able to build a brand in rugby which has in the past been associated with the Manchester United’s of soccer – and rightly so.

In the last 20 years the Sharks have produced two of our most respected and successful Springbok captains, and a bucket load of Springbok players.

Although devoid of actual silverware, the Sharks have also been one of our most successful teams in rugby both locally and internationally based on results.

The Sharks, although limited from a resource point of view have also been able to produce and successfully compete at age-group level thanks largely to the results of having one of the most successful rugby academies in South Africa.

The point is, in the last 20 years the Sharks (apart from the odd hiccup every now and then) have been successful – they know how to be successful, and they should simply re-create what has worked for them in the past.

The Sharks have more or less the same bosses in the administration of the union for the last 15 or so years, so nothing there is really new.  The Sharks also, have no doubt some of the most talented and gifted players in South Africa, not only in their senior ranks but also lower down.

Although a lot of questions are being raised about the current team management, Plumtree and Straeuli are no mucks when it comes to the game of rugby.

But you see, rugby is not only a team sport on the field, it is also a team sport and team effort off it.

At every single level in the union the Sharks have capable, if not successful individuals but for some reason, they do not seem to be able to operate on the same frequency.

There is no point in having the best individuals around in the world if there is no common goal or trust in the structures from players to captain, captain to coach, coach to management and management to administration (and then the same way down again).

The Sharks (and I dare say the supporters) are looking for answers based on the performances and actions of individuals, whereas the missing link is that something, or someone, that will have the ability to simply bring it all together.

Rugby is a result driven sport, and requires a result driven company or organisation to achieve success, and although success is dependent in a lot of ways on individual contributions, it is how those individual brilliance is put together that will ultimately bring about success.

The more the Sharks management and supporters focus on analysing the individual failures of the team and union, the more desperate you will get as is already the case with some actions (contracting) being taken by the union currently, and comments delivered on the team.

If you want results, start analysing successes rather than focussing your attention on failures.

You want my advice?

Just do one thing, or appoint one person, to bring the individual success of the union together.


  • ok, where do I apply? 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.10 09:27:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • go Rob i think you fit the part 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.10 09:30:27 by Charmaine Reply

  • bring mac back!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.10 09:35:55 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • Have faith guys, its going to get better…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.10 09:45:03 by billy Reply

  • dude i support liverpool as well ,i seem to live on faith.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.10 09:46:58 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 5) : used to be dragonshark, is that right? 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.10 09:48:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : guilty as charged

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.10 09:51:17 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 7) : just wondering how a “new guy” got a start so quickly, without me noticing 🙂 Do you actually live in Wales? (and have I asked you that before?)

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.10 10:06:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @billy (Comment 4) : yes billy trying to keep the faith up 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.02.10 10:09:00 by Charmaine Reply

  • @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 5) : :mrgreen: UNLUCKY

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.02.10 10:17:59 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • SEAN EVERITT!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.10 10:18:09 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : R i think the reason you not noticing is down to that icy pommie air you reside around haha,i live in la lucia kzn and love it but was born in Wales (Newport).Your site is awsome but i hardly post for fear of being labled stalkerish!!!i never miss a sharks,liverpool or Wales game

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.10 10:19:41 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply


  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.10 10:20:16 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 11) : @war1 (Comment 13) :

    Now you just need one more name…

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.10 10:21:13 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 14) : who were you thinking of?

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.10 10:22:16 by war1 Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 14) : nice ass but are those handcuffs?

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.10 10:22:46 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 15) :

    The guy to manage them all.

    @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 16) :

    Afraid so!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.10 10:23:36 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 17) : go you good thing!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.10 10:24:32 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • “I think, therefore I am”…you become what you focus on….so focus on success rather than failure…

    Does Joel Stransky bug anyone else?

    Black and White – all that matters!

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.10 10:32:08 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 17) : well, unfortunately i dont think strools is the man for the job

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.10 10:53:59 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 20) :

    Neither do I

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.10 10:57:03 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 21) : but who then?

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.10 11:01:58 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 22) :

    Dont think you will like my answer…

    Dont think most Sharkies would…

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.10 11:09:34 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 23) : Jake White?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.10 11:33:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 19) : Joel Stransky bugs me quite chronically.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.10 11:33:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 19) :
    forever and a day, big time.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.10 11:34:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 23) : heyneke meyer is not available, i know alan solomons was linked with the job b4 strools got it

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.10 11:39:21 by war1 Reply
  • @Just a Fan (Comment 19) : Joel must have a major beef with the sharks ,his anti shark nasal whining is ridiculous to say the least ,and he is a kzn product(strange!!)

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.10 11:54:12 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 28) : very strange very :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.10 11:58:42 by Charmaine Reply

  • he made his name right here in kzn and was idolised ,now he slates them WTF!!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.10 12:04:16 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • yes you are right has his head also bloated up because of the [email protected]#g why do the x players do that i don’t know its a shame though 👿

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.10 12:09:44 by Charmaine Reply

  • you dont hear a bad word from any other,mabye words of concern but not nasty or deogitory

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.10 12:20:03 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • @RUGGA BUGGA (Comment 32) : derogitory

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.10 12:45:51 by RUGGA BUGGA Reply

  • Did anyone catch the sports segment on ECR w/ Bakkies Botha? They were going through all of this past weekends games as well as the current log and for being a Bull he had some rather complimentary things to say about the Sharks, that despite the two early losses that he thinks they have the ability to put that behind them and bounce back even though they are off for their overseas leg. He also mentioned that it is his opinion that some bad calls against the Sharks helped turn the tide against them.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.10 18:31:09 by Milissa Reply

  • @Milissa (Comment 34) : interesting. yes, the discipline let the sharks down and especially in the first game their frustration with the ref was evident. but they need to learn to control it, unfortunately.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.10 18:38:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 35) : i agree with you 100% discipline and once they get that right you shall c a better sharks team altogether 😀

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.02.10 05:14:59 by Charmaine Reply


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