Loss my sharkies uit, asseblief…

Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Mar 2011 at 00:45
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You okes (and okettes) are going to have to forgive me, but I am anticipating a barrage of negativity and detrimental commentary on our beloved Sharksworld following this morning’s somewhat disappointing defeat at the hands of the lowly Chiefs. This is going to pre-empt pretty much everything that I am about to say…

Which begins thus: So what? We lost. Big deal. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, it’s a bit depressing because on paper we should have walked it. But we didn’t play on paper, we played on an oil slick. And not with a ball, but with a bar of soap. We gave the game away with what tennis umpires refer to as “unforced errors” rather than getting beaten by a superior team. Like pooh, it happens. I am cool with it. I can deal with it, because I know we are a fabulous team with the best rugby talent in South Africa at this moment in time. If you can’t, well boo-hoo for you. It’s over. Kla. Finished. And it’s time to focus on the next game already… or is it?

I am going to allow myself a little spot of self-indulgence at this juncture to explore in no huge detail what went awry this morning… Why did today’s loss happen? Well, for me, I think it was virtually inevitable after last week’s close call against the Rebels… And the key to it is spelled as follows: p o s s e s s i o n. We got the ball, we gave the ball to the other side. We got the ball back. And gave it to the other side. We swiped it from under their noses (hard to do in the conditions we were playing in) and kicked it downfield to someone on the other side. Is it just me who sees a pattern forming here?

To be fair, the Chiefs pretty much played the same game, with the difference being that they got a couple more penalties in their favour than we did. And we managed to stymie their efforts on the try line just before half-time with some awesome defence work. But I have never, and will never see the advantage in wrestling a ball from the clawing grip of the opposing side only to punt it right back to them further downfield. And if someone can explain to me the common sense in this approach I would be seriously grateful.

I am not going to make a big deal of it, because there were so many mitigating circumstances in today’s defeat, and I am not going to lay blame at any one, two or five players’ feet… It was not a match to savour, not one to enjoy or marvel at, and no matter how skilled a player, when skating around on what amounted to a chip pan of a field, talent counted for zip and balance counted for everything. You do not need to have an IQ in excess of 200 to understand that in different conditions, the match would have produced a completely different result. We lost a match. No-one died in the process and compared to earthquakes and tsunamis it amounts to zip…

So before all the naysayers, grumpy old armchair critics and pseudo wannabes get their teeth stuck into ripping the flesh off the Sharks’ bones, I say this: leave ‘em alone, dudes, dudettes and doubting Thomases… we still have a LOOONNNGGG way to go till the cut line – 11 more matches and TWO byes (there’s 8 points without us having to do ANYTHING to earn ‘em, gawd bless Sanzar) and have bigger fishies to fry than the Chiefs… chief among them being the Crusaders next Sunday in London.

That’s going to be a real doozie and one we all need to focus on, because there is something inherently morally “off” in wanting to grind the bones of the poor souls who survived the wrath of mother nature in what amounts to a SuperFundraiser… It’s going to be hard to beat the Saders, then, physically, mentally and morally. And the Boys in B & W are going to need all the help they can get from all of us out here in supporter land, not having us raking over a pitiful and somewhat soggy performance in a Hamilton swimming pool.

Nuff said…

Go sharks.


  • I agree 100% with you Rob. It’s one game and I’m sure not gonna crucify any of the players for loosing today’s game. My feelings are still the same…Well done on your away leg Boys, still love you and still proud of you….NO GET YOUR BEHINDS BACK HOME!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.11 01:19:46 by Nita Reply

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.11 04:20:21 by RuckingFun Reply
  • the sharks used the same tactics against the cheetahs in their first match against the cheetahs and got away with a win, this time they met new zealand’s worst performimg team and got stuck in the mud.

    In those conditions it is always advisable to play the territorial game which necessates that your kickers have to be accurate so as to put the other team on the back foot by forcing them to play in their half and if mistakes creep in, then the sharks can capitalise on them – think 2009 Boks kick & chase strategy!

    As for the flippant name-calling, well, it betrays everything one has come to expect of some sharks fans on this site 😉

    it’s a comp buddy, every team hopes for W at the beginning of a game and your ‘most talented in SA’ team copped a loss against the worst performing team in NZ, now chew on that in your smugness 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.11 04:42:22 by Megatron Reply
  • How much of a swimming pool will Twickenham be? 🙂

    I just hope we come away from this with a lesson learnt.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.11 06:16:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I hate to admit it, but I subscribe to Keo’s (spit) newsletter. I rarely read his weekly pro-WP garbage, but this week’s edition started talking about us, and was surprisingly complimentary. Even the arch-brokeback mountain goat said that our defence was awesome and there was nothing more that we could have done in the conditions. Reverse psych-out? Maybe, but Sharks fans can deal with an L or two in the column.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.11 06:29:43 by MerckZ Reply

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.11 07:10:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • well said, however nothing wrong in stating that certain individuals were not up to standard on the day. Conditions should not be a factor at all, both teams have to play in similar conditions. the field is flat and equally wet and slippery everywhere.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.11 08:46:46 by Gerhardt Reply

  • @Gerhardt (Comment 7) : Precisely why neither team scored any tries and the result was decided by discipline rather than playing tactics.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.11 08:59:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • sorry for the confusion, but it was Sharon who wrote this, not me.

    I agree 100%, though

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.11 09:30:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Okay if it was Sharon then the “Loss” in the headline instead of “Los” wasn’t a Freudian slip but intended. 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.11 09:50:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We still love and support the Sharks , and will be shouting them on at Twickenham :mrgreen: COME ON YOU BEAUTIES 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.11 10:01:56 by SharkyTaylor Reply


  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.11 10:21:13 by Charlie Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : Have you ever considered a career as a goth, or alternatively black metal vocalist? Given that negative sentiments seems to be the only currency you trade in, I reckon you have all the attributes required to become an absolute legend in one of those fields… 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.11 10:21:38 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Mostly agree with you Sharon, but the main difference wasn´t that the Chiefs got more penalties than us. It was that the Chiefs played their rugby in our half, so when they did get penalties it translated into points. When we got penalties we were kicking to try and get out of our half.

    All because our kicking in general play was so poor. Instead of playing for territory by kicking into the corners and getting the ball behind their wings (the not-so-flashy-but-correct strategy in wet conditions) we saw incessantly stupid up-and-unders into the middle of the field, more often than not ending up right back in our half.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.11 10:51:47 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Agree with you Sharon. But there haven’t been many disparaging comments (apart from Megatron and why are we not surprised!). Maybe they will come. Something else to chew on before spitting vitriol is that, before the tour, many were stating they would be happy with 12 points. The mighty Haaie got 11 already!

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.11 11:01:59 by perran_dw Reply

  • Our discipline cost us this game. Also think our defense cost us the game, we missed a lot of tackles. And yes I know we didn’t concede a try but think about it, when you miss tackles you start putting yourself under pressure and that’s when you start conceding the penalties. We really need to go and look at our defense and our discipline.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.11 11:53:16 by Ben Reply
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  • Surprisingly I`m not really so upset with the guys.

    More upset with myself for getting caught up in the hype AGAIN!

    They were off their game last week already. I should have seen this coming.

    But hey now we know!

    To quote every losing captain in the super rugby series ” It doesn`t get any easier from here on ”

    If we`re reasonable we can`t expect a result against the Crusers but thereafter we have the Stormers in Durban. Would we be able to bounce back by then? 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.11 12:57:25 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Nah, not surprised with this result either, chose the chiefs on SB, and that takes a lot not to back my team!! I really feel that we will bounce back at Twickenham, and I’m glad we are playing there, cos the Saders at home wouldve been a whole different kettle of fish!!
    Still proud of the boys, Go Sharks!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.11 13:26:30 by Crock Reply

  • Am just trying to figure out if anyone else in this competition gets two byes like us? And looking at the Bulls and Lions performances in equally wet and grungy conditions today I actually feel a lot better about yesterday’s “slip up”. And take extreme pride from the fact that judging by everyone else’s efforts, by and far the best squad in this competition. And definitely the BEST fly half!

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.11 21:06:07 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 19) : Everyone gets 2 byes. I think it’s far too early in the season to start coming to conclusions about any team, look at what happened in Sydney as the perfect example.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.11 21:13:28 by war1 Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 19) :

    YIP everyone has two byes the gaps between the bys are not the same for all teams though.

    real easy to see who has byes below

    Stormers have a 9 week gap we have a 3 week gap

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.11 21:13:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : So that’s why it seems odd, because ours are so close together. Makes sense now. (Sort of). And yes, @war1 (Comment 20) : it is WAY too early to be getting over excited and start throwing predictions out there, but as I said, thus far I am exceptionally proud of what the Sharks have achieved and am looking forward to Sunday…

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.11 21:17:43 by SharonvanWyk Reply

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