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Working together to right the ship


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 Apr 2011 at 07:33
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Astute readers will notice that I haven’t done any individual player ratings for the Sharks after Saturday’s loss against the Stormers. The reason for that is only partly due to my own laziness!

When things start to go wrong – as they have for the Sharks over the last few weeks – there’s a strong tendency, a very human tendency, to start pointing fingers and looking for individuals to blame. We all know that rugby is a team sport and that while individuals can often stand out, it is the collective performance of a team of many that ultimately makes the difference between winning and losing. Looking at particular mistakes made my discrete individuals – blaming the loss on a missed tackle here or a poor goal kick there – as the reason for a defeat can often mask wider problems in the team as a whole. More worryingly, it can erode cohesion and morale, both of which are crucial to any successful team.

That was a bit long-winded and airy-fairy, I’ll concede. We can use more cliched phrases such as “there’s no I in team” and the like, but I prefer to look at this one in a far simpler way: The Sharks got into this mess together and they’ll need to get out of it together. We’ve heard so much about the “family vibe” in this side that it’s now time for it to show its face – because if there’s one thing that families do, it’s support each other when times are tough and help pull each other out of a hole.

So who, then, is in this family? The players, sure, but also the coaches, administrators, medical staff, logistical people – everyone involved in the running of the show – but also common fans like you and me. We as a body of fans can do much to help, by easing the pressure on the team, by being encouraging, by resisting the temptation to go up to a player if we see him out and about with the typical “geez, you okes were kak this weekend!” vibe. We can be critical of the performance and speculate about potential changes that the coach could make to the side, but I think we need to be clear that we DO have great faith in all of the players in the squad and we know that even without changes, the boys can turn things around. Making comparions between the individual in the suad base on sketchy evidence is, I feel, only likely to increase divisions and ultimately not help very much.

With this in mind, I was particularly irked to see a headline on a popular news site yesterday saying something along the lines of ‘Plumtree slams players”. On reading the article, it turned out to be sensationalist rubbish. The coach, as he has done before, had pointed out a lack of accuracy as one of the key reasons for the loss. That’s nothing new, that just honest and I think that everyone in the team will acknowledge that the coach hasn’t suddenly lost faith in his team, much less is he “slamming” anyone in the press. It’s an interesting example, though, of how those on the outside can create or exacerbate divisions by selective reporting. I’m very keen to avoid that sort of thing here because my goal, ultimately, is for the Sharks to do well.

In short, let’s be positive and get behind each and everyone involved with Sharks rugby and let them know that we’re pulling for them to get back that winning vibe. To all the people involved, from Brian van Zyl and Rudolf Straeuli, down to Plum, Bashie, Reece, Sean Everitt, Strudders, all the players across both Super Rugby and Vodacom Cup squads and every other member of the wider support infrastructure, we want you to know that we’re right behind you and we urge you to pull together and overcome the obstacles you face as a team.

Sharks Forever!


53 Comments

  • Slam dunk. Just changing gears that’s all. Plenty of rugby still to be played.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.04.11 07:38:42 by rugbypedia Reply
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  • That Rudolf Straeuli beer looks to be paying dividends ! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.04.11 07:43:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 2) : you think so? Nah – I don’t reckon that’s it. πŸ™‚

    More just a case of trying to avert panic, because panicking seldom accomplishes anything.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.04.11 07:48:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    You’re not sensing panic in the ranks surely.

    Panic when you lose to the Canes at home ! 😎

    Off to the Cheetahs on Friday …. should i bail up Skipper ❓

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.04.11 07:50:53 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 2) : πŸ™‚

    I must agree with Rob though. pointing fingers ain’t going to help ANYONE at the moment.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.04.11 07:52:34 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) : yeah – tell the Skip you represent Sharksworld and we hope he’s doing well. Wilhelm Steenkamp (current Cheetahs captain) also played for the Sharks on loan last year.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.04.11 07:54:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 5) : You’re such a Ref. ! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.04.11 07:54:29 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I also read the β€˜Plumtree slams players’ artical and am still trying to link the headline with artical. what a load of kak!
    We will come back against the Lions and get some much needed confidance back. JLP needs to get his eye in as missed chances are costing us dearly.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.04.11 07:56:15 by weeman Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) : re panic – I don’t want to overreact to anything I’m picking up or sensing. When the team loses games, it makes the suits unhappy. When the suits are unhappy, they make the coaches unhappy. When the coaches are unhappy, they ten to make the players unhappy.

    Not saying that everyone should necessarily be happy at the moment (Heaven knows i’m not!) – just saying that everyone from the top to the bottom (including us) is involved and we all need to pull together to fix it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.04.11 07:56:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : That’s a really big group hug.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.04.11 08:00:16 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • Yes its tough to lose and especially three in a row. But the reality is that we are still looking good in the bigger picture.
    – 2 losses on our tour but we did get 12 points on the log. Good job.
    – 1 dropped game at home against the team that is top of the log. Disappointing but still ok.

    We just need to get back on track. Win our home games and pick up 2 or 3 away wins and we’ll be in a position to host a semi.

    Now go get those Lions!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.04.11 08:00:28 by Viking Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Ok i’m onto it…..will obviously get to interview captain’s (Steenkamp) post match, but may manage to corner Skipper a little bit less formally !

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.04.11 08:01:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Did you guys not lose 6 on the trot last year and then still end up pushing hard towards the end of the season?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.04.11 08:08:27 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Geez you boys had fun on Saturday (just read the post game comments) but nice to see the ship righting itself, till the Lions spoil your party again on Saturday :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.04.11 08:11:35 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 14) : It’s not impossible 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.04.11 08:16:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 14) : I see you are after a kicking coach ! πŸ˜•

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.04.11 08:18:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 13) : well, that’s the harsh thing. We won 7 of our last 8 games but because of the poor start, still ended up 9th overall

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.04.11 08:19:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good mornin all..I was reading keo and they were saying how the stormers were tactical in their win against the sharks..come now they played average rugby against a team who looked like they would rather be on the beach..I see the stormers are one injury away from a big loss..they not playing the best rugby…

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.04.11 08:20:16 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) : …here come the Reds !

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.04.11 08:21:16 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) : So they say every week. Yet they keep on winning. πŸ™„

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.04.11 08:22:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : nothing’s impossible. Those okes thrashed us by 30 points in pre-season…

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.04.11 08:22:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) : C’mon chap, don’t be that way, Stormers played decent enough rugga and we’ve already started the season without our first choice hooker and have had our captain out for a few weeks with injury.

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.04.11 08:28:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • You are not a true supporter if you do not support your team when they are down. Be positive and things can only get better. GO SHARKS GO GO GO!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.04.11 08:30:56 by Ardent Shark Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : No try conceded and no losing bonuspoint either, away from home, says it all really. 😎

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.04.11 08:32:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 16) : Know of any good guys, I wish Van Straaten would stop teaching all the Aussies!! 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.04.11 08:33:56 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : @McLovin (Comment 24) : Crusaders and Reds look to be your real competition for the top two spots.

    Week off and home semi crucial….. in fact side that finishes TOP looks destined to win the competition overall.

    …that should add some spice to the Stormers v Reds clash on Saturday….I think the Reds will be well up for it !

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.04.11 08:37:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) : Shaniboi, all the writer was saying is that if the Stormers loose Grant they could be in the same boat as the Sharks are with Lambie. I think the Stormers defence was pretty awesome and will take them all the way to the end, and could even win it for them.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.04.11 08:38:27 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 26) : Quade Cooper is looking for a game of 6down this week, we are looking to lure him to Villagers and black toe him 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.04.11 08:38:48 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 25) :

    I could have a word to ‘Downtown’ Tony Brown for you ! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.04.11 08:38:57 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 28) :

    I sort of understand that ! πŸ˜•

    Just watch your laptop this weekend ! 😎

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.04.11 08:40:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 26) : They are going to get a “carrot” third game on tour at Newlands, no chance!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.04.11 08:40:30 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 29) : I would prefer it if he played, that guy is flippen amazing, to still play the kind of Rugga he plays at his age Awesome!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.04.11 08:41:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 25) : There are only a couple of guys that know kicking and can teach it. Here is a list for Mitch:
    -van Straaten
    -Vlok
    -Naas
    -Louis “Die Skoen” Koen

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.04.11 08:42:50 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 33) :

    … and Zinzan Brooke ! 😯

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.04.11 08:44:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 34) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.04.11 08:48:05 by Viking Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 30) : Metal stud on toe = hurt and black toenail

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.04.11 08:49:06 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 33) : I see Gerald Bosch, (not sure how old you are )If you have heard of him, he was Naas’ predecessor and an ace kicker is over in Aussie and Berrick Barnes credited him, with helping him with his kicking. He was my first real rugby hero!!Now I am really showing my age.

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.04.11 08:55:09 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 37) : they called him “the boot”… for a long time, he held the individual record for most points score in a test for SA. I think Gavin Johnson finally beat his record in 93 against Argentina.

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Thats the Bloke, he could drop kick like no one else it was so quick and I can still remember sitting at the old Ellispark on those scaffold stands, as a 12 year old and this guy could do no wrong in my eyes. I was devastated when he got dropped against the 74 lions.

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.04.11 09:16:45 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 37) : Just had a look at him on the WWW. 89 points in 9 tests. Judging by Berick Barnes kicking performance in 2008 and the fact that he taught Naas, he must know his kicking. Mitch can definitely add him to the list of candidates.

  • Comment 40, posted at 05.04.11 09:17:48 by Viking Reply
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  • @rugbypedia (Comment 10) : πŸ™‚ I like group hugs!

  • Comment 41, posted at 05.04.11 10:26:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) : Actually, there was one particular tactic that the stormers used that worked really well for them and that the Sharks had a really hard time countering. So they’re not wrong. They didn’t play great rugby, but tactically they outsmarted us.

  • Comment 42, posted at 05.04.11 10:29:30 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : You’re right, your teams playing really good rugby at this moment. It’s annoying! 😐

  • Comment 43, posted at 05.04.11 10:31:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 43) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 05.04.11 10:54:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Ag, surely we`ll bounce back against Elton and the Money Spenders? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 05.04.11 11:10:52 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Well said Rob. It is remarkable how fickle the public can be (self included)

  • Comment 46, posted at 05.04.11 11:29:25 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 33) : What about Monty?

  • Comment 47, posted at 05.04.11 12:46:12 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 47) : The guy can kick but he cannot teach kicking. Was not too successful with the Boks in my opinion. Teaching someone the drills that will make them a better kicker is not as easy as kicking the ball.

  • Comment 48, posted at 05.04.11 13:03:12 by Viking Reply
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  • Kumbaya my lord, Kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, Kumbaya
    Kumbaya my lord, Kumbaya
    O Lord Kumbaya

  • Comment 49, posted at 05.04.11 13:18:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • πŸ˜†

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 18) :

    They’ve identified a gameplan that suits the new rules and their strengths.
    And they’re playing towards this gameplan.
    Whether they’re playing good rugnt or not is irrelevant if they’re able to execute a gameplan that works for them.

    In Cape Town they’ve tried to play pretty rugby and it was fun to watch, but it also kept the trophy cabinet empty.

  • Comment 51, posted at 05.04.11 13:21:56 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @robdylan, there may be no “I” in team, but there’s 3 in “Schizophrinia”. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.04.11 17:44:52 by Crock Reply

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  • @robdylan, there may be no “I” in team, but there’s 3 I’s in “Schizophrinia”. πŸ˜‰

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