robdylan

All the small things


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Oct 2011 at 12:34
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For the Sharks to start building the sort of momentum they’ll need ahead of the Currie Cup semi-finals in two weeks time, they’ll need to put in a good performance against the Leopards on Saturday night.

Having thought about this a little, as well as had a chat with one or two of the players, I don’t believe that we’re as far from where we need to be as most seem to think. While it’s undoubtedly true that the Sharks have been far from their best in recent weeks – with the 8th-round victory against the Bulls about the last time the team actually played well – the emphasis on attacking rugby at the moment is certainly positive and, I feel, sure to pay dividends if the execution can just be improved.

Let’s not forget that after toiling to a bunch of unimpressive wins – mostly without bonus points – in the first half of the draw, the Sharks made a decision to play more attack-minded rugby in the second half of the season. At the time, I remember applauding the shift in mindset and asking the fans to be patient. That call, it seems, has fallen on deaf ears and I will also stick up my hand here too for losing faith, particularly over the last few weeks.

The past is behind us, though and we need to focus on the hugely positive aspects of where we are now: the side is still in second place and Plumtree does seem to, at last, be heeding the call to cut out some of the older players who aren’t performing. Gouws Prinsloo is now in the side, as we’ve been calling for all year, while Adi Jacobs will enjoy his second successive start in the centres. The backline personnel for this match looks to comprise the best combinations we currently have available, while some much-needed continuity upfront will also help.

The Sharks, in short, simply need to concentrate on getting all the small things right – cutting out all the silly basic errors that are costing them. That means better breakdown technique, more assured handling, a little bit more patience in the opposition 22 and more emphasis on getting those first-time tackles right. None of this is rocket science – and a game against a smaller team like the Leopards does often give the opportunity to concentrate on those basics and fine-tune them ahead of the tougher games to come.

In short, the Sharks need to go right back to doing what they know how to do this weekend. Apply the basics of the game as well as they can, and a good result is sure to follow. Then we can start to look at building on a solid win with a vastly improved performance against the Lions the following week, knowing that a win will secure a home semi-final.

No need for doom and gloom, because the problems that there are, are easy enough to fix.


16 Comments

  • Basics are so important, you can have all the quades in world rugby yet if there is no platform to work from your doomed. The Sharks guys in the springbok setup do the basics exceptionally well ;Bismarc & Lambie in particular.

    One player who does them poorly but gets away with it is Deysel.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.11 12:45:32 by Talent Reply
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  • If he cleans up a litle he will fight for that 7 jersey next year not just for the sharks but for the springboks

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.11 12:46:38 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 2) : Deysel has enormous potential, but needs to work on a few aspects of his play. Too often as a ball carrier he receives the ball in a static position, and then relies on his strength and hand-off to get over the advantage line. He needs to work on running himself into positions where he can receive the ball at pace, and at attacking space rather than looking at simply barging over people.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.11 13:19:15 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Nice article Rob..

    I agree with getting back to basics.. Another ‘basic’ you can add to your list is the line-out play.

    If we can see an improvement in the quality of set piece ball, it will go far in a more rounded performance.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.11 13:21:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : well spotted, young Ferguson. You are, of course, completely right!

    How big a factor was the wind last week?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.11 13:26:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 3) : I think the beauty about deysel is he wont sour with age, he will get harder and stronger. If not for his injury he would imo be the bok first choice 7. The one thing I cant stand about him is the way he carries the ball ,always in the wrong arm 😛 . I read on a youtube site one blogger said in any other country he would have nearly 50+ test caps and I think I agree.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.11 13:29:17 by Talent Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Spot on, Rich! Our scrums have been decent, but our line-outs, which should be a good source of attacking ball has been dismal.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.11 13:39:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Love that song. Blink 182 made for good drinking songs at varsity.

    Agree with the gist, but until we clear out the has-beens we will struggle – irrespective of what game-plan we choose.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.11 14:00:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    It was a big factor, but it was not only the fact that the throw in was skew, the fact that the jumper was never lifted for the throw is what should be worked on.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.11 14:17:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) :

    We only have has-beens on the bench this weekend, should go a lot better until they make an ‘impact’ from the bench.

    Or shall we call it a disability?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.11 14:18:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) :
    I just call it it a step in the wrong direction. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.11 14:24:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : badadaaDISH

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.11 14:46:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • basics = sharks by 26

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.11 17:36:20 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 6) :

    He would be the Boks first-choice 7? Talent, you make me laugh with these comments 😆

    Thanks but I prefer one of Schalk, Juan Smith (if he were fit), Willem Alberts… even Ashley Johnson.

    So 5th choice maybe?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.11 07:54:38 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Morning SW

    Amen to that Rob

    Lets just hope after the game we lost lets just hope it works
    the Cheetahs are just below us and the Bulls not far behind and won’t even talk about the Province if we don’t pick up now with BP then i don’t know at all, faith yes one tends to loose that faith but nobody can blame us at all we are all just human i’ve still got lots of that Gold faith lets hope and pray that the Team picks up and wins the CC 2011 that would be great twice in a row :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.11 08:07:25 by chaz Reply

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  • We should take the Leopards by far even if it away

    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

    Sharks by 21

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.11 08:08:59 by chaz Reply

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