Richard Ferguson

Same again, or is this a new song?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Feb 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks kick off their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria next Friday night, and then continue on a nine week journey which includes four weeks in Australia and New Zealand.

The first stint of the Super Rugby campaign sees the Sharks taking on the two tougher South African teams away from home, then host the current champions at home before embarking on a tour that includes a tough game against the Waratahs and two weeks later an even bigger task of facing the Blues, and this as the last game of the tour. Then, to top all things off, they host the Chiefs at home before being allowed a break.

Most of you would have known what I have summarized in the paragraph above, and would wonder what exactly my point to all this would be. The question in my mind is how long will it take for our favourite players to start breaking down.

We saw it last year, as Willem Alberts played 80 minutes week in and week out, could hardly muster up the courage to run onto the field, never mind into the opposition. How long will it take until our beloved vice captain Bismarck du Plessis, who now in a leadership role will hate it even more to be taken off the park, breaks down or loses that edge.

The blessing in disguise is that our big ball carriers in Deysel and Alberts have the early weeks off, and will be raring to go once we take on the Brumbies in Canberra in the first tour match. This has put my mind at ease, seeing as we have pretty adequate reserves in the loose trio, who can carry the team until the big bys return.

I read an interesting comment from one of our Stormer supporters, stating that you should not put a player on the park and plan on taking him off after say 60 minutes. I am not sure I agree with that, as every coach now plans a match taking into account 22 players, and not just his starting 15.

We have to be able to adapt to the game as it happens, and if a selection does not work out, why wait until the last 20 minutes to take a player off, take him off immediately, that is what the bench is for. If a player knows he only has a half to perform in, he will give his absolute best and not have to worry about having anything left in the tank for the second half.

I know this seems ridiculous, that a player would hold back in the first half so that he is good to go in the second, because these are professional sportsmen, they have to be super fit, but I am quite sure it will bring that little bit extra out of a player if he knows he will not have the time in the second half to impress.

I am very excited for this Super Rugby season, I have a good feeling about the squad and the noises being made by the coaches. I agree, we have to wait and see how things go before we get our hopes up, but I have a sneaky suspicion that overplaying of our big names will once again haunt us as we seek that first Super Rugby trophy.


  • I say. So far so good.

    In the past Plumtree made all the right noises but then carried on selecting the same players week in and week out with little or no rotation. The “he has to start Adi this week” comments after we saw crap from the midfield week after week come to mind and yet he still didn’t start with Jacobs.

    This year has seen him make the same “right” noises. So far he has followed through on the noises he made. Next week will be a big test of whether he continues following through and as the season progresses the rotation test will be taken.

    I hope he passes both tests.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.02.12 08:10:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The proof will be in the pudding!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.02.12 08:32:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : I’ll have some thanks 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.02.12 09:08:51 by Franshark Reply
  • All will be revealed in about 7 days from now…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.02.12 09:09:30 by Franshark Reply
  • I will be happy if we have 14 log points when we go on tour. I expect that we can win at least 3 of our opening 4 games although it is against 4 very strong teams. It should provide a good base for the rest of the S15 and not put us in a potition of playing catch up rugby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.02.12 10:00:46 by Viking Reply
  • It’s important we go on tour with at least 12 points from the 1st 4 games. And the Waratahs game has to be won…that should give us some good momentum, and we know how a bad start can be difficult to come back from…if we get at least 16 or so points from our first 5 games i will be chuffed, and with a Fresh Alberts/Deysel we should comfortably be able to continue the charge. I hope we can see Alberts back in the 3rd round, and Deysel back in the 5th.

    Good thing, we not playing at home in the 1st 2 games…get to miss some of the very Hot and Humid Conditions in Durban this year…the Humidity has never actually favoured us against other SA teams…New Zealand and Aussie teams always struggle in the Durban humidity…many knock-ons last year.

    I hope Plum Uses Du Toit as a bench replacement for Marcell in these first couple of games…even Marcell played too much Rugby for me in the Currie Cup last year. Burnout a bit towards the end.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.02.12 10:04:19 by JJR Reply
  • Durban Humidity and heat drops down around middle March-ish on average.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.02.12 10:10:30 by JJR Reply
  • The key to winning this year: Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.02.12 10:11:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Yes, but also at the right times…don’t wanna rotate ur best players out of ur team against the crusaders for instance.

    Obviously with players like the Locks…rotation can be done often, because all are similar quality. And when Alberts/Deysel return, they can rotate at 7, Kanoo and Marcell at 8 depending on what type of 8 they looking for in a certain game, and Keegan/Botes at 6. I also want us to make sure Bissie does not burnout as many have mentioned previously. Important for Jannie too…they gonna be very important for us this season, they need to stay as fit and as fresh as possible. JPP will probably also need to be used in rotation with someone…he tends to lose a lot of energy, even when he plays on the wing for many games.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.02.12 10:18:54 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 9) : 100% agreed

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.02.12 10:24:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : it also helps if you score more points than the opposition 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.02.12 12:08:19 by Franshark Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : U know what ended up happening with Adi? Where is he now?

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.12 01:48:42 by RuckingFun Reply


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