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Keep calm and carry on


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Feb 2012 at 09:01
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There’s no nice way to build up to this one, so let me just blurt it out… I think a lot of people are completely overreacting to the Sharks’ loss to the Bulls on Friday.

It seems to me that sometimes, far from being fans and far from being supportive, we are far too quick to turn on the team we’re supposed to be supporting, resorting to personal insults and name-calling after a single poor performance. Worse is the suggestion that we should suddenly make sweeping changes to the side that everyone seemed so excited about not even a week ago. I mean, how short are our memories exactly?

Let’s get a few things straight here… all of these are points that I raised last week, yet while many are quick to say “good point, Rob” at the time, it seems that when emotion takes hold in the heat of battle, common sense often flies out of the window.

We wrote last week that the Sharks have picked a pack missing some grunt and may take some time to settle and that the Bulls had more experience up-front. The Sharks went into the game somewhat under-cooked, having hardly played against particularly tough opposition during the warm-ups. Also, the signs were there during a closer-than-expected contest against the Kings, particularly up-front, that this is not yet a forward pack firing on all cylinders. Why, then, are we so surprised that the Bulls had the better of us in the forward exchanges? Why are we now calling for changes to personnel? Do you think Plum has a more-experienced pack up his sleeve somewhere that he’s choosing not to pick? Let’s give the coach a little credit here and give the players time and our support rather…

Yes, Bismarck and the locks didn’t do too well in the lineout, but bear in mind that this is the first time that any of the three players concerned have been picked together in a match 22 at this level and that none of them have played together at any level since Steven Sykes left for Ireland more than six months ago. Anyone who’s played hooker or lock will tell you that you can practice lineouts as often as you like, without that being any guarantee that the same things will work in a game situation. Developing an accurate lineout takes time – time spent together in match situations – and we’re simply going to have to ride this one out and watch the improvement week on week. Quite simply, there is no magic bullet that’s going to fix this one overnight – not dropping Bismarck, not dropping Sykes and not dropping Bresler.

Personal discipline is a concern, but let’s also remember that all the penalties conceded were for technical ruck infringements – there was no incident of foul play or anything of that nature. Sure, Keegan and Bismarck could have and probably should have done better, but remember also that the interpretation of these laws is changing all the time and so much of how it is blown now comes down to the ref’s particular slant on the day. The Sharks took the ball into contact far more often than the Bulls did and were penalised far more often as a result; hardly the sort of statistic that encourages ball-in-hand rugby, but that’s probably part of a bigger issure.

Why can’t we rather focus on the good things that the team did? For one, it seems like we have a squad literally overflowing with exciting backs and to my mind, a lot of the discussion this week should focus on how we can possibly leave out ANY of our great, in-form centres and wings, rather than which of our forwards should be dropped. I’m pretty sure the players reading this site would far rather see that sort of thing and take encouragement from it…. any who’ve been reading some of what has been said here since Friday night are probably wondering where all their fans have gone to – and rightly so. How can these guys be our heroes one week, only to be esteemed “useless” in our eyes after a single narrow loss?

Keep the faith, guys and let’s keep calm. It was the first game of the competition and another thing that I’ve been saying a lot is that it’s far more important to finish strongly than to start that way. Hell, the Blues lost to the Crusaders, at home nogal… I wonder if their fans have already started writing off their campaign and there players?

Just to conclude, I’d be perfectly happy to see a completely unchanged Sharks 22 named for the Stormers this weekend. You don’t change your side after a single game.


92 Comments

  • AMEN….
    I agree 110% with you…
    Same 22 will make me happy…

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.12 09:13:49 by Franshark Reply
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  • I agree Rob. Wholesale changes are not on the cards but I’ll have at least ONE change to the 22. We need to find a spot for a little man named Willem Alberts!

    And Charl McLeod needs to start.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.12 09:17:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : I wrote this very early this morning, before I knew Alberts was back in contention.

    Yes, of course place needs to be found for our returning stars… I’ll leave it up to Plum to decide how best to do that. But change for change’s sake, as a reaction to a single loss

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.12 09:23:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have seen a lot of praise too, Rob. Part and parcel of being a fan is to “try and sort the problems”. All of us thinking we know better than the coach. Most is suggestions…in light of trying to improve on performance. Its a perfectly natural reaction from fans all over the globe.

    What I DO agree with is people getting personal in their opinions on players. No need for name calling and belittling.

    I also feel that players reading this, should not take things too personally. Being critised for performances, is normally an indication that people hold them in high regard – knowing that they are better than the performance that was given – so in actual fact, it is a COMPLIMENT! And being critised is also part and parcel of being a rugby player.

    I hope they see the compliments too that we give here on a regular basis.

    I would however ask for one change in the staryting line-up. And that would be for Kanko to bench, giving Marcell a decent shot at 8. And if Tim is not 100%, I’d like Bosman to be given a start. BUT, that is just because I am a fan, and would like to try something slighty different.

    In the calling for personnel changes, I would like to ADD a coach..a backline one. We have the most decent backline in a long time, surely we can give them the best opportunity possible to make it work?

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.12 09:24:34 by Ice Reply
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  • HAHAHAHA :mrgreen: somethings never change! after the first game and already the overseers of sharksworld are coming out with these type of articles 😆

    can’t wait to see what happens if the stormers win

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.12 09:27:58 by Megatron Reply

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  • 😈 Yip! The fire is yet to come. Just a correction: Bisi was penalised (funny word) for a high tackle.
    Our fowards did have pleanty of grunt but because the way the game was played they were more defensive. They stopped the mauls, barging and won all the scrums against THE BULLS!! They also won plenty of penalties on a night when the boot realy mattered!
    The loosies did not allow the 2 danger men (Basson and Houghaart) any room. We played well, just not as a team. We were nervous, made too many small errors and we were confused at times. Overall we are on the right track. Bonus point at Loftus and we almost (should have) bagged it. Maybe we are just too spoilt because recently we seem to get the best of the Bulls. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.12 09:31:42 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • A positive for you guys is that the conditioning and fitness of the players looks very good …thats a good start considering the length of the series.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.12 09:39:09 by csb Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 6) : fair enough… I forgot about the high tackle. Need to check my own notes better 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.12 09:40:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : That’s why people come here, Megs… they know exactly what they’re going to get from me 🙂

    Maybe some even come here specifically to read your comments too… but I doubt that :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.12 09:44:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • I enjoyed the game and thought we did well. Thanks for the positives Rob.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.02.12 09:53:31 by Caratacus Reply

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  • Nice article Rob, I wouldn’t mind a switch or two, if only between the bench and starting XV. Oh, and a spot for Alberts!

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.12 09:53:59 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Will we win on saturday? Yes or No?

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.12 09:57:15 by jako Reply
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  • Nice article Rob. I agree 100%. No need to belittle, rather be constructive. I think it’s safe to assume the majority of us are passionate and always want our boys to win.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.12 09:57:56 by StevieS Reply
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  • GO SHARKS.I for one am excited to see what the boys can do this weekend…it’s gonna be a cracker. Black and White NOTHING else matters

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.12 09:58:35 by juba_fan Reply

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  • As Megatron would say – “Calm down!”. 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.12 10:01:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Some of the knee-jerk reactions on this site has been so severe that people are in danger of fracturing their patellas…

    There was much that was not right against the Bulls, but also much to be enthused over in areas we haven’t experienced in many a year.

    Think I’ll hang on for quite a few games more before becoming my normal bitter and cynical self :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.12 10:05:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @jako (Comment 12) : I’ll let you know on Saturday evening…

    Seriously though… I’m not much into predicting the outcome of games… there are far too many variables.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.12 10:12:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 4) :

    Can not agree more, Kanko must bench. Also we need a proper backline coach. Robert Du Preez will be a good option as he coaches Rovers, he will bring discipline and flair into that backline imo.

    What is going to happen at lock?

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.12 10:14:39 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

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  • Yes people did overate the Bulls loss; but i think a lot had to do with how we performed on the day…the actual result wasn’t a train smash; but the performance of the forwards especially was concerning.

    Upon all the Injury updates, i think the team will look something like this, not many changes.

    1.Chadwick
    2.Bissie
    3.Jannie
    4.Sykes
    5.Skeate
    6.Keegan
    7.Coetzee
    8.Kankowski
    9.Fred/Mcloed, can’t be sure on this one.
    10.Lambie
    11.Mvovo
    12.Whitehead/Bosman
    13.JPP
    14.Jordaan/Ludik
    15.Viljoen
    16.Burden
    17.Herbst
    18.Bresler
    19.Alberts
    20.Botes
    21.Mcloed/Fred
    22.Bosman/Ludik/Jordaan.

    I really want kankowski as impact off the bench, since his form has been very bad starting the games…Kanko’s form might tempt Plum to start Alberts at 7 and play Coetzee 8; but i don’t think Alberts should be rushed into the starting lineup…Impact player this week and a Start against Lions or the Reds. Then we can see 6.keegan 7.Alberts 8.Coetzee combo in action. Although i think playing Botes at 6 in that trio would be even more effective.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.12 10:16:46 by JJR Reply
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  • Agree with the sentiment about being ‘too soon to panic’. DON’T AGREE with the idea that we can afford an unchanged team this week: McLeod simply has to start at 9, and Kankowski to make room for someone who is going to add some aggression and go-forward to the pack. Yes, he didn’t pick himself etc and all the other platitudes, but his current standard is just not good enough to warrant a starting spot in the team. Keegan is another case in point, but then he has been appointed captain *deep sigh*.

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.12 10:17:10 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 20) : Kanko has to go no doubt in that…Mcloed v Fred…difficult to say when Fred was on our forwards weren’t giving any real good ball, and when Mcloed came on the Bulls made changes that favoured The Sharks, and we got some real go forward, which made it easy for Mcloed.

    Credit to Mcloed though. If Van ASwegan plays 10 for Stormers, Mcloed ia a must because he puts a lot of pressure of the 9 and 10 on their ball, his speed and energy will be a plus for The Sharks in this game. Fred will be better suited to a game when the Sharks play a slightly more tactical game and go for field position…which i actually think is very important going forward…Territory is so important with all the penalties that have been awarded this past weekend.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.12 10:28:06 by JJR Reply
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  • Even with Alberts back, i still think we need PSDu toit involved in the 22, his ball carrying and height will help our lineouts and also make sure Alberts/Coetzee don’t have too high a workload until Deysel comes back…we never really know when Deysel will be 100% with that knee…has he even started running, yet?

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.02.12 10:46:18 by JJR Reply
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  • Couldn’t agree with you more Rob. I called for Kanko to be sacked in the last few days but now that I’ve thought I through, I’d be happy for him to get another start and see if he can improve.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.02.12 10:48:34 by Ben Reply
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  • Victor must be offered a holiday house in Umhlanga so he can consult on our lineout too! 😛 there needs to be some technical masterclasses handed out one thinks.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.02.12 10:50:58 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 24) : The talk on Twitter is that The Sharks lineout is already looking a lot better this week in training.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.12 11:04:18 by JJR Reply
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  • You are a 100% right. We are all acting like a bunch of chicks. We cannot complain when they have their emotional outbursts, as we are doing the same. We have no financial interest in the Sharks. Whether the Sharks win or lose it means squat to the future of mankind. And definitely has no effect to the universe.

    Only problem though is, Sharks rely on the emotional stupidity of its fans to survive and fund its empire. Sites like yours also prey on the blindness to reason by fans. So it is a catch 22 situation, the more emotionally dumb the fan, the more money he/she spends on the team. The more he/she also feels they have a right to mouth off shocking performances by the team.

    Fans that keep the Sharks profitable, but also shout out about unacceptable performances versus fewer fans that have no real interest in the team therefore spend less on tickets and merchandise, but say less.

    It is a tightrope that needs to be walked.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.02.12 11:04:22 by waje Reply

     
  • @waje (Comment 26) : People can say whateva they want…nothing to really stop anyone from sharing their opinions.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.02.12 11:07:14 by JJR Reply
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  • I have a feeling I need to explain myself. 😳

    The Keegan thing was just my way of saying I don’t agree on Plums Captain selection and that he does not select himself over 6 other possible backrow options. I’ve always liked the idea of using him of the bench and starting for specific games only, with a specific game in mind. My reaction was not intended to be seen as a view of Keegan’s performance on Friday alone. He didn’t do that much wrong! And I do like the guy!

    As for the idea, that I (or some of us) want wholesale changes. I don’t. The only change I definitely want is McLoed in for Mich. I wouldn’t even change Keegan, he’s the Captain and the coach should always back his Captain! I said I wouldn’t mention it again. I just don’t agree with his choice.

    Aside from that I just want the Sharks to think about their gameplan. I don’t think the way we started was good, but I also don’t think anyone can think that we can realistically play the way we did for the last 20 min. That was desperate stuff and won’t win games, but we do need to regroup, calmly 😀

    And I did say I want Bosman to start, but Plumtree could simply have a talk with his Wunder kid, because we all know he didn’t play to the best of his abilities…for many reasons, but I believe he will step it up and be man of the match next week!

    I still think Bosman could be valuable with JP at 13, and again not because of Whitehead’s performance, but rather because I know how the two player play and believe Bosman will combine better with JP. (Plum tree is the professional though, I’m just giving my own opinion which, I don’t mind to say can easily be very, very wrong…..but usually isn’t 😉 )

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing Jordaan start, but that’s not because anyone else did anything wrong! I just like seeing that spark the kid brought on the field!

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.02.12 11:11:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • I’m backing Plum and I really hope he doesn’t go conservative in his selections after this loss. There were plenty of positives to take out of the performance and if two of those three missed kicks went our way we’d be celebrating in spite of the some of the problems that were identified.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.02.12 11:15:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • ROB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you i love it……… goodluck to the boys this weekend if we loose i wont be on sharksworld untill the next win..hahahhahaha

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.02.12 11:15:03 by wow05 Reply

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  • BTW Rob, I can also honestly say I would not be upset if Plum backed the exact same 22 (injuries aside). This team has the potential to do something awesome!

    I believe in them, I don’t believe in what they delivered on Friday, but luckily, I also don’t think they believe in that performance and will want to get it behind them as soon as possible.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.02.12 11:15:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 31) : I only thought PS D u toit should’ve been in the 22 last week…his lineout skills and ball carrying abilities would’ve been a great help last week.

    Otherwise Plum picked a good team…just wanna see Jordaan in 14 this week in place of the conservative Ludik selection.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.02.12 11:27:05 by JJR Reply
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  • All in all I still believe this site is here for people to voice opinions..not so. Should we rather shoosh? (And AGAIN…it can be done without harm)

    I have not seen (unless I’ve missed it, which is possible) ANYONE asking for complete changes. What I do see is fans being fans and voicing their wishes for what they believe might make the team kick a little better. That’s all…

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.02.12 11:29:12 by Ice Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 13) : how long have you been on Sharksworld? you should’ve seen last year when the Sharks lost to the Saders at Twickenham 😆 this place was like a war zone!!

    loved it 😛 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.02.12 11:32:36 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 33) : Well Said
    @Megatron (Comment 34) : Ha Ha…i remember…and i believe our centres at the time got a verbal blast from us…Think it was Stef and JLP who got the most mouth from me 😆 Both no longer at The Sharks…Yippee…without being disrespectful 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.02.12 11:35:54 by JJR Reply
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  • I actually think the loss to the bulls was a good things disappointment and emotion on the players faces tells me they will step it up. They know they could have won that game and I believe they will perform better against the stormers. Go Sharks

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.02.12 11:38:38 by juba_fan Reply

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  • @juba_fan (Comment 36) : Agree

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.02.12 11:41:36 by JJR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 33) : exactly Uysie! robdylan is always trying to put Sharkworlders on Prozac!

    you can’t “control” people’s passions about their team, even on your own site 😀

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.02.12 11:45:09 by Megatron Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 35) : jlp started at 10, turnstile Bosman & Stef were the centres. Meyer eventually moved to 10 in the 2nd half, i’m not sure who took his place in midfield.

    lambie was off with an injured finger.

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.02.12 11:47:53 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : that sounds like a challenge…

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.02.12 11:49:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : let’s get one thing straight…one need not be derogatory when u are passionate, and I think that is the crux of this article..

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.02.12 11:51:07 by Ice Reply
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  • @juba_fan (Comment 36) : please don’t start with the “loss was a good thing” stuff, that is loser talk mate. and robdylan knows exactly what i mean 😀

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.02.12 11:54:36 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 39) : Yes i know, Thanks…i just don’t wanna say Bosman, cos he is probably gonna play this weekend, so don’t wanna say any negative about him regarding that specific performance. Think he will be really good for The Sharks this season, he will be more settled in and the Mark Steele conditioning always does wonders for The Sharks players…they can go from solid player to great/star player within 3-4 months at The Sharks.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.02.12 11:55:07 by JJR Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : Stem saam, it appears having strong/passionate opinions are not allowed…even being overly positive seems to be a crime here sometimes 😆

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.02.12 12:00:00 by JJR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 41) : the article says nothing about derogatory bloggers, it says “why can’t YOU focus on the good things”? meaning “SHOOSH” about how bad Bissie was or how Bresler was dominated by Juandre or Kanko lacking grunt…focus on the sweet stuff 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.02.12 12:01:00 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 42) : A loss is def. not a good thing; but it would’ve exposed our weaknesses early in the season…rather now than in the Knockout games.

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.02.12 12:01:27 by JJR Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 45) : Need both Positive comments and critism to make a Rugby team reach its full potential 🙂

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.02.12 12:03:17 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 44) : jy moet toe the line boet 🙄

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.02.12 12:09:08 by Megatron Reply

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  • @jako (Comment 12) : By a landslide 🙂

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.02.12 12:10:43 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 45) : you try my patience today…

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.02.12 12:29:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 47) : it’s possible to criticise without getting personal

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.02.12 12:30:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : He’s just playin…i think…who knows on this site…don’t know what anyone truly means, including myself 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.02.12 12:32:41 by JJR Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : I only criticise someone on how they play/perform on the Rugby field, so i don’t really know when it’s becoming personal…i mean i never say someone doesn’t have a sense of humour or something like that 🙂 Cos, thats got nothing to do with Rugby.

    I’ve never been good at definitions…don’t really know the definition of personal 🙂

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.02.12 12:35:24 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 53) : you cross the line, regularly. You know this, because I’ve told you about it.

    The difference, as I keep trying to tell you, is between saying “XXX had a poor game” as opposed to “XXX is a shit Player. I’ve just never Rated him. Don’t know why, can’t Explain it, but I know he’s Shit”.

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.02.12 12:39:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ah Megatron, you are like a pig at the trough – you smelled this thread out and I just know you are gonna have a field day now.

    Enjoy! 😆

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.02.12 12:40:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 44) : @Megatron (Comment 45) : Stop being drama queens – no one is censoring you. 🙄

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.02.12 12:42:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 55) : Say it like it is Big feesh. Well done! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.02.12 13:15:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 56) : tell that to Rob. @robdylan (Comment 54) : I always give reasons as to why i don’t rate i player…and i rarely say a player is Crap for no reason, there is always something added, eg. has not been on form for 2 years straight, lacks aggression, etc…most of the time i’m trying to make the point that the players sitting on the bench or not involved are better and deserve a shot.I don’t shoot down players for the sake of doing it, i do it when i feel they in the way of someone who deserves the spot more, i know the players don’t choose themselves, so i just hope Plum reads the stuff on Sharksworld.

    I don’t mind saying i’m wrong; but i always gives reasons as to why “I” think a player is not good enough or is off form…just because i say it deosn’t mean its true, people have their own opinions and they can write mine off as BullSh*t, just like i do when Gavin Rich, Owen Nkumane or Joel Stransky say anything 😆

  • Comment 58, posted at 28.02.12 13:45:24 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 58) : If Rob starts going on like you do I’ll be sure to tell him but we might be for quite a wait

  • Comment 59, posted at 28.02.12 14:04:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 😈 Please look at the line outs again. The Bulls’ throws in the 2nd half were almost all slightly skew. They played it off centre well and got away with it. We were called up for one skew lineout. Kanko took most but one, Sykes was played in the air once and Bresler was good. We lost the last line-out when Bissie tried Daniels and we missed.
    Kanko did well to keep Houghaart in check. I think that was his task for the night.
    Ludick kept Basson from running and did well.

    There was nothing seriously wrong with the team, just the usual rusty jitters. We just did not convert the opportunities, (penalties incl) dropped too many on the floor and played as individuals not as a team. Even then, we forced the Bulls to play a Hail Mary game (as they NEVER threatened our line) and they were fortunate with the bounce. Did you see their Boks stars??

    Our youngster killed them in the scrums! We were caught offside with their game plan.

    Kanko, Daniels, Bisi and Bresler gave their all the whole game, especially in the engine room, maybe not to obvious for most viewers. We were the best team and should have bagged this one.

    We did not get the ref’s rub as well, (although we were lucky not to be called back for the forward pass on our try) so we competed well and let ourselves down, they did not beat us.

    We will only benefit from Alberts coming back and we will get better!
    😈

  • Comment 60, posted at 28.02.12 14:11:07 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 60) : AH THANK YOU! So glad it wasn’t only me who noticed all the skew throws… I was tearing my hair our.

  • Comment 61, posted at 28.02.12 14:12:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 59) : Ha Ha, nee bra jy verstaan nie 🙄

  • Comment 62, posted at 28.02.12 14:21:19 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 62) : Agreed, I won’t even attempt to try and understand the persecution complexes that are spontaneously developed on this site. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 63, posted at 28.02.12 14:35:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Not a bad article Rob.

    I would like the Sharks to blow hot in every game though, not hot and cold as they tend to do. Rather lose in a spectacular way than go down meekly like last week ( that is when you take away the desperation last couple of minutes )

    Sharks to klap the Stormers and blow really hot!!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 28.02.12 14:36:57 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 60) : Caught offside with their game plan dude? 👿 They only have one and EVERYONE knows what it is. 😈

    I’d rather say we never had a game plan ourselves with the ‘new look’team. 😥

  • Comment 65, posted at 28.02.12 14:41:50 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 60) : ok, I am gonna say this once and once only (u look like u learn quickly) it is DANIEL and NOT DanielS…we are very pedantic about that over here! 😈

  • Comment 66, posted at 28.02.12 14:42:27 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 56) : the Big Rob is watching :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 28.02.12 14:44:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 60) : we were sitting skew so we could not see… 😆

  • Comment 68, posted at 28.02.12 14:45:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) : wouldn’t be easier just to censor him 😆

  • Comment 69, posted at 28.02.12 14:46:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) :

    I was wondering how long it would take someone to inform KS! 😆

  • Comment 70, posted at 28.02.12 14:47:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Especially as the game drew to a close!

  • Comment 71, posted at 28.02.12 14:50:42 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Especially as the game neared the end!

  • Comment 72, posted at 28.02.12 14:52:11 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : has your hair grown from the end of the previous season 😯

  • Comment 73, posted at 28.02.12 14:53:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Oh yes!Especially as the game neared the end. But, cowboys don’t cry.

  • Comment 74, posted at 28.02.12 14:53:50 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 71) : @KILLER SHARK (Comment 72) : @KILLER SHARK (Comment 74) : You can also say “especially, towards the end of the game” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 75, posted at 28.02.12 14:55:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) : Kwaai tannie today

  • Comment 76, posted at 28.02.12 14:57:29 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 65) : I for one expected a Bulls foward only approach where they kick for position and try to beat us in the line out or drive or barge over the advantage line. But we scrummed well, stoped the drives and they had to resort to the up-and-unders and it worked out on the night.

  • Comment 77, posted at 28.02.12 14:58:06 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 63) : Ja nee 🙂 wat u said 😉

  • Comment 78, posted at 28.02.12 14:58:38 by JJR Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) : Thanx, but I is a brain. DANIEL. I will type it out a 10000 times. 😳 😀

  • Comment 79, posted at 28.02.12 15:00:59 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 73) : stop being so sharp… you will cut the baby! 🙂

  • Comment 80, posted at 28.02.12 15:09:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 66) : 😈 please do not employ my 😈 too much! just because i’m 😈 it is no need to :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 81, posted at 28.02.12 15:20:53 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 81) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 82, posted at 28.02.12 15:29:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 56) : who said anything about “censoring”? 😆 if you for instance want to analyse bissie’s game on friday and express your disatisfaction – if indeed you were – then articles like this one are unnecessary. everyone knows it was the 1st game of the season but some of the issues in that game weren’t about rustiness…

    i presume this is an ‘open’ forum 😎

  • Comment 83, posted at 28.02.12 15:38:24 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 83) : You presume correctly – well done Megatron, slowly and unsurely you’re getting there! The article wasn’t a Sharksworld directive to stop focusing on the negative. 😉

  • Comment 84, posted at 28.02.12 16:00:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • You can never read too much into the first game of the season. Also it was an away game and you got a bonus point from it, so look at the positives.

    my shoes tell me to kill people

  • Comment 85, posted at 28.02.12 16:19:19 by Leviathan Reply

     
  • @Leviathan (Comment 85) : Your SHOES!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 86, posted at 28.02.12 16:26:20 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 85) : “You can never read too much into the first game of the season.” – the aim should always be to win, not some games but ALL the games…maybe this is why the Sharks have never won Super rugby 🙄

    there’s always reasons to view loses as “good things”…

  • Comment 87, posted at 28.02.12 16:46:50 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 87) : That is the difference between a championship side and a good side…Championship sides have the focus on winning every game, and when they lose they don’t see any good coming from it.

    Everytime the Crusaders lose a big thing is made about it, i want that to happen everytime The Sharks lose, losing must become a rare event for The Sharks Rugby Union. The KZN Rugby Union is so great, very consistent, but i want us to be a championship side that wins silverware every year, not in patches…winning must be a Culture.

    The Sharks have the Players, have the management, the amazing academy, etc…we need to start winning superugby titles now.

  • Comment 88, posted at 28.02.12 17:31:18 by JJR Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 87) :
    True, but if you have to lose games, better it be at the beginning of the season so that you can make the changes required. The earlier problems are found, the earlier they can be solved.

  • Comment 89, posted at 28.02.12 19:29:06 by Leviathan Reply

     
  • Look. I’m all for “standing behind” your team. Come match day I’m decked out in my Sharks gear in front of the TV cheering the team on.

    But. As fans of a team such as the Sharks we have a certain level of expectation. Being a fan does not mean that we sign a contract to follow the team blindly. Of course we are entitled to question selections and tactics, etc.

    Further, as Sharks fans we have ALL been through this before – the team annually promises so much yet here we are in the 17th season of Super 12 – 15, three finals later and no champions’ medal in sight. From our peak in 2007/08 we have since finished 6th, 9th and 6th. Too mediocre by my standards, I’m afraid!

    I will always support my team to the hilt but no-one can tell me to accept mediocrity or just settle for the way things are. My view is that the Sharks were very disappointing last weekend against a very limited and conservative Bulls team. This worried me, however I am prepared to write it off as early season “rustiness” (don’t we hear that every year from the Sharks too?). If the Sharks have another ‘bum’ season this year then changes will need to be made. For now, let’s wait and see how they go – I am certainly encouraged by Plumtree’s new found boldness in selection.

    Don’t lose sight of the fact that you can both support a team and aspire for much greater things.

  • Comment 90, posted at 28.02.12 22:05:15 by siorc Reply

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  • Thanks Rob, for your positive article. Good to see that some people came to their senses. Name calling and running down players are definitely expected from people who are not “REAL SUPPORTERS” and if I may say, idiots. I was at the stadium and what a disgrace…. Sharks supporters boooooing their own own players…. that day… it was Francois Steyn. Absolutely pathetic. I dare you guys making such common remarking to go train with these guys just for one day, then you will understand. They are allowed to have an off-day on the field…. not good for everybody, we would like to see them win. Why making such a fuzz about some of the youngsters???? You must realise that Bresler only just turned 24, first really big game for him, unlike Sykes, Skeate and Hargreaves who are somewhat older. They were given the opportunity to develop, now give all the youngsters in the team also that time. ALL teams will go through a building phase at a stage where they also will not do well. Good luck to the boys this weekend. I’ll hold ALL MY FINGERS AND TOES for them. 😉 😉

  • Comment 91, posted at 29.02.12 07:28:57 by Marge Reply

     
  • @Marge (Comment 91) : are the Sharks “rebuilding” marge?

  • Comment 92, posted at 29.02.12 09:01:38 by Megatron Reply

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