We want the truth! We can handle the truth!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Feb 2013 at 12:35
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Am I the only one who is a little upset about the way that injury news tends to “trickle” out of the Sharks camp, rather than those involved simply being honest and upfront about the state of health of the squad? Let me elaborate.

I’m not at all surprised that Willem Alberts needs a shoulder operation. In fact, when the Sharks “hinted” at the fact that he was still struggling with his shoulder, my immediate suspicion was that his underlying problem hadn’t been properly fixed the last time and that he would need to get it properly sorted out. The Sharks might like to act all surprised and pretend that this information has only recently come to light, but I’m sure the reality of the situation is that this was known all along – and the timing of the announcement has more than a hint of “spin” to it.

The Butch James “revelation” was about the same last week; again, it’s hardly been a secret to those in the know at the Sharks that James wasn’t going to make the start of the season, so why act as though it was a new or unexpected injury when clearly it had been known about all along. Perhaps the goal here is to avoid a sudden “glut” of bad news, but then again, I’d like to think that the depth in the squad is sufficient that we shouldn’t need to be sheltered from the truth to this extent.

I feel a little like the Sharks have been telling us from the offset that Bismarck du Plessis is the only injured player, only to tack a new and unexpected name onto the list with each passing week.

Sharks, can we please have a full and detailed injury assessment, rather than these qualified “clean bill of health” stories that later turn out to be at best misleading, at worst, blatantly untrue?


  • Maybe they are trying to play mindgames? Not that it’ll work, but still.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.13 12:44:33 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 1) : With who? It would fail dismally if it were directed at the Bulls

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.13 13:02:54 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 2) : Everyone? Feels kind of like when they announced a wrong team on the thursday, then sent out a whole other team. Useless, but keeps them busy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.13 13:31:29 by PTAShark Reply
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  • To take stock of injuries:

    The first three are arguably our MVP’s amongst the forwards. Not good – these type of injuries were exactly why we started so slowly last year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.13 13:55:52 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 4) : Chadwick

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.13 14:23:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • I got worried with this headline and thought we had broken someone else.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.13 14:48:09 by lostfish Reply
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  • Agree with you Rob. This stinks, not happy about it. Don’t know why they didn’t act earlier. Now we’re having operations done a week or 2 before the comp starts.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.13 14:57:19 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Agree with the truth part, but not too sure we can handle it 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.13 16:34:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 4) : this really does not sound good.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.13 16:35:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : some people tend to panic, regardless of the style of communication used…

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.13 16:41:30 by robdylan Reply
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