Play what’s in front of you

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Feb 2013 at 10:20
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Its that time of the year where fans and media like to predict scores and weigh players and teams up against each other. It all makes for good clean fun, but how often has it ended in disappointment, just look at last years Currie Cup final. On paper Sharks looked to be sure champions and too strong for Western Province, but on the day everything went Province’s way.

We tend to forget that every game is different and you can try and predict what will happen before the match, but when those players run onto the field its a different ball game, you only get one shot at it and there is no second chances.

Just look at the Lions Souther Kings match two weeks ago, everyone expected or was hoping that the Lions would rip them apart in their back yard. Came match day and it was a different story, no one expected it to be a 10 point ball game, one or two calls going the Kings way and it could easily have been a different outcome.

Turning our attention to the Sharks and Cheetahs game there’s already a picture painted that the Cheetahs have no chance come Saturday afternoon. The Cheetahs failing in their warm up matches and having to start over after finishing last in the Currie Cup season and had to play a promotion/relegation match against the EP Kings.

The Cheetahs also had their fair share of injuries in Johan Goosen, Coenie Oosthuizen, Heinrich Brussow and Juan Smith who announced his retirement last week. Good news for the Cheetahs will be that Goosen is fit to start against the Sharks and Oosthuizen is on the bench.

Looking at the Sharks who had a much better run in their warm ups before the season, but was hit with two huge blows in captain Keegan Daniel and Tim Whitehead who picked up injuries in their first warm up against Leopards. Others on the injury list are among Bismarck du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Dale Chadewick, Monde Hadebe and Butch James.

One thing the Sharks can be grateful for is their depth and quality players that are contracted to them, even though players like Keegan, Whitehead, du Plessis, Alberts, Chadewick and James will be missed there are players ready and in some cases equally talented to take their place for the time being.

With du Plessis out it will give a great opportunity for Craig Burden to regain his confidence and to pick up his game which gave him a Springbok call up during last years Rugby Championship. We welcome Francios Steyn back and we are all eager to see what he can offer in coming back to the Sharks after playing some rugby in France and also his leadership skills after being rewarded the captaincy role in the absence of injured Daniel. Loosing three Springbok flanks in Daniel, Coetzee and Alberts will also give another Springbok flank Jean Deysel an opportunity to claim his spot back in the team.

My question is, with all the hype in the media how does that influence the players and teams, do they feel they can just pitch up for a game to win? Which is highly unlikely and very unprofessional but sometimes the feeling we get.

Like they say “horses for courses”, take every game as it comes and play what is in front of you.


  • Well if you look at this weekend’s games, the outcome of the games can go either way. There is no easy matches for anyone and each team will need to pitch up on the day and make it count. The Chiefs just beat the highlanders where many pundits were backing the highlanders. Any team can make it happen on any weekend, even the Kings.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.13 10:31:05 by Viking Reply
  • Looking at teh Sharks Cheetahs match this weekend and comparing the starting lineups, I would not say that the sharks are overwhelming favourites although public emotions are calling it as such.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.13 10:33:10 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 2) : I don’t like to read any write ups before Sharks games, in the end its just someone elses opinion, I like to follow my own opinion on a game and commentators r the worst 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.13 10:50:27 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • We have too poor a record in Bloem to be complacent about the Cheetahs game. Sharks usually start the season slowly and only really get into their groove towards the end.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.13 11:50:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Coetzee also injured? Thought he was at flank starting and Deysel on the bench. I think we have the best backline for a few years now. How do you guys rate vd merwe from the Lions?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.13 21:55:28 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 5) : sorry DBOY Coetzee is starting, don’t know how his name got there, my bad 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.13 22:10:13 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @DBOY (Comment 5) : Vd Merwe can just add value to the squad, we have young potential Springbok locks, they can learn from his experience

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.13 22:12:50 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : the sharks has an 75%win record in bloem in sr

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.13 23:18:01 by BR Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld

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