Big Fish

A change is gonna come

Written by (Big Fish)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2013 at 11:41
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In the modern world dominated by businessmen and a focus on the bottom-line, the distinction between success (the accomplishment of an aim or purpose)and progress (forward or onward movement toward a destination) has largely been forgotten.

I don’t intend to wax lyrical on philosophical notions here, but when the world is whittled down to Key Performance Areas, Leading and Lagging Indicators and other quantitative measures, we can easily lose focus on progress toward a goal that may not be as simplistically linked to our definition of success.


This seems to be to be especially evident at the general lack of enthusiasm for the Sharks’ victory over the Crusaders last week. It is of course always a risk to write an article such as this just before a big derby at the homeground of a desperate and wounded team like the Stormers, but I really think Sharks fans need to bask in the joy of a victory like last week’s, because they can’t be expected to come around too often.


Looking at the result and even at the patchiness of the performance, one certainly can’t crow too loudly, but in all honesty, that second half performance was for me some of the most enterprising rugby that I had seen from the Sharks since 2007. Even if we gloss over the fact that despite being completely out-classed in the first half, the side did not come out with their tails between their legs after the break, we surely cannot disregard the quality of rugby?


It’s been some time since the Sharks really threw the reins to youngsters as opposed to conservatively calling in the grey beards when the going got tough (2007 to be exact). Is also been some time since anyone other than Bismark du Plessis, Williem Alberts or Jean Deysel was driving us over the advantage line with any regularity; and yet we were treated to the pretty regular sight of Pieter-Steph du Toit, Marcel Coetzee and Kyle Cooper breaching the opposition defence with breath-taking regularity. Its also been a very long time since we saw a Sharks backline in which there were more than one layer of attackers, creating doubt and space for players on the outside, and yet there it was – Pat Lambie lining up with Meyer Bosman flat at second receiver and Paul Jordaan or particularly JP Pietersen coming in from deep one out. 


Of course, any naysayer can latch onto the fact that we did not score any tries and that we won in part because of mixed kicks by the Crusaders, but in my opinion, that’s losing sight of a key fact; there was marked improvement in this performance. The up-and-under and the forward drive were not the only routes of attack pursued, and the whole team showed vision and a willingness to chance their arm; and a large part of this is because the coaches have encouraged this and have backed the young guns’ joi de vivre in a way that we have not really seen since Dick Muir decided to build a team with a 19-year old utility back, a teenaged lock at wing, an 8th man at prop and 2 baby-faces at centre…


So, come what may against a team who by contrast have not evolved their playing style in step with their young stars, I tip my hat at the coaches for seeming to be willing to step outside their comfort zones and allow the flower of youth  to blossom. I think this is going to take us forward a lot farther if we stick with it, and I really hope that the willingness to back an unknown teenager on the wing is another sign of this. 


  • Great arti Fish.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.13 11:51:01 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply
  • well done Fishy! And thank you

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.13 11:52:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Amen we as Sharks supporters often criticise and moan way to easily and don’t support the team with the passion they deserve, I think it is time that sharks supporters stop moaning and truly start supporting the team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.13 11:54:47 by BR Reply
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  • Nice one Fishy!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.13 12:00:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 3) : By this i don’t mean don’t criticise at all but it should be positive criticism there is way to much negative criticism out there.

    The sharks probabilly the best Sa side the past 7 years, shoudn’t we support them without doubting them(I know this is difficult with out them winning sr yet).

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.13 12:05:51 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 5) : I can agree with you as far as the tone of criticism – i.e. getting personal about the players we dislike should not be on. However I don’t see anything wrong with pointing out weaknesses / issues we see with players / coaching. Sometimes we are dead wrong in our opinions and someone more knowledgeable will point it out to us.

    I was also a lot happier with the way we played in the second half against the Crusaders.

    My question is still – why do we every season back from square one. Imagine we ended in 4th place on the log last year as opposed to 6th.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.13 12:15:07 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Who was the eighthman who played prop for the Sharks?

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.13 12:16:47 by ChrisS Reply
  • Ahhh some sense… 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.13 12:19:41 by Charlie Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 7) : Beast?

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.13 12:24:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 8) :

    @Bokhoring (Comment 9) :

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.13 12:27:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : stem saam daar is niks beter as positiewe kririsie nie maar as daar te veel gekritiseer word help dit ook nie, gee krediet waar dit toekom

    My probleem is sharks ondersteuners is vinnig om te kritiseer en traag om krediet te gee.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.13 12:37:28 by BR Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 9) : Of course, thanks!

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.13 13:45:49 by ChrisS Reply
  • Keeping our eyes on the goal. We want to win this competition. We’ll bask after the SR 2013 trophy is in Kings Park.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.13 14:21:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I think if we try hard we can win this year…
    If you want, check out my predictions for this weekend:

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.13 14:32:59 by David12246 Reply

  • Great article. Thanks.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.13 15:09:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • TWO Big Fish articles in the space of a month!? There really seems to be magic in the air in 2013…

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.13 15:15:15 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Looks like most of you read my comment yesterday….. It is so good to logg in here and see people actualy being happy…. Well done to all of you guys…. I truely hope that you will all be blessed with a cup this year….. Well with Franco in the team I am sure you will be blessed especialy if Coetzee and Kriel still join this team….LOL enjoy it guys

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.13 15:42:54 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 13) : Don’t talk too soon…

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.13 15:47:26 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.13 16:07:39 by Charlie Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 16) : Seems more to be some love in the air !!! 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.13 16:08:44 by Charlie Reply

  • Much too kind. Rob is starting to pay better now. Im even working on my alliteration for the headlines.

    Speaking of which, there are clearly no Sam Cooke fans here.

    CS – you disappoint me!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.13 16:53:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I enjoyed reading this article. Thanks fish.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.04.13 12:10:57 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • Another take on that 2nd half is, that the players decided to disregard all instructions and plans and just played like they could. Their considerable talent carried the day with a little help from guts and passion and luck.

    Guts and passion and luck will only get you so far and no further.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.04.13 22:54:36 by fyndraai Reply
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