robdylan

Stick with the game you know


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2015 at 10:31
Tagged with : , , , ,

I conducted a bit of a mini survey on Twitter yesterday and thought I’d expound a little further on my point here. As fans calling for “exciting rugby”, or the even more vague “traditional Natal rugby”, what did we really think of Saturday’s game against the Lions?

Let’s put the conditions aside for a minute and consider the game as a spectacle. It’s a commonly-held theory that the Sharks have lost some (or perhaps even most) of their appeal in recent times due to the shift towards “boring rugby” and that in order to attract the fickle Durban crowd back to Kings Park, the team needs to entertain. Jake White, bless him, may have brought the results (at least initially) but certainly failed to instill that feel-good factor and based on the talk coming from the new coaching team, that sort of thing will never again be allowed to happen.

Ok, great. But the Sharks beat the Lions on Saturday by following the sort of blueprint that Jake White himself claims to have invented; the only real difference was just how well it was executed. It was a forward-dominated, low risk strategy based on a strong set piece, territorial supremacy, clever tactical kicking and feeding off opposition mistakes. There was nary a fancy backline move in sight and yet – yet – I’ve not heard a single fan complain about the way the victory was achieved.

My new theory is this: fans want tries, period. The Sharks’ malaise in recent times can be distilled down to the simple fact that they haven’t scored enough tries and for the fans, the manner of said tries is probably less important than the fact that they are scored at all. Expounding on this and extrapolating, I’m quite sure fans will be perfectly happy with a similar approach to the game even in drier conditions, so long as “ugly” winning rugby yields the necessary tries, bonus points and ultimately trophies.

Since we have a limited sample space, let’s compare and contrast Lwazi Mvovo’s try from the Cheetahs game to either of Marcell Coetzee’s efforts from last week. While the former certainly trumped the latter in terms of “style points”, can we honestly say that we celebrated them differently, or were in any way unhappy that Marcell (or somebody else) hadn’t scored a prettier try? Answers on a postcard, please.

Rinse and repeat, copy and paste, pick your cliche for the upcoming Loftus clash, in other words.


69 Comments

  • I disagree. We played the conditions and the result was just about as much as could have been expected from any team. That’s why I was celebrating. If we played like that in dry conditions I’m quite sure people would still complain. I know I wouldn’t be satisfied with it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.15 10:46:46 by David12246 Reply
    Apollo
     
  • @David12246 (Comment 1) : ok, interesting comment. Keen to see how many others agree.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.15 10:49:17 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • Morning all, thanks for a well written article Rob. Whilst I agree with your premise that we just want tries and the manner that it is scored counts little, I personally enjoy “attractive” rugby.
    And whilst we did cheer each try with the same enthusiasm I am sure that we will not discuss in future those tries with the “level” of excitement as perhaps the Tony Watson try that Helped us to a Currie Cup victory in 1990.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.15 10:51:33 by YamYam Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    YamYam
     
  • The victories under Jake White felt hollow. Well to me in anycase. Perhpas the only stand out one was against the Saders and that perhaps was due to the huge odds we surmounted.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.15 10:54:26 by YamYam Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    YamYam
     
  • @David12246 (Comment 1) :
    Spot on.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.15 10:58:31 by Big Fish Reply
    Author
    Big Fish
     
  • I don’t think it’s viable to ignore the conditions so the conversation is moot.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.15 10:59:17 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
     
  • Tricky subject Rob. Yes, everyone enjoys a ‘beautiful’ try but in the end it doesn’t really matter, does it?

    The amount of tries and the try scorers are all that go into the history book. No matter how it was done.

    Well that’s from a logical stand point. From my stand point on the other hand, I enjoy a try from a backline move just a tad more. Probably because I was a wing when I still played rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.15 11:05:18 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • I felt great after the Lions game! We played the conditions damn near perfectly, and the cross kick/foot pass is a under utilised weapon that we brought back to great effect.

    I feel as a fan I’m damn happy if we are sitting pretty on the log, and to achieve that in Super Rugby you need to score tries. Be it a sweeping backline move, a counter attack or from the back of a maul, we need the 4 tries for that bonus point. We don’t need it every game, but it’s nice if it happens a few times! And scoring the second-least amount of tries last year really left a sour taste in my mouth.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.15 11:09:19 by PTAShark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Dragnipur
     
  • @David12246 (Comment 1) : OK so let’s say we played like that in the dry and still scored 4 tries. Would you really be dissatisfied?

    I would be satisfied. I would quite simply be ecstatic if we scored 4 or more tries playing ‘beautiful’ rugby.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.15 11:11:25 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • You should always play to the conditions, every true rugby fan knows this, there is no way in hell that you can play and dominate a team like we did on saterday in that rain if you try and chuck the ball around just for spectacle’s sake. That was part of the Lions under doing, they came here with an attacking frame of mind even though there was a damn monsoon going on. It’s rugby 101, something that you learn at a very young age, when the conditions is horrid, you keep the ball close to your forwards and pin the opposition in their half of the field.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.15 11:12:18 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaan
     
  • @PTAShark (Comment 8) : Couldn’t agree more.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.15 11:13:22 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • Just food for thought. As a a ‘rugby fan’ and not just a ‘supporter’ yes id like to see the Sharks perhaps take more risks on attack and not be so conservative all the time. However, i can also appreciate the skill it takes to play a forward orientated game with scrums, mauls and pick and drives etc. If rugby fans want to see free flowing run from everywhere rugby then go watch those tiny guys play 7s. From a supporters perspective whose general rugby knowledge is very little i dont think how the Sharks play makes a difference as long as they win. the supporters are more interested in the match day package in terms of stadium entertainment etc.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.15 11:15:55 by SheldonK Reply

    SheldonK
     
  • Rob, the first three games under Jake were also excuted very nicely. Then we lost Lambie and Reinach and soon after Zeilinga who looked poised to execute the same game plan beautifully. After that we started to struggle. I think Lambie and Zeilinga would have made a huge difference to our campaign last year. Our execution and direction just weren’t the same without real generals of play at 10. Frans Steyn didn’t do badly, but he never directed play the same way those guys could.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.15 11:20:19 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Letgo
     
  • I compare the Sharks of last year to the Man United of this year. I’m sorry to cross sporting codes; but i support both sides. Man United are getting ‘decent’ results while playing bland football; much like The Sharks last year. Watching Man United and The Sharks used to be a highlight of my week. It’s difficult to watch Man United this season; as it was to watch the Sharks last season.

    My point being is that I will always support these sides. It’s just that my excitement and enthusiasm might vary. An attractive brand is crucial to create excitement about the side and create interest , have a ‘feel good factor’ and put more bums on seats. 😈 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.15 11:23:55 by money Reply

    money
     
  • Honestly, I don’t really care how we score the tries but I do know I prefer victories in which plenty of tries are involved.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.15 11:24:18 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    vanmartin
     
  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : I can see what you’re getting at but I won’t be defending Jake too much.

    He ran his mouth before the season started but he didn’t have the guts to change his game plan when it was obvious that the one he was using wasn’t working.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.15 11:25:19 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : ok, fair point. Not sure I completely concur. We played a very effective game in the opener against the Bulls, but struggled pretty much from that point on, if memory serves.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.15 11:29:04 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • Wins are great no matter which way they are gained. I said it last year and I will stick to it – Im happy for the wins but if anyone thinks Im going to sit through and enjoy that dros we dished up last year then they are mistaken. I will enjoy the win, I wont embrace the style.

    Having said that I there was only one way to play in last weeks conditions and we did it correctly. If we had thought we were clever and could throw the ball around then I would have been seriously peed off.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.15 11:29:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
     
  • @Ben (Comment 9) : Very fair point. Maybe satisfied was the wrong word to use. However, I don’t want to spend every season ‘satisfied’ with the Sharks performance. I’d much rather be able to brag about it to my mates and really feel like we are keeping up with or surpassing AUS and NZ teams.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.15 11:35:14 by David12246 Reply

    Apollo
     
  • Scoring a lot of tries and still losing wont net you a trophy. So you obviously need to win first. But I have to say, push over tries are boring but still very much effective. And I’d rather take those than none at all.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.15 11:37:03 by JarsonX Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition WinnerCompetition Winner
    JarsonX
     
  • I feel “attractive rugby” isn’t necessarily glitzy backline moves. I remember a game a while back where we were dominating so much at scrum time Jannie and Bismark were pleading to go in for another scrum, that was great to watch. Also a rolling maul that travels from the 10m line and we score a try is also entertaining rugby. I think it’s about using your full team to score points, not just the forwards or just the backs.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.15 11:38:57 by Michael Reply

     
  • @David12246 (Comment 19) : I can see your point of view.

    I would rather just be ‘satisfied’ and win that SupeRugby trophy than be bragging to my friends and still have an empty trophy cabinet though.

    Not saying we can’t win the whole thing if we play expansive rugby but there are other factors that come into play if you’re always trying to play attractive rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.15 11:40:40 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : @Michael (Comment 21) : You both make very good points.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.15 11:42:51 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • Play the situation. Take weather,opposition, environment into account. Vary your play during and don’t be predictable. Focus on set piece and dominate your opponent. That is all I want to see to make me happy.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.15 11:43:23 by GreatSharksays Reply

     
  • @money (Comment 14) : Man U supporter. I feel for you mate. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.15 11:44:34 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 24) : Recipe to be successful. Set piece, set piece, set piece, oh and did I say set piece?

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.15 11:46:44 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @Ben (Comment 22) : That’s why I loved how we were able to adapt our game and play the conditions so well against the Lions. Believe me, in the wet weather, I was ecstatic with the 4 try win!

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.15 11:56:30 by David12246 Reply

    Apollo
     
  • I can’t wait for the day when you can pull down a driving maul. I hate them. When we score off them, I get a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.15 11:57:35 by Southern_Shark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Southern_Shark
     
  • I think the major issue here is that I conflated two things, which didn’t help my case.

    The logical fallacy here is that the Sharks didn’t CHOOSE to play the way they played on Saturday, they HAD to play that way given the conditions.

    But at Loftus they will have a choice. My view is that they should choose to play very much the same way, even if it’s dry.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.02.15 11:57:39 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • @David12246 (Comment 27) : You and me both!

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.02.15 11:58:17 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : If it’s effective enough then it’s good enough Rob. That’s my opinion anyway.

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.02.15 11:59:48 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @Ben (Comment 31) : mine too. But I do want bonus points as often as we can get them.

    Given how much better our pack is than theirs, I would expect that we should consider 5 points the goal at Loftus.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.02.15 12:02:42 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : That’s what I mean by effective enough. If that game plan allows us to score 4 or more tries against the teams that we should be getting bonus points against, then I’m all for it yes.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.02.15 12:05:47 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : There are more ways to play with a dominant forward pack than what we saw against the Lions. I’m all for bullying the opposition in the scrums and at the breakdown, as long as we don’t forget that there is space out wide and pace to burn.

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.02.15 12:09:00 by David12246 Reply

    Apollo
     
  • More to the point though, I couldn’t care less how we score tries, but really believe that certain conditions and teams require more creative, ball in hand play for tries. You won’t be able to score tries playing like last weekend in every game. If you could then what would be the problem.

    I also believe you can soften a team up. Build momentum, take the points on offer, work a forward try or two and then when you’ve built a lead, take the chances on offer when it opens up.

    I must say I am sometimes jealous when watching a nz derby. It’s just much more entertaining. I really wouldn’t mind if the Sharks got some of their creative flair back. I just love it when a centre slips through a gap in the midfield, with options left right and centre quickly on hand to make the try scoring pass to.

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.02.15 12:22:04 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Letgo
     
  • I’m a bit worried about this week’s game. Quite simply because our backs aren’t to the wall. Hoping for the best.

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.02.15 12:22:28 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • @Letgo (Comment 35) : It really is a thing of great beauty.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.02.15 12:24:19 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • I think the reason we become unhappy with a kicking or 10 man rugby game plan is that this type of game plan soon becomes ineffective, especially when repeated to often without variation or attention to other means of attack. We won’t see a team win this comp that isn’t able to vary their attack.

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.02.15 12:26:14 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Letgo
     
  • @Letgo (Comment 38) : Very well put.

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.02.15 12:30:00 by David12246 Reply

    Apollo
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : @David12246 (Comment 1) : We don’t complain about the tries or lack thereof. We complained about the lack or creativity and the lack of a plan B.

    We want the Sharks to vary their gameplan depending on the weather and to adapt said gameplan when it isn’t working.

    We want plans A-Z and we want our boys to play what’s in front of them and not look dazed and confused if one approach doesn’t work.

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.02.15 12:31:10 by ChrisS Reply
    Author
    ChrisS
     
  • @David12246 (Comment 34) : The Ausie teams love enterprising play as much as any of the Kiwi teams, but since most of them don’t have the forwards to give them a good platform, this style of play is ineffective. It’s so disappointing that the Sharks have had the forward dominance, but is unable or unwilling to use it with their backs.

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.02.15 12:31:12 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Letgo
     
  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Have to agree!

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.02.15 12:31:39 by ChrisS Reply
    Author
    ChrisS
     
  • I want us to use our backs as an effective weapon. We have the talent, so let’s utilize it. Having said that, I was happy with how well we played the conditions on Saturday. It was exciting, entertaining rugby and I loved every minute of it.

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.02.15 12:44:53 by StevieS Reply
    Author
    StevieS
     
  • @ChrisS (Comment 40) : AAAAAH. Plan B. There you have it. The downfall of virtually every coach who has built his success on low-risk, effective rugby. None of them has a clue how to change the approach on a day when the pack isn’t firing.

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.02.15 12:46:56 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • The greatest Super Rugby sides over the years all have one thing in common – they were adaptable and could regularly manufacture tries in most conditions. They manage this throughout the season and in what are supposed to be tight games, such as finals.

    The difference in tactics and skills between the Cheetahs and Lions games is worrying. Why can a team be so poor the one week and brilliant the next?

    Like winning, scoring tries also becomes a habit. Is it a coincidence that we have the worst record in finals? (45-21, 36-6, 37-6)

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.02.15 12:53:09 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Spirit of Rugby
     
  • I just hope the Sharks can become consistent winners without having to be written off first……again we back to the whole ‘kop-dokter’ issue.

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.02.15 13:00:24 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of SharksworldCompetition Winner Author
     
  • @Pokkel (Comment 46) : Unfortunately the kopdokter issue is something, which develops over time. Even the AB’s suffered from it. Until we win a SR title it will remain in the psyche.

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.02.15 13:02:34 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Spirit of Rugby
     
  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 47) : Even the Proteas suffer from it to this day! 😈

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.02.15 13:03:37 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • I know it’s been said already, but to add my voice here, yes its nice to win, and even more so to do that by scoring 4 tries, but to me it DOES matter HOW this is done. There needs to be value offering for the fans, and that what was lacking last year.

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.02.15 13:09:54 by stevovo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    stevovo
     
  • @Ben (Comment 48) : 😆 True!

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.02.15 14:06:11 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Spirit of Rugby
     
  • Correct me if I am wrong here, but a try is worth five points, with a successful conversion adding another two? A win gets you four log points, and four tries gets you a bonus point. The manner of the tries, whether pretty, boring, or even a penalty try is immaterial, they are all worth the same. The team that scores the most log points, ends on top of the log, which should put smiles on the team’s fans faces. Not sure why you guys are even debating this?

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.02.15 14:29:12 by Greg Reply

    Greg
     
  • @Greg (Comment 51) : Exactly.

    And last year the Sharks struggled to score tries (pretty or ugly or otherwise) – difference between home semi and an away playoff game.

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.02.15 14:35:23 by Bokhoring Reply
    Administrator
    Bokhoring
     
  • @Greg (Comment 51) : Funny thing that, last time I checked none if that mattered if no one turned up to watch you play.

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.02.15 15:42:01 by Seth101 Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter Author
    Nostraseth
     
  • If all you want to see is big mean rolling around on the floor watch wrestling or American hand egg.

    Some of us want to see class and talent.

    Awful teams play boring rugby and lose.

    Bad teams play good rugby and lose.

    Okay teams play boring rugby and win. (South African rugby)

    Good teams play good rugby and win.

    New Zealand teams don’t struggle to play good rugby and win, any reason not to is just a bad excuse.

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.02.15 15:49:45 by Seth101 Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter Author
    Nostraseth
     
  • @Seth101 (Comment 54) :

    I really don’t think you would mind what the Sharks did if they won every single game with a bonus point.

    What I am saying is, they won’t do that playing one-dimensional rugby. If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it.

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.02.15 17:50:47 by Letgo Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Letgo
     
  • Personally I see it like this:
    1. I love to see the Sharks win…
    2. I love to celebrate when they score tries…
    3. I enjoy it a bit more if they win playing beautiful rugby…
    4. I can appreciate a beautiful try a bit more…
    5. I don’t like it when the Sharks lose…
    6. I really don’t like it when they lose playing boring rugby…
    Conclusion: Everybody is sort of a bit right…

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.02.15 23:28:55 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @YamYam (Comment 3) : But we discuss that try with a high level of excitement because it was scored and it WON us the Currie Cup more than because of it’s beauty I reckon…

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.02.15 23:31:27 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @YamYam (Comment 3) : Though the tries by Andre Joubert in the ’96 final really were a thing of beauty and still raise more feelings of excitement than the average try, so I see your general point…

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.02.15 23:32:56 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @Ben (Comment 7) : SURELY nothing beats a tight five biggie barreling for the like ne, cried the ex-tight forward!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.02.15 23:34:28 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @PTAShark (Comment 8) : I’m beginning to sway your way…4 tries to the Sharks is the Eisbein, a beautiful try in there somewhere is the mustard… 😆

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.02.15 23:36:46 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 10) : Definitely agree on the playing the conditions thing…

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.02.15 23:38:12 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • Just a thought: whether we play beautiful or boring rugby, what really galls me is if we sit on the opposition tryline and DON’T score. So maybe scoring the try is a very large percentage of what it’s about (large % = Eisbein)…and the style you score it in is just a small percentage (small % = Mustard)…

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.02.15 23:42:20 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @Ben (Comment 25) : Tough times…then again, I’m a Newcastle United supporter! 😆

  • Comment 63, posted at 25.02.15 23:45:54 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 28) : Ooh no, not me…but I get what you’re saying…

  • Comment 64, posted at 25.02.15 23:47:23 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : @robdylan (Comment 32) : I agree…of course it would be great if one of the 7 tries involved a break on the halfway line and the wing going in at the corner! 😀

  • Comment 65, posted at 25.02.15 23:50:26 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 44) : This is true…

  • Comment 66, posted at 25.02.15 23:53:18 by pastorshark Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Administrator
    pastorshark
     
  • @pastorshark (Comment 63) : 😯 😆

  • Comment 67, posted at 26.02.15 02:43:28 by Ben Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Author
    Ben
     
  • If I could weigh in a bit….No team(to my knowledge) has won the Super trophy playing a boring conservative brand of rugby…normally somewhere in their season they had the ability to absolutely kill a team with tries,scoring plenty..The Sharks seldomly does this,we tend to drop down to a poor team’s level instead of slaughtering them,making games more difficult,in my opinion that goes hand in hand with a conservative gameplan,the flood gates never open,while we beat very good teams with it(marginally) the same applies for bad teams.
    Against the Lions we saw creativity(cross kicks) and a well thought out plan to suite conditions and opposition

  • Comment 68, posted at 26.02.15 09:34:01 by BarendL Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    BarendL
     
  • My view is that this notion of Natal running/fluid rugby is just folklore/urban legend nothing more,but a win is a win and the team that mostlyy wins I.e scores more tries/points wins SR no matter how scored,second placed is first loser and I’m just tired of the Sharks being first loser so many times ill take that freekin damn SR trophy whichever way

  • Comment 69, posted at 26.02.15 17:39:10 by benji Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.