Getting the numbers right

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Apr 2015 at 12:09
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Flicking through the Durban dailies over the last day or so, the Sharks seem to be making a concerted effort at hitting back at some of the deluge of criticism that has come their way in the wake of recent results.

While some of what has been written verges on the hysterical – I’m thinking specifically about the SA Rugby Mag character assassinations that are unfortunately their stock in trade – other pieces have clearly hit closer to home and it’s good to see the Sharks fighting back with some positive message of their own.

While the admission remains that the rugby side of the house is not in order, there was a piece of good news to come out of the recent AGM relating to the financial position of the union.

“At the KZNRU AGM the consolidated accounts showed a financial turnaround of nearly R22 million in a single year,” said Board chairman Stephen Saad in a recent Mercury interview. “The largest part of this turnaround can be attributed to the Sharks’ financial improvements. John [Smit] has not only managed his expenses well and implemented the needed governance, but has been instrumental in driving the sponsorship revenue.”

Among the accusations leveled at the Sharks in recent times, the argument that they have somehow “run out of money” tends to be a rather common one. While it must be pointed out that a turnaround of R22M in itself is not an indication of overall financial health (unless we know for a fact that the budget deficit in the previous year was less than that amount) one does does have to acknowledge that it represents a staggering improvement year-on-year regardless of the starting position.

Let’s hope to hear more good news in the weeks to come – but even more importantly, let’s hope to see some good news on the field of play this weekend.


  • It’s bloody good news! Professional rugby does after all cost a crapload of money, and it’s great that they are moving in the right direction finance wise. We should also consider the players going overseas whose massive paychecks will disappear after this years super rugby. I remember Beast saying he’s on his way to France, and the Du Pleassis brothers should probably also move on after the WC. Pretty sure that’s a huge monthly salary saving just in the front row right there.

    Let’s go Sharks! Klap the bulls tomorrow!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.15 12:25:52 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • I think sometimes we forget the amount of pressure on a CEO of a big company like the Sharks.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.15 12:35:30 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Just hope they look to use that money wisely….no more fruitless and wasteful expenditure please (read Stevens and Murray) 😡

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.15 13:06:05 by SharkED Reply

  • @SharkED (Comment 3) : Culling Song would like a word with you regarding a certain scrumhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.15 13:20:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • “The largest part of this turnaround can be attributed to the Sharks’ financial improvements.” or it can be attributed to not having to pay Jake’s salary….maybe next year we can drop some other unneccessary salaries like Stevens, JPP, Murray (if he is earning anything), Hoffman I’ll bet if they cut the deadwood they can acquire a good tighthead backup a good center backup and maybe even a fullback??

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.15 13:26:08 by coolfusion Reply

  • wow, chiefs really showed the crusaders up badly. even with the inclusion of the “LEGENDARY” McCaw and Carter…just goes to show no players can consider themselves invaluable forever. You have to keep working at it, stay hungry and humble.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.04.15 13:28:29 by coolfusion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Flip i forgot him…i should have just added an etc lol

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.04.15 13:33:02 by SharkED Reply

  • I really don’t want to start picking on individual players, but there definitely are 5-6 at the moment who simply aren’t offering anything and need to make way for youngsters

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.15 13:43:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • Smit is taking care of the bottom line, and I am sure this will flow over into our on-field displays in the not too distant future.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.15 14:13:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Ditto

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.15 14:13:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : could not agree more. everytime i look at the guys we lost to lions and bulls and overseas I shake my head. If we could have given these guys a little more scope they would have stayed we do really produce some really remarkable talent but we also tend to hoard some really useless objects as well…..

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.04.15 14:34:53 by coolfusion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : I most certainly would not! I’d like to have a word with SharkEd about Conrad Hoffman, but he is most emphatically not a scrumhalf…!

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.15 16:10:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Well done John and co.

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.15 19:23:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 12) : Well played sir

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.15 19:25:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) : Thank you, sir! The whole “if you can’t say something nice about them, don’t say anything at all” approach wasn’t working for me, so I’ve decided to try “if you can’t say something nice about them, insult them with flair” on for size. There’s still a lot of work to be done by me though; right now I still have to decide whether I’m going to base my strategy for Matt Stevens around a comparison to Jabba the Hutt, or rather Mr. Creosote

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.15 19:58:04 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : better bring a bucket

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.04.15 19:59:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • While I am happy about the news, I am even more happy that this information is SHARED with us. It would be even better if we could get a clear statement of the overall financial position of the union. Be that as it may, well done John and well done Sharks…

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.04.15 20:08:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SharkED (Comment 3) : There’s not necessarily any “that money” to “use”…a R22 million turn around can still mean we made a loss. So if we had a deficit of R32million the previous year, then a R10 million deficit this time around is still a R22 million turnaround. Whatever the case may be, it is at the very least a step in the right direction…

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.04.15 20:15:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Well, that’s done it; Mr Creosote it is!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.04.15 06:52:23 by Culling Song Reply
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  • The SWD Eagles turned in a storming second-half performance to down the Cell C Sharks XV 36-13 (half-time 17-13) in their Vodacom Cup South Section match at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.

    The Eagles ran in three second-half tries on their way to scoring 29 unanswered points with the Sharks XV unable to score any second-half points.

    Eighthman Zandre Jordaan and right wing Alshaun Bock both scored a brace of tries for the Eagles who completed their second win of the season while the Sharks XV were consigned to their third loss in four games.

    The start of the game was delayed for half-an-hour on a cold and windy evening after the Sharks XV arrived without their jerseys and they were forced to play in the Eagles’ away kit.

    The hosts signalled their intentions early and they raced into an early lead when Jordaan rumbled over for a converted try in the fourth minute.

    But the Sharks XV struck back almost immediately when former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavanga streaked over for a converted try before flyhalf Innocent Radebe slotted two penalties as the visitors eked out a 13-7 lead after 25 minutes.

    However, the Eagles ended the half as the stronger of the two teams as hooker Kurt Haupt went over for a converted try before fullback Elric van Vuuren kicked a 37th-minute penalty as the hosts went to the break leading by four points in front of the small crowd of about 200 people.

    Bock nabbed his first try seven minutes after the restart before the Eagles put the Sharks XV to the sword with Jordaan crashing over to complete his double, in the 51st minute, to secure the bonus point for scoring four tries.

    Bock then completed the second-half rout when he crossed for his second try while fullback Elric van Heerden ended with 11 points courtesy of a penalty and four conversions.


    SWD Eagles – Tries: Zandre Jordaan (2), Kurt Haupt, Alshaun Bock (2); Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (4), Penalty: Van Vuuren.

    Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Tonderai Chavanga; Conversions: Innocent Radebe; Penalties: Radebe (2).

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.04.15 07:31:44 by grant10 Reply

  • Forgot the kit in Durban……really need to up the professionalism….this star studded Sharks team needs to show a hunger too…..

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.04.15 07:33:43 by grant10 Reply

  • Imagine having to wear another teams jerseys , no wonder they got 5 trys to 1 thrashing. Just not good enough Sharks…up the levels of commitment and get rid of the amateur hour mentality.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.04.15 07:42:29 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 21) : I’m not sure whether we “forgot” the kit or whether perhaps the airline did.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.04.15 08:43:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : I may be wrong, but I suspect we made a loss last year that, while significant, was not quite R22m. In other words, we should now be looking at a small surplus this year.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.04.15 08:44:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Okay….in that case I apologise to the sharks management team…..

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.04.15 08:58:30 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 25) : well, I’m not 100% sure either way, but it must at least be a strong possibility. I’m less worried about the jerseys than I am about the performance.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.04.15 09:00:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : After a score like that, I am actually relieved that these guys did not have the opportunity to defile a Sharks jersey…they sure don’t deserve to wear any Sharks kit.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.04.15 09:05:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Yes, I went to the WP win of 32…12 vs the Sharks a couple of weeks ago….expected far more from a star studded Sharks team which had something like 2 Boks and 8 players with super rugby experience in that squad….up against a youing WP team.
    For me those Sharks should be fighting for a place in the 1 st team…..but all I saw was a disinterested team that seemingly went through the motions….

    That would be a huge concern for me if I was Smit…..

    I am firmly in the get tough camp when it comes to the Sharks set up, but its difficult to drop under performing seniors if the 2nd stringers are underperforming to the extent they are….

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.04.15 09:08:34 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 28) : Players don’t turn awful overnight,guys like Cooper and Chadwick,have put in more than their share for the Sharks in last couple of seasons.
    Dale as recent as last week.
    There is a difference between sheer disgruntlement and lack of motivation.I think we are seeing the former here.
    There is something not quite as it seems here.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.04.15 09:52:52 by The hound Reply
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