Richard Ferguson

Positivity equals Confidence, or does it?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Aug 2016 at 10:48
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Positivity and confidence are great things when it comes to rugby. Positivity creates confidence and confidence creates an element of positivity. Positive rugby generally leads to positive results and in turn creates positivity amongst the fans. Positive fans have confidence in the team.

The current state of Sharks rugby is less positive though, and rightly so after what can only be described as a terrible few years of administration blunders and changes in all facets of the Union. I won’t go into that now, we all know the list of things that are or were wrong within our beloved Sharks.

The question I wish to raise is whether the current spate of good results is worth any positivity from us as fans.

Yes, the Sharks have won their opening games of the latest Currie Cup campaign with ease, getting the necessary bonus points. Was it good rugby? Yes, it was better than we have seen this year so far, but also against opposition far below the standard set in Super Rugby. Was it entertaining? Yes, it is always entertaining to see the Sharks win. Was it positive rugby? Yes.

So do we as fans then have to be positive about the Sharks and have confidence in the team?

That is where it breaks down for me at this stage.

It is great watching the Sharks and seeing them win, but in the back of our minds we have to remember a few key points. The strength of the opposition and the fact that the Sharks are a few players short of a Super Rugby team.

I am not for one second discounting the good showing the Sharks have put in so far this Currie Cup. As they say, you can only play what is put in front of you, and the Sharks have done that superbly.

My point is this – some fans have been vocal in their disapproval of Gary Gold as head coach of the Super Rugby squad, and it’s fair to say that the team hasn’t always played vintage rugby on his watch. But we cannot adore Rob du Preez for what he has achieved and call him the Sharks’ saviour just yet, because in reality he’s yet to achieve anything.

Let’s be positive about the current way of the Sharks and have confidence that the team will do well in this Currie Cup campaign. That said, I am positive that the Sharks still have a long way to go to gain my full confidence, both with their on field play and their backroom agendas.


  • For sure Richard but at least the Sharks are winning!!! I’m hopeful that the rest will be sorted before 2017 arrive anyway that’s the first thing on my Christmass list!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.16 12:04:29 by JD Reply
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  • Winning should always be the aim, and the team/coaches should do whatever it takes each game to win even if its winning ugly. Get that box ticked and then next important factor should be continuity both in player personnel and coaching staff. And then lastly its incremental improvement each week. Its very unlikely to see drastic improvement during a season…the off season is where dratsic changes can be made in terms of skills and conditioning.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.16 12:18:48 by SheldonK Reply

  • I think this is all premsture,lets see how Sharks fair agsinst, Bullatinas,Netball playets and Lions first

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.16 18:00:39 by benji Reply
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