A lot has been said on social media, and a lot will still be said in the days to come. No matter how you spin it, it will always be the result that counts, and being there in person to see it was a huge moment for me.
Rugby as a professional sport has allowed people of all corners of the globe to support a team they love. As a laaitjie from Cape Town, only a few years old, I started supporting the Sharks, known as Natal back in the day. I chose them not just because I liked the colors of Black and White above Blue and White or Baby Powder Blue, but because I loved the way they played. Back then, a maiden Currie Cup was still on it’s way. Through the years, we have tasted a decent amount of success but the one thing eluding us has been this darn Super Rugby trophy. Heartbreaking closing seconds in 2007, we can all just look back and say that we have learned from it.
This season as a whole has had it’s moments for us. We started the campaign on highs and lows, and all of that seems irrelevant now, as we etch so close to something that will surely make folks around the world shout with joy. 80 minutes is what’s separating us from rewriting the history books. It is something that has never been done, we were not even supposed to be in this final according to people that seems to know it all. Never before has a team finished as low as we did going into Knock out rugby and head into a final two weeks later. So that itself is a huge statement of intent, and a note to our opponents that we cannot be taken lightly. Suddenly what I see from the Sharks is their willingness to play for one another. They lay a good platform and they execute, and if joined with other media reports I can say that I agree with John Plumtree that this is one of the most exciting teams in Sharks history I have ever seen.
Natal Sharks has had some very special players in it’s day. I remember a backline that included Honiball, Small, Joubert, Muir and Putt. Years before that players like Jamieson, Stranksky, Noble and even in recent years we have had players that has contributed a lot to not just their union, but their country. But it is this team that can make it’s name stand out. It is this team that can etch it’s name into the history books. Someday people will still talk about their heroics. Win or lose, I stay proud as a Sharks supporter. This will be a team that everyone remembers and every single player, every single person on management has a hand in that, from JP to Anton, from 1-22, everyone.
I know your bodies might be sore, tired and traveling as much as you have may just make you feel down and out, but remember what you are flying there for. Remember that great teams are the ones that get’s down to business, no matter what obstacles they have to overcome. Remember that come Saturday you will have the support of 50 500 0000 fans…(bar those Kaap Krusaders in Cape Town). Remember one thing…Black and White is dynamite!!! Black and White….nothing else matters!!
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