Normally around this time of the year, news starts to flood in about Super Rugby squads, movements, injury updates, warm ups etc. Normally this time of the year, the Sharks have a handful of injuries and they anxiously await to see the fitness levels of some players.
This year seems no different, and even though we are thin in the front row, with Dale Chadwick out for 4-6 weeks and talisman Biscmark Du Plessis out until April, the Sharks will hope that their exciting backs can do the business for them. And even though it may seem that some of these players are young age wise, some of them are in their 2nd or 3rd Super Rugby campaign.
With some “old” heads in between, the Sharks on paper are a strong side. I am only concerned about the limited amount of game time we are getting once again this year. Look, from a settling perspective I understand it, he doesn’t want to disrupt the team by letting players pick up injuries in a warm up game at that. The Sharks play against the Leopards and Pumas before kicking off their campaign against the Cheetahs in next month.
I am quite excited and somewhat optimistic that the Sharks can go the distance this year. If ever they should have learned something from past campaigns, they should try and win every game, or at least try not to play catchup rugby. In their forwards they have some of the best players in this country and their Springbok laden back line can play a attacking brand of rugby, we know the Sharks are capable off. I also like the fact that Carlos Spencer came in as a consultant for the backs as well as Pat Lambie, the work he has done with Elton Jantjies is something the Sharks will hope he can emulate with Lambie, who we know is one phenomenal player.
Hang in there rugby fans, the season is upon us, and before we know it, the year is on it’s head.
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