October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
Having reached three consecutive finals ( 2 Currie Cups and 1 Super Rugby Final) but failing in all three of the show pieces one feels that the Sharks will need to brake the shackles soon and what better stage to do it than the Southern Hemisphere Super Rugby Event. According to the Sharks website, The Sharks do not feel as if they have been successful and want to win the finals they play in
It has been a roller-coaster of a year as The Sharks pulled off the almost unthinkable to reach the Vodacom Super Rugby Final after playing two away knock-out matches, and then getting their Absa Currie Cup campaign off to a winning start when the team had lost so many players.
However, the youngsters have delivered all season and on them, plenty of praise is heaped.
“It’s been a great group of players to lead,” Keegan Daniel said after the Absa Currie Cup Final at Mr Price KINGS PARK on Saturday.
“I have a really good support system with the senior players around me and I’ve worked well with Plum [coach John Plumtree] and the management; I’m willing to learn every week.
“You’d think with the squad we have and what we’ve done to reach three finals is pretty successful for the union, but you want to be winning those finals.”
Despite the success of reaching the finals but losing at the final hurdle, he believes the season isn’t a failure when one examines some other aspects of their campaign.
“We’ve built quite a bit and some young players have grown and this will be a big learning experience for them to mature going forward and with next year’s Super Rugby tournament in mind.”
He also paid respect to Western Province for their 11 year drought-ending accomplishment.
“They have shown a lot of character over the last couple of games, in their semi-final especially when they were down and out against the Lions. We knew they would never go away and would keep fighting and at the end of the day, they built enough pressure and converted it to points.”
The Sharks lineout didn’t function as well as they would have liked and he explained that there wasn’t a simple explanation. “There were a number of factors, it’s quite a complicated thing. I think hats off to Province, they contested really well and put us under pressure. I’m not going to point fingers at any individual, we just have to take this loss and our mistakes on the chin.
“The lineout not functioning comes down to eight players, they’ve all got do their job. We’ll have a look at it, but we‘ll be really disappointed because we came up with a few plans to win good lineout ball and unfortunately we couldn’t execute.”