At least home waters beckon for struggling Sharks

Henry

Let’s not get carried away: The Sharks are currently coming up with swashbuckling performances in the United Rugby Championship (WRC).

It is not so much the four consecutive defeats that cause the worst taste in the mouth – it is much more the manner in which they lose that makes fans reach for the boogie brandy.

One expected them to struggle against Munster and Leinster, but to dig the bottom against the struggling Ospreys and habitual wooden spoon fans Zebre?

Hey, no man.

Last weekend at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, it was referee Peter Martin’s shrill whistle that hurt the Sharks the most against Zebre. A bunch of penalties and cards (yellow and red) contributed to the visitors’ nightmare performance.

To quickly put things into perspective: Zebre’s eventual 12 – 10 victory was the Italians’ first victory in almost 30 attempts.

No man.

“We could have won at least a game or two on the tour. But that didn’t happen,” coach John Plumtree said.

Fortunately, the Sharks are now back in more familiar waters: Two home games at Kingspark (against Connacht and the Dragons) and two derby games (against the Bulls and Lions) at least provide, as Joshua would say after the Rain, a touch light on the horizon.

“We are excited to be home again. We are going to press the reset button and work very hard to not only build momentum, but also to improve.”

Sharks latest results:

Munster 34 – 21 Sharks

Leinster 34 – 13 Sharks

Ospreys 19 – 5 Sharks

Zebras 12 – 10 Sharks

Upcoming Terms:

November 18: Sharks v Connacht at Kingspark

November 25: Sharks v Dragons at Kingspark

2 December: Sharks against Bulls at Loftus Versfeld