Sharks not far off - Bashford

2012-11-01 19:01

Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford believes they're not far from winning a major final after a heartbreaking loss to Western Province in the Currie Cup last weekend.

The Durbanites were stunned 25-18 on their home Kings Park turf, which was their third final loss in a row after ending runners-up in the Super Rugby final earlier this year as well as 2011's Currie Cup.

But Bashford believes to reach two finals in 2012 suggests they're not all that bad.

“I don’t think we are far off,” he told the Sharks website.

“We played in two finals this year and you have to do a whole lot of things right to get to finals. We put the Super Rugby final loss (to the Chiefs) down to travel - it was simply a bridge too far - it was probably that one game against the Lions in Joburg that could have cost us. If we had win, we could have had a home playoff.

“And we were pretty consistent during the Currie Cup, although we battled to win away from home at times, but we were able to beat the Cheetahs away as well as Western Province.

"So we did enough in the latter stages to force a home final. We played pretty well in the semi so there was good momentum going into the final and we thought we integrated the Boks pretty well, but on the day… it showed that underdogs can win finals, nothing is a given, you need to perform on the day and that’s pretty much what happened to us.”

Bashford also shunned the belief that Western Province, who broke an 11-year Currie Cup drought, were more hungry on the day.

“I don’t think we weren’t hungry. Looking back at our preparation for the game, we had a really good build-up and everyone was really confident going into the match without being overconfident.

"We believed that if we played well, we would have the better of them. Unfortunately, we didn’t play well enough. It was a frustrating afternoon."

The Sharks now shift their focus towards next year's Super Rugby competition. They open their campaign against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on February 23 and the following week they'll get a change at revenge over the men from Cape Town when they host the Stormers.


  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-01 19:22

    Pity that there's no trophies but I believe Sharks still had a successful year. Just getting to super 15 final was an incredible achievement under the conditions. Apart from lineouts did not play that bad in CC final, sunk by some moments of genius. The young players are coming through nicely and I think things are looking good for 2013, can't wait!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 20:05

      The Sharks is going to be the team to beat for the next year or 2.

      ben.spreeth - 2012-11-01 20:45

      Any team wanting to win the Super Fifteen next year will have to beat the Stormers first.

      joneethling - 2012-11-01 21:00

      Sharks were the top Curry Cup team, just like Stormers were the best Super 15 team. This is the inherrent problem with finals and semi-finals. The team that has beaten everybody during the season, can lose on the day. Not fair, but it is not about fairness, it's about money.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-01 19:29

    The Sharks are a good team and a quality outfit.They'll be in the mix as title contenders for any of the major trophies in 2013 you'll see.They play an allround game for the best part of the 80 minutes each time they go out onto the pitch.Watching them play their brand of rugby is a huge highlight on any given weekend.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 20:14

      Great team, only need to sort their line outs.

      nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-11-01 20:19

      True sean

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-01 21:39

      Great team for sure. There is quite a few teams to watch out for next year. Makes it even more exciting.

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-01 19:41

    Sharks are not going to win the trophies as long as they cannot solve the percieved easy game and over confidence. It is a mental problem. Best example CC final 2010 they were the underdogs and beat WP. 2012 they were favourites and lost, but when they are firing on all cylinders it is great to see. Hope they can solve just the one small problem soon

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 19:59

      Eating peppermint will help with their mental problems.

      nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-11-01 20:17

      @bloumasjien1- i thnk it wil help them not to read ur pathetic comment or shall i say stupid comment. Watch the space sharks will win S.A conference

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 20:25

      Win the conference? They need to win the trophy!

  • Cornel van Rensburg - 2012-11-01 19:51


  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-01 20:14

    They are always promising and deliver nothing, the chaps in Durban must be well known to their local pharmacies, LOL

  • jacques.hollands - 2012-11-01 20:19

    As a Province supporter I have to say that it would be unfair to the Sharks to think they are chokers after losing 3 finals in a row. The Super 15 was always going to be a bridge too far. It must also be remembered that the Sharks lost in 7 finals (Currie Cup & Super Rugby) in a row between 1996 and 2008, before fighting back to clinch the 2008 CC final. They will be back and it is good for SA rugby to have a number of competitive teams, especially with the brand of rugby the Sharks generally play. Still happy though that WP won though! :-)

  • nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-11-01 20:22

    Don,t panic bashford u hav enough quality to go all the way next season

  • jacques.hollands - 2012-11-01 20:23

    Initially actually enjoyed some of comments above, but then there are always the few with their idiotic provincial biased comment. Can't we start a blog where people can maturely discuss rugby issues without all the childish crap? Just want a place where people can debate without all the unnecessary name-calling and ridiculing of others... *sigh*

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-11-01 20:42

      I am with you on this one.

  • garth.bellingan.1 - 2012-11-01 20:34

    All history, do the basics right, like line out throws and catch the ball like we teach the Schoolboys, not acceptable to lose a final at home, no matter how you mince it pal !!!. Sharks supporter forever.

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-11-02 02:34

    So when are we going to wim a final if we are so good why always end up 2nd best since 1996 we won 2 cc finals and lost 9 super finals included quite a poor record

  • melanie.reah - 2012-11-02 06:14

    BLAH BLAH BLAH......They must be the worst losers out. Can never just accept that they too must lose..

      wayne.redman.7 - 2012-11-02 13:24

      @ Melanie--another empty kitchen--you dont have the balls to comment

  • jan.vos.353 - 2012-11-02 08:32

    WTF!!! is he nuts, are the Sharks going to win the Christmas cup, or maybe the new year's eve cup......

  • willa.prinsloo - 2012-11-02 11:24

    Tell ANY South African sportsman he is the favourite, and he'll choke.

  • gaeleen - 2012-11-03 06:08

    Thanks Sharkies for the victories in 2012. Am sure you guys are more disappointed than the fans. After all you were the ones busty your butts out there not them sitting on theirs. There is only team SHARKS. Wishing all players and management and their families a wonderful christmas and new year.

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