There were no beaming smiles from either camp and the media conference that followed the Sharks’ Super Rugby win over the Lions at the weekend was among the briefest Kings Park has seen. It was understandable. Of course Lions coach Swys de Bruin was not happy. His team butchered what for most of the game looked like being a telling statement about their claims for silverware. Sharks coach Robert du Preez behaved as if he knew what everyone else knew: the Sharks had no right to be on the winning side. While they did defend well, and then came alive once the Lions had offered them a sniff of an unlikely win, Du Preez gave the impression he was struggling to get over the concern he must have felt for the first hour. Contrary to the mood of an SMS message received from a mate proclaiming "Great second half!" — yes, clearly a Sharks fan — it was a mediocre game. The modern malaise of too much interruption for television match official (TMO) consultation and other sundry reasons for stopp...

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