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Plumtree – Sharks need more warm-ups


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 26 Jan 2009 at 07:41
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The Sharks walked into something of an ambush when they played the Pumas in Witbank on Saturday, but a good thing to come from their 19-7 victory is that coach John Plumtree’s second-stringers have at least had a very tough workout.

However, Plumtree is now concerned that his first-choice players might not be match-fit for their first Super 14 match on February 14 because the Sharks’ remaining warm-up game, on February 4 in Durban, is expected to be against the Bulls’ second-stringers.

“The warm-up game situation this year is not ideal for us,” he said. “The guys are rusty and we would have preferred to have had a tough match before playing the Stormers. It is something the SA franchises need to address because we are not doing ourselves any favours.”

Mike Greenaway writes for The Mercury that down Under, the Australian and New Zealand teams have been getting stuck into each other. On Friday the Force and the Crusaders played in front of a sell-out crowd in Perth.

“We are having to make our training sessions as physical as possible to try to get the guys battle-ready,” said Plumtree.

The Sharks’ opponents in the first round, the Stormers, had a tough match against touring London club Saracens yesterday.

Of the match against the Pumas, Plumtree said that the young combination he had put out had been surprised by the tenacity of the Pumas.

“They really flew into us,” he said. “We expected that might be the case for 50 minutes but they kept going for the full 80. They spoilt a lot and it was a very scrappy game. It was a worthwhile exercise, though. We wanted to look at the greater depth in the squad and there were some revelations as well as confirmation of things we suspected.”



10 Comments

  • Let’s just hope the Bulls will bring a competitive squad.

    Don’t know what to read from the unimpressive scoreline from Witbank…

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.09 08:07:39 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 1) :

    Don’t read much into that.

    The only warm-up that was of any real significance was the Stormers.

    Lions played a Bulls D-side.
    Cheetahs played a High school side
    Sharks C-side played the Pumas.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.09 08:16:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : The only warm-up that was of any real significance was the Stormers

    …who happen to be our first opponents. So that’s a bit worrying…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.09 08:22:26 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 3) :

    Maybe, but Maybe not. most of the articles I have read on it seem to indicate that although they won as expected they seem to have a major scrum and breakdown concern.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.09 08:24:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : But at least they know what to work on…

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.09 08:28:34 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • Stephen Nell in Die Burger.

    “The Stormers can’t scrum”

    So says Saracens coach Eddie Jones: “I’ll send John Plumtree a message saying that he does not have to worry about the scrums”

    Saracens may have lost their friendly fixture against the Stormers, but that certainly did not stop their coach, Eddie Jones, from going on the offensive. Jones slammed the Stormers scrum after the Cape side beat Saracens 43-33 at Newlands.

    “I’ll send John Plumtree (Sharks coach) a message that he does not have to worry about the scrums,” Jones said at the press conference afterwards.

    The Stormers play the Sharks in their opening Super14 game at Newlands on 14 February.

    On Sunday they were impressive considering how long it has been since they last played. Their front row had also been disrupted by the late withdrawal of tighthead prop Brian Mujati, who injured his foot at the captain’s training session. With JC Kritzinger and Brock Harris also injured, loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw had to wear the No 3 jersey.

    “Their scrum was very poor. Cobus Visagie (Saracens tighthead prop) is demanding a new two-year contract,” said Jones.

    “Both sides of their scrum were terrible. They were really poor. In a serious game they would have been punished at every scrum. People always say Aussies can’t scrum. It amazes me to see a South African side that can’t scrum.”

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus was satisfied with his side’s scrumming effort under the circumstances and believes Blaauw did reasonably well.

    Regardless of Jones’s strong opinions about their scrumming, the Stormers showed a lot of promise prior to the new season. The Newlands crowd seemed happy with a side that blended work ethic with traditional Cape flair.

    Nowhere was that clearer than in the try substitute fullback Joe Pietersen scored. Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki, who scored two tries, tackled an opponent and turned over possession with the help of a few teammates. The ball travelled to the right and Pietersen scored.

    The Stormers would probably also have won by a bigger margin had their rhythm not been disrupted by substitutions. They play their second warm-up game against Boland in Wellington on Saturday.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.09 08:50:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • :smile: “Their scrum was very poor. Cobus Visagie (Saracens tighthead prop) is demanding a new two-year contract,” said Jones.

    Never at a loss for words is he?

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.09 08:51:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :
    It must be that strong tight 5 they have… :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.09 09:02:36 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • i wish Jones would just keep quiet

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.09 09:09:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : If wishes were horses…there’d be way too many horses…

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.09 09:18:12 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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