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Plumtree looking for momentum


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 2 Feb 2009 at 06:27

Sharks coach John Plumtree is hoping that his team can build some “momentum” when they take on the Bulls in their final Super 14 pre-season hit-out in Durban on Wednesday.

Having sent in a second-string selection to face the Pumas – a replacement game for the canned Dubai encounter with the Cheetahs – and then having had to settle for an internal trial last Friday, this week’s showdown with the Bulls is their only real test against Super 14 quality opposition.

Not surprising then he will be looking to field as close as possible to his best combination – the one that will start the Super 14 campaign against the Stormers on February 14 – when the Bulls arrive on Wednesday.

One of the frontline stars set to be unleashed on the Bulls is Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, who is making good progress after undergoing surgery when he injured his knee against Scotland in November.

Plumtree could name the Bok hooker, Du Plessis, along with players on the way back from injury – like flank Jacques Botes, as well as props Deon Carstens and Tendai Mtawarira – against the Bulls.

Another Bok prop, tighthead Jannie du Plessis, is a doubtful starter as a result of a stiff back.

“The main goal would be to get some momentum, some team flow,” Plumtree told Rugby365.com’s Jan De Koning, when asked about his plans for Wednesday’s game.

“We will look at things in terms of our attack and with our defence,” he said, adding that it would obviously be a “step up” in terms of intensity.

“We are looking forward to a good hard hit-out,” he added.

The Sharks coach said they had spend a lot of time working on both defence and attack in the pre-season.

“So far we have put a bigger emphasis on the conditioning side of it. Strategy wise and tactics wise we are really catching up quick,” Plumtree said.



12 Comments

  • Yeah…the big words are back! :mrgreen:

    I guess the Bulls will go to the Super 14 without any MOMENTUM…

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.09 10:13:28 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : eh? :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.09 10:19:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :
    Point of correction…they’ll go in with “losing momentum”…

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.09 10:30:35 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : By the way…classic comments by Piet Pienaar the other day…totally cracked me up! :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.09 10:31:41 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) : i’ll send him a faks to let him know

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.09 10:35:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • i missed em :sad:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.09 10:41:59 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 6) : http://www.thebulls.co.za/article.aspx?headline=Cheetahs%20triumph%20in%20Polokwane&id=286352

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.09 10:46:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • I like the idea of a pre-season against the Bulls. The rivalry between the two teams means that no quarter will be given. We’ve traditionally had to settle for the Cheetahs only.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.09 10:47:21 by klempie Reply

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  • I hope the Bulls send a decent team over for the warm up. They already had to decent warm-ups and might be hesitant to risk further injuries too their ’1st’ team :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.09 10:47:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • two :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.09 10:48:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : they have already said they won’t be sending their first choice team

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.09 10:54:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : damn :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.02.09 11:04:30 by Pokkel Reply
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