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Plum’s 10 Point Plan


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 15 Apr 2009 at 12:36
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Seeing as well all consider ourselves to be coaches of the highest order, all-knowing, all-seeing, having perfected it into a science with 20-20 hindsight, we decided to offer the best coach in the Super 14, John Plumtree a 10 point plan. The Sharks coach has shown his astute reading of the role by including coaches from other codes, always ready to listen to advice and so here we go, our advice.

Here we go Plum, 10 ways to win the game and the tournament (a joint effort from Baldrick and robdylan):

1. Our loose forward trio is not working. This is through no fault of your own because of the injury to Jean Deysel. In his absence, or limited role returning from injury, you simply have to change the dynamic of the current back three. Ryan Kankowski is a shadow of his former self as he is sucked
into a greater defensive role. Our 6-7 combo is too similar. Deysel was the charging rhino, Botes the lion that assists the hunting pack and Kankowski the cheetah. I’d bring in a Justin Downey or Michael Rhodes at this stage. We miss bulk.

2. Rory Kockott possibly needs a break. He has been in fine form for much of the season, but when he’s off, the team suffers. Against the Reds and Cheetahs his passing was woeful and while you don’t want to lay the blame for the losses on him, you can’t argue that our attacking prowess has been good, we are scoring tries off turn-over ball, not carefully constructed movements, bringing us to our next point.

3. We need to show more patience and protect the ball carrier with more support. We have turned over too many balls when we had quality possession and territory. Losing out in the opposition 22 is criminal.

4. As the log leaders, we also need to be the pace setters in our own matches. If we are so good, we need to dictate the pace of the game. Against both the Reds and Cheetahs, they started out at a million miles an hour and we embraced that pace. It was wrong in both counts and we lost in both counts.

5. Our kicking game is amongst the best, but we need to be even better. Last week, I’d have to say we probably threw away 9 out of 10 balls by not even challenging for the regather. If you aren’t going to pressure the high ball, you either don’t employ that tactic or you rather kick low, hard and for territory.

6. We know that you’re stuck for depth, especially in the backline, but when you do have the opportunity to bring someone in, pick a sensible option. Andries Strauss would have been a far more sensible replacement for Ruan Pienaar, given that he’s a natural leader and has played Super rugby in the past. Likewise, why you didn’t pick Lwazi Mvovo as the stand-in for JP Pietersen we’ll never know. Have you checked the Vodacom Cup top try-scorers list? And taking Ross Cronje on tour? Didn’t really work, did it?

7. Procurement of three good blindside flank options has to be a priority. It has long been a recognised weakness in the squad and we find the same thing happens every time we lose Jean Deysel or Ryan Kankowski. Rassie Erasmus is rightly vilified for only buying loose forwards and not props – are we any better for getting it the other way round? Or is it a case of having the right guys in the system, but just not giving them any opportunities?

8. Where is the Super Rugby quality flyhalf backup to Ruan Pienaar? We have seen that Frans Steyn is really no better than a stopgap here, whereas Monty Dumond hasn’t ever really impressed enough at lower levels to suggest he may be the answer. We all had a lot of hope that Len Olivier might be the next big thing, but he seems destined to never get a chance. Do we have someone in our sights? What about Jacques-Louis Potgieter? He looked pretty good behind a dominant pack this weekend.

9. What’s up with our first-time tackling? In the days of James, Barritt and Murray, there was simply no way through the Sharks midfield, period. Is the current malaise about players, technique or pattern? Either way, it’s something we need to shore up – and fast.

You will notice that point 10 has been tantalisingly left out… ovr to you, Sharksworldians. What have we left out here?



49 Comments

  • oj – that ‘s a thread when we need to think :-)

    what about playing with 22 men

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.09 12:44:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 1) : nice one :) … bryce is gonna be upset cos you stole his drum

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.09 12:49:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • While your spending money, how about a backline coach with a bit of attacking vision…I’m yet to see a well planned and executed backline move this season. We have wonderfully fast and talented outside backs, lets give them some time and space to show of their skills.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.09 13:18:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 10. Change the Captain :evil: my 2cents

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.09 13:32:35 by JarsonX Reply
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  • and tell steyn hes not the only backline player, and to cut his hair, it gets in his eyes and then he cant see twat

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.09 13:34:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : John hardly pulled his weight on Saturday… in fact, I’d argue that he was one of the worst players on the day…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.09 13:49:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 5) :

    It’s not twat I am concerned that he can’t see. :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.09 13:55:56 by Ollie Reply

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  • I think we all need to realise that we played well under par and this has happened twice. Otherwise we have been good enough to win the other 7 games and currently top the log.

    A dose of reality needs to counter panic and much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.09 14:02:17 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 7) : Maybe that’s all he has been seeing?

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.09 14:03:07 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : You don’t have to argue that mate! It’s a fact and nobody argues over facts!

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.09 14:03:12 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) :

    hehehehehe

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.09 14:05:57 by Ollie Reply

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  • My point no. 10: Get as many of the Sharks XV exposure during the CC. And NOT 1 game as a replacement. And I dnt advocate a mass inclusion of the XV into the CC team at once! Gradual, managed introduction. From 1-22 (add me as player23 :-D )

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.09 14:12:26 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • And NOT 1 game as a replacement. And I dnt advocate a mass inclusion of the XV into the CC team at once! Gradual, managed introduction.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.09 14:13:52 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : and I criticised rory on the other thread (indirectly though guessibly) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.04.09 14:17:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • Rob in point 8 are you suggesting that we should buy another cheetahs :?:
    i do not think potgieter that good. besides sharks already have len.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.04.09 14:19:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 7) : some things you don’t need to see… you can get by on feeling alone

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.04.09 14:21:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : then they should have given Len a run

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.04.09 14:22:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : maybe the guyz all played bad but its the coach and captains job to keep these guys in line and motivated, i just think muller cant do the job all that well

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.04.09 14:27:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • i love this team, they just need to focus more on attack and doing the basics right, everything else will fall into place

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.04.09 14:36:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 19) : amen

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.04.09 14:59:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • 10. Because of that performance, cut 30% off the price of new Sharks Jerseys. You can’t charge R900 a jersey if you play like retarded cart horses.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.04.09 15:17:44 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • 10. Seriously. Sort out the lineouts. We have 2 Springbok hookers and we must have the biggest height:weight ratio in Albert VNB in world rugby and were THAT ineffective against the Cheetahs lineout? WTF?

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.04.09 15:19:28 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) :
    Im with Pokkel on point 10, not in advocating getting rid of the backline coach but in getting some creativity into the backline from phase ball, not from turnover ball.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.04.09 15:49:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • 10. Win the damn cup… We’ll sort out the rest next season…

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.04.09 15:49:58 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • 23- We must also accept that not all tries have to move from hand to hand. Kicks, scrums, mauls etc are also part of the arsenal and compared to the rest of teams- we use all pretty well. Lets finish what we start!

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.04.09 15:56:37 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • Jeez , I’m having my worst Superbru ever since I played my first tournament. Just had a look at the games for the weekend on Superbru and it’s not getting any easier. Maybe 2 games that are easy to call.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.04.09 16:07:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 26) : I am going Blues, Bulls, Chiefs, Canes, Reds (Lions without Fourie and Grobbelar), Tahs and Sharks.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.04.09 16:26:47 by deanoelsch Reply

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  • @deanoelsch (Comment 27) : I have blues, brumbies, canes, lions :mrgreen: , tahs, cheetahs :mrgreen: and sharks

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.04.09 16:41:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • ha ha haha. i told we would battle if we kicked ball to daniller. i said as long as we attack the backline we would win. so what do the brain deads do kick straight for daniller. stefan and rory were woeful. it is time for of them to get a rest.

    what is the point of calling a mark and then kicking it up field when all your players are in front of the ball. wake up stefan. rory, other than your place kicking your game is deteriorating by the day. everyone moans about frans being selfish. rory takes the cake here. and adi, when are you going to play two good games in a row? haven’t you heard of running straight. or is it you just have crabs, sorry i mean run like a crab. ok i got that off my chest. oh no i haven’t johan you a poor captain, a better captain would direct the team better. you have no ability to raise the teams spirits and get them up when they are down. you are a great player, focus on that and hand the reins to a real leader.

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.04.09 21:51:03 by try time Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : this involves a scrummie that pases. we don’t know what our backline can do cos rory’s distribution is rare and poor.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.04.09 22:22:53 by try time Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : agree potgieter seems to be a liability. saturday was the first game this season he looked good and that is cos the sharks made him look good. the sharks could have made ep players look good with their performance on saturday.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.04.09 22:26:22 by try time Reply

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  • oh and rob why aren’t you moaning about everyone elses negativity this week. last week you rapped my knuckles for being negative, yet the sharks performance on saturday vindicated my negativity. as i said before i would rather raise the warning signs than cry over spilt milk. had the sharks only read my concerns and plugged the holes. the sharks can still do it, but it will require them to not crumble like they did last year after the brumbies game.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.04.09 22:32:31 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 31) : if you can’t concede that the Cheetahs were superb on Saturday than either you don’t really understand the game as well as I thought you do, or you’re far more stubborn than I imagined possible!

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.04.09 23:22:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 29) : My goodness, if you feel this way about a team that has won 7 of 9 games this season, how did you feel about the 2005 team that only won a single game? :eek: :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.04.09 02:33:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 34) :

    :smile: DB let me introduce you to TT.

    TT is our resident critic. It was once mentioned that TT has superpowers (therfore the batman Avatar) Only TT is capable of seeing a completely full glass as completely empty. :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.04.09 08:09:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : if you beat the top of the log team after having the worst draw possible and your confidence is low, then you deserve all the kudos. as for the sharks, to lose to a team that has no wins, has low confidence after throwing away so many games. and you aren’t able to lift your game the 5% needed to beat the cheetahs, then you deserve all the critism levelled at you. if you are unable to set up tries after 8 games due to impatience, because you are worried that kockett won’t send the ball your way again then you need to think of new ways to get the ball. when you run sideways on attack so you take your wing out the game, then you have problems. when you have a captain that cannot change the gameplan mid game, you have problems. when you have a fullback that can only up and under and defend well, you have problems. basically when the two backline players that get 90% of the first up ball and they waste it then you have problems. all i ask is for rory and stefan to use the ball better. it is a simple request. when that happens i’ll be as happy as a shark in a seal colony.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.09 09:00:49 by try time Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : i’ve just seen the sharks do this far too often. throw away everything they worked hard for over a stupid decision or two. it is a simple case of history repeating.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.04.09 09:02:17 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 36) :

    Dude, you need some help and you need it soon!! :???:

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.04.09 09:10:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 36) :
    Dude , we just had a bad game.

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.04.09 09:15:09 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 38) :
    :lol:
    Good thing he doesn’t support the Cheetahs…

    …or The Stormers :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.04.09 09:22:19 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 40) :

    You can say that again.

    Try time is suicidal! pass it on… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.04.09 09:33:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 40) : he would be thriving ;-)

    waited a while for faces to load – not this time :-(

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.04.09 09:34:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 39) : and the Cheetahs were 200% better than they’ve been at any other stage this season.

    NO TEAM in the Super 14 would have beaten the Cheetahs this weekend. I would have liked us to have given them a better game, though.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.04.09 09:37:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : i am not sure what is worse to think that sharks were beaten by cheetahs because the cheetahs were bad or because the sharks did not prepare for the game properly.

    Watched some bits again yesterday until realising that our state of the art HDPVR decided to record only 47 min (hehehe maybe electronics have heart after all) and cheetahs did not look so great, decent but not unbeatable

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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) :
    @rekinek (Comment 44) :

    The normal Sharks would’ve beaten them…

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.04.09 09:53:25 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 44) : their 2nd half was the really impressive part :)

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.04.09 10:01:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : that’s why I wanted to watch it again, because when I was watching first time felt very surreal – but mainly because of what I saw from the sharks

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.04.09 10:13:18 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 47) : I’ve been trying to watch the highlights for 3 days now, but Mediazone is being silly

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.04.09 10:32:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 39) : the first bad game was the fifth game in, the next bad game was four games after that. mmm when is the next one. bad games come from exhausted players that spend too much time defending. maybe if we attack more we might have less weary players. hence my fixation on the stupid kicking gameplan we seem to feel is the only way too win.

    @wpw (Comment 41) : damn right thats why i got rid of my season tickets in the heavens at kings park. if i had to watch them at the game i would have jumped by now, to all you guys relief. :lol:

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.04.09 16:41:39 by try time Reply

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