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Plumtree to the rescue


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 5 Jun 2009 at 07:12
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Concern for the threat that the British and Irish Lions could pose at the breakdowns has prompted the Springbok management to call in John Plumtree to help with their preparations for the forthcoming three match series.

Sport24 reports that Sharks coach Plumtree will link up with the Boks when they arrive in Durban next week to begin the final fortnight of build-up to the series, which starts in the same city on 20 June. The breakdowns will be Plumtree’s main area of focus with the Boks, something he was called in to do only briefly during last year’s Tri-Nations.

“The breakdowns and the kicking game of the respective teams will determine the outcome of this series, so it is crucial that we get that aspect of the game right,” said Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold on Thursday.

Like Plumtree, who has coached around the world since he took up his first job with Swansea in 1997, Gold has extensive experience coaching in Britain. He coached at London Irish for five years. He knows better than anyone how much emphasis is put on the breakdown there.

“The breakdown is coached really well in the northern hemisphere. I think that is because they have more breakdowns there, there is a greater stress on slow ball management than there is with us in the south. There is a lot of emphasis over there on how the players operate together at the breakdown.”

Plumtree has long been a proponent of better organisation and team-work between South African loose-forward combinations, and two years ago, before the World Cup, Plumtree said in a magazine article that Schalk Burger, as one example, could be a more devastating player if used differently.

Gold does not have dissimilar views, but Plumtree’s presence can only reinforce the intellectual aspect of the Bok challenge and he has had great success with individual players at the Sharks.

Their strength at the breakdown was one of the areas where the Lions were dominant on Wednesday night when they smashed the Golden Lions 74-10 at Coca Cola Park – and it was one of several aspects of the Lions game that the Bok management have taken note of.

“It was an indifferent game but all credit to the British and Irish Lions for capitalising on the opportunities they were offered and for the big victory they scored,” said the other Bok assistant coach, Dick Muir.

“It was an impressive performance from the Lions, and there was a lot that we picked up that we did not know about them before. They are a formidable team who have a reasonable amount of time to prepare and get themselves ready to play us.”

As a backline coach and former centre himself, it was unsurprising to hear Muir pinpoint the Jamie Roberts/Brian O’Driscoll combination in the midfield as one of the most impressive features of the Lions performance.

“We always thought that Roberts and O’Driscoll would be the Lions Test combination in the midfield, and in the Johannesburg game they showed us why. But we also have a strong midfield and it will be motivation for our guys.

“The good thing for me is that the Lions have laid down a challenge. We have good players in this country, and it will be great to watch and see how they respond to the challenge.”



24 Comments

  • you go plummo

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.06.09 07:17:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The midfield L :shock: :shock: K good because the defence went into hiding :roll:

    GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.06.09 07:45:50 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 3) :

    Charlie :shock:

    I already put this up here: http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/06/05/lions-dont-scare-boks/

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.06.09 07:52:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Sorry delete my posting :oops: :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.06.09 07:53:01 by Charlie Reply

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  • shit this means the sharks are farrrrrrrrrrrrked this currie cup :cry:

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.06.09 08:49:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • As long as he has nothing to do with selection and personnel management the boks shoudln’t suffer too much :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.09 09:23:25 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :

    I agree. We don’t want Fransie at 10. :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.09 09:25:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.09 09:34:47 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : why u think that :???: he is not the Boks new assistant coach, will probably just give a little advice etc and be back to his coaching duties at the Sharks before u know it

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.09 10:04:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • :neutral: :shock: :???: :oops:

    he has not really had the best of seasons…and they still ask him.. :?:

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.06.09 10:19:36 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Gary Gold is actually trying to get as many tips on forward play as possible, so that he can implement them with the Stormers.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.06.09 10:37:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : i think he’s given up on them.

    Seriously, apparently it is a bit too much being in a bok fold and coaching S14 side so from what I heard he will not be doing it next year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.06.09 10:40:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) :
    Good, thats how it shoud be.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.06.09 10:43:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : I wouldn’t want to coach those plonkers either :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.06.09 11:17:56 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) :

    I bet you won’t say that to Luke’s face (while he stares down on you) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.06.09 11:24:01 by wpw Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : I’m sure it’s only while they are in Durban. Sharks bosses wouldn’t release their head coach to be seconded as an advisor during the CC campaign.

    Anyway, Lions tour ends 4 July and CC starts the following week.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.06.09 11:28:59 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : Not sure Lookas reaches my knees

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.06.09 11:40:00 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : Watch out he doesn’t head butt you in the goolies!

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.06.09 12:54:45 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 16) : hopefully baldrick as the team is preparing for the currie cup

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.06.09 13:53:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 18) : :lol: Always a fear

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.06.09 14:05:02 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 18) :

    My sauce (Claytie) assures me there’s nothing much to head butt… :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.06.09 14:09:32 by wpw Reply
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  • Not much to headbutt with either. :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.06.09 15:08:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 21) : Eish brew i know we from Cape Town but try keep it above the belt :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.06.09 15:36:05 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • huh :?: what :?:

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.06.09 15:57:03 by Claytie Reply
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