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Plumtree: Play the Boks


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Sharks on 9 Jun 2009 at 07:06
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The British and Irish Lions’ tour in South Africa has so far been an anticlimax for Sharks coach John Plumtree. The Durban-based coach believes the decision not to make top Springboks available for provincial teams could backfire.

Stephen Nell reports for sport 24 that The Sharks will take on the visitors in Durban on Wednesday. Despite Ruan Pienaar being spotted at the Absa Stadium, hopes of a change of mind by Bok coach Peter de Villiers were soon quashed.

Fans will not get to see their favourite Sharks who form part of De Villiers’s training squad. De Villers, however, has requested that Deon Carstens feature in the mid-week fixture.

“Ruan was only here to practice his kicking but only Deon Carstens will play. Ryan Kankowski (eighth man) has a back injury and Odwa Ndungane (wing) a groin injury,” said Plumtree.

“It’s disappointing, because a tour like this is unique and the provinces should be at full strength. There should be less emphasis on winning Tests and more focus on a celebration of rugby.”

“It is very unfortunate that the Sharks aren’t at full strength for the Lions match. That is probably what happens in professional rugby. It was the same in 2005 in New Zealand.”

Plumtree is referring to the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005, in which the All Blacks defeated the touring side in the three Test series.

The Sharks coach does not think it is necessary to be overprotective of players. “There are perhaps a few players whom they (Bok selectors) don’t want to lose, but in this country there is incredible depth,” he said.

“You have, for instance, a player like Johann Muller. If you lose any of the locks, you can choose Johann and it won’t make much of a difference.”

“It would have done no harm to have let the Boks play. It’s just sad that the provincial teams don’t have the Boks at their disposal.”

Although Plumtree is grumbling about the Boks’ availability, they will remain off the field for now.

Bok team spokesperson, Anthony Mackaiser, said on Monday it didn’t look like any players would be made available for the Western Province game (on Saturday) against the Lions.

“Peter de Villiers’s feeling is that the Springboks will always be the first priority. However, if he wants to see a player in action, he will make him available. He asked that Deon Carstens play for the Sharks and John Plumtree agreed.”

Atmosphere

“I don’t even get the feeling that the Lions are in the city. In 2005 in New Zealand, there was a much better atmosphere beforehand.”

Attendance at the Lions’ three tour matches was extremely disappointing so far.

The official spectator numbers for the match in Rustenburg against the Royal XV was 12 352, while 22 218 people watched the match in Johannesburg against the Golden Lions.

There were 23 710 fans in Bloemfontein to watch the Lions closely beat the Cheetahs.

André Hofman, SA Rugby’s project manager for the Lions tour, expects 24 000 spectators for the Sharks game.

The lack of interest is attributed to factors like ticket prices, the sports fans’ support of the recent Indian Premier League as well as the economic recession.



29 Comments

  • The Sharks coach does not think it is necessary to be overprotective of players. “There are perhaps a few players whom they (Bok selectors) don’t want to lose, but in this country there is incredible depth,” he said.

    This is the same Plumtree that pulled Kockett from the Namibian XV and wanting insurance on him and all sorts of things?

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.06.09 09:32:26 by Dive Pass Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 1) : :lol:

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.06.09 09:41:19 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 1) :
    To be fair to Plumtree, he did say that SA has incredible depth, and thats true. The Sharks on the other hand dont appear to have that depth and thus the reason for being overprotective of the few guys that he will have at his disposal.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.06.09 09:46:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I agree with Plum on this one. The Bok players NEED game time before the first test or else they risk being incredibly undercooked. I’m extremely concerned about the first test if we start with Ruan at 10 and Frans at 15….they are likely to be very rusty.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.06.09 10:33:12 by Villie Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 1) : I’m not sure we can lay the blame for that one at Plumtree’s door. It has the hallmarks of the Sharks’ enigmatic Commercial Manager all over it

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.06.09 11:01:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nah, practice is always good…but I think it would be too risky.
    Save the players for the Test match, I say.

    What I really want to see is a full strength B&I Lions team taking on the full strength Bok team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.06.09 11:13:44 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :
    Thought that as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.06.09 11:36:36 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : sticks out like the proverbial dogs b*llocks, mate :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.06.09 11:39:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Come on Rob do you really think he would be singing from this hymn sheet if he was the national coach?

    As it is isn’t he spend more time in the next couple of days with the Boks then with the Sharks assisting with their break-down work?

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.06.09 12:39:20 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • “Ruan was only here to practice his kicking

    :!: :?: :!: Why now all of a sardine? :mad:

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.06.09 13:30:59 by Rahul Reply

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  • The lack of interest is attributed to factors like ticket prices, the sports fans’ support of the recent Indian Premier League as well as the economic recession.

    Or the lack of ability to beat the BIL! How many ickets have been sold for tomorrows game?

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.06.09 13:32:45 by Rahul Reply

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  • “Despite Ruan Pienaar being spotted at the Absa Stadium” :mrgreen:

    spot the Bok – hunting season has began. that sound like parapazzi journalism.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.06.09 13:40:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 11) : and aren’t we in global economy crisis…
    you can also add HD transmissions to the list.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.06.09 13:41:16 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.06.09 13:42:08 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 10) : to stir :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.06.09 13:42:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : If he kicks for the boks…. I will start supporting the bulls!

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.06.09 13:55:58 by Rahul Reply

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  • http://www.bluehornhelmetworld.org :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.06.09 13:58:02 by Rahul Reply

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  • AAAAARRRRRGGGGGG!!!!!! Where can I find the Junior Bok results?
    Supersport is supercrap as usual

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.06.09 13:59:23 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 16) : in that case – good bye :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.06.09 14:10:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 17) : “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”
    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.06.09 14:11:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 20) : I’ll start my own site!!! how do I do that :?:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.06.09 14:14:39 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 21) :

    What are you planning on calling your site??

    http://www.Manure.co.za

    or how about http://www.scum.co.za :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.06.09 14:23:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) :

    Change of subject:

    Ha ha …did you see Punter after they were knocked out yesterday?

    Priceless. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.06.09 14:43:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : how about http://www.scum.co.za …. Already taken by scousers apparently :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.06.09 14:46:35 by Rahul Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : @Rahul (Comment 24) :
    :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.06.09 14:58:03 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 23) :

    I didn’t see the end of the match.

    I did however notice that he was pretty nervous and looked lank worried!!!

    Don’t you just love it when the Aussies fail to perform on the rugby or cricket field??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.06.09 15:09:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : http://www.daisyblue.org – brrr

    @Rahul (Comment 21) : me thinks – it’s better if you continue not knowing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.06.09 22:41:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) :

    Yep – always awesome to see the Aussies lookin :sad:

    Nice comeback by the Proteas last night…but it was a wake up call…

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.06.09 08:24:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 28) : what a great usrpic!

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.06.09 09:34:17 by robdylan Reply
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