“Don’t save your money for the final because this is already our final.” That was the wake-up call from Sharks coach John Plumtree to the team’s supporters ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against the Cheetahs in Durban.
“We need all the support that we can get. It does not help people want to come and watch the final. We may not even get there,” said Plumtree.
“If we don’t approach the game against the Cheetahs like a final, there won’t be one for us. That is the reality staring us in the face.”
Christo Buchner writes on News 24 that Plumtree said his team will have the right to play a final at home after topping the log, “but now we have to earn the right by winning our semi-final”.
“I don’t want to hear any excuses. It’s a case of all or nothing.”
He believes the game against the Cheetahs will be much tougher than last year’s semi-final against the Lions.
“For me this is our final. It does not help we get carried away with the thought of a home final and then we lose the semi-final,” he said.
“Then that first place on the log will mean nothing. I believe there is little to choose between the four teams in the semi-finals. Any one of them can win the Currie Cup.
“We need a big crowd against the Cheetahs to spur us on. If that does not happen, playing at home won’t be an advantage. That is precisely what home advantage should be. The atmosphere should be so intimidating for the opponent that it should be worth points to you before you even run on the field.”
Plumtree said there were good signs against Griquas.
“Things are looking better on attack, though our defence was poor. We know we can defend a lot better than that,” he said.
“We are not taking anything for granted. The Cheetahs have a very good attacking team that also defends well. After a slow start to the season, they have discovered what is required to win games and are applying it well.
“I’m only focusing on what needs to be done to win the game and to have the team ready when they run on the field.”Tweet