John Plumtree has hit back against allegations that he publicly criticised the form of Andy Goode during Saturday evening’s post-match press conference at Loftus – and by implication, the performance of Commercial Director Rudi Straeuli when it comes to matters of procurement.
The coach would appear to be the victim of some unscrupulous reporting here and in setting the record straight in an interview withe Stefan Nel, points out that he’s far too experienced a coach to allow himself to be drawn into public criticism of individual players or the administration. Fair enough, Plum, guess we got that one wrong, but were just going on what we’d read in good faith, honest!
I guess the truth of what Plumtree actually said (as well as what he really meant when he said it) will be forever hidden in the mists of time, but to me, it’s not really particularly important. The reality of the situation is that Goode is not – and never has been – a workable long-term solution to the Sharks’ flyhalf problem and that Straeuli and Plumtree both need to take a long hard look at the process that has got the Sharks into this mess, with a view to doing better in the future.
The Sharks do not currently have a flyhalf lined up for either the 2010 Currie Cup or 2011 Super 15 competitions and if there’s one thing that both men have (hopefully) learned, it’s that bringing in foreign players on exorbitant salaries actually accomplishes precious little; in fact, it only serves to weaken the local player base as all the homegrown talent (assuming there is any) gets pissed off and goes to play in France instead.
As an aside, I actually don’t mind Andy Goode too much and reckon he’s improving with each outing. The Sharks would certainly have been a lot worse off had it not been for his boot on Saturday. It’s a moot point, though, since he’s not the future of Sharks rugby and will be heading back to the UK to fulfil prior contractual commitments after the Super 14 anyway. The article I penned earlier suggested that we not consider Goode for the last two games of the campaign and I stick by that position, given that we now have nothing of any value to play for anyway and should thus try something a little bit less conservative that might just show us the way forward.Tweet