John Plumtree’s proposed sabbatical will not be as long as initially planned, according to Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl and the former loose forward will indeed be the head coach when the team’s Currie Cup campaign kicks off later this year.
This would appear to be a rather drastic change of plan, as we’d been led to believe that Plumtree would be given the entire Currie Cup campaign off to go and ‘find himself’, work on his people skills, learn what a backline is and the like. Hugh Reece-Edwards was alleged to be lined up as stand-in head coach, but it’s now unclear exactly what role he will play, if any.
From an outsider’s perspective, it’s certainly very hard to discern any measurable impact of his on the performance of the Sharks backline. Then again, we’re not sure exactly how much input he’s had with Chris Boyd also in the picture.
There are two ways to look at this develpment, of course and it’s safe to say that I haven’t quite made up my own mind yet. I was really keen to see a new coach with fresh ideas do some new things with a new bunch of players this Currie Cup. Plumtree’s conservativism is completely at odds with the way the Sharks ought to be playing, in my view and I really wanted to see a more ‘thinking outside of the box’ philosophy.
Then again, Plumtree has won this cup before and I certainly won’t complain if he does it again, regardless of the approach he chooses to take.
One thing is for sure… There are very few dull moments where the Sharks are concerned. Insert a joke about the backline play here if you want to!Tweet