Richard Ferguson

Post Match Interviews


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 10 Aug 2010 at 12:16
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I had the pleasure of attending the post match interview of both John Mitchell and John Plumtree.

John Mitchell was first up to the hot seat, and looked very disappointed. Asked about his thoughts of the game, “We are very disappointed. We were unable to control the ball, we played like individuals, there was no team effort whatsoever. The two intercepts ended up killing the game”

It was mentioned that the Lions were still in the game at half time, to which he responded: “Yeah, we played well and defended well to stay in the game, but that wore us out. After half time we couldn’t keep our composure and the players got lazy, and then the tackling became inaccurate.”

Mitchell made it clear that it was a step in the wrong direction after playing so well against the Bulls in the previous week, but he did add that the youngsters in the team need to learn to take a knock and come back from it. Going forward he does not see any major changes to the team that played against the Sharks, as he has faith in the squad and the belief that they can take the Union forward.

John Plumtree was in a jovial mood as he got his talk off with a few jokes about how sweet the beer is going to taste after the victory. He said he was interested to see the statistics after the game, but that he was happy with how the team played, and that the team enjoyed playing the passing game. In the first 20 minutes of the game, the Lions had to make 66 tackles to the 3 made by the Sharks.

Asked about Pat Lambie: “Pat played really well, he enjoys being close to the ball. His biggest challenge at this stage is to decide when to kick. He kicked for the first time in the 55th minute of the game, and he really could have kicked a few times when the Lions were on attack. He will learn and he will grow into it.”

Plumtree was really happy with the way Andries Strauss played as well: “I thought Andries had a great game, he got good going forward ball, and that came from feeding off Alberts. He showed good intent”

“Deysel might have injured the PCL in his knee, and could be out for 6-8 weeks. It’s a shame for Jean, I was really getting excited after he started the game so well. He really has been unlucky.”



31 Comments

  • Good work Punter ! ;-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.08.10 12:32:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 1) : Thanx HH..

    Are we going to be making our move up the ITM ladder this weekend? :?:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.08.10 12:33:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The Sharks shouldnt get too excited about this victory.

    I mean we’re talking about a team that is 1/18 for the season. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.10 12:35:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : I agree to a certain degree with you WPW.. but the Lions weren’t THAT bad on the night and it must have been the best Sharks performance of the season so far.

    The old Sharks would have scraped home with 3 tries and winning by 2 points.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.10 12:46:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) :

    Yeah. Dont get me wrong, if there’s one team that can totally outplay WP and I think most WP supporters fear then its the Sharks. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.10 12:53:32 by wpw Reply
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  • Well done Punter :mrgreen:
    it was great to read it ;-)

    Well Plumpie and to the Sharks

    Sorry Snoil :evil: we are the better team :mrgreen: now its just the Province we hv to beat :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.10 13:07:32 by chaz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : well i hope me with the 2 of you’s well at least half way up :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.10 13:08:42 by chaz Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : as long as it stays that way the fear of the SHARKS :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.10 13:09:29 by chaz Reply

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  • I really liked the idea that we kept the ball in hand instead of aimless kicking (Apart from Oupa’s one kick). We will have to do the same if we wish to compete against the team with the best defence this year namely WP.

    Even thou we played the Lions like wpw reminds us, we do look a different side especially the backline. All will be answered in two weeks time thou as WP and the Sharks take eachother on. Currently the two coastal teams just look far better then any of the other unions in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.10 13:41:14 by Farlington Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Yep, The WP game is going to be a massive game, it unfortunately clashes with the Bok game, hopefully The Sharks have huge screens at the field, encouraging folk to come to the stadium, too early to call this game, but it will be a test match type game, very tight, winner by 7 or less.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.10 13:47:04 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 9) : @DarkDestroyer (Comment 10) :

    Now if only we can win our semi finals and hopefully face each other in the final (at Newlands) :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.08.10 13:49:42 by wpw Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 10) : I hope they have big screens at Soccer City so we can see the Sharks/WP game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.08.10 13:55:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Bugger!!! Enjoy!

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.08.10 13:58:06 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Ditto, but change that to KP… ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.08.10 13:58:39 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 13) : The way the Boks are playing I would have rather been at the Sharks/WP game ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.08.10 14:06:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : Ala P.Divvy I will take that with an inch of salt…
    To be part of the 89000 Bok fans screaming for some New Zealander to be smashed back in the tackle will be something special, The Boks will take this one, and hopefully they get their game together again… The song F-Hostile by Pantera comes to mind – scary crowd – I envy you.

    But yep, two great games in one day straight after the other, biltong beer and more beer for me…

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.08.10 14:11:54 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 16) : I’m just joking I think it’s going to be awesome at Soccer City and I hope the crowd can lift the Boks to produce a great game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.08.10 14:17:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : hence “inch” of salt… ;-) – here’s hoping to a great game…

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.08.10 14:22:58 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Let’s not go there :oops:

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.08.10 14:49:37 by Farlington Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : I think you hit the nail right on the head there. I cannot really see anyone catching wp in the league stages, and at this rate wp will top the log by some margin. Depending on the second half of the comp, there will be a few teams competing for the other three semi spots. sharks, though, have a bit of a history of choking on the last hurdle or two.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.08.10 14:50:31 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 20) : as opposed to not getting there at all?

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.08.10 14:55:36 by war1 Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.08.10 14:55:57 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 20) : The thing is Coetzee has been playing his best possible side in all the fixtures, if he keeps this up he may have a bit of a burnout/ injury issue later in the season.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.08.10 14:57:00 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : Clayton…you bring your WP jersey and I’ll bring my Sharks jersey and as soon as the Boks have won we change from our Bok gear into our provincial gear and meet in a bar somewhere. :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.08.10 15:03:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 21) : Almost the same thing in the end, isn’t it. One might feel a little better for reaching the knockout stages than for not getting there, but at the end of the day, any team without silverware will see the season as a failure, and quite possibly, the dissappointment is bigger, when the buildup has been more promising.

    I could well be wrong on the last point, I will let you know next time my team has a promising build-up :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.08.10 15:04:55 by Greg Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 23) : Possibly, but there is a fair amount of depth there too, and come knockout stages, a few boks will come back into the frame.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.08.10 15:06:31 by Greg Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 23) :

    Ag man, we’ll just replace those burnt out players with our ‘world class’ Boks. :twisted:

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  • Comment 27, posted at 10.08.10 15:08:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : One time

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.08.10 15:08:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 25) : yeah, unfortunately only team can win any given competition, we will wait and see what happens no team still in the running can be written off

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.08.10 15:08:42 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 29) : Agreed, and considering that there are only eight teams looking for four semi spots, at this stage all eight are in the running to make the knockout stage. Granted, there are some that are unlikely to get there, but anything can happen.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.08.10 15:18:41 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 30) : at this stage we can only hope and wait,

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.08.10 15:20:36 by war1 Reply
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