When the Sharks won the Currie cup in 2008, there was a noticeable lift in their game with all the players seeming to be more focused, more hungry which meant they were more successful. This was attributed to John Plumtree getting the team to “play for the jersey” and play for each other.
Consequently the team spirit was incredibly high and the team marched pretty much unstoppably to the Currie cup title.
While I will not say that the trophy is in the cabinet already (that mistake was made in the 2009 Super 14) as things can change on a weekly basis in rugby but the team does look in dangerously good spirits.
What do I mean by dangerously good spirits? Well, the Sharks have had a strong team from the Ian Macintosh era onwards, except perhaps when Kevin Putt was coach and journeymen were brought into the squad, and the big issue was getting the players heads right. When a team of this quality in terms of playing resources gets their heads right, the results are incredible.
The gameplan of John Plumtree from 2009 onwards was never going to work with the new interpretations at the ruck and the coach swallowing his pride and giving the players a mandate to hold onto the ball needs to be applauded. This is a most effective gameplan and as a direct result the players are enjoying their rugby. Added on to that Plum has got the players to “play for each other” as he says it, seeing players who were previously lambasted for being average blossoming under the new game plan has been great to watch and the character shown in bouncing back from the Griquas game and going unbeaten for the next 6 games has been even better.
The Currie cup is not won and the formidable challenge of the Griquas comes to Durban this weekend not to mention the two best sides in this year’s Super 14 who will have their Boks back come semi-final time also challenging for the title, John Plumtree and his management as well as the senior players need to keep fostering this team spirit. Sharks supporters can only thank said management team and senior players for what they have done and urge them to keep going.Tweet