The Sharks players who were complacent in Saturday’s loss to the Bulls are set to pay for their mistakes by losing their place in the side for next week. Apparently John Plumtree warned his players through the week against complacency and he was quite rightly angry at the team’s third quarter capitulation to the defending champions. Plum is quoted as saying: “There will be some changes next week because I have no tolerance for complacency.”
With the Sharks enjoying an 8 point lead over the 2nd placed Western Province on the log, there is still no place for complacency in the Currie cup. Those kind of gaps can be closed very quickly in any rugby competition and the Sharks will need to pick themselves up and start playing well again if they want to have any chance of winning the Currie cup this year.
While the gameplan against the Bulls was not any different to what has worked so far in the Currie cup, the execution at times was terrible and Plum is justified in his tough stance. On top of the problems which manifested in Pretoria, Beast Mtwarira and Bismarck du Plessis look set to join the Springbok conditioning camp along with current Bok squad members John Smit and JP Pietersen and will only be available for the last round of the Currie cup and the playoffs (if the Sharks reach that stage). The team for this Friday’s game in Witbank would be expected to be a much changed outfit.
Another concern highlighted by the loss to the Bulls is the captaincy of Stefan Terblanche, why was he not able to fire the players up for the second half?
I might be overreacting but I have a funny feeling that the Sharks’ mental frailties have been found out and there is no way they will be able to win the Currie cup this year, I would love to be proven wrong and the responsibility for turning the team around rests with the senior players and I would hope that that would happen this coming weekend.Tweet