Substitution confusion

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Sep 2010 at 12:34
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How’s that for a rhyming Keo-style headline? Ok, so I digress, but what was with the Sharks’ substitutions against the Bulls this weekend?

Plum has been quick to heap criticism on the players – and most of that is deserved – but I feel the coaching staff need to take one on the chin as well, for the way they were completely out-thought by the Bulls when it came to deploying of subs, particularly in the forwards. While I don’t think that Rory Kockott and Andre Pretorius added anything when they came on, it’s more that fact that we ended the game with both Anton Bresler and Mike Rhodes essentially unused that concerns me. This is a game when we were clearly coming off second best in the forward exchanges after half time, just about the time that the Bulls brought on their five forward replacements.

In hindsight, bringing Craig Burden on at flank was a mistake, but I can forgive the coach that one, since it really did seem a good idea at the time. Mike Rhodes doesn’t have the pace to match Keegan Daniel and we would’ve ended up with a pretty slow trio had he come on for Daniel. That said, once it became apparent that Burden wasn’t shaping at flank, he should perhaps have been moved to hooker once more fresh legs were needed. Either that or replaced outright. Rhodes spent only 5 minutes in total on the field, which seems a huge waste given how much we’ve seen him contribute in the past.

Bresler is the same. In his case, I find myself wondering why Plumtree picked him on the bench in the first place if he wasn’t going to use him. The Sharks tight five was visibly tired in the second half and the whole reason for having substitutes is to bring them on when some fresh impetus is needed. Bresler should have replaced either Hargreaves or Sykes after an hour in an attempt to try and turn things back to our favour.

This harkens back to the dark days in the early stages of Plumtree’s tenure when his starting 15 would regularly finish the match because he seemingly didn’t trust the bench. It’s a 22-man game these days and trying to play 80 minutes without using all the resources available to you just seems silly.


  • What type of player is Ndlovu Rob? Why did Plum take him off the bench?

    If he is more of a Keegan type player, we could really have used him..

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.09.10 12:53:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I once had to experience a coach sub another player on in the position that I was on the bench for. It pissed me off and when he realised that his sub wasn’t working he brought me on. I had the benefit of at least getting on, Rhodes didn’t. I wouldn’t blame him if he is pissed off. Plum cocked up big time IMO

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.09.10 13:00:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rob I quite like catchy headlines . . . Suppose you`re gonna chase me away now? :roll:

    I`ll be honest, I was, prima facie, impressed with Plums` decision to bring Burden on. Okay now in hindsight and after reading all the comments re running lines and defense I agree it might`ve been a mistake, but I won`t knock Plum because of it, I probably would`ve done exactly the same thing.

    I`ve been very quiet since the disaster that was saturday night, gave myself time to chill and put things into perspective before I say things I might regret. :roll:

    I`ll be honest though, after saturday night I have to agree with what you guys said on that podcast some weeks ago. When I heard it then I was horrified cause for some reason I`ve forgotten all the lessons learnt in the past. Maybe it was the euphoria of life at the top of the log I dunno . . .
    But now, after we`ve been brought back down to earth I feel it`s time to call a spade a spade.
    Yes we`ve been okay so far this curry cup, but we have to admit it wasn`t against the strongest opposition.
    It`s only a matter of time before the usual suspects are back in the mix with all their bokke so this could very well turn into another disappointing season for us. We`re only getting Kankow and JP back really and they won`t have the same influence a Fourie du Preez and Big Steel Plate Vic has.

    Hopefully we`ll still host the curry cup semi in Dbn at least so we can afford JP Pieterson`s salary for next year with the gate earnings. . . if people in Dbn turn up for the match, which didn`t happen last year.

    Bottom line this loss came at exactly the right time. Maybe our boys can step it up a gear for the rest of the season, maybe we just don`t have the personnel I don`t know. What I do know is I won`t be caught out again. :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.09.10 13:09:57 by Original Pierre In Mourning Reply
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  • JP is contracted and won’t be coming back.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.09.10 13:17:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • There are some really kak news for you Sharkies…

    Boks that have been withdrawn until the 6th of October includes Bismarck and Beast from the Sharks

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.09.10 13:17:27 by Morné Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • JP, John and Adi being the other three…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.09.10 13:17:47 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : I`m tempted to say we won`t really miss Bismarcks` knocks, but I`m afraid of death threats! Oh wait a minute, I`m a 1000 km`s away hehehe :twisted:

    I prefer your old avatar Morne!

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.09.10 13:21:57 by Original Pierre In Mourning Reply
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  • What’s the situation with Vulindlu? What’s he up to these days?

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.09.10 14:24:02 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 8) :

    I read a comment on some thread last week that he is playing club rugby at the moment!! :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.09.10 14:42:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Keo must be so stoked! Now all you have to do is completely contradict yourself in your next article to give the site a complete keo make-over!

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.10 07:37:02 by blueski palooski Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    I take it you mean JPP as signed with the Sharks but won’t be back from the Bok camp?

    I really hope that’s what you meant…

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.10 07:43:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • plumtree learnt how to substitute from peter de villiers!

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.10 07:47:15 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : Only the latter

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.09.10 07:53:46 by war1 Reply
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  • Thanks War1. I hope this just means he is still going to sign, not that he said no outright.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.09.10 08:18:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : We will have to wait and see

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.09.10 08:28:53 by war1 Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : sorry – I mean that JP has a Bok contract and thus won’t be released to the Sharks. I have no update on JP’s contractual negotiations with Dolf and co.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.09.10 09:14:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Seriously, this replacement issue really stinks. You are right Rob, why the heck select Bresler and not let him play, even for 10 minutes? Sharks must release him to play for a Union who can use him so he can get some match fitness!!! No use they select him, sit on the bench and not even get the opportunity to play for the club either.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.09.10 07:52:57 by Marietjie Reply

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