Richard Ferguson

From anguish to pure elation


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 1 Nov 2010 at 09:51
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I had the honour of attending the press conferences after the Currie Cup Final, and sitting there with a Windhoek in my hand still smiling after a great win, this is what went down.

First up were Schalk Burger and Alistair Coetzee, who both arrived about 15 minutes late, and looked awfully interested in taking questions. Burger looked like his favourite sports car has just been wrecked, and Coetzee wasn’t much happier. It was evident that neither coach nor captain expected to be on the losing side on the day, and didn’t seem prepared to take the type of questions thrown at them. Coetzee fielded most of the questions, purely as a result of Schalk’s bad mood and no journalist in the mood for a trip to the dentist.

Both made it quite clear that their handling and penalty counts cost them the game, and did not expect the Sharks to be able to build up such a big lead. This was clear from the captain’s inability to make decent decisions to keep his team in the match, seemingly angry with himself about that fact.

15 minutes later, a smiling-from-ear-to-ear coach entered the room, and the difference in attitude was what everybody expected. The coach fielded a few questions until captain Stef made an appearance a few minutes later, cracking in still wearing his boots and rugby shorts. Such were the celebrations that showers were deemed unnecessary.

Both coach and captain were praising the team effort, and talking up Lambie as a young match winner. I’m sure had Lambie been there, he would have been blushing and giving the team credit. Plumtree made it clear that the attacking outset and the scoring of two tries in the first half was not part of the plan, stating that they just wanted to stay in the game and take the penalties as they came.

Stefan’s after match speech before lifting the trophy continued in the press room, as he slated the journo’s who had written him and his team off. Interestingly enough, Shaun Pollock was the midweek motivational speaker to the Sharks, and what a feeling it must be knowing that you could motivate the Sharks to such a level. Just a pity he could never motivate his own team to win anything.

A rather emotional Plumtree then spoke about the passing of John Mudgeway, a former Crusader and Natal player to whom Plum and assistant coach Grant Bashford were very close to, and how the two coaches sat with him for more than an hour as he died on the eve of the final. Mudgeway suffered from a long illness and his death had a massive impact on the team.

I would like to thank Rob and the Sharksworld gang who have given me the opportunity to witness every single Sharks home victory this Currie Cup. It has been an amazing experience and I hope I was able to share this with the readers.



14 Comments

  • Good stuff!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.10 09:56:55 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Nice one. I wonder how some of the “experts” feel after they did not give the Sharks much of a chance.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.10 10:01:22 by Farlington Reply

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  • I could see Plum was not himself after the final, it’s never nice to lose a friend. Thanks Plum for all you have done for the team and courage shown on Saturday.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.10 10:04:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) :

    He was smiling, but it wasn’t the type of happy I expected, and now I know why. It’s hard to lose a friend as close as that, and still be focused enough to win a rugby game, never mind a final.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.10 10:07:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • A rather emotional Plumtree then spoke about the passing of John Mudgeway, a former Crusader and Natal player to whom Plum and assistant coach Grant Bashford were very close to, and how the two coaches sat with him for more than an hour as he died on the eve of the final. Mudgeway suffered from a long illness and his death had a massive impact on the team.

    :shock: :shock: :shock: Wow! I didn’t know this.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.10 10:07:16 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    Not many people knew about this. And Plum specifically asked to have time to talk about this. It was a nice moment..

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.10 10:09:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Plum is an absolute legend!

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.10 10:09:37 by war1 Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : That must have been really difficult for Plum and Bashie, especially the eve of such a big game. It was nice of them to pay tribute to their friend and in such a fitting way.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.11.10 10:31:43 by lostfish Reply
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  • Anyone know why Pat Lambie wasn’t spoken to after winning the MotM award? Or in any post-match interviews on SuperSport? Was he overwhelmed by it all? Or was it just a lack of time?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.11.10 12:57:59 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @MerckZ (Comment 9) :

    I dont think there was any time.. No players were really out and available for interviews.. Stef was even late for the press conference. I think they had a private party..

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.11.10 13:33:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 7) : You might remember some months back he didn’t have too many supporters….

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.11.10 20:37:58 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 11) : True that, fans are sooooooooo fickle!

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.10 20:44:19 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 12) : but Plum definitely turned the team around, he showed courage to change the gameplan and the team responded well to that and grew closer and closer as a unit as the Currie cup wore on.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.10 20:45:44 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 13) : very true we owe all our credit to plum!

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.10 20:50:27 by Ben Reply
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