Sharks coach John Plumtree gave us a glimpse into his thinking for the future after the fantastic win in the Currie Cup, being the continuation of the current plan, which is to keep the ball in hand and take the game to the opposition.
Plumtree was quoted early in the Currie Cup season, saying that the game has evolved around the new law interpretations, and that the Springboks should adjust or they will lose horribly. Nobody seemed to take note, and the Springboks confirmed that something is terribly wrong.
The coach was undeterred and his game plan got the Sharks to the top of the log and remained there to collect the Currie Cup Trophy. Plumtree and assistant coach Grant Bashford deserve a whole lot more credit than is going their way, as the Sharks have been playing the so called New Zealand game plan since before the New Zealanders have been doing so themselves. They were the first to notice that the shift in emphasis towards the attacking side at the breakdowns meant a change in approach was necessary. And how well that change in approach has done!
It makes me smile knowing that the Sharks are at the forefront of the ever changing world of rugby, and isn’t it great that our coaches have to ability to take a team from a horrendous losing streak not 7 months ago to dominating a tournament, and that with a team that is not known for its individual stars.
Two of my favourite quotes from the man in charge are as follow: “The way we played as a team tonight was amazing and the big thing here is that it doesn’t matter which individuals you have — it was a team effort. This is possibly one of the best team efforts if you consider that we just beat two Super 14 finalists to get this trophy and that can’t be underestimated,” he said.
“Building blocks are in place for how we want to play this game. Win or lose we will be attacking from all parts of the field and that is how this game needs to be played.”
Looking forward to next year, the coach gave a promise that his team would keep on with the game plan that places a big emphasis on seeking important momentum by keeping the ball. All the best for the off season preparations and best of luck for next year Plum!Tweet