The post-match press conference saw both Chiefs coach Dave Rennie and Sharks coach John Plumtree answer questions from a rather dire group of reporters, all stunned from a rather poor quality match that saw the Chiefs keep the Sharks at bay.
Rennie was up first, and seemed very pleased with a second win from a South African tour, and with 13 points from their three week tour, go home a pleased coach. Asked whether the ‘favourites’ tag put any other pressure on him, he bluntly said that the team still had work to do, and were lucky to walk away with the spoils in a game in which both teams showed immense commitment.
He was also impressed with the Sharks’ defensive, especially in taking Sonny Bill Williams out of the game completely, which Plumtree puts down to a plan that was put into place before the game. Plumtree lauded his team for showing the necessary commitment on defence and at the breakdown.
He also explained that Jean Deysel was left unused on the bench as Botes and Daniel were very effective at the breakdown, putting pressure on the Chiefs, and that he wanted that to happen for all of 80 minutes. Alberts’ substitution at half time was not a tactical change, with Alberts complaining about his shoulder, which he has supposedly recovered from.
Plumtree was also happy with Beast’s run with the Sharks XV game in the curtain raiser, saying the prop will travel down to Cape Town with the XV again this weekend to take on the Pampas, and a decision will be made in the following week as to when exactly he will return to Super Rugby.
The Sharks are in Pretoria this week, with the Bulls at Heyneke Meyer’s Bok camp, and will only return to the training field later in the week, with a bye weekend allowing all the players to take a weekend off from the physical onslaught.Tweet