Staring down the barrel of a gun!

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Admin, Bulls, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Jul 2012 at 15:29

Some good news from the Sharks is that Patrick Lambie looks likely to be ready for this weekend’s clash with the Bulls. Unfortunately it looks like he will be the only one of a reasonably long list, including key man, Willem Alberts. Lambie will go through a fitness test later today and looks likely to play at fullback as Frans Steyn has been running outside Fred Michelack at training. Steyn has quite a bit of homework to do, to familiarise himself with the backline moves, but says that he has played next to Fred in his last game at Kings Park in the 2010 Currie Cup Final and he feels quite comfortable that they will combine well come Friday night. Steyn is a welcome back-up to the injured junior Bok Paul Jordaan who tweaked his hamstring strain in training earlier this week.

Even though the players have been away from the tournament for 4 weeks (including last week’s bye), Plumtree says that getting the guys to focus has not been a problem, “After this weekend you’re either in or out and that’s all the motivation you need”. The coach admits that he’s not a fan of this long break in the middle of the competition as teams are looking rusty and many of the returning internationals have come back with injuries, which influences the quality of the last few weeks, “Just look at the Crusaders, they’ve come back and lost at home, something that is unusual for them, because one of their key players in Dan Carter was out, but that’s the draw, you just got to get on with it.”

A big challenge awaits the Sharks as 10 points in the last 2 weeks against the Bulls and the Cheetahs seem non negotiable, a situation they could have avoided if they had not stumbled over the final hurdle, not managing one log point against the Lions just before the International Tours. The pressure of having to win every game might just be exactly what the Sharks need to spur them on and get them back to playing to their potential again, as Plumtree rightly points out, when the going got tough mid season and every game was all or nothing, the Sharks stepped up and produced their best rugby and seemingly saved their tournament, before going down to the lowly Lions, “Clearly when the gun is directed directly between our eyes we react better” says Plumtree and seeing the painful irony in the statements adds, “I don’t know why that is. It’s a bit unfortunate.”

It seems by all reasonable calculations that anything less than 10 log points will leave the Sharks desperately short of a play-off spot, but Plumtree will not put his focus on bonus point rugby for this weekend. “If we get to a stage where we gained some momentum and the boys want to go to the corner we’ll do that.” This weekend will be a tough game and Plumtree clearly feels that the focus should be on the game at hand and doing the basics right before the players can start to think about things like bonus points against a team like the Bulls and adds, “Look we might need 9 points, we might need 10 we’re not sure at this point. We just want to focus on playing good rugby.”  Hopefully good rugby will be good enough for 5 points, because 4 log points just might not be good enough.


  • ‘Hopefully good rugby will be good enough for 5 points, because 4 log points just might not be good enough.’

    A past master at stating the blindingly obvious! :evil:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.07.12 15:40:24 by Greg Reply
    GregSuper Rugby player
  • Pity Jordaan looks doubtful now…he was looking good yesterday…He would be a great guy to bring off the bench if you are looking for that 4th try…JPP must be backup 13 for Timmy and Ludik can come onto the wing 2nd half. I just don’t trust Bosman at all in a Sharks jersey, he is all over the place with his performances…So Steyn must play full 80, or Timmy can come in at 12 with JPP back at 13.

    Hopefully we get the 5 points and then we hopefully see the return of Alberts, Jordaan, Sykes and Botes next week. But again, we have a good squad, nobody needs to be risked…we don’t want to end up in a playoff match with our 2nd team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.07.12 15:43:15 by JJR Reply
    JJRCurrie Cup player
  • I was hoping to see Lambie at 10 although Freddie always seems to leave his best games for the Bulls.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.07.12 15:49:52 by Pokkel Reply
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    Assistant coach
  • @Greg (Comment 1) : That was me. Had to say it since it seems like Plum didn’t realise it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.07.12 15:51:19 by Letgo Reply
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    LetgoAssistant coach
  • go Sharks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.07.12 15:58:29 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Yeah, the fact that Freds back and his contract is already up with the Sharks should have given us a clue that we would not see Lambie at 10 again this year. If I was Lambie I would have wanted to play 10. Combining with Steyn could just be the thing he needs to show “Combination Meyer” that he too can link up with the midfield (even better than Morne).

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.07.12 15:58:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • can’t wait to see how the sicknote deysel stands up to jacque potgiter’s “domkrag” crashballing runs hehehe someone is going to leave the field in a stretcher! :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.07.12 16:11:15 by Megatron Reply

    MegatronSuper Rugby player
  • Stats 2012 Super Rugby

    Best defense(Points against)

    1. Stormers 227
    2. Brumbies 286
    3. Crusaders 298
    4. Chiefs 302
    5. Bulls 317

    Worst defense(Points against)

    1. Rebels 457
    2. Cheetahs 411
    3. Blues 405
    4. Hurricanes 404
    5. Lions 391

    Best Offense(Points for)

    1. Hurricanes 461
    2. Bulls 424
    3. Crusaders 419
    4. Chiefs 398
    5. Sharks/Cheetahs 370

    Worst Offense(Points for)

    1. Lions 260
    2. Force 273
    3. Blues 297
    4. Reds 308
    5. Rebels 309

    Best defense(Tries against)

    1. Stormers 18
    2. Chiefs 24
    3. Brumbies 26
    4. Crusaders 29
    5. Sharks 30

    Worst defense(Tries against)

    1. Rebels 53
    2. Blues 49
    3. Lions 44
    4. Cheetahs 42
    5. Force 41

    Best Offense(Tries for)

    1. Hurricanes 55
    2. Bulls 45
    3. Chiefs 42
    4. Crusaders 40
    5. Sharks/Brumbies 39

    Worst Offense(Tries for)

    1. Lions 24
    2. Stormers 25
    3. Blues/Force 27
    5. Waratahs 29

    Just for those who are interested

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.07.12 16:57:27 by Mutley Reply
    MutleyTeam captain
  • “Clearly when the gun is directed directly between our eyes we react better” says Plumtree and seeing the painful irony in the statements adds, “I don’t know why that is. It’s a bit unfortunate.”

    Do you think that has anything to do with the mental preparation you are putting your team through and the fact you determined that a mental coach was surplus to your requirements? I have to say that this is one of the stupidest comments I have heard from Plum, and incredibly disappointing especially considering his decision to forego the mental coach.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.07.12 18:42:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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    Dancing BearAssistant coach
  • now that coetzee is playing 6 for boks he must play there for sharks. Meyer even prefers that bulls number 7 to coetzee. With this i hope deysel gets a chance at 7 this weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.07.12 19:26:21 by cody007 Reply

    Under 19 player
  • Bad news, see on SuperSport ‘Lambie Blow for Sharks’ So Pat is still struggling with the ankle injury he picked up in the 2nd test and wont be starting this Friday. Another big loss as Alberts is out too.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.07.12 09:00:48 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • I’m most worried that Jordaan is out, because nobody can give us exactly what he can…With Willem out Deysel comes in Lambie out and Fred/Ludik in…we not losing that much to be honest, Deysel on his day is the best 7 in South Africa and we know Ludik doesn’t make mistakes and Fred can also be very influential against the Bulls.

    We will be fine; but not having Jordaan’s x-factor in a game that we have to get four tries could be the biggest loss for me; i still believe our starting XV can do it for us this weekend…against cheetahs we should’nt have too much problems scoring 4 tries if the weather is good.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.07.12 09:38:57 by JJR Reply
    JJRCurrie Cup player

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