Some scary deja vu

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jul 2012 at 09:41
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I’ve just seen another one of those “Plumtree warns about complacency” headlines that we always seem to see just ahead of a Sharks game against supposedly weaker opposition… to say that I’m nervous as hell now would be an understatement of note.

It seems like yesterday that we were all on such a high having beaten a top South African team at Kings Park and were sitting comfortably on the log, only for a so-called conference “minnow” to hand us a rugby lesson. In fact, it was just over a month ago that it happened and I distinctly remember the same calls from Plumtree to guard against taking the result for granted, clearly ignored as the Sharks undid all their good work against the Stormers by getting whacked by the lowly Lions.

The names may have changed, but the story is the same now… the Sharks exceeded expectation in whipping the Bulls and are now well back in contention; however a so-called “easier game” against the Cheetahs awaits and it worries me a little that Plumtree is using the exact same “media led” call for focus that failed so spectacularly the last time. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly whilst expecting different results and I hope with all the hope that I have that something else is being done differently behind the scenes this week.

Simply put, I cannot fathom any possible reason for complacency on the Sharks’ behalf this weekend. They are still in knock-out mode and surely cannot afford anything but a perfect result, or their season is over. Why does Plumtree need to mention this at all? In some ways, I feel in “marking” certain games as easier (and doing this by warning players against complacency) he may sub-consciously end up doing the opposite to what he intends. “Okes, the coach is saying we must guard against complacency this week – must mean he thinks it’s an easy game”…

Let’s hope that my amateur psychology turns out to be worth nothing and that the Sharks show us that they can, indeed (and finally) learn from their past mistakes. To say that I’m overflowing with confidence, though – based on recent results – would be a very blatant lie.


  • I think he’s just trying to confuse poor old Naka. If any of the players are complacent in this do or die game, they do not deserve to be professional sportsmen and I’m pretty sure they know it.

    We’ll most probably need 5 points out of the game, we know it, the players know it. Let’s support the boys while they do it!

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.07.12 09:44:55 by PTAShark Reply
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  • “Don’t try this at home”

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.07.12 10:21:35 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Whenever he makes such a warning before a game, we end up in tears come Saturday after the game. News flash Plum, it’s your duty and that of your captain’s to ensure that come every Monday, especially after a good win, the guy’s feet are back on the ground and the focus is back. All it means is that the guys are fukcing around during practise. This is why I want Plum out, he is too friendly with the guys and has no control over them. I also feel that we as fans contribute our teams consistent poor showing against the so called smaller unions, we look at a team on paper and decide that this one is in the bag..It’s high time all Shark stakeholder treat every team with respect. If we as Sharks stakeholders would take a page from the Bulls’ book in terms of preparation and attitude, we would not be in this shit we find ourselves in…

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.07.12 10:37:51 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • The team’s rucking better be on point tomorrow…Heindrik is going to want to prove a point..we can’t allow that. Hope the team paid this area of the game the attention it deserves.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.07.12 10:46:09 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 4) : good point!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.07.12 11:06:11 by Ice Reply
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  • I think I’m gonna lounge in my corner until 5pm tomorrow! All this game talk is making me stress out like mad! (My Pienk Bul brother reminding me of 2009 didn’t help either)

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.07.12 11:24:21 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • Where was this warning from Plumtree before the Lions match? :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.07.12 11:26:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : I believe there was a warning in some interview. But it is one thing what the coaches and players say in the press, and another what they believe

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.07.12 11:33:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Hey Rob, the Lions game was a debacle because the shark-boks wanted to wrap themselves up in cotton wool for the springbok game the following week. I don’t blame them, I would have done the same thing if I knew i could get R70k by staying injury free. With no distraction of a springbok game next week, I can’t foresee why they would be anything less than a total committed effort to get 5 points. But as you know, they’ve f###ked this scenario up many a time :???:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.07.12 11:49:42 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : It was there…also against the Chiefs and Tahs…

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.07.12 12:57:45 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 9) :

    yet after the first test i remember somebody saying the players are still in Super rugby mode ..

    So they focus on the Boks a week before and worry about the Super rugby a week after . It seems to me they are lacking focus and we are just making excuses .. not good enough im afraid

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.07.12 13:25:19 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Oh boy :???:
    I really hope that they don’t r%#%#$#% this up!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.07.12 14:16:44 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • DEJA VU!

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.07.12 17:28:40 by JarsonX Reply
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