John Plumtree was a happy man on Saturday night, after his team came back from a fifteen point deficit to win a cracking match in front of a poor crowd at Mr Price Kings Park. Plumtree lauded the efforts of his key leadership group in the squad for pulling a win out of the bag.
Plumtree also had plenty to say about Keegan Daniel, requesting a special mention from the journalists in the post-match conference, who had a great game considering the week he has had, being dropped from the Springbok team. Daniel was back in a team environment that allowed him to play his own game, and he had a huge impact on the game.
Asked about his half-time talk with the players, Plumtree said that no harsh words were spoken, that the players were asked to go out and keep ball in hand and keep doing what they were doing in the first half, especially since the lead was as a result of two very soft tries.
Tactically though, the Sharks changed their attacking plan from going out wide, where the Cheetahs stopped them in the first half, to gaining ground through the middle of the park, which was quite evident after the Sharks scored four of their tries by working the ball through the forwards first, before going out wide closer to the try-line.
Plumtree admitted that Riaan Viljoen did not have his best game, but the ability of Meyer Bosman to shift to flyhalf after Viljoen left the field was a significant factor in the Sharks finally getting it right.
The Sharks now have to go up against Griquas in Kimberley, with Plumtree saying that it is always difficult to play there, especially with the altitude getting to the players as the match goes on. The team should be very similar to the one that beat the Cheetahs, with the only injury concern at the time being Steven Sykes who hurt his ribs.Tweet