Richard Ferguson

A question of commitment


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2013 at 08:50
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The Sharks’ season to date has been an experience of extreme highs and some extreme lows, coupled in with bits of excitement and mostly frustration. This frustration was most evident when they lost to the Stormers in Cape Town this weekend, a match that most expected them to win, yet they were never really in it.

In the week building up to the match, the favourites tag was thrown around, and although it is very amusing when the Stormers start stating how the Sharks should run away with a match because of where they are sitting on the log, the Sharks do seem to fall by the wayside more often than not when they are indeed favourites.

So what is it that the Sharks are not getting right, especially when looking at the amount of talent we have and settled nature of our players and especially our coach. There does not seem to be any undue pressure on the team to win a trophy, neither does Plumtree’s job rely on him bringing the goods home. So it seems it may be a lack of motivation from not only the players, but also coming from the top.

Motivation is a funny thing. We have seen flyhalf Pat Lambie’s intention of playing for the Springboks influence his game, going from a stand out attacking flyhalf to being just another kicking robot. The rest of the experienced Springboks within the Sharks group may also be sitting with one eye on the bigger picture, that being running out in the Green and Gold.

I have no problem with a player aiming to represent his country, but when it affects his play for his province or franchise, that honour should not become reality. I am not for one moment saying the players are holding back, but there must be something wrong with all the Springboks playing way beneath how we know they can.

Looking at the likes of Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis, undoubtedly the first choice Springbok props, have shown absolutely nothing this season that should warrant a call up to those higher honours. Beast’s scrumming has gone down the drain and his general play, which was what fans loved about him, being able to yell ‘beast’ as he runs over players, has become a little dance he does before he falls to the ground. Jannie has done no better, being owned by almost every loosehead he has faced this season. Also, he does not seem to be able to play more than 50 minutes.

I can continue calling out every Springbok in the team, and can probably write a 1000 word essay on the goings on with Frans Steyn, but I don’t want any suicides on my watch, so I will conclude by saying that these players, which are highly paid professionals, are being outplayed by younger, less experienced guys who have the hunger to succeed, whereas the current crop of big names only have a hunger for the Green and Gold.

Maybe the time has come for some of these big name players to be dropped to the bench, forcing them to think about their play and making them realise that they are not indispensable. It is as a result of this indispensable feeling among players that Sharks supporters are feeling dispensable.



51 Comments

  • I pretty much agree with everything.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.13 08:53:31 by Uli Reply
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  • Yep. Wondering what the hell the backline coach is doing with them, seeing as it looks like we have absolutely no plan with ball in hand.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.13 08:58:08 by PTAShark Reply
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  • To me FS lost allot of his confidence since he was dropped from the team not only as a player but also as captain. He has really been terrible and shown nothing good thus far. Its really sad as he is a brilliant player. The team vibe just doesn’t seem right at the moment. almost like the Sharks are split. I am ASSUMING now, but its possible that there is a a group for FS and a group for KD? I don’t know, but the way they are playing it seems pretty possible.

    Also I feel Kanko needs to be at 8, finished. KD can go play 6/7 like he used to always.

    Lambie needs to find his old self. His deep game is not giving him any complements. Its sad to have someone who has shown so much promise, but not playing up to that standard. I suppose the same can be said about the whole Sharks team.

    What I do know is that we need Whitehead back in the team asap, so that our backs can get going.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.13 09:05:29 by Uli Reply
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  • Great article Rich!

    Sometimes one has to stop blaming coaches and mental skills etc, and just question heart and motivation. The Sharks are too much of a feast or famine team, and have been so for a while.

    The competition hasnt been won or lost yet, but we need to grab destiny by the balls as we head out on tour now. I hope these guys take a hard look at themselves and come back stronger.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.13 09:37:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I can’t see that, after two pretty impressive wins, one loss away from home, against the team that topped the log last year, should call for a shake-up in team selection.

    I can’t see that calling up Dell for Beast, Herbst for Jannie, Mtembu for Kanko, Kleinhans for Marcell, Deysel for Keegan, Viljoen or Fred Zeilinga for Lambie and Gouw Prinsloo for Frans Steyn … or just one or a combination of these changes to wead out the “uncommitted Bok-Shark players” would make any difference.

    I have to completely disagree with anyone who thinks that it would.

    We need to improve certain areas of our game, we need to look at a few combinations and how they might not be balanced, but we need to look at the current crop of players to turn it around. They have the talent, skill and experience to do it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.13 09:48:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : I really can’t see that any of the players non-Boks and Boks alike, steps out onto that field, not committed to anything other than winning that game.

    Losing teams and losing players don’t keep their places in a Bok team. Ask the Cheetahs and Lions of last year. The most successful teams always has the most players in the Bok team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.13 09:51:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) :

    I don’t think we are going to agree on this Maria.

    You call it two impressive wins, I call it beating the Rebels, who went on to lose to the Kings at home, and the Crusaders not being able to kick against the Sharks, a same Crusaders outfit that went on to lose against the Force?! Two not-so-impressive wins in my mind.

    The Sharks have not had a dominant performance all year, even the Rebels match saw us fade at times. We should have scored more than a 100 points in that match.

    All the other matches to date have seen the Sharks scrape home, and score an alarmingly low amount of tries.

    I am not saying we should drop all the Boks, I am saying that the players’ mindsets have to be adjusted, just so they are aware that bad form will mean they can be dropped, just like any other player.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.13 09:52:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) :

    Aahhhh, but said commitment (heart and motivation) is a result of the environment created for the players… For one, if I was in any way involved in the Sharks coaching team in whatever capacity, I would give Frans Steyn a PK before he runs out on the field with his socks on his ankles. Bok or not.

    As a coach, manager – you constantly and consistently get the best out of your players no matter the situation (or who they are or think they are).

    I will stand by my point I have made every year for the last 5 years – as great a rugby coach as Plum is, he is not a great manager of people.

    Get someone like Mallet (just as an example for the sake of argument) in there and see if a Frans Steyn will act as disinterested in rugby as he looks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.13 09:54:46 by Morné Reply
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  • Absolutely brilliant Rich!!! That Bok dream has influenced many a talented player in South Africa. Didnt they say Morne Steyn was a running player before???

    @Letgo (Comment 5) : Well mate in all fairness, the Rebels are shit and the Crusaders played shit. Lambie was perfect from the tee and Blyendaal missed 4 or 5. Puts things into perspective. I agree wholesale changes should not be made, just 1 or 2. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY PLAYERS MUST BE GIVEN THE INCENTIVE – PLAY HARD (and smart Fransie) or get dropped. That will get the rod out of many arses in that line-up!!!

    Apart from the Rebels game (and again poor opposition) I have not enjoyed watching our boys play this year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.13 09:56:15 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) :
    I have to disagree with you. I think you are being naive to think that nothing is wrong in the Sharks camp. There is a pattern of patvhy performance over many sessons now.

    The fact that Plumtree dropped probably his most expensive player, a Bok and recent captain,(and even subbed him on Saturday), shows that he isn’t happy with what his players are giving him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.13 09:58:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I hate people who bash coaches one week and then praise them the next…

    But here is my take on the Sharks ‘best team to never win’ issue.

    Management is the root of all evil. For 2 reasons:

    - If the players are good enough (and most of us agree the current squad is an impressive group of individuals) then the MANAGEMENT should have the tools to make them succeed OR the MANAGEMENT itself is not be good enough for this level!!!

    - If the players are NOT good enough, then WHY have we stuck with this core group (Beast, Bismarck, Jannie, Kanko, Keegan, Deysel, Lambie, Steyn, Pietersen, Mvovo, Odwa,etc.) for so long?? If they are NOT good enough, MANAGEMENT should drop them and continue searching for those that are good enough!!!

    After all the reason we Sharks fans moan so often is because deep down we know (my view anyway) WE DO HAVE THE SQUAD to win championships and the fact that we continuously fail is quite heartbreaking!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.13 10:12:27 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 8) :
    You’re not wrong Morné. But you’re taking a systemic approach. This means that management is ultimately accountable for everything, because systems can allow for and compensate for any individual foibles or weaknesses.

    I agree with that, but at the same time, any organization depends on its senior employees to help build the right culture, and that is not the case for the Sharks right now.

    So in effect, the outcome should be the same: management may need to kick ass and take some names to fix things. And I thought I saw that emerge over the last 3 games.

    We are not in a crisis, but we need to pull up our socks.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.13 10:23:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) :

    It is a balancing act at the best of times – BUT, Plum and crew has been around long enough and this problem has been there from the start. That is concerning.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.13 10:28:07 by Morné Reply
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  • Fish – daar gaat ons alweer met die socks! LOL! Seriously, figuratively and literally, they need to!

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.13 10:29:06 by Ice Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 13) :
    That is absolutely true. But perhaps the willingness to drop or sub Frans is a sign of some cold steel being shown. I want to believe so, certainly.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.13 10:54:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Here’s something we can agree on. I don’t think the players you mentioned are in the best of form, so I agree with you on that, I just don’t agree that they should necessarily be dropped, as I feel they should be taking responsibility and they should be the ones that fix whatever it is that are causing below par performances from the team each week (even when they are winning).

    See what I mean. I don’t mean that you are wrong to say that they should “pull up their socks”, I just don’t think telling a 50 match veteran sit on the bench and think about what you did is the best way to do it.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.13 11:02:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : I don’t think nothing is wrong. I just don’t think it is commitment.

    These guys are going in hard each week, but they’re going in hard against a brick wall, time after time. They need to fix the things that they are doing wrong on the field, I think pointing to commitment as the problem would be naive, I also think bringing in other players that you feel might be more committed would be naive.

    The things we are doing wrong are clear as hell to see on the field and more commitment and doing those same things, won’t change a thing.

    As soon as these things are fix and we’re more effective in certain areas, we will look more committed.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.13 11:06:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : :twisted: Nailed it right there! No need for panic, just adjustment of mentality and game approach. :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.13 11:07:29 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 9) : If you are saying the Crusaders are not a good side this year, I think you’re wrong. Just as the Brumbies are a quality side (even though I felt we should have won that game).

    No I haven’t enjoyed us play this year either, but I have enjoyed the way we have grinded out wins and stayed level headed and smart in games where our opposition was clearly better than us.

    Just that, to me, shows commitment.

    I’m just tired of people pointing to players mentality when we are struggling, when it is clear we are just not effective enough at the basic things and that’s where we need to improve.

    Commitment of a player (without much supporting evidence, except poor performance) is conjecture and opinion.

    I just no there are clear and obvious things that we are doing and not doing on the field that we should fix.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.13 11:16:33 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Rich,

    Let me ask you this (you and those who agree with you).

    Don’t you think there is a better way of inspiring better performance from a player than threatening their spot? Or better performance from anyone, for that matter, than threatening them?

    Like maybe, making them accountable. Maybe telling them, boys this is up to you. If you want to win you’ll have to improve. You’ll have to step up. You are my top players, I’m looking to you now.

    I don’t know. That’s just me.

    How could all the Boks, or almost all the Boks just not be committed and out of form.

    Yes, sure, they are the key players and we expect them to step-up and show why they have played for the Boks 50 plus times, but I don’t see how they just, as a collective unit, dropped form and slacked of and suddenly any youngster with a little more commitment or motivation will be a better option.

    It’s easy to always fall back on this line, but it just doesn’t make sense to me.

    Hey, maybe since I’m the only one here who thinks so, I’m wrong, but I feel it will have to be especially our Boks, who will have to inspire the rest of the team, if we want to see the Sharks improve and play to potential this season.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.13 11:37:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • I know the go to line is always, drop some players, especially these overpaid Boks, but I just don’t buy it anymore.

    Bosman, Cooper and Steph was already drafted into this team and Frans Steyn effectively dropped if it was not for the Ludik injury and I don’t think it made an ounce of difference to how the Sharks, as a unit played.

    Yes, it did no harm to those guys individually, but it just goes to show that when the team’s not functioning individual changes won’t be worth very much.

    Btw, I think we missed Steyn in the midfield against the Stormers.

    As there was very rarely space for expansive play and getting the ball over the advantage line when the ball was moved to him, would have helped a lot.

    This, also however, would just have been a correction for the forwards that was not functioning effectively on the day.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.13 11:45:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) :
    If motivating high performance teams were that simple, non performance wouldnt be so common.

    The field of performance coaching (and im not just talking sport here) exists as a distinctive, specialised discipline because building and maintaining motivation and high performance standards is a complex exercise.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.13 11:48:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) :

    So how does Plum fix this problem?

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.13 11:48:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Agree.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.13 11:53:16 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 22) : Go back to the 2007 game of the Bulls vs the Reds. Then the Sharks vs the Bulls in the final – specifically halftime. Heyneke could get them motivated and fired up.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.13 11:55:04 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : Let’s rephrase please: BTW, I think we missed Steyn on the bench against the Stormers. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.13 11:56:42 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) :

    Maria, I don’t think you understand where I am going with this article.

    I am not asking Plumtree to drop every single Springbok in the team and show them that he is the boss and he makes the decisions. He will lose the respect of everyone instantly.

    My point is that in a team filled with seasoned professional athletes, you would expect your experienced Springboks to step up in the situation where the team is underperforming. You would expect your top paid staff to repay those high salaries in the form of good performances. But those mentioned in the article above, are not repaying one cent of their salaries. Yes, you may say that the team as a whole are not performing, but when a team is not performing, you look to your seasoned experienced Boks for answers.

    I am saying that if a player such as Jannie is not performing, as he has been for the season to date, why are we not starting with Wiehahn Herbst, who has come on in the second half and delivered inspired performances?

    Who have been the stand outs in the Sharks team this year? Reinach. du Toit. Bosman to a degree. And Deysel when he was fit. Those four players’ collective salary does not cover that of Frans Steyn, who has delivered nothing but the KFC this season.

    You can argue all you like that he was injured and he needs to regain his fitness. A professional athlete who cannot remain at optimum weight two months after his return to fitness, should not be playing in games where other players who are in peak condition, are sitting on the bench or not even making the match 22.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.13 11:56:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 25) :
    You seriously think that was a Remember the Titans moment?

    You might want to review the time it took Meyer to get the Bulls there and the horror runs they endured before that.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.13 12:01:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) :

    It’s not as simple as stating that we should drop the Boks. Its about showing the other non-Boks in the team that hard work and good performances will allow you to work your way into the team.

    What is the point of having Sithole on the bench and working him into being a backup to Pietersen and Mvovo, only to drop him after a bad outing where he got zero ball, and when he did get a pass, Paul “I can’t pass for shit” Jordaan lobbed him a shocker.

    Allowing players to work their way into the squad is a motivating factor on it’s own, but simply playing the seasoned veteran who is 12kgs overweight, ahead of a guy who is spending the time in the gym, is forcing that player to look for another union.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.13 12:01:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : I have never said the Crusader are shit. I said they played below par on the day.
    But as you said ” I just no there are clear and obvious things that we are doing and not doing on the field that we should fix.”

    But I dont understand why you arguing with me. I agree with nearly everything you are saying…Im sure the players (most of them at least are pumped every game and raring to go).

    My argument is that it is the coaches job to get cohesion in the team, direct them and get the basics right consistently and so on.

    Im having a go at the coaches/management for the last 5 years!!! Not the players…EXCEPT VET FRANS ;-) !!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.13 12:04:00 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) : “What is the point of having Sithole on the bench and working him into being a backup to Pietersen and Mvovo, only to drop him after a bad outing where he got zero ball, and when he did get a pass, Paul “I can’t pass for shit” Jordaan lobbed him a shocker.

    Allowing players to work their way into the squad is a motivating factor on it’s own, but simply playing the seasoned veteran who is 12kgs overweight, ahead of a guy who is spending the time in the gym, is forcing that player to look for another union.”

    - MANAGEMENT

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.13 12:05:37 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Simple…

    You are only as good as your last game, or so the saying goes. You can tell an apathetic player apart from one who is just off form.

    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 27) : I agree 100% .

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.04.13 12:08:35 by Talent Reply
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  • @Letgo you remind me of Hendrikp :lol: sorry for the insult. :lol: :lol:

    Plumtree got the side right last year by rewarding form, not reputation .That much should be obvious.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.04.13 12:13:23 by Talent Reply
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  • If it is any consolation – Allister has the same problem at the Stormers.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.04.13 12:17:57 by Morné Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 27) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) :

    Yup!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.04.13 12:58:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 34) : I think their problem is a bit bigger than ours.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.13 13:12:15 by Orelando_G Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 22) :

    But is it as simple as making sure a guy knows he’s going to be dropped if he doesn’t inspire the team to a win?

    I’m sure commitment and focus and all those things play a part in performance, I just don’t think that’s the problem at this moment.

    I think even a very committed team will perform poorly with the structures we’re following on the field at the moment.

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.04.13 14:18:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) :

    Concentrate on getting the guys to clean out quick and efficiently – Plum, keeps talking about the Big ball carriers we’re missing, but even they will be more effective if we clean up our contact point.

    Even a small loose trio can be effective when they do the right things. Speed to the ruck is more important than bulk.

    Focus on retaining possession and disrupting their possession.

    Those are the things we’re struggling with and have been for a while and I’ve never seen much improvement only a correction, where big ball carriers are able to get us across the line even when the get the ball on the back foot.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.04.13 14:26:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 27) : I agree that a players should never be assured of his place just because of his reputation.

    But I think Plum has shown that, that is not the case with the Sharks.

    I also agree that Herbst deserves a start based on current form, but that it won’t make much of a difference to our overall performance.

    I also agree that Steyn hasn’t been at his best, but given all the injuries he has to play… and given the back foot ball the back line gets, maybe he should be in the midfield again…possibly in place of Jordaan who has also been in poor form this year (and is not a Sprinbok).

    With regards to Sithole, maybe Plum just doesn’t rate him right now, he did after all draft in another young player. Steyn was not playing in place of Sithole.

    I also completely agree that it is unacceptable that Steyn did not stay in shape during his injury. I’ve never seen that before and it is very unprofessional.

    I just don’t agree that we are performing badly, because the Boks in the team are not committed and that is the ONLY thing I disagree with.

    And maybe on the form of specific players, but that happens.

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.04.13 14:41:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 33) :

    Why, because I have an opinion that does not differs from the rest?

    Am I being difficult? :smile:

    Anyway, I can’t remember Plumtree making any changes that was not unforced last year. The team we ended with was always our first choice.

    Jordaan was the only one drafted into that team last year, but that was because we had no other option at 13.

    Plum has already made a few changes this year, why didn’t those changes work?

    Kyle for Burden, Steph for Franco, Kanko was dropped until Botes was injured, Reinach came in for McLeod and was also dropped for a game, Bosman for Steyn.

    Where is he going wrong? Is he not making enough changes?

    Who’s the uncommitted ones we need to get out?

    And why do we think dropping more players or warning them that they will be, will make any difference.

    So lets drop Steyn, because he seems to be an issue for everyone here, what has Viljoen done in the past that makes us think he will help… especially when you considered he will have no effect what so ever on the way we deliver ball to our runners.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.04.13 14:52:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • Anyway, I think I’m past the point of annoying now.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.04.13 14:54:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) :

    Regarding Herbst – his inclusion would make a huge difference as we will actually have front foot ball from out scrums, and not going backwards. As for his work rate in other areas such as hitting rucks and making tackles – he would make a difference.

    Du Plessis was on the field for 56 minutes, he made one tackle, he hit one ruck, had one run in which he made 0 meters and also conceded a penalty. I am not sure of Herbst’s stats, but surely he could do better.

    Again I say, I am not stating that every single Springbok in the team is not committed, I am saying there is a possibility and that should that be the case, the player should be replaced by a hungrier player. That was my point when I wrote the article and remains my point.

    I am merely questioning the form of our top players. Something you state in all your posts that you actually agree with.

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.04.13 14:54:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 40) :

    Hahaha – I don’t think you quite it Maria.

    At the end of the day, we are not putting all the blame on this one issue. The article in question can be applied across the board to players and management alike.

    It is not putting blame on one single aspect, rather putting the thought out there as to one way of getting the motivation within the team right.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.04.13 14:57:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 43) :

    Well then I agree, commitment should be something the team always inspires and I expect the Boks to be the ones inspiring this commitment.

    And I also totally agree that we are not playing up to standard and that all avenues should be looked at, including dropping tired Bok players – if you are doing this and correcting things that was not done right on the field.

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.04.13 15:14:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 40) : I want to agree with Letgo, but I want to give some blame to the loose forwards. Where are they to clean out the ball? Reinach wait ages to get a ball and then it is never clean. By the time it gets to Lambie the tackler is waiting for him and if he manages to pass the tackler is waiting for Steyn. Our backline sucks because we do not do the dirty work upfront. The only bad orange in the backs is Jordaan…. he is young and he needs coaching.

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.04.13 15:22:26 by Stef Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 43) : Maybe I just felt that you were a little harsh on some of the players, I’m not this angry with the team yet.

    If they win 3 from the next 5 and get 3 bonus points, I will still be quite pleased… :smile:

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.04.13 15:30:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • One thing to take into account regarding Jannie – if I am not mistaken, he played about every first class game last year including the crazy travel for the playoffs / finals. It is natural that at his age, the guy will just not be the same this year.

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.04.13 15:59:50 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Great article… Spot on Richard!!!

    ” ‘beast’ as he runs over players, has become a little dance he does before he falls to the ground. ” :grin: :grin: :grin:

    Must say when I read this, I had a few flashbacks from numerous games this season where exactly this has happened.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.04.13 08:10:45 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 46) :

    This is where we differ.

    You take a win as a win, no matter how we played.

    I look at how the team plays, and yes we might scrape home now and everybody is happy with a win, but those performances count against you when you suddenly find yourself facing tougher opposition or in a playoff match – that is when the difference will be felt.

    At this stage, I can’t see the Sharks going further than the first round of playoffs to the semi finals, even if we do manage to hold onto the top spot on the log.

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.04.13 08:31:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 47) :

    I agree with your point, he was a stalwart last year, but we have brilliant backup in Herbst, he has shown he has what it takes, so why not give the Doc a break, you know?

    It is that type of player management that is lacking in the Sharks camp

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.04.13 08:32:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 50) : I agree 100% – Herbst should have started most games, instead of getting 20-30 off the bench.

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.04.13 08:33:43 by Bokhoring Reply
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