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Reds first-half blitz smashes Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 May 2013 at 13:20
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The Sharks have gone down to the Reds by 17 points to 32, with a second-half fightback from the visitors not enough to overturn a massive deficit from a nightmare first half.

A purple patch in the opening stanza saw Will Genia and his team race out to a 29-3 lead, courtesy of tries to both Faingaa twins, as well as a brace to winger Rod Davies. The latter’s first score, in particular, was a killer, coming after a 100m turnaround after the Sharks had knocked on 5m from the Reds line. With Genia and flyhalf Quade Cooper running the show beautifully, capitalising on numerous unforced errors from their visitors, it appeared as though a record hiding loomed.

To the Sharks’ credit (or perhaps rather due to the Reds taking their foot of the pedal), the visitors managed to score two tries to win the second half 14-3, but one felt that even when they did achieve ascendancy, it was never for long enough before yet another piece of sloppy play handed the initiative right back to the home side.

The Sharks have now lost five games in a row, are all-but out of knockout contention and still have to face the in-form Force before heading back to Durban to take on the Bulls. Dark days indeed, for a squad that has lost not only its way, but seemingly also its desire to play rugby.

Reds (32) – Tries: Saia Faingaa, Rod Davies(2), Anthony Faingaa. Conversions: Quade Cooper (3). Penalties: Cooper (2)
Sharks (17) – Tries: Piet Lindeque, Derrick Minnie. Conversions: Patrick Lambie(2). Penalty: Lambie



62 Comments

  • I still think Plum can offer the Sharks alot, I think he needs a hell of a more professional setup. I hope JS comes in and implements 10% of what Sarecens have…we were the first to before pro, but now we are lagging WAY behind. Most if not all other teams have deference, Skills, kicking, Kop doc’s, scrum coaches and hell who know what else.
    Its time we move forward again

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.13 13:34:26 by Tintin Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 1) : I am afraid Plum does not cut it as a head coach – perhaps as a specialist forward coach maybe. I think the man is just out of his depth at this level

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.13 13:36:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Saffex’s gonna love me for this, but Bosman got turned over almost every time he ran with the ball.

    That second half so-called comeback means jack. When you’re ahead by 26 points, you might as well get drunk during the half time break and you still won’t lose.

    Who knows what’s wrong with/at the Sharks but it sure is a sad situation to see a team with so much potential simply implode.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.13 13:37:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : You are right, he was good with good old Dick Muir. The two of them worked well with each other, no place for egos

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.13 13:38:00 by Tintin Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 2) : Although lately our forwards have no clue either. That may just be because he is trying to head coach, and not spending enough time concentrating on forward play.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.13 13:38:15 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • :twisted: Hey just these little mistakes letting us slip. The boys played their hearts our but a bridge too far! Sorry boys!! :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.13 13:38:24 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : Agreed,I won`t even try to defend Bosman this time around.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.13 13:40:25 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Oh well, we’ve always got the Vodacom cup to put out hopes in having finished top of our pool there… oh no, wait a minute…

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.05.13 13:41:54 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 7) : Meyer had a very poor game, but not really much worse than anyone else

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.05.13 13:41:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Plumtree a good forwards coach? So you okes thought we performed well at the breakdowns? :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.13 13:49:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 6) :
    I mean really!!!

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
    New coaches and support team, and a long sit down with the senior players.

    Trying to find a silver lining is not going to work this time. Have balls and cut the dead wood.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.05.13 13:49:59 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

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  • My family is seriously gonna enjoy their carefree rugby-stressfree dad for the rest of S15! Go Cheetahs!

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.05.13 13:50:30 by catfish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    Egg farking zactly! It’s always been a issue for us. The dreaded breakdown.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.05.13 13:51:40 by Reynier Jacobs Reply

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  • Oh no, I’ll rather stop watching rugby than supporting another team, I’ve done it before (Putt era) and I’ll do it again. :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.05.13 13:53:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 6) : They only played their heart out in the second half. The first half they were completely uninterested.

    They need to be as motivated in the first half as they are after half time. We may as well use the rest of the Super Rugby season to build for the Currie Cup. We need to see what players are still going to be around for the Currie Cup and play them. JP can get a rest as a substitute. He’s going to be in Japan. Are we going to sign Lindique for the CC? If not, its time to commit to Robinson or whatever winger we are going to use in the Currie Cup and let them get some exposure now.

    Does Plum want to take that sabbatical he was always going to take last year in the Currie Cup and never did? He can have a break now, let Bashford and the others take over. Certainly not going to go any worse with another coach at the helm.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.05.13 14:07:11 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : When he started off with Dick he was – not anymore though

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.05.13 14:08:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Tintin (Comment 1) :

    Sarries have got the professionalism thing down pat.
    Structures, PR, the lot.

    Theyve done extraordinarily well the last few years.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.05.13 14:15:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • What the hell is Keegan doing that Plum just won’t drop him?

    He should have replaced Keegan with Alberts in the second half, or just simply taken him of the field and played with 14. The guy is playing the worse rugby I have seen him play.

    No one really looked good though. This is just sad.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.05.13 14:28:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • don’t really know whats going with the sharks? captaincy is needed.. :sad: its becoming embarrassing…

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.05.13 14:28:37 by king sky Reply

     
  • When Smit takes over he must make some positive changes to the setup and the get the players motivated.

    Today’s game was a damn embarrassment. Absolutely shocking in every respect. Bad handling, lineouts were messy, scrum was ok, no idea with ball in hand and Daniel was nowhere in his leadership and in his general play. Lambie kicked his penalties but missed the first penalty line kick. Looked like our captain was sulking since before kickoff. Replacements also did not make any sense with PSDT and Desysel taken off. Daniel had to be replaced after first 15 minutes. Alberts also looks way undercooked, I feel he should have only joined the squad back in Dbn. How the hell can Plum justify keeping Kanko in SA on form if no one has any form to speak of. Holy shit I’m bloody irritated by this shambolic state of affairs. They can’t blame injuries. It’s damn ridiculous, we had no plan of attack and looked scared to tackle the first half. The whole squad including the management should donate their whole match fee to charity, because they certainly do not deserve a cent after that abortion of a performance.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.05.13 14:32:50 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 15) : I don’t want Bashford anywhere near the team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.05.13 15:02:13 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : We need a new coaching team.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.05.13 15:03:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @PTAShark (Comment 20) :

    Salaries aren’t performance driven, so actually they deserved every cent, but I know what you mean.

    2013 it would seem is a write-off for the Sharks. The only good thing that can come of this is maybe management realizing that the coaching staff is in need of desperate assistance or even a freshening up.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.05.13 15:26:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 21) : I don’t want any of the current coaches near my beloved Sharks teams!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.05.13 15:27:43 by JD Reply
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  • Now that I think about it…
    I am actually quite satisfied with the result. It is exactly what I expected!
    Well done Sharks! you good thing!

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.05.13 15:30:07 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • I’m very upset with the mistakes that was made on the field and you can’t really blame that on the coaching staff can you.

    We could win this games if we keep errors to a minimum.

    It’s sad watching the Sharks in this state.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.05.13 15:30:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • Guys, guys guys…. Best to start supporting a team that actually wins. The Sharks are so “old” news :P

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.05.13 15:38:39 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 27) : Dude, not even the Bulls would like you as a supporter.

    You used to support them, then decided you wanted to rather support a winning team so became a Sharks fan and now you’re back shouting Bulls again.

    Make up your mind.

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.05.13 15:41:58 by rhineshark Reply
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  • We should actually thank the team for getting the standard season let-down out of the way so early. Usually they wait till a bit later

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.05.13 15:52:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 29) : like a semi final or final..

    You actually have a good point, it hurts more when they do not pitch in a final…

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.05.13 15:57:41 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • I was wrestling with trying to burn cane in the rain (Frustrating to say the least) so missed the match. Judging by the comments and few write ups so far, maybe I had the better morning!Certainly major changes in coaching and team leadership are needed or the property group worth umteen billions now backing Kings Park may regret their decision. I hope not.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.05.13 15:59:08 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 25) : me to I’m not as sad as in the past as I did pick up some points on Superbru due to the result.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.05.13 16:01:04 by JD Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 28) : dude all I can say is, you so wrong. Secondly if only the Sharks could do what the bulls do, then talk again. If only they could do the few basics, play for each other, don’t play players out position, and don’t play players that’s not fit. Have a decent doc to look after the players. a decent coach to coach them. Show faith in the youngster you install on your team.

    Cheers bro, hope you get over salking about your teams loss.
    Maybe next year…. just like every other year.

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.05.13 16:02:39 by Uli Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 30) : pretty true… Sad though, as we all had some much expectations.

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.05.13 16:03:54 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 33) : If I’m wrong I apologise. :grin:

    I’m long past sulking when we lose, ironically the last time was in the 2007 final against the Bulls. Decided then it wasn’t worth getting pissed off over the Sharks’s lack of consistency for longer than necessary.

    Before that a performance like today used to fuck up my whole weekend. :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.05.13 16:22:29 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 33) : good luck with your new team im sure you will be an awesome supporter bro. stop pretending like you are the only one hurt by the loss dude the only difference is we vent and bitch but 2morow the sun will rise and we will hope again for our team the sharks,we wont leave for the next best thing or the new flavour of the month so cheers

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.05.13 16:23:23 by Poisy Reply
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  • man, I would laugh if the Bulls signed Cobus Reinach :)

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.05.13 17:10:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • i agree,we cant completely blame our peformance on injuries. After all,the sharks normally pride themselves in their depth,its just that our ‘depth’ isn’t pitching. Atlease now that we have no chance of making the playoffs,we can play without any insecurities,and as strange as it sounds… with more confidence aswell.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.05.13 17:23:49 by kamo Reply

     
  • @kamo (Comment 38) : if that doesn’t point to a mental problem, then I dunno what does.

    I think you’re right, though.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.05.13 17:40:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : Yeah Bosman was shocking, as was Daniel, Cooper and Deysel.

    Daniel was a liability today. He has either lost pace, is injured or just does not give a shit. The way he shadowed the Reds players when they scored that second try had me thinking the man must be injured but he stayed on an played.

    Deysel for a big strong player, has shocking hands and the very reason he has never progressed beyond S15 level.

    The Sharks gave Cooper far too much space and poor hands from Bosman, Deysel, Cooper and Daniel cost them. Plum taking off PSDT at halftime was plain stupidity, he has been one of if not the best Sharks forward for some time now.

    What is it with Lambie not finding touch with penalty kicks, twice last match and once this game – its just not good enough.

    That was yet another embarrassing performance by the Sharks who can now kiss their S15 season goodbye.

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.05.13 17:41:05 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex very true! Deysel is my favourite player but you have to point out mistakes when you see them. We really need a backline coach,pronto! It seems as if the backs have lost all creativity,the boys aren’t even taking initiative with ball in hand(thats if we dont drop it). Its like they playing kopperstamp out there. This is a very sad day.

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.05.13 17:58:59 by kamo Reply

     
  • This is what happens if you teach players to run into tackle bags, they stop running into gaps!!!! Bad skills and fitness mid season must be caused by poor coaching!!! if he can’t fix it why did he pick those players!!! I will almost bet my pay check that Alberts and Deysel is not 100% over injuries and will probably break down before the end of the season. Hope they don’t do the same with Beast, Bissy and the rest coming back from injuries.

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.05.13 18:22:18 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 42) : thats true they 1st instinct is to take contact which should be coached out of them,put up the tackle bags at practice make them run into the gab and try offload

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.05.13 18:54:25 by Poisy Reply
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  • I kind of feel bad for Keegan and I find it hard to be too harsh on him.

    It must be difficult for him to have gone from the hero of franchise rugby in 2012, to a very disliked player/leader in 2013.

    Aaah man, at the end of the day I’ll suck it up and be a Sharks supporter and not a fanatical fan…..but Plum and co must go – PLEASE :twisted:

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.05.13 19:16:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • :twisted: Well, I might be mistaken but I imagine that the injuries is the prime factor currently:
    For one, our guys are dropping like flies and would for shure be in the back of the squad’s minds.
    Secondly at least 11 guys in today’s team come off injuries and might be unsure whether they healed well. These guys are holding back for some reason?!
    This season’s preparations were reported to be eased to ensure the guys last a long season and even the preperation games were soft. I wonder whether these factors were the reasons for a dismall rugby season? :twisted:

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.05.13 20:11:00 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • :twisted: Did we start with a slightly unfit squad?? :twisted:

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.05.13 20:12:28 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Ah Gents I had the displeasure of witnessing the Sharks get mauled LIVE @ Suncorp!!!

    It is still quite clear to me. The first half was Bok rugby vs NZ/AUS (intelligent rugby). I am sick and tired of this.

    - 1st 10min we threw it around a bit and made a lot of ground
    - camped in their 22m and REVERTED TO PICK AND DRIVE / 1 OFF RUNNERS – ‘RUNNING AT THE MAN’ and not the gap.
    - Every single time a team fronts up to that Bok tactic, THEY WIN!! Reds hit back just as hard – we spill the ball – they run it at pace AT THE GAPS – they score.

    Who saw what happened 2nd half???

    - Thats right. We ran the ball more and attacked the space and won the 2nd half.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.05.13 03:52:00 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • On the individuals…from where I was sitting anyway:

    Worst player on the field:
    - Its sad because he has such potential, but Keegan Daniel was absolutely terrible. Bosman and McLeod not far off.

    Brilliant players in a losing side:
    - JP and Mvovo with Viljoen worth a mention.

    Lambie was the same as last week. 1 individual run at the line all game if Im not mistaken – not good enough.
    He clearly improved when he took the ball flatter in the 2nd half. Disappoints me that an intelligent player like him cant make that judgement for himself.

    Now Ill watch it on tv and see if my ‘LIVE OPINIONS’ were correct.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.05.13 04:04:17 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • I heard the commentator say 18 handling errors by the Sharks. Say what you will about Plumtree, but that’s not good enough for any player at that level. If Plumtree should be sacked for anything, it would be for continuing to stick with the same crap players.

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.05.13 07:52:12 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 49) :
    Handling errors from the Sharks arent new. Rather than focus on the players, ask yourself if the culture of blaming the humidity in Durban every year might be the reason that it never gets enough focus.

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.05.13 08:03:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 40) : Wow! I think you are being very harsh.How do you expect these guys to be at their best week in week out in that setup? It’s obvious that the squad is unhappy and low on confidence. We were singing Cooper’s, Bosman’s and Deysel’s praises last week and this week they are being blamed. There’s no coaching and the team is always under prepared. It’s like writing an exam only studied 50% of the work but you’re aiming for a distinction. Plum has been lucky, he had the players or students that would use their talent or intelligence to take him far in competitions or close to that distinction despite all studying half the work (being under coached). Those players are now not available and all the coaching shortcomings are there for all to see.

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.05.13 08:29:59 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 44) : I don’t think we need to shy away from pointing out when a player playing poorly, but should never get personal about the players. Firstly very few of us know them personally or has any idea what they are like as people.

    However the team should come first – as in what is best for the team. And if our favourite players just don’t cut it, then someone else should get a chance. I always rated Keegan but I cannot see how he can be a starter at the moment.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.05.13 08:32:52 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 51) : I don’t ever recall the Sharks looking like a well drilled unit.
    Compare them to the Crusaders team who came to SA this year – without the great players in Carter, McCaw, Reid, Dagg, and the new guys manage to slot seamlessly into the team. Granted they struggled in Oz, but they still managed to beat the Stormers (last year’s log topping team) and run the Sharks close (last year’s finalist).

    The Sharks rely on individual brilliance of players, and seem to play better when they simply play on instinct.

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.05.13 08:43:11 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 49) : How come other teams have these basic skills and we don’t? Are you suggesting that one of the requirements if you want to be a Sharks player is poor hands? I’ve asked on a number of occasions, what does Plum do during the off and pre-season? Every year we face the same challenges, poor hands, poor passing, poor rucking, poor tackling, poor kick chase, poor pressing on defence, poor tactics, poor decision making, poor lineout throwing (this has improved), poor kick-off receipts and Jannie being unfit. Imo these are all coaching issues. There’s no flow to our game, everything is in slow motion, just look the fluidity of the Brumbies, Crusaders, Reds, Stormers, Cheetahs..

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.05.13 08:49:38 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 54) : I agree 100%. A huge component of rugby (like any other sport) is the basic skills. You rarely see player improvement at the Sharks – pretty much what you get when the “next best thing since sliced bread” bursts onto the scene is what you get a few years later. There are exceptions (e.g. Lambie has improved kick goal kicking a lot, Mvovo is getting a lot better under the high ball), but I also see players with no idea of how to compete at the breakdown.

    The problem I think is that the Sharks coaching setup is too lightweight for this level (both in number and also in individual capacity).

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.05.13 08:59:09 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 53) : 100% agree. These are all signs of a badly coached team hence I can not blame the players. If the team was well drilled and a player then messed up on a continious basis, I’d be all over him. Burden being the exception – he’ll have to do something major for me to appreciate him again.

  • Comment 56, posted at 11.05.13 09:23:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 55) : Who is to blame for having a lightweight coaching setup? Plum insisting he can do this, RS, the board?

  • Comment 57, posted at 11.05.13 09:27:49 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 47) : 100% agree, pick and go close the tryline is one of the easiest plays to defend. Teams just smother the breakdown illegally and get away with it most times, added to which there is no offside line in any event. Why can we no longer move the ball into space when its on. More to the point, who is making that call, the scrumhalf? Someone has to be calling that play time and again, it can’t just be forwards taking the initiative whether its on or not…

  • Comment 58, posted at 11.05.13 09:53:37 by neilster Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 57) : IMO the issue is most definitely a jobs for mates culture in the upper echelons of the Sharks administration.
    You look at Straeuli, Putt, and to a lesser degree Plumtree – he earned his stripes you’d think – none of them had enough experience or even a proven track record to be head coach of the Sharks. Then Straeuli went from being a bok coach to a commercial manager, despite no experience ( other than an LLB) and still having been embroiled in Staalstraad controversy. How does that happen, unless you braai on weekends with Brian Van Zyl?! :)

  • Comment 59, posted at 11.05.13 09:58:52 by neilster Reply

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  • Well this should motivate the Sharks – Not from Sportal.NZ
    “Sharks coach John Plumtree admitted his team’s hopes of making something of this Super Rugby season are all but gone after a 32-17 loss to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

    In what Plumtree called a ‘terrible’ first half, the Sharks conceded four tries and coughed up plenty of possession to the dangerous Reds.

    They were duly punished by four Reds tries, and went into the break trailing 29-3.

    Despite two Sharks tries in an improved second-half display, Plumtree could find few positives to take out of the match.

    “You can’t give a side like the Reds that type of possession from unstructured defence,” Plumtree said.

    “They were just deadly from turnover ball.

    “I thought the more of that they got, the more confident they got, and we couldn’t help ourselves, we just kept on giving it to them.

    “So it was a terrible performance in that first half.”

    The Sharks coach was happy with the character his players showed in the second half to work their way back into the match.

    “When we brought some pressure and we made them do some work in defence we started clawing our way back into the game,” Plumtree said.

    “That was pleasing, but it was obviously too much of a deficit at half-time to mount any real challenge in the end.”

    Plumtree said certain Sharks players were not good enough against one of the top sides in the competition.

    “There’s some individuals there that just let themselves down big time,” he said.

    “This week we talked about how important our defence would be but there’s one or two players out there that are just out of form.

    “There’s some things that we can change, but there’s some things we can’t change because of the situation we’ve got with injuries, so we just have to keep boxing on.”

    As for the Sharks’ chances of resurrecting their season, Plumtree was pessimistic.

    “I think we’re dead now,” he said.

    “It’s just been a terrible season for us.”

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  • @neilster (Comment 58) : Exactly…

    And just to clarify. I dont mean recycle every ball for the backline to run and leave the forwards to clean out rucks..NO!!!

    Using the big, strong ball runners wisely is essential. So dummy runners, switch balls, inside balls etc. Involve them in this way and its nearly impossible to stop. How tough will it be to stop a Willem Alberts if you create a situation where he is running at pace at the ‘arms and not the shoulders/bodies’ of the defenders.

    And mate I blame this on leadership. (coach, captain, the whole lot)

  • Comment 61, posted at 11.05.13 10:39:59 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • Oh. I see we lost again…

    Seriously, how stimulated can Mallett actually be edumacating the SS clowns every week? He’s got exactly the temperament and knowledge base we need.

  • Comment 62, posted at 11.05.13 15:12:25 by klempie Reply

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