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Sharks not underestimating Reds

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 25 Mar 2008 at 07:00
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Sharks assistant coach John Plumtree is not taking the Reds lightly this weekend – in a game that is crucial for the unbeaten Durban franchise in order to keep in touch with the Crusaders.

Steve Farrell writes for Rugby 365 that the Sharks enjoyed some downtime this weekend with the players being given the Easter Weekend off to recuperate before a tough second half of the Super 14.

Plumtree spoke to Rugby365.com and said the only injury worry ahead of the Reds clash was that of super sub, Adrian Jacobs, who has a slight hamstring strain.

Other than that the Sharks are rearing to get stuck into the Reds.

Plumtree said that they won’t be taking the rejuvenated Reds lightly this weekend.

“You’ve got to treat every team in the competition with the utmost respect,” he said.

“You saw what they did to the Bulls, and they got a good draw against the Lions, so they will be no pushover on Saturday,” added Plumtree.

The Reds forward pack looked vulnerable when the Lions decided to maul it up, but Plumtree said the Sharks had no specific plan to keep it tight on Saturday.

“We’re not a side that sticks to specific structures,” he said.

“We will have a plan in place but we will play whatever opportunity presents itself.

“If the conditions allow us to play with width, we will do so,” he added.

The Durban-based franchise are blessed with plenty of depth in their squad, which is a crucial factor in a tournament like the Super 14 that spans three-and-a-half months.

Plumtree said that the Sharks were lucky in this regard.

“We have a number of multi-talented players who can play different positions,” said Plumtree.

“Guys like Frans Steyn, Adi Jacobs and Waylon Murray can cover various positions in the backline.

“We also have one of the strongest front rows in the competition, which is crucial in the Super 14,” added Plumtree.

Plumtree said that having sufficient depth in the squad was important as “it keeps the players on their toes.”

The Sharks now have the tough task of playing eight matches on the trot, but Plumtree was fairly happy with where is team were at the halfway stage of the Super 14.

“We haven’t scored as many tries as we would have liked, but that has got a lot to do with the conditions in Durban,” he said, referring to the extreme humidity in the coastal city.

“Playing rugby in Durban in February and March is not ideal.

“Playing with a slippery ball makes it difficult to score tries,” he emphasised.

“But we’ve only conceded five tries which is testament to our defence,” he said.

A win is paramount for the Sharks this weekend.

With the Crusaders widening the gap at the top, it’s important that the Sharks continue winning in order to keep in touch with the log leaders.

“Every week is a big week,” emphasised Plumtree.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” he said.

The fact that the Sharks head off on their arduous five-match tour next week makes a win this weekend even more important.

“This week’s a big week, as is next week.

“If you slip up on any given day, you end up sliding down the log,” he added.

The Sharks will want to keep within a win of the Crusaders, so are they going to play a more adventurous brand of rugby in the coming weeks?

“It all depends on the conditions.

“Places like Wellington and Dunedin can get pretty rough, so hopefully the weather will be kind on us in New Zealand.

“If the conditions are suitable we will attack,” he added.

The Sharks are flying the South African flag at the moment, and are looking good for a semifinal berth.

A win against the Reds on Saturday will be the perfect tonic ahead of their gruelling Australasian tour.


  • Plumtree spoke to Rugby365.com and said the only injury worry ahead of the Reds clash was that of super sub, Adrian Jacobs, who has a slight hamstring strain.

    Not good news, but fortunately it is a position where we have quite a bit of cover.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.08 07:02:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Hey KSA,

    Maybe Adi needs a well deserved rest… 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.08 07:40:13 by Charlie Reply
  • Charlie 🙂

    Have you heard any birdies whistle on how serious his injury is. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.08 07:44:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Not so serious, but he will be assesed later in the week… 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.08 07:50:01 by Charlie Reply
  • cool thanks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.08 07:53:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • No mention yet on this site of Smitty and Percy coming gback into form OS?

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.08 08:11:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Bryce ❓ 😯

    I know there is talk of John coming back but haven’t heard anything on Percy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.08 08:18:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Morning All!! Hope you had a FAB weekend – I surely did!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.08 08:20:10 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • Morning Ice.

    Weekend ❓ 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.08 08:22:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • LOOONG weekend that really flew by! Went to a wedding and man, did my sister the bride and me have a ball!! Unfortunately my hubby got all on camera….***need to destroy some evidence*** 😉

    Suppose you had to work then?? 😕

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.08 08:26:36 by Ice Reply
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  • Ja, had to work.

    Dis nou sommer [email protected] 🙁

    Seems the hubby might have a bit of a hold over you for a while to come. 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.08 08:32:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Eish Ice, behave sister, but it’s sometimes good to as we say in Cape Town…Jy het defenitely jou lyf ‘n lekka tyd gegee.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.08 08:33:18 by Charlie Reply

  • “John Smit maintained his impressive return to form (sixth consecutive game since injury) as Clermont edged within a point of table-topping Toulouse in the French Top 14.”

    “Montgomery kicked three conversions and four penalties in the 45-7 win against Albi”

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.08 08:45:53 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Super Smitty shines again
    Europe | March 24th, 2008
    John Smit maintained his impressive return to form as Clermont edged within a point of table-topping Toulouse in the French Top 14.

    Smit’s form and that of Springbok fullback Percy Montgomery will no doubt please Springbok coach Peter de Villiers. Smit will captain the Boks this year and De Villiers met with Montgomery two months ago to discuss his international future. Both players have responded positively to the new Bok coach’s interest and Smit’s form, in particular, will bring a smile to De Villiers, who won’t have taken much comfort from the first six weeks of South African Super rugby performances.

    Smit, speaking to Keo.co.za, said he had fully recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for six weeks and that being back at peak fitness was critical to his recent performances.

    “The mind is strong but equally important is that the body has to be strong. I am feeling really good at the moment, enjoying my rugby and the team is getting good results. I’ve now had six successive matches and in each one the knee has felt better and with each week I have felt I’ve made a bigger contribution to the team.”

    Smit said he watched as much Super 14 rugby as possible and was in constant contact with players in South Africa.

    “I am following the Sharks very closely and I’ve seen what’s been televised here. The competition seems to be settling down now and despite results not always going the way of the South African teams I still think there has been some very good rugby played by South African sides. Individually there has also been good performances, so I am very optimistic about the international season.”

    Smit also singled out Clermont teammate and former Springbok centre Marius Joubert’s performances this season as being special.

    “For me he has been the form centre in the competition and consistently the best in France. He has a huge desire to play for the Springboks again and the change of pace in lifestyle seems to have been good for his game. He is playing outstanding rugby.”

    Clermont hammered Montpellier 56-17 to consolidate second position in the league, while Montgomery’s outstanding goalkicking has lifted Perpignan into fifth place.

    Montgomery kicked three conversions and four penalties in the 45-7 win against Albi.

    Toulouse remain top of the table, despite sending a second team to play Stade Francais in Paris, where they got smashed 29-0.

    Results of Round 15
    Biarritz vs Brive, 10-0
    Bourgoin vs Auch, 36-0
    Castres vs Montauban, 21-7
    Dax vs Bayonne, 11-6
    Perpignan vs Albi, 45-7
    Clermont Auvergne vs Montpellier, 56-17
    Stade Français vs Toulouse, 29-0

    Standings after Round 15

    1. Toulouse 58
    2. Clermont 57
    3. Stade Francais 44
    4. Biarritz 41
    5. Perpignan 40
    6. Castres 40
    7. Montauban 35
    8. Bourgoin 34
    9. Bayonne 33
    10. Montpellier 30
    11. Brive 27
    12. Albi 25
    13. Dax 20
    14. Auch 10

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.08 09:09:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • okes, if we don’t get a bonus point this weekend, then I just don’t know.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.08 09:13:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • i emailed this to rob last evening , but i had unfortunately forgotten he is traveling , i should have sent it to ksa , my apologies

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.08 09:15:44 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Charlie – lets just say this – my sister and I both being dance teachers and me being an acrobat….you will never look at a brides table in the same light!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.03.08 09:16:04 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • i agree rob
    it is becoming seriously a big problem as if we dont and saders do they will be a whole games points ahead of us through bonus points

    chances of a home final then out of the window

    the other problem is the points differential is way big in the favour of the saders

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.03.08 09:18:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Morning all!

    Rob – sorry bro, my reception was bad, and then my phone died – got home rather late. Hope you are enjoying yourself!

    Oubaas- Bryce mentioned John and Percy coming back INTO FORM. 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.03.08 09:23:26 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Ice,

    Hopefully the dancing stayed on the floor and not onto the tables… 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.03.08 09:29:51 by Charlie Reply

  • 😳 😳

    I read it as back IN FROM Overseas. 😳 😳

    fortunately I have said they can shoot me when I turn 40. Not long to go now.

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.03.08 09:30:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Charlie – the table is broken!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.03.08 09:32:24 by Ice Reply
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  • But no broken legs I hope… 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.03.08 09:37:47 by Charlie Reply

  • TG Not!! (A couple of bruises though!) Legless yes – but no broken ones!! 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.03.08 11:00:29 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.03.08 11:34:28 by Charlie Reply


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