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Plumtree: SA teams underdone

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 3 Feb 2009 at 06:56

Sharks coach John Plumtree is worried that South African teams may be entering the Super 14 with too little game time under their belts.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Plumtree will field his strongest possible line-up for the Sharks’ last warm-up game against the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team in Durban.

“There are a few injured guys that we will wrap in cotton wool, but other than that I’ll play my strongest side. The players need time together. They have not played together much,” said Plumtree.

“Some of the New Zealand and Australian sides played three or four games. South African teams could be vulnerable. The coaches here have a different philosophy. They try to shield players from injury. That is why you have to ensure you have a good squad.”

The Crusaders played two Super 14 opponents – the Force and Highlanders – in their pre-season.

The Sharks and Cheetahs would have met in a pre-season friendly in Dubai, but that fell through after the sponsor withdrew.

A friendly match against the Mpumalanga Pumas was hastily arranged for the Sharks so that Plumtree could test his reserve strength.

Since then the Sharks’ top players had an outing against Natal’s Vodacom side in a closed trial game last Friday.

Plumtree is hoping to roll out his big guns again this week, but it’s an open question whether the Bulls will field their strongest line-up.

“It would be ideal to have three games behind us heading into the Super 14. We’ll only have two,” said Plumtree.

The Stormers only had two, with their strongest available side taking on Saracens.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus used several of his first-choice players as substitutes in the friendly match against Boland on Saturday.

Plumtree is hoping to get his hands on a video of the game. “No I haven’t got one yet. Have you got one?” he asked jokingly.

The Stormers and Sharks meet in their Super14 opener on February 14. Many experts believe they will be South Africa’s leading contenders in this year’s Super 14.

“I think both sides will improve after the game. The first round could be a bit of a scrap. I think defence and kicks at goal will be determining factors,” said Plumtree.


  • The Sharks play

    Lions Play

    Cheetahs play

    Stormers play

    Bulls play

    I think the sides will be okay. They mostly play each other in the first two rounds and those who come up against foreign opposition aren’t really playing top contenders so I think we should be okay.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.09 07:07:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Oh and before i forget!!!!

    Have you seen the Sharks’ awesome new jersey?


    GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.09 07:09:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Kit looks cool…can’t wait to see the real thing… 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.09 08:25:27 by blackshark Reply
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  • There is some crazy fool on Keo that maintains that Schalk Brits is as good if not better than Bismarck! 👿 now I know I am biased towards Bissie but to compare a hooker come eighthman who thinks he is a centre or wing is pushing it a tad! 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.09 08:34:38 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 4) : okai in my outrage I forgot half of my point 😳 “…to compare a hooker come eigthman who thinks he is a centre or wing to Bismarck is pushing it a tad”

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.09 08:35:53 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 4) :

    You deserve all you get for bothering to go on there. 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.09 08:51:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I know I am a sucker for punishment! But I really have hearty laughs at some of the blokes going on about Tinkerbelles and “…ek kyk noord” Sometimes I just cannot help it, its an adiction after reading too much sense one needs to go to the nonsensical for a laugh!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.09 09:02:12 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : This is a beauty – I did not say that Brits is as good as Du Plessies. I said “Brits and B. du Plessies is VERY similar in playing style and build as well…” care to explain how I am asleep or in cukoo land???

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.09 09:37:50 by PJLD Reply
  • Black and White. Nothing else matters. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.09 09:46:55 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    I also enjoyed that line at the end of the article. 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.09 09:51:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Looks like the Stormers old kit. 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.09 09:55:22 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) : :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen:

    It all started wayback when Skinstad thought the only chance he would have of wearing black and white was if he persauded the Stormers to play in black and white. 😉

    Now that the bastards have finally realised that there is only ONE black and white team in SA and have now reverted to nightmare…. ag I mean navy blue we can have some cool Jerseys in Dbn again. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.09 10:02:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.09 10:11:21 by Charlie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Looks practically the same as last year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.09 10:13:29 by klempie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Wait a minute! They are still Canterbury jerseys! 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.09 10:19:12 by klempie Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 8) : Because there is no way that Schalch Brits is anywhere near Bissie’s pedigree. Bismarck is a bulldozer in scrum and loose, he is like another loosie in the way he steals ball from the oposition, and is fearless Schalch on the other hand is a softy who hangs out as a centre! No similarities in their size or game! You have a much better hooker in Deon Fourie imo! And by the way please NEVER call me an old tannie again! I already have a complex about my age!

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.09 10:19:58 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 15) :

    Canterbury SA are going bung not Canterbury worldwide .

    From what I understand there are talks with Canterbury (NZ) to help out with the supply of the kit.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.09 10:26:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 14) :

    Same colouring but different Jersey cut and with the addition of the Canterbury texture strips.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.09 10:30:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : No I know. Just would have thought that Canterbury SA would have provided the jerseys.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.02.09 11:12:18 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 19) : announcement on the Sharks website says that there will be no disruption.

    The Sharks jerseys are sourced through Mr Price… so if Canterbury can’t provide, Mr Price will get some other Chinses sweatshop to make them instead.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.02.09 11:17:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : They all come from there anyway.. 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.02.09 11:40:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : @blackshark (Comment 21) : Hopefully not Fong Kong’s 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.02.09 11:45:23 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : or Fu King Dim Guy Enterprises…

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.02.09 11:52:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Knock-Off Paradise 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.02.09 11:55:52 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : It’s all relative… 😛

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.02.09 12:16:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.02.09 14:09:05 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 26) : sorry I meant @robdylan (Comment 20) : 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.02.09 14:10:22 by klempie Reply


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