Sharks must be ‘more accurate’

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Feb 2009 at 07:18

Sharks coach John Plumtree was “happy” with his team’s final Super 14 pre-season hit-out, a 39-9 win over a Bulls second string selection in Durban on Wednesday, but he was still looking for more “accuracy” as his team heads into the season opener against the Stormers on February 14.

www.rugby365.com reports that Plumtree said it wasn’t the 30-point margin of the win that pleased him most, but rather the fact that his team got a decent hit-out.

“I was really happy with that,” Plumtree said in an interview on the Sharks website.

The Sharks mentor said even though it wasn’t the Bulls’ best that arrived in Durban, those players who made the trip ensured that the Sharks got some valuable physical contact in a match situation.

Plumtree has been concerned that his team might be underdone, following the cancellation of their Dubai derby with the Cheetahs last month. Having had to send his second stringers into battle against the lowly Pumas in a hastily arranged back-up fixture, Plumtree was left with just an internal trial (last Friday) and Wednesday’s encounter with the Bulls to give his frontline players some match practice.

And, according to Plumtree, the Bulls came to the party.

“The Bulls intensity at the breakdown was good and their defence hard,” he said, adding: “They were into us at every aspect of the game, it was a good hit-out for us.”

While the physical nature of the game served its purpose, Plumtree felt that there are some areas that need to be worked on.

“I would have liked to have been more accurate and put more pressure on attack, a few times we didn’t finish what we started. There was a bit of inaccuracy when we went out wide, so we need to tidy up a few things.

“But that’s to be expected in the pre-season. I know where we are and we are fortunate in that we still have a lot of power to come back into the pack.”

Plumtree also felt that some individuals showed that the depth in the squad is better than in previous years.

“I’m happy with Luzuko Vulindlu and Skholiwe Ndluvu, they were outstanding. I also thought Burra [Melusi Mthethwa] did well. Ross Cronjé too played well and I though Ruan [Pienaar] and Adi [Jacobs] had their moments.

“We played better than before and will improve next week as well. The intensity and excitement that one associates with a big competition like this will increase.”

There was nothing to report on the injury front, with one or two players coming off with cramp – otherwise “no injury woes”.

In terms of the players still to return from injury Plumtree confirmed that: “We will keep monitoring them during the week, give them some contact and hopefully they’ll be back for the Stormers’ match.

“We will have to be smart over the next few days with them.”

Props Jannie du Plessis and Deon Carstens, along with hooker Bismarck du Plessis, are amongst those who missed the Bulls encounter because of injury.


  • I think Rob and KSA Shark will be ‘happy’ with this ‘article’ :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.02.09 07:19:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : You do like the Sharks nuh 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.02.09 07:52:07 by Charlie Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 2) :

    Only when they not playing the Stormers.

    In udda words, my 2nd favourite team.

    But please don’t tell Rob. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.02.09 07:53:23 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Ah…really news…well done Wes…

    Ok…now the long wait begins…8 days to go!

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.02.09 07:53:31 by arrogant blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • You changed your favicon, that’ll take some getting used to.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.02.09 07:54:07 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 5) :

    Howzit Molly???

    It really is a shame there are so few Stormers supporters on this site.

    We should recruit a few more don’t you think?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.02.09 08:00:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Thanks for coming out of the closet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.02.09 08:03:25 by Charlie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Hey wpw, all is well, I can’t wait for the round 1 embarrasment of the sharks.

    Ag man, everyone is a closet stormers supporter, secretly everyone wants their team to be like the stormers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.02.09 08:03:40 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 8) :

    I don’t think the Sharks guys on this site want Ruan, Frans and Adi to start showering together if that’s you mean… 😈 😈

    (Maybe with the exception of Big Fish)

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.02.09 08:07:36 by wpw Reply
  • Have you guys been following the IPL auction??? 😯

    Mumbai bag Duminy for $950,000

    Posted 40 minutes ago in IPL 2009

    Mumbai Indians bought South African batsman JP Duminy for $950,000. Duminy’s base price was set at $300,000. There was intense bidding for Duminy between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.02.09 08:08:26 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 10) : and noone wanted Haddin 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.02.09 08:12:08 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 11) :

    Or Stuart Clark!!! bwahahahaaa 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.09 08:15:42 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :
    it’s here in writing for all to see. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.09 08:21:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    You got mail

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.09 08:30:14 by MorneN Reply
  • Okay well, don’t talk to me then.

    FJ! ELN!!!!

    Day two of the 10s tournament, 😎
    Will miss the squad announcements. 👿

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.02.09 08:30:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : who’s your second favourite team?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.02.09 08:30:56 by molly Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 14) :

    I saw thanks, will open, tonight, I gotta get going to Bahrain.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.02.09 08:31:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @molly (Comment 16) :


  • Comment 18, posted at 06.02.09 08:31:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Seriously??? You’ve dropped a few ranking points in my eyes now.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.02.09 08:33:17 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 16) :

    Okay no seriously.

    I really don’t have one. All or nothing for the Sharks.

    On an international level. All you need to do is ask around and everyone will clear that one up for you. 😉 ENGLAND!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.02.09 08:33:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @molly (Comment 19) :

    No that was NOT seriously, I don’t have a second favourite team but if I had to list a least favourite it would be BULLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.02.09 08:34:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : phew

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.02.09 08:35:43 by molly Reply
  • Okay HAVE TO go now.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.02.09 08:35:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Molly

    KSA Shark has like 17 England rugby jerseys.

    Don’t ask me why though. 😕

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.02.09 08:43:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 24) : see now, I never know if he’s being serious…
    Please tell me you’re joking as well.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.02.09 09:07:16 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 25) :

    I might have exaggerated about the number of jerseys he owns. He owns about 4 or 5. 😈

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.02.09 09:18:35 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 26) : ah man, so there was some truth.
    I’ll never look at his little pic thing the same way again.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.02.09 09:22:48 by molly Reply
  • Morning peeps!

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.02.09 09:36:05 by klempie Reply
  • Mornings klempie!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.02.09 09:37:17 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 29) : 8 days til your sound whipping! :mrgreen: WOOOOHOOOO

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.02.09 09:40:23 by klempie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 26) :

    That and a few posters of Johnny… 😮

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.02.09 09:44:36 by arrogant blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • For BS’s attention.

    Naas on B&A last night: “Listen boys, we have to remember, this isn’t soccer where a bad team can get a draw, or even a win.” 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.02.09 09:45:39 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 32) :

    Who cares what Naas thinks? 🙄

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.02.09 09:49:17 by arrogant blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 33) : @klempie (Comment 32) :

    Exactly. What does does know about football???

    In fact, what does Naas know about rugby??? 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.02.09 09:53:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 34) : your thread is up

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.02.09 10:01:28 by robdylan Reply
  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 33) : @wpw (Comment 34) :

    I care. Naas is the smartest man in rugby.

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.02.09 10:04:38 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 36) :

    Is that so???

    It must have been his: ‘But on da udda hand Darren, da Currie Cup is not won in May’ :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.02.09 10:06:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 37) : 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.02.09 10:07:20 by klempie Reply

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