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Plumtree: We do need to improve

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2009 at 12:52
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Sharks coach John Plumtree says improving their defence will be a massive focus this week and on Saturday when they face the Reds in Brisbane.

Craig Lewis writes for the Daily News that If there is anything the Sharks have been guilty of so far this season, it is perhaps missing a few too many tackles, while also taking poor defensive options by occasionally trying to run the ball from their line.

“We are down on our defence statistics and it is something that we are concerned about,” Plumtree admitted. “We pride ourselves on our defence, but the quality is just not there yet. I guess the Chiefs and Blues are two teams that have really tested us in this regard, but we do need to improve. We don’t want to have to score six tries to win a match. Another incentive is that it’s often a case of if your defence works well, so does your attack.”

The Reds do play an entertaining brand of rugby and of all the sides in the bottom half of the table, they are the only team to have their try-scoring tally in double figures.

Nevertheless, the Sharks will head into this match as favourites and a win would be their fifth in a row this season, marking a successful completion of the first phase of their Super 14 campaign.

“We’ve broken our season up into groups of five matches and after this weekend that will be the end of the first part, so it’s really important for us to end on a high note,” Plumtree explained.

The Sharks mentor will not be making many changes to the team at the weekend, Jannie du Plessis – who is carrying an injury niggle – is set to be rested and John Smit will come into the starting line-up at tighthead prop.

On the bench, fit-again Albert van den Berg will take the place of Alistair Hargreaves, who suffered a tour-ending ankle injury over the weekend. Former South African Under 19 representative Johan Snyman is jetting over to Australia to provide further second row cover.

However, Van den Berg’s return to fitness is great timing for the Sharks, who had their depth tested this past weekend, with Keegan Daniel replacing the injured Jean Deysel – who will be out for four to six weeks.

“Keegan gives us something different to Jean and I was really pleased with the way he slotted in this past weekend,” Plumtree said. “We missed Jean’s intensity at the breakdown but Keegan makes up for it in other areas and is a different kind of threat. He was my man of the match.”


  • Daniel was my man of the match too

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.09 13:50:09 by robdylan Reply
  • adi was mine. with botes a close second.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.09 13:53:09 by try time Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : maybe on 300kbps connection daniel looked good 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.09 13:53:54 by try time Reply
  • Thank God we have Al to replace Al…

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.09 14:10:06 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 4) : so al’s well that ends well

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.09 14:17:52 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 5) :
    Wednesday and Thursday are pointless days…

    Well Thursday afternoon is less pointless…but I really hate Wednesdays…

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.09 14:20:22 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : tell me about it i make up the time catching up work.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.09 14:23:03 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 3) : maybe

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.09 14:34:48 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : he did have a good game though. i just thought adi pipped everyone. and it is hard for me to say that after saying he was a better super sub.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.09 14:38:10 by try time Reply
  • Hi all! I am missing myself on this blogg!! 😆

    Great stuff Sharks! They have really surpassed my wildest expectations! But like everyone else are saying, we should “embrace the favourites tag.”

    Once you do, it does feel kinda nice! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.09 14:53:14 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) : i am more than embracing it, i am giving it a full on smooooch. 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.09 15:08:09 by try time Reply
  • Plummo needs to use his bench better too… not as valid in this game… but against the top tier sides… too many players were out on their feet around the 60min mark last week… leading to a lapse and plenty of needless points gifted…

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.09 15:09:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 12) : i agree, it could be the reason why we are going to sleep in the last 15.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.03.09 15:13:00 by try time Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    His stats were outstanding… outstripping all the other RSA flankers by a country mile over-all…

    2 clean breaks… 4 defence breaks… 3 lineouts won 😯 112 tackles made (one missed)… 111 metres gained (14% of team’s total metres) 11 runs with ball in hand…

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.03.09 15:19:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @try time (Comment 13) :

    One hooker, one half-back, one 10 for 80minutes… in a team that made a considerable amount more tackles that their counter-parts…

    22man 85min rugby…

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.09 15:21:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @try time (Comment 13) : fresh legs – wanted 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.03.09 15:25:10 by rekinek Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) : 112 tackles???? 😯

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.03.09 16:37:46 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : the guy must have been everywhere :mrgreen:
    just to compare all sharks tackles from chiefs game – 105.
    I think he meant 12 – but this is not so much for a forward – me thinks 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.03.09 16:55:38 by rekinek Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    12… lol!

    Bismark 16, Botes 14, Steyn 12, Beast 11, Kockott 10, JPP 10,

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.03.09 17:05:56 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) :
    A Prop making 11 and a wing 10 is pretty good.

    Bismark was awesome though.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.03.09 17:09:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) : I don’t trust those stats…

    Go look at Paul Williams’ stats for the last game. Pretty impressive considering he didn’t play.

    Also, the missed tackle count for the Sharks in the Chiefs game is ridiculous. There’s no way Bis missed 15 tackles in that game.

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.03.09 17:10:57 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Verusco stuff are very suspect IMO. A few weeks ago they said they did ALMSOT all the SA sides’ stats, yet they keep producing Stats for ALL the SA teams. 😕

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.03.09 17:46:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • how do they count those stats. is it like somebody watching the game and counting tackles made by one guy and then watching again and counting for other guy 🙄
    forgive ignorance 😳

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.03.09 17:58:47 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 23) :

    I have no clue, but I have noticed the stormers players have what looks like a heartrate monitor sensor under their shirts. (right between their breasts) I suspect those may be a sensor of sorts but as to how it would count a tackle i have no idea.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.03.09 18:13:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : are u familiar with this polar watches measuring your pulse, calories etc. – the sensor is on the belt that you strap on you – breast level.
    maybe rassie wants to know how many calories they burn 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.03.09 18:22:34 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 25) :

    Yes I am familiar with them, I don’t train without it. 😉 ( I like looking at my HR graphic after training to check how hard I worked 😉 )

    The range is very limited for reception to about 1-2 meters max. They are not wearing watches so I don’t think they ARE heart rate monitors.

    There is also a question of WHAT they are made of. A regular HR monitor would not be allowed to be worn under the IRB clothing regulations.

    So if they have modified the housing for Rugby players maybe they are capable of boosting the signal strength and still keep the housing small enough. Each sensor is coded anyway so having one reciver next to the field to datalog all the monitors should be easy.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.03.09 18:32:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : hmmm. if sth like this is done then I reckon it would provide quite useful data regarding players fitness.

    but for tackles they would have to have some sort of impact sensor and then if you get engaged in a ruck ie your team mate aready tackled you just get in support – that I think is not a tackle but would get picked.
    and what about team mate tapping you 🙄

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.03.09 18:41:00 by rekinek Reply
  • oki – i’m running home :mrgreen: speak later

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.03.09 18:43:59 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 27) :

    or you BEING tackled as opposed to being the one tackling. 😆

    And HOW would they determine a missed tackle? 🙂 It has to be some other method, but other than your original suggestion of watching each player, i have no idea.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.03.09 18:44:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    (a) A player must not wear any item that is contaminated by blood.
    (b) A player must not wear any item that is sharp or abrasive.
    (c) A player must not wear any items containing buckles, clips, rings,
    hinges, zippers, screws, bolts or rigid material or projection not
    otherwise permitted under this Law.
    (d) A player must not wear jewellery such as rings or earrings.
    (e) A player must not wear gloves.
    (f) A player must not wear shorts with padding sewn into them.
    (g) A player must not wear any other item which does not conform
    with the IRB Specifications for such clothing (Regulation 12).
    (h) A player must not wear any item that is normally permitted by Law, but, in the referee’s opinion that is liable to cause injury to a player.
    (i) A player must not wear a single stud at the toe of the boot.
    (j) A player must not wear communication devices within that
    player’s clothing or attached to the body.
    (k) A player must not wear any additional item of clothing that does
    not conform to IRB Regulation 12.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.03.09 18:46:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The WHOLE regulation 12

    but the relevant portion says:

    Banned items of clothing
    (g) A player must not wear any item of which any part is thicker than 0.5cm when uncompressed or is denser than 45 kilograms per cubic metre unless specified within this Regulation 12/Law 4. Where this
    overall thickness consists of padded material covered by fabric, 0.5 cm is the maximum measured thickness for the combination of the uncompressed padding and the fabric. The fabric can contribute up to a maximum measured thickness of 1 mm on each side of the padding.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.03.09 18:50:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • No Gloves ??(Rule E) Then what are those things Rose wears called??

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.03.09 21:38:38 by Dynamite Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Not sure where you are getting your stats from Robbo… Verusco has him missing 4 of a huge 16… it’s not hard to see why he was out on his feet by the 65min mark…

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.03.09 02:01:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Who the hell is Paul Williams?

    Yeah much of a muchness the stats… but they do seem to be more accurate in the bigger (more exciting games)…

    Steven Sykes making -1metres is a bit strange when he made a few to get over the try-line…

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.03.09 02:06:07 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 34) :

    If you mean Jay Williams and his 33 mins… he was on as a loosie?

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.03.09 02:07:52 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @Dynamite (Comment 32) :

    Fingerless mits are allowed. (See D below)

    (a) A player may wear supports made of elasticated or compressible materials which must be washable.
    (b) A player may wear shin guards which conform with IRB Specifications (Regulation 12).
    (c) A player may wear ankle supports worn under socks, not extending higher than one third of the length of the shin and, if rigid, from material other than metal.
    (d) A player may wear mitts (fingerless gloves) which must conform to IRB Specifications (Regulation 12).
    (e) A player may wear shoulder pads which must bear the IRB Approval Mark (Regulation 12).
    (f) A player may wear a mouth guard or dental protector.
    (g) A player may wear headgear which must bear the IRB Approval Mark (Regulation 12).
    (h) A player may wear bandages and/or dressings to cover or protect any injury.
    (i) A player may wear thin tape or other similar material as support and/or to prevent injury.

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.03.09 06:54:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    I see nothing mentioning iron fore-arm bars?

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.03.09 07:39:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 37) :


    I thought exactly the same when i read H and I. 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.03.09 08:13:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • The Sharks
    15. Stefan Terblanche 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Adrian Jacobs 12. Francois Steyn 11. JP Pietersen 10. Ruan Pienaar 9. Rory Kockott 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Keegan Daniel 6. Jacques Botes 5. Johann Muller (Captain) 4. Steven Sykes 3. John Smit 2. Bismarck du Plessis 1. Tendai Mtawarira

    Replacements: 16. Deon Carstens 17. Jannie du Plessis 18. Albert van den Berg 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu 20. Ross Cronje 21. Riaan Swanepoel 22. Luzuko Vulindlu

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.03.09 08:28:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : ad (j) wouldn’t any sensor be considered as communication device – here goes calories count 🙄

    morning all 😆

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.03.09 08:38:51 by rekinek Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) :

    Where’s the squad thread???

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.03.09 10:03:34 by blackshark Reply
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  • is anyone going to keg and fily this sat for the game with gauteng shark supp????

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.03.09 10:10:17 by willa Reply

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