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Adi: composure is the key

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ยฉ)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 18 Mar 2010 at 05:44
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Composure will be the key if the floundering Sharks hope to turn around their Super 14 season against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, according to veteran midfielder Adi Jacobs.

Following five successive defeats at the start of the season, four of those with five points or less, the star-studded Sharks outfit is nearing the end of what captain John Smit has described as being one of the toughest tours he has ever been on.

Following defeats against the Chiefs (by one point) and Cheetahs (by five points) at home, they have since slumped to further losses against the Crusaders (their only blow-out thus far – 6-35), the Waratahs (four points) and the Brumbies (two points).

Now back on New Zealand soil, the third time on tour they have crossed the Tasman Sea, they hope to catch the Highlanders on the hop.

The Dunedin-based Kiwi outfit, who have managed just one win from their five starts, are returning from a tough three-match South African tour – which included bruising defeats at the hands of the Stormers and Bulls.

Jacobs admitted that “the ball is not bouncing” right for the Sharks at the moment, but said the positive coming out off all this is that they are very competitive.

Like coach John Plumtree and the captain, Smit, he dismissed the suggestion that they are a team in disharmony.

“We have looked very hard at ourselves and know we have to work as a unit,” Jacobs told rugby365.com, from the team’s training base at the South Island holiday resort of Queenstown.

“While it is frustrating, we know we are close and we are almost there,” he said of the four narrow defeats.

“We know we can win, we just need to keep our composure and take the opportunities we create.”

He said there is certainly not a lack of talent in the team, but they need to function on the field as a collective, rather than individuals.

“If you look at it collectively, we do have the experience … the guys with plenty of Test caps.

“All we need to do is keep our composure and not make those mistakes.”

Jacobs said a lengthy video session at the start of the week against showed up where they need to focus on to avoid stepping into the same pitfalls as before.

“We know exactly what we have done wrong, what our mistakes are,” Jacobs told rugby365.com, adding: “We have work hard [on correcting that] and are looking forward to getting out there and play against the Highlanders on Saturday.”

While the Sharks conceded four tries against the Crusaders, in their other games their defence worked fine. It was on attack that they fell short.

“Attack depends a lot on the quality of the ball you get – if you get scrappy ball the attack will struggle.

“However, as I said, the team knows what needs to be done.

“We must just stick to our structures and work harder. It is not the end of the world, yet. We are very positive about this week’s game.

“Yes, we are a bit frustrated about things not going our way, but we will step up.”

The Sharks have been forced into another bout of denials, following reports in the media of a team rift.

“I can categorically state that ours is not an unhappy team,” coach John Plumtree said.

“I am sick of reading that. It’s being sensationalised, it’s incorrect and questionable and it irritates me because it’s all unfounded criticism.”

Captain John Smit also rubbished claims that the team is in strife within their own corridors.

“I can tell you that if there was a rift in the camp, we wouldn’t be competitive,” said Smit.

“That makes it even more ridiculous. I’ve been on tours where things weren’t right within the team, when guys jump ship. We lost by 40 or 50 points. But there is no way we would be trying so hard if there was a rift in the camp. The rumours are completely untrue.”

Article courtesy of Jan De Koning at Rugby 365.


  • I can categorically state that ours is not an unhappy team,โ€ coach John Plumtree said

    He HAD to go and use the word categorically, didn’t he????????? ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.10 06:13:31 by KSA Shark ยฉ Reply
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  • No comment from Charlie yet!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.10 09:23:03 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) :
    He’s resting after the interview.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.10 09:31:21 by Salmonoid Reply
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    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • …veteran midfielder…foock, am I that old ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.10 09:47:12 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :
    Nah, you started very young.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.10 10:13:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : Veteran = Oubaas :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.10 10:24:40 by Charlie Reply

  • โ€œI can tell you that if there was a rift in the camp, we wouldnโ€™t be competitiveโ€

    But you arent! ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.10 10:29:59 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.10 10:40:55 by Charlie Reply

  • The rift in the camp… DuP brothers ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.10 10:41:36 by Charlie Reply

  • GO ADI !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.10 10:43:11 by Charlie Reply

  • So because math is not my strongest suit, is there anyway given where we are in the tourny that when the Sharks pull it together (They WILL..I haven’t given up the hope and Adi’s interview has bolstered that a bit) that they’ll be able to make it to a decent spot in the log some of the current front runners take a turn for the worse?

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.10 15:18:11 by Milissa Reply

  • @KSA Shark ยฉ (Comment 1) : ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.10 15:44:53 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Milissa (Comment 11) : Slim and None

    Well maybe they might put something together for the CC when the bokke leave. But you need at least 9 wins to have a say in the Super 14.

    Our only goal now is not to get the SA wooden spoon . . .

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.03.10 16:22:50 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : yeh we don’t want that wooden spoon Kings should get that what do you say sharkie fans Kings for wooden spoon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.10 16:32:42 by Charmaine Reply

  • In the timeless words of Adi – ‘GO SHARKS !!!’

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.10 16:43:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : same here GO SHARKS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.10 16:48:14 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Charmaine (Comment 14) : Nah, you misunderstood me there.

    What I mean is, if we do get the SA wooden spoon here, chances are the Soutern Kings will play in our place next year. That means we might have to join forces with them just to have some sort of say in the Super 14.

    Mind you . . . can Cheeky Watson be worse than Staaldraad ?? ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.10 16:53:16 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : that is why the wooden spoon must go to the Kings am i right โ“ and i don’t see sharks and kings to be played together what will the name be shark kings aahhh ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.03.10 16:56:56 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : Oh no, a version of Staaldraad that actually enjoys being controversial. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.10 16:57:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : Straaldraad no thanks for me ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.03.10 16:57:27 by Charmaine Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.03.10 16:58:35 by Charmaine Reply

  • The Kings will not materialize in my opinion. Saru has messed them around for years now with broken promises! They wont get a shot at Super rugby

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.03.10 17:43:45 by wpw Reply

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