Did Plum “overcorrect” 2009 mistakes?

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 6 Apr 2010 at 12:16
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I think it’s pretty safe to say that all Sharks fans are happy with the team’s turnaround. A five match losing streak turning into a three match winning streak has brought relief, the latest victory being a come from behind win against the dangerous Reds.

This begs the question, what exactly was the problem in the Sharks camp for those first five weeks. I am not convinced it was the much publicised front row personality clash. In fact, I think the 2009 seasons of both the Sharks and Springboks may have played a big role in the bad start.

The spectacular drop in form of the Sharks in the latter stages of the 2009 Super 14 was put down to player fatigue and Plum did vow to right those wrongs this year and ensure his team were not out of gas at the business end of this year’s Super 14 competition. To achieve this, I believe, he took a leaf out of his predecessor’s book by “underpreparing” his team in pre-season. This approach worked in 2007, where the Sharks made the final against another team which also performed better in the latter stages. This was a great bit of thinking from Plum, as he sought to learn from his mistakes – always a good trait in a coach. But he did possibly take this approach a little too far and combined with a physically demanding 2009 Springbok season, his players were a little “too” underprepared for the opening stages.

What has to be said is if a few refereeing decisions went their way, the Sharks would be in a much better position than what they are now, probably in the semifinal spots already. It showed tremendous fighting spirit to halt a five match streak in Dunedin of all places and following that up with a win in Wellington. The Sharks had to deal with jetlag as well as a 12 point deficit in the second half against the Reds, this showed me that not only is the team spirit very much intact, but the fitness levels are also higher than what they were in the opening few rounds.

Here’s hoping the Sharks continue on their upward curve while other teams stutter and falter and hand the Sharks a semifinal spot. Possible? yes. Probable? time will tell.


  • You make a good point! I mentioned on the other thread what a difference 5 points against the Cheetahs could have made.

    Lets hope he gets it right in seasons to come!

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.04.10 12:25:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It’s possible or it could just be that the Sharks forwards have decided not to trust the backs anymore and play their own game. The Sharks are in serious need of a 10,12,13 if they are going to get anywhere near a semi this year

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.04.10 12:31:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : another 3 against the Cheetah’s(we got a bonus point and Rory missed 14 points with the boot) and another 3 against the Tah’s(we all know what happened there) would have had us at 22 logpoints in 5th place

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.04.10 12:34:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • jannie dup cited for a head butt….dammit!

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.04.10 12:37:02 by grant10 Reply

  • Jannie has been cited for a headbutt……dammit Jannie you’ve just started playing some decent rugby again.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.04.10 12:40:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • šŸ˜Æ Dont recall anything untoward happening during the game – did anyone else see anything?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.04.10 12:49:43 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • lets wait for the outcome peeps, maybe he gets cleared

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.04.10 12:53:09 by war1 Reply
  • Under preparing – yes but Plum has been overly cautious as well. I am hoping if Dummie DuP is banned he will go with Herbst at 3 and leave Smitty at 1.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.04.10 12:56:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) : how much money would you put on Plum doing that? šŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.04.10 13:04:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Playing Smit at 1 was a huge step for Plum, he might just take a walk on the wild side and leave Smit, probably move Beast to TH šŸ˜

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.04.10 13:17:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : I wonder what he’s going to do about Kanks…. I heard that both Jean Stemmet and Justin Downey came very close to making the squad for the Reds game. Perhaps he really is changing?

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.04.10 13:25:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : perhaps, good signs,

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.04.10 13:27:35 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Rands or Euros?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.04.10 13:37:26 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : either or šŸ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.04.10 14:40:37 by robdylan Reply
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