Three more years of Plumtree

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Jun 2010 at 23:50
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Despite numerous false starts, the Sharks today finally confirmed that John Plumtree has accepted a three-year extensions to his coaching contract and will continue to subject Sharks fans to his particular brand of rugby until the end of the 2013 season.

This development comes hot on the heels of whispered talk that a number of high-profile players have recently ruled out a move to Durban as a result of a lack of “transparency” in the coaching structures. The Sharks, it would seem, like to keep their cards pretty close to their chests when it comes to who is responsible for what within the coaching setup. While backline players in particular might be keen to head to Pretoria to work with Pieter Rossouw, or to Cape Town to be guided by Alister Coetzee, the continual merry-go-round of assistants, advisers and consultants that seems to follow Plumtree around in Durban doesn’t seem too attractive a prospect to would-be transfer targets.

Grant Bashford and Hugh Reece-Edwards, it would appear, simply aren’t enough of a drawcard to convince a player like Jean de Villiers to cast in his lot with the Sharks.

More concerning, though, is Plumtree’s well-established reluctance to place any faith whatsoever in the young players delivered to him through the Academy system. In a world where established players are not exactly flocking to your brand, you’d think that cutting your losses and developing youth would be the next best option. In the words that a young player used when I spoke to him earlier, though “it’s hard to keep knocking on the door when the Sharks keep building new and unnecessary doors all the time”.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the Sharks will now manage to build some decent continuity over the next three years and that Plumtree manages to once again deliver the sort of rugby that brought the 2008 Currie Cup to Durban, rather than the dross crap that saw us crash out of every competition we’ve played in since at an embarrassingly early stage.


  • I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t mind Plum staying on but he needs some help . A decent backline coach and a kopdokter/manager for a start

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.06.10 06:17:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • “keep on building new doors”
    they dont know where to knock yes. Think the nicest painted door is the for the “QUICK TRANSFER DEPT.”
    Also dont know what to feel about this. He refuses to use youngsters. What influence does Stroll have on this? We actually dont need the unknown SA/FRENCH lock. We have Jandre Marais and Anton Bressler. Young and inexperienced yes. But heck when and where do you get experience!? By playing often!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.06.10 07:27:47 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • JPS, that’s my view as well. How are Bresler and Marais supposed to develop if we never pick them?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.06.10 07:40:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • In hindsight I dont think that Plum is such a bad coach. I think he does pretty well with the players, maybe even more on a personal level. So the three year signing does not bother me that much. What irritates the living daylights out of me, is that we do not have a backline coach to get our guys attacking! Come on NRU. Reece and Bash are just plain crap. Maybe the big signing is a French coach. Would be nice to have some French flair in our backs :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.06.10 07:46:33 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Smit is out for this Saturdays game. Maku has been selected as hooker cover, Chillies will start.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.06.10 07:54:52 by SharksRTB Reply

  • R.I.P. running rugby 😥

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.06.10 07:55:19 by Charlie Reply

  • I hope its 3 awesome years and not 3 shameful ones.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.06.10 08:05:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 6) : 😥 😥

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.06.10 08:13:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I see Butch and JDV could be the centre pairing for Saturday.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.06.10 08:18:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : It doesn’t make sense…why not rest Morne and play Butch at 10?? 😕

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.10 08:26:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My thoughts exactly?! But maybe Morne wants to score 30 odd points and keep his records going?

    I’d love to see butch at 10, but at least he is in the team.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.06.10 08:28:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 3 more years of this?

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.06.10 08:44:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.06.10 09:05:38 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.06.10 09:23:33 by Charlie Reply

  • Not ecstatic. Would`ve prefered Jake White and Eddie Jones 👿

    Add our lacklustre backline talent and lack of enforcer in the lock department to this equation and you get a team that won`t be competative at CC level if the other teams have all their bokke. Never mind the super 14, that`s just a pipe dream at the moment.

    Oh well, guess we`ll do what we always do, support and hope for the best . . . a lot like our tactics on the field which is defend, then kick and hope for the best . . . 😕

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.06.10 10:05:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : I am with u on this one… 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.06.10 10:17:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : i’m with you to Jack White :mrgreen: anytime he won’t take [email protected] from nobody and a Plumtree maybe he signed because nobody else wants him so we got to go with all this [email protected] all over again 👿 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.06.10 11:27:28 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

  • The Heading makes it sound like a prison sentence. 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.06.10 11:37:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : isn’t it?? 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.06.10 11:43:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : well i see it this way we have a 3 year sentence and Old Plumtree is the warden 😥

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.06.10 11:46:45 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

  • Lions – Jake White = never, no, nada, nooit, aykona, non…

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.06.10 12:01:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.06.10 12:02:36 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

  • lets hope IRB will change the rules to accomodate forwards rugby 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.06.10 13:28:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • mayb plumtree will suprise every one ,but didn,t he win an npc title with the wellington lions and they play running rugby so what went wrong ,ok so when this doesn,t work and he gets fired next season lets try brendan venter .hahaha

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.06.10 17:01:33 by zvision10 Reply


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