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Plum’s planning complicated


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Oct 2010 at 11:55
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The loss of no fewer than 11 of his players to a Bok training camp this weekend, coupled with the fact that two of them are carrying injuries after Saturday’s hard-fought win over the Bulls, may be a cause of concern to Sharks coach John Plumtree as he plans to win the Currie Cup for the second time in only three years.

After a poor Super 14 campaign, which saw the stocks of several Sharks Bok hopefuls fall, the black and white is again flavour of the day with the national selectors and a superb Currie Cup campaign has seen the likes of Pat Lambie, Willem Alberts and Lwazi Mvovo emerge as genuine contenders for the green and gold. With Plumtree opting to give his battle-weary troops a few days off at the start of this week, losing virtually half his squad just as his preparations are about to get underway in earnest is hardly ideal.

Then again, it’s not like the coach really needs to do all that much with this team ahead of the final. They already know how to do what they need to do and I’m sure the focus will be on mental preparation, fine-tuning the game plan and managing the players’ bodies to ensure they can be as close to their peak as is possible after a long season. The Bok management has given the assurance they there will be no hard physical work involved at the camp, which is good, because Plum would have a serious sense-of-humour failure were Lambie or Alberts to be sent back crocked a few days before the most important game of the year.

Bismarck du Plessis and JP Pietersen are the only injury concerns at this stage. The Bok hooker picked up a hand injury against the Bulls (aside from the nut injury inflicted by the cowardly Derick Kuun), but there is no indication at this stage as to how serious it is, or whether he’s in any danger of missing the final. JP Pietersen is probably unlikely to play, but with Odwa Ndungnae in great form and Adi Jacobs champing at the bit to return to the squad, I doubt the Sharks coaches will be too concerned either way.


38 Comments

  • The wp players are at the camp to aren’t they?

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.10.10 12:15:44 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : they are… but only 7 of them, I think

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.10.10 12:16:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • How many sharks then?

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.10.10 12:17:17 by Ben Reply
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  • OK. And how many WP players are out for camp as well? (I didnt say are camp, I said out for camp)…

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.10.10 12:17:30 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : umm…. you did READ the article, right? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.10.10 12:25:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : lol yes I did just forgot you said 11 πŸ™‚ my bad

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.10.10 12:28:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 6) : no stress bud πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.10.10 12:30:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : lol bissie has got a nut injury you say

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.10.10 12:32:22 by Ben Reply
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  • JP won’t be such a big loss πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.10.10 12:38:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : well, Kuun blikked him in the balls… then again, I don’t think KLuun is strong enough to hurt Bizness…

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.10.10 12:39:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • hope bismark is alright by the final we gonna need his physicality to dominate province.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.10.10 12:40:40 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : why is jp unlikely to play? Did he hurt his hammy again or was it not 100percent going into the semi? I know he came of after like 10 min or something because of his hammy

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.10.10 12:40:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : derick knew it was the only way he could make bissie fall! I HATE derick kuun

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.10.10 12:43:12 by Ben Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : We have depth on our wings. But JP has a habit of putting in a few big tackles. Although, in the last S14, he let in far too many soft tries. That’s why I want him to play. I’d want the tackle side of his game to get back to where it used to be. I still want a S15 title.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.10.10 12:45:19 by rugbypedia Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.10.10 12:49:34 by bergshark Reply

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  • Super stoked I got my tickets today, I understand that there are still single tickets available in dbn while woodburn (PMB) has got a large block of tickets to sell- for anyone who hasn’t got yet.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.10.10 12:51:00 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @rugbypedia (Comment 14) : need him there ,because he brings a lot of aggro to the team as well ..he is very competitive (wont allow habana or jean div to intimidate him .. or schalkie for that matter 😑 !!! )

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.10.10 12:52:50 by bergshark Reply

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  • South African Rugby Union (Saru) spokesperson Andy Colquhoun gave the assurance that the players would not be involved in physical training sessions.

    β€œThere will be discussions about game plans and the logistical planning for the tour will be done,” he said.

    Do they really have to all go to Jo’burg for what sounds to me like a meeting? Can’t the just do it on skype? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.10.10 12:53:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 16) : MAKE A NOISE AT THE GAME!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.10.10 12:54:43 by bergshark Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 16) : wish I didn’t stay so far away from durbs

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.10.10 12:56:59 by Ben Reply
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  • Nah! Bissie has balls of steel! No injury there!

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.10.10 12:59:54 by Crock Reply

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  • JP haven’t been part of the CC success this year for the Sharks IMO…

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.10.10 13:05:41 by Charlie Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 19) : always do, plus thers gonna be at least 50 000 sharks supporters in the crowd, gonna be madness! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.10.10 13:05:50 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : I know the feeling

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.10.10 13:11:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : And why do they have to do it now? Can’t this wait? Rather get together on 31/10, and let those involved in the final concentrate on that only. Now you pull players from the squads preparing for the final, who you don’t even know yet whether they are going to be touring, because the touring squad will only be announced after the final. Makes no sense whatsoever ❓ πŸ™„

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.10.10 13:16:20 by Greg Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : how far are you?

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.10.10 13:16:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 26) : I’m in England

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.10.10 13:20:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : lol your not that far!

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.10.10 13:26:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @ Greg, if the final followed the weekend after the semi’s it would have been much better so a week get’s actually wasted for the finalist and Bok management in preperation time πŸ™

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.10.10 13:54:41 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : where are you?

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.10.10 13:58:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 25) : Dude, since when does anything SARU does ever make sense?

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.10.10 14:02:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Hey Charles, Adi hasn’t been part of the Sharks’ CC success this year either… 😎

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.10.10 14:10:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : I stay in rustenburg

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.10.10 14:36:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 31) : Yeah, but we live in hope πŸ™„

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.10.10 14:54:09 by Greg Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : there will be serving muffins… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.10.10 11:04:19 by rekinek Reply
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  • oh well. I do think it’s a waste of time , maybe not so much waste but the timing not the best for the finalists. Though one must remember that the first game is on the 6th of Nov. So it’s a week after final.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.10.10 11:06:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • for the uncapped players it must be a huge thing – so they must be excited.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.10.10 11:07:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 33) : THE SHARK contingent in Rustenburg is really getting bigger………….
    (Lets hope the Luiperde stay in the CC πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† )
    At least then once a year we can see the Sharks play

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.10.10 11:20:41 by SharksRTB Reply

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