Richard Ferguson

Looking forward…

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Nov 2010 at 14:15
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Sharks coach John Plumtree gave us a glimpse into his thinking for the future after the fantastic win in the Currie Cup, being the continuation of the current plan, which is to keep the ball in hand and take the game to the opposition.

Plumtree was quoted early in the Currie Cup season, saying that the game has evolved around the new law interpretations, and that the Springboks should adjust or they will lose horribly. Nobody seemed to take note, and the Springboks confirmed that something is terribly wrong.

The coach was undeterred and his game plan got the Sharks to the top of the log and remained there to collect the Currie Cup Trophy. Plumtree and assistant coach Grant Bashford deserve a whole lot more credit than is going their way, as the Sharks have been playing the so called New Zealand game plan since before the New Zealanders have been doing so themselves. They were the first to notice that the shift in emphasis towards the attacking side at the breakdowns meant a change in approach was necessary. And how well that change in approach has done!

It makes me smile knowing that the Sharks are at the forefront of the ever changing world of rugby, and isn’t it great that our coaches have to ability to take a team from a horrendous losing streak not 7 months ago to dominating a tournament, and that with a team that is not known for its individual stars.

Two of my favourite quotes from the man in charge are as follow: “The way we played as a team tonight was amazing and the big thing here is that it doesn’t matter which individuals you have — it was a team effort. This is possibly one of the best team efforts if you consider that we just beat two Super 14 finalists to get this trophy and that can’t be underestimated,” he said.

“Building blocks are in place for how we want to play this game. Win or lose we will be attacking from all parts of the field and that is how this game needs to be played.”

Looking forward to next year, the coach gave a promise that his team would keep on with the game plan that places a big emphasis on seeking important momentum by keeping the ball. All the best for the off season preparations and best of luck for next year Plum!


  • Forgive me if this is stupid, as I am still on a hype…but I really wonder how we would have done against the AB’s last Saturday… 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.10 14:19:40 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 1) : I do not know what we would have doen against the AB’s , but I know that we will be a lot better against Ireland than the possible springbok team I saw on supersport. ZAne on 13 Stegman on 6 No Keegan , No Hoff

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.10 14:24:40 by Stef Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 2) :

    You shitting me??!! 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.10 14:26:14 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Perhaps its just that I can’t handle the pressure, but I do feel that attacking from all over the field its the best option.
    Rather kick the ball out of our half, esp when we trapped in the 22!
    The reason I say this is that penalties are likly to happen at the break down, or even turn overs. This guarantees sides 3 point if their captains IQ wasn’t as low as their boots!
    Now I’m not suggesting bull tactics, just prefer us playing in their half

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.10 14:27:04 by kevmaestro Reply

  • Probable Springbok team: Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Zane Kirchner, Jean de Villiers/Patrick Lambie, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (captain) , Bakkies Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.
    Bench: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Ryan Kankowski, Francois Hougaard, Lambie/AN Other, Lwazi Mvovo

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.10 14:27:30 by Stef Reply

  • @kevmaestro (Comment 4) :

    You right, you cannor handle pressure… 😆

    I just prefer ball in (our) hand rugby…I love what we did this past season!

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.10 14:29:59 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @kevmaestro (Comment 4) :
    Ment to say attacking from all over the field IS NOT the best option

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.10 14:30:18 by kevmaestro Reply

  • @kevmaestro (Comment 4) : I agree that you do not blindly attack from all over the field, but it is your first option if there are space and the other team is in disarray. A good kick for touch where you are under pressure or your team is in disarray is always good. This is where the importance of a good flyhalf comes in. He just knows when to do what and does not put his team under pressure

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.10 14:31:16 by Stef Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 2) :

    That team is not official

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.10 14:32:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 6) :
    Lol! I hear u on that! But how sad were we going to be if victor or burger backed their kicker! Can’t really say can we, but it might have been a different story

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.10 14:32:53 by kevmaestro Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 8) :
    I agree with you 100%!
    I hope lambie develops a good boombing boot! There were times during the final and against bulls where we turned over possesion after sustained pressure but just couldn’t get out of our half!

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.11.10 14:36:38 by kevmaestro Reply

  • @kevmaestro (Comment 10) :

    Actually I really do believe the Sharks had it in them this season to fight back – even with the fact that we might have been behind on points….it was just such a motivated team – I honestly do not think we would have lost it..but ja, its easy for me to say now that we have the Cup secured at Kings Park! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.11.10 14:37:42 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 12) :
    Definatly, but that’s only when there’s time to fight back! Look I’m not taking anything away from the sharks! (I feel like I’m on the wrong side of the fence now) but in the last 10 min against the bulls, I almost couldn’t believe our luck that they didn’t go for polls and then try a drop goal!

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.11.10 14:42:38 by kevmaestro Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : Yes I know but as they say in Afrikaans “waar daar n rokie is, is daar n vuurtjie” These guys get it right many times. But there is still hope

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.11.10 14:48:33 by Stef Reply

  • @kevmaestro (Comment 13) :

    Its the Bulls Kev!! They only have brawn… 😈 😆 (bTW I am sure my praying so hard had a lot to do with those decisions! 😆 )

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.11.10 14:49:36 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 15) :
    Lol! Amen for the praying! I even had my paster praying! Not sure he took me seriously though!

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.11.10 14:51:36 by kevmaestro Reply

  • @kevmaestro (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.11.10 14:53:05 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Well Cheers People!! Time for titteweit, make-up, glitter and false eyelashes and stuff! I am hitting the stage tonight!! Hoping to “break a leg”! 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.11.10 14:55:49 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 18) : ?

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.11.10 14:56:20 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 19) :dancing in a show.. Don’t laugh!

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.11.10 15:00:17 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Stef (Comment 5) : If that’s the team, Pdiv has lost his mind…I would go for any of the teams Sharksworlders posted on the site before backing that team!

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.11.10 15:19:31 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 18) :

    GO kick some ass Ys..

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.11.10 15:31:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I seriously wanna beat the irish..hope we see passion,brawn,brain,speed and skill in the bok performance this saturday.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.11.10 15:35:51 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 23) : I think we will. It will be a hell of a strong tight five and a loose trio that won’t lack for intensity, even if it doesn’t contain the best form players.

    Pienaar is apparently in the form of his life and knows those conditions now too… No reason not to be positive about the Boks

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.11.10 15:41:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 20) : a stripclub is not a show, its an art… 😉 just joking ice!! enjoy! smile and wave!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.11.10 15:46:35 by VanWilder Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    Absolutely, always be positive about the teams you support. Sharks and Bokkies.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.11.10 15:55:53 by Bump Reply

  • This game plan is the way forward guys. I am sincerely glad that Plum did not heed certain peoples call to play concervatively and stuck to their guns. Although he suggested that attacking was’nt part of the initial game plan. Saw hilites again of the final today and I must admit, I can now take in a lot more detail than on the day it self.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.11.10 17:10:27 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • I’m backing the Boks for this one on Superbru but this fascination with selecting players out of position on international level needs to end. It must be really disheartening for those who fancy their chances at being next in line for the green and gold to hear/read that their position is filled by someone playing completely out of position.

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.11.10 00:09:44 by vanmartin Reply
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