Richard Ferguson

From the coach’s mouth

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2011 at 09:55
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The post match press conference was an interesting place to be on Saturday night after the Sharks beat the Cheetahs, as the coaches were left with much to ponder before the next games.

John Plumtree was first up and the following to say about the game: “It was a hard game to watch, the conditions were really difficult. We tried too hard to play from behind the advantage line. The forwards could have been a bit busier. Our lineouts did not work at all in the first fifteen minutes. It was hard work out there.”

“I watched a few of the other games and everybody was off the pace, except maybe the Waratahs, but the rugby was good overall. Next week we will face some good opposition in the Blues”

When asked to comment about Smit’s late withdrawal from the team: “Smit had a tight calf muscle at the Captain’s run on Friday, and woke up with it this morning. We will assess him on Monday morning and we hope to have him ready for next week’s game.”

The scrums went well for the Sharks, and when asked about it, Plumtree had the following to say: “We knew about the Cheetahs’ front row tendencies, and we had a plan for that, but we got penalized as well.”

Plumtree’s final comments put the game into some perspective: “We played less warm up games than all the other teams, yet our standard of opposition was better, so we had a good hit out where the scrums were tested. I was not unhappy about the preseason. It was unfortunate that Sykes and Daniel picked up injuries, they lost valuable time in preparing for the first game. The forwards weren’t there today, they will get better though.”

Then it was the turn of a very unhappy Naka Drotske to take the stand. “We are disappointed, the conditions in the first half were very tough, but we were in the game until 20 minutes from the end.”

Commenting on the Cheetahs consistent up-and-unders: “We kicked too deep and that made it hard to chase. It was the right plan as our defence forced some errors, but it was had to play in the conditions. We kicked more as a result of the rain, but the execution was bad, we kicked down the middle, which leaves two sides to defend.”

When asked about the scrums: “We will have to study the videos, and I would rather not comment about it now as we are emotional about the loss. If we study it and find fault, we will work on it. If we do not understand, we will phone up the ref and have a chat about what went wrong.”

He did end off with some good news for the Cheetahs: “Juan Smith will be ready to play next week. Heinrich Brussouw is playing 40 minutes in the Vodacom Cup next weekend, and should be ready to play the Stormers in week 3.”


  • Get rid of Naas, Naka

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.11 10:02:32 by Morné Reply
  • Wow, Plum reckoned the forwards were poor? Look out Blues… 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.11 10:07:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I was a bit taken aback about that as well..

    Something that I didn’t add in was that he thought Lambie kicked well from hand, kicking into space rather than to the sidelines, because our lineouts were so poor.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.11 10:09:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : that was one of the aspects that steamed me up yesterday… people saying Lambie had a poor game and kicked badly.

    The kid was great and returned 4/5 at goal! It’s like okes just see what they want to see and “Pat-bashing” is for some reason flavour of the month.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.11 10:19:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Pat Bashing and Stef Bashing seem to have taken off around here..

    I thought Pat did well, his kicking has improved quite a bit, both at goal and out of hand..

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.11 10:26:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Given the conditions and the time of the season the forwards did alright. They did secure the victory, but given their own standards and what is expected from them, I can understand why Plum would say they were poor. Given some time and better execution we can see Bismarck, Beast and Alberts hit it up hard. We can also improve in the counter ruck situation, but these are all aspects that can improve…

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.11 10:27:25 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 6) : the thing that really impressed me was that we only lost ONE single ball at the breakdown in 80 minutes. That is, every ball that we took in, we got out, except for one occasion late in the second half.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.11 10:32:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Yes RD, our ball retention was spectacular, and as the season progresses we will do more with it (conditions and rustiness only) – we have much to be excited about this season. No areas for major concern…

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.11 10:35:30 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : I also thought Pat had a great game with the boot. We all know he is a great with the ball in hand and its nice to know he can adapt his game when conditions force him to.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.11 10:41:20 by mikey Reply

  • @mikey (Comment 9) : Yep, not even going to comment about Pat, the man is class… Too much hype surrounding him, let him play his game…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.11 10:45:01 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I am sure we all ‘wanted’ more, but we need to be realistic. First big game in less than favourable conditions…I think we did really good actually!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.11 10:49:57 by Ice Reply
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  • interesting that in 7 matches, only one team managed to score a bonus point – and that was the Waratahs against the blind school.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.11 11:03:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    You saw my comment on the other thread about the blind school?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.11 11:08:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 11) : Thank goodness. Someone with perspective!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.11 11:11:42 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : no… which one?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.11 11:19:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    I also referred to the Rebels as the blind school..


  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.11 11:43:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : People seem to forget that when Larkham and Carter first came on the scene they weren’t the complete package either but they were given the time and space to develop and became the best in their positions.

    Super Pat has a game that belies his age. People who criticise him need to remember he is only 20 and is still developing. He is going to be for SA what DC is for NZ.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.11 12:09:15 by lostfish Reply
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  • Waratahs will be a team to watch regardless of who they play ,the return of a few key men has put some steel back into that pack .
    Front row are champs (palotua nau -however you spell it ,palu and that big lock they now have will balance out the pack -dean mum was awesome and phil waugh surely must be staking a claim for the number 7 jersey in auz

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.11 12:13:39 by Talent Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : Pat reminds me alot of DC ! Jantjies -King carlos (the guy can jol )glad fh depth is looking good in sa

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.11 12:15:40 by Talent Reply
  • Guys before i go ,i would just like to add my 2 cents regaring the sharks , squad rotation will be key to our campaign ,and not getting stuck into keeping the same players in the starting xv all the time . For instance Ndungane at 15 looked realy good ,steff at 13 for me doesnt have enough attacking flair yet he is great in defence so against teams like the blues and stormers who have those outside backs who can tear teams apart from wayward kicks he needs to be at 13 ,otherwise i would love to see him at 15 again.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.11 12:24:28 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 20) : My point is ,we should change our team strategically in certain positions since we have the depth, at the moment from 9-12 we have great attacking potential that almost dies there 😛

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.11 12:26:30 by Talent Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Is that not always the case in good old Sa, he’s too young, he’s too old. Instead of just celebrating the fact that we have a fh that is going to be with us potentially, for the next 10 years.

    And in Stephs case, we have a wise head amongst the young heads. To me it’s the best of both worlds.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.11 15:05:21 by Bump Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I would substitute Pat bashing with Charl bashing or maybe Bis and Ali bashing. Although Pat was not as exciting as he was last year the other 3 were bit much more below their own standard.

    It’s the beginning of the season I guess to be expected really.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.11 15:29:21 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I hope tahs are not going to have an easy run this whole competition.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.11 15:31:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Bump (Comment 22) : Yep; absolutely agree. We never want to accept that we have something special. Always need something to complain about, something to criticize – its human nature, I don’t like… BUT I do like Lambie and if I was as fit as Steph, and as committed I guess I would be playing professional rugby. Meyer Bosman and Steph I think can be a special combination…

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.11 15:34:20 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Oh yes and well done to The Stormers for a phantom victory…

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.11 15:35:40 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : True, but he already set the standards and the expectations, so no need to be extremely lenient either just realistic, he’s not your average 20 year old rugby player.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.11 15:37:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 20) : true, this is a long competition .. and this year even longer.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.11 15:39:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 26) : 4 pointer moved them ahead of Lions 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.02.11 15:41:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) : Yep, its a brain fart… Still no official communication as to why… Here we go, just take a bye and 4 points – everyone gets it, may as well remain 0… Oh well, I think most are in a agreement about that…

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.02.11 15:47:20 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 21) : Yep, but I think that is a given, not one player can play a full season of SupeRugby… Looking forward to seeing Swannie grab some form and be a destructive centre… And Burden getting an extended run, he has the minerals to do well at this level.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.02.11 15:49:22 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 31) : i have a suspicion that Botes could though.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.02.11 15:52:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • Can anybody shed some light on the weekends attendances ?

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.02.11 15:56:01 by Speed7 Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 32) : Botes could play a full season, but wouldn’t recommend it – not from an ability perspective, but from a management perspective, our assets need to be rotated, or if you’re Australian; our products… Keegan and Botes to rotate at 6 and when Deysel is back, could see him at 6 occasionally in tandem with Alberts.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.02.11 15:56:59 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 33) : 40-45

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.02.11 15:57:50 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 33) : apparently Coke Tin was sold out.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.02.11 15:58:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : That was just a rumour.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.02.11 16:03:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Four points from the first game is a high five for me. It may not have been pretty but under the weather conditions, it was effective. I think Plum was disappointed the forwards were not more aggressive at the breakdown and The Sharks will need that against the Blues this week. But, otherwise great. And keep it coming!

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.02.11 19:31:17 by Donald Reply

  • well done sharks but i still think that was not our best game the best is still to come but as long as we win from now on then we should make it i hope i’ve got good hopes for the sharks this year 🙂

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.02.11 21:15:39 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    We did not have the same expectations from the game as Plum did…

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.02.11 22:12:42 by Hmmm Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 34) : How about Alberts 8, Deysel 7 and Botes 6, after half time you move Alberts to lock, bring Kankow and Keegan on .. . run the opposition off their feet! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.11 09:53:43 by Original Champion Reply
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