Plumtree expects Bulls onslaught

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 May 2011 at 07:41
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The good news coming out of Durban is that nobody from coach John Plumtree down is in any danger of underestimating the danger posed by the Vodacom Bulls this weekend.

“They’ve come back into a bit of form, and it’s hard to judge them against the Rebels who were so poor, they’re a quality team full of international players and when the pressure is on, they respond,” Plumtree said. “They are under pressure so expect them to respond. I’m sure it’s going to be tough.” Fortunately, the Sharks seem to know what to expect from the Bulls – who have said that they will be approaching each of their remaining games as if it were a play-off – and should be ready for them.

It’s interesting to read Alistair Hargreaves’s weekly column on Sport 24 to get a little more insight into what goes on behind the scenes in Sharks country. This week’s installment is particularly enlightening, as he goes into some detail into how individual groups of players take responsibility for fine-tuning the preparations pertaining to different aspects of the game.

From a selection point of view for this weekend, Plumtree chose not to reveal too much, but did again reiterate that Adrian Jacobs is very much in the mix for a starting berth this weekend. John Smit is still doubtful for the game, with Ryan Kankowski and Keegan Daniel definitely out due to injury and suspension respectively. We know that Gerhard Mostert will be in the match 22 this week, with Anton Bresler – scorer of the bonus-point try against the Brumbies – released to play club rugby for Rovers this weekend.

Jacques Botes looks very likely to be fit to play, though and taking Plumtree’s normally conservative selection approach into account, I would anticipate the SHarks to line up pretty much as follows for this weekend’s game:

Possible Sharks team:
15 Ludik, 14 Ndungane, 13 Terblanche (c), 12 Jacobs, 11 Pietersen, 10 Lambie, 9 McLeod, 8 Alberts, 7 Deysel, 6 Botes, 5 Hargeaves, 4 Sykes, 3 J du Plessis, 2 B du Plessis, 1 Mtawaria
16 Smit/Burden, 17 van Staden, 18 Mostert, 19 Coetzee, 20 Hoffmann, 21 Bosman, 22 Mvovo


  • sharks at the tank, with above team, cruise to a 7 point victory in my opinion. Bulls still not that flash….as long as Botes there to compete with Steggmann at the breakdown, and that sharks front row there to apply the blowtorch, I cannot see Bulls winning.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.11 08:06:07 by grant10 Reply
  • In my opinion the key for sharks is to keep ball in hand, avoid lineouts ….take it through the phases and shift the Bulls around the park. Bulls may have Jaco Pretorious back, he will be rusty. Pity that Adi has to slot in at 12….far prefer him at 13…

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.11 08:08:23 by grant10 Reply
  • I would have started Adi at 13 and retained bosman at 12….Hargreaves skipper

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.11 08:10:26 by grant10 Reply
  • @grant10 (Comment 1) : that whole back 3 can’t catch bjorn basson, he tortured them mercilessly last year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.11 08:40:13 by Megatron Reply
  • @grant10 (Comment 3) : With you on that one. Also much rather like him at 13 where he has more space. 12 is too close to contact for Adi and probably a touch too physical. Meyer will show his class with a decent 13 next to him. Oupa know he is being tested and is over compensating, thus messing it up all toghether.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.11 08:50:08 by catfish Reply
  • @catfish (Comment 5) : I don’t undertand the concept of a 13 (Terblanche) letting a 12 (Bosman) show his class or prevent him from showing his class.

    I can understand a 12 making a 13 look good but not the other way around.

    Laying the responsibility for Bosman’s poor performance at Terblanches door is not on.

    Terblanche HAS had a less than good season but we can’t blame EVERYTHING on him

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.11 10:03:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Just start mvovo ffs!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.11 10:16:45 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 4) :
    Basson against JP? JP will handle with ease.

    He didn’t face Basson last year as I recall, but he knows how to handle midgets – ask Shane Watson.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.11 10:17:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @grant10 (Comment 2) : I don’t know, I’ve been quite impressed with Adi’s play at 12 over the past few games. Usually I’d agree with you, but I actually think Adi has looked really good next to Lambie and has created more space for the players around him from this position.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.11 10:37:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : defensively Bosman doesn’t trust Oupa and he is thus attempting to cover for both… But only my opinion. Your opinion on Adi at 12?

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.11 10:45:21 by catfish Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :Thank you! Thank you! At least one person I agree with, or see it my way!

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.11 11:07:28 by Ice Reply
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  • @catfish (Comment 10) : I have an opinion on that if you care to listen… :mrgreen:

    Stefan needs a play maker on his inside, since he’s actually a wing and fullback and and really doesn’t make the best creative 13. Bosman needs a playmaker outside of him, Bosman is good at finding the man in space, giving the good pass, he’s a flyhalf/center after all. Adi will be good for both of them.

    I just think Bosman and Stefan doesn’t make the best combination.

    But if I would keep one of the two (for now) it would be Stefan, since he’s been part of this team for a while now. He was there for the final last year, he’s a great leader and example to his players. And really if you have someone who could combine well with him, he is still a strong player who could ad something to the team.

    But having said that. I think Stefan should move into more of a coaching role after he leads the guys to another CC trophy and help find us a center combination, maybe even during this years CC, that can really create opportunities for tries again. We haven’t had that in a while, and I’m sure there’s someone waiting for a chance to proof that they could be that guy.

    For now I’m still backing Stefan.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.05.11 11:13:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 11) : Two! 😀
    And Stefan actually, imo, had a good game against the Brumbies. Bosman was the one that looked out of sorts. I was actually hoping they would bring on JLP, but then I realized we have Adi.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.05.11 11:15:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • So what’s this, day off and no rugga.. 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.05.11 11:42:26 by franshark Reply
  • I am going to MP Kings Park to watch the sharks hurting thr bulls, any one else?

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.05.11 11:44:16 by franshark Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : Very good comment.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.05.11 12:05:09 by Heavens Game Reply

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  • If we keep starting Stef we are going to shoot ourselves in the foot. His defense is poor. No creativity at 13, doesn’t have enough pace to compete at super rugby level. His positioning at 13 is his biggest problem. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.05.11 12:10:16 by Ben Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : : 😀 that’s what i like about the site… various opinions and a lot of heart and passion for the black and white… so I am all “eyes” foryour opinion. BUT in essence everyone agrees we have a problem at centre… My concern if we play Stef and AD, defensively we will be very weak (even though AD does give it his best!! it is still not his strongest suite.) We need this trophy and in Super rugby you can not play with a weak centre pairing…

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.05.11 12:44:24 by catfish Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I am also at a loss as to why everyone is blaming Oupa. Perhaps he has just become an easy target… too old, too slow

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.11 14:05:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 11) : did you see DC is staying in NZ until 2015?

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.11 14:06:13 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 20) :Awsome – I like people who makes decisions not just on monetary terms! 🙂

    So by then he should be 30 – just ready to join us for a final season or 2 before retirement! 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.11 15:14:35 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 21) : Don’t you think DC looks just great with that tash of his? 🙄 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.11 15:21:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 19) : I on the other hand can’t understand how everyone can keep defending him. He just doesn’t fit the bill as a super rugby 13 in my opinion.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.11 16:25:43 by Ben Reply
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  • He might be a bit off the pace but everyone blaming him for the backline woes is just naive.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.11 19:12:44 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 21) : It shows he has integrity. The amount of money he was being offered to play in France was obscene. He could have made twice as much and then some by going overseas.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.05.11 19:15:22 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 24) : He doesn’t defend his channels. Doesn’t run the right channels. Doesn’t pass the ball at the right time. Kicks these little useless kicks that just gives the ball back to the opposition. Sure Bosman hasn’t set the world alight in the last couple of games but I think its unfair to make him defend in Stef’s channel and when he misses he gets blamed and Stef comes of scott free. Adi’s positioning as a 13 is much better, my opinion.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.05.11 19:24:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 25) : He will still be allowed ‘sabbaticals’ to play in Europe. Just like last time he went to France. Plenty of opportunity to cash in. Not really giving up much if anything. He’ll be getting the best of both worlds. 😉 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.05.11 19:31:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 19) : just for the record. i blame bosman 🙁

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.05.11 19:40:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 28) : The beauty of blogging. Opinions differ. Gotta love it. 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.05.11 19:44:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : That is true, he played how many games for Perpignan and still pocketed all the cash and Perpignan claimed on their insurance… The only loser there was the insurance company.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.05.11 19:45:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : that’s why i ‘m here 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.05.11 19:51:59 by rekinek Reply
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