Richard Ferguson

Naka and Plumtree’s post match thoughts

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Aug 2011 at 12:38
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Coaches Naka Drotske and John Plumtree had mixed emotions following the Sharks victory over the Cheetahs this weekend. Here are a few thoughts:

Naka was first up and he was really disappointed with his charges not being able to play a full 80 minute game. “We didn’t pitch for the game, in the first half we gave away two very soft tries and to be fourteen points down and chasing the game away from home is very difficult, especially in Durban.”

“We need to learn to put together two 40 minutes halves. Last week against the Bulls we let it slip in the second half and this week the other way around, so we need to learn to play for 80 minutes. We had too many unforced errors, turnovers, breakdowns weren’t good, and it’s a lot to work on. I’m not happy with the way we played.”

When asked for positives from the match, especially coming back to nearly getting that second bonus point: “It’s a pity about the extra bonus point, we showed a lot of character coming back after half time, but if you want to win the competition you need to play both halves for forty minutes.”

Naka was asked if he will be coming out of retirement as a result of the hooker shortage, but commented: “I think Adriaan Strauss will be back next week. We do have a problem at hooker with Skipper Badenhorst retiring as a result of his back and with Adriaan away we have a bit of pressure in the position. PW van Vuuren is also injured, so hopefully Adriaan will be back next week.”

On the injury sustained by Boom Prinsloo: “He looked a little concussed, obviously the medical team will be doing their tests during the week, so we will wait and see. It was confirmed that we will be getting back Ashley Johnson and Heinrich Brüssow for twenty minutes so, that will help if Boom cannot play next week.”

Asked to comment about the Sharks team: “The Sharks are a quality team, and we always say that if you play the Sharks, you cannot give them turnovers, and twice we threw the ball away and fourteen points was scored from us attacking.”

Next up was John Plumtree, who understandably, was in a reasonably good mood. Asked for his thoughts on the game, and how close it got at the end: “I hoped that with three or four minutes to go, that it would be more comfortable, the Cheetahs are a proud team and have enough talent to come back at us. The message at half time was that they wouldn’t lie down, and what cost us in the second half was our discipline and we conceded far too many penalties. We could not dominate any possession or territory stat with the penalties we gave away. I think we played some great rugby today, I was really impressed by our team work. This is what Currie Cup rugby is all about, let’s hope we can bring the crowds in, because that is the type of rugby we want to play.”

Asked about the Cheetahs being the bogey side for the Sharks, and how the tables have changed in the Sharks being victorious more often than not in the recent years: “ We can beat anyone if we play well, it comes down to how we play, and not the team we are playing. If the other team is better on the day, we will lose.”

I asked his thoughts on the wingers on day, both being quite green and performing so well: “I thought they were both outstanding today, the try that Sithole scored was fantastic, it was good seeing him some space, and it was a real shame that we didn’t get him more ball in space. Mark Richards has been great, benefiting from being in the age group teams consistently. I have got some nice problems in my wingers in the future.”

Asked if he had heard, similar to the Cheetahs, whether any of the Sharks players will be returning this week: “No, I just want my guys to get back to training on Monday so we can do medicals on them and go from there.”

“I’m hoping to get some reinforcements back to be able to give us a little boost, but I’m really happy with the way this group is going and if they can prove to me that they can keep playing as they have been, some reputations may end up on the bench or not even playing at all. We are pretty comfortable with the 22 at the moment, barring any injuries, I won’t be changing too much.”

Asked to comment about how important Fred Michalak has become to the team: “He is kicking beautifully at the moment, and he is so composed, and that we benefit from. He doesn’t get it all right, but that is what you get from Fred, he is a free spirit and we will take his strengths with his weaknesses.”


  • Hey, Sounds like Plum is enjoying the currie cup this year. Just keep it up and keep playing for the fun of it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.11 12:59:32 by Viking Reply
  • Hoping the team will be focused this weekend vs griquas.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.11 13:11:50 by bergshark Reply

  • Nice one Rich.

    Glad the wings also have Plum excited.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.11 13:41:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • i like his attitude about not just letting the Boks walk into the team! (Read an article on that in Beeld today). 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.11 13:44:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 4) : A bit unfair I’d say. The players didn’t pick themselves to go to the TN.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.11 13:46:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : Life’s not fair, Ben… 😈

    It would also be just unfair to disrupt a wheel thats starting to turn very nicley…?

    If the Boks come back – they would need to show that they will improve the team – not only because he is a Bok player…

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.11 13:50:11 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : Like you said life’s not fair. The Boks player were chosen because they are better players than the ones still playing in the CC.

    So its not only because they are boks but because they are better players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.11 13:57:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 7) : being a better player – does not necessarily means you fit into the team and how its functioning at present – THAT is what I am saying.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.08.11 14:06:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : 15 Good players can funtion much better than 12 good players and 3 Great players, if the 3 greats ccannot adapt to the play of teh rest of the team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.08.11 14:07:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 9) : I understand your point fully and agree with it. Just saying it would be unfair to the players coming back to not give them a chance just because the current players are doing well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.11 14:14:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : Agree – just saying what Plum said…they cannot just expectt to walk into the team because they are boks. But if they add a new and improved dimension to the team, then you cannot deny them a spot.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.11 14:18:31 by Ice Reply
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  • I like the comments about Fred. We’ll take his strenghts with his weaknesses. Instead of saying we’ll work on those weaknesses, because those little things he tries and does not always pull of are the things that makes him great.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.11 14:57:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • Well, I see Hargreaves stepping in to take Skeate’s place due to injury. I think Ndungane will bench, and McCleod will start with Cronje benching. Thats just my opinion….dont even know if those will be released for the Sharks

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.11 14:57:44 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @Ice and @Ben…….Wally Pipp….. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.11 15:24:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 14) : 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.11 15:43:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.11 15:46:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • i wouldn’t mind Adi and Lambie starting at centres 😀

    and I’ve seen enough of McLeod – he can have a break now.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.11 15:47:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 4) : we will see we will see 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.11 15:48:36 by rekinek Reply
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