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“Don’t worry coach – I’m there!”


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 18 Oct 2011 at 07:07
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has revealed how he met with each of the returning Springboks who made such a difference to the team performance against the Lions last week, to assess their willingness to take part in the latter stages of the Currie Cup campaign.

Int he past, integrating returning Springboks at a laste stage in the Currie Cup has proved problematic and this was particularly the case in 2009, when non-Springbok players in the squad felt that their more illustrious team mates were “coasting” after the rigours of the Tri-Nations, a factor which went on to cost the Sharks a potential final appearance. Those lessons appear to have been well learned, though, with the team a happy unit now.

“I met with them individually, all said, ‘Don’t worry coach, I’m there,’ I then met with them as a group, we decided a good performance would bring us together,” according to Plumtree and it’s clear from this statement that the Sharks Boks are keen to put the disappointment of the World Cup campaign behind them by focusing on helping the Sharks to retain the Currie Cup.

Plumtree went on to say that he was particularly pleased about the way in which his big ball carriers crossed the gain line, seemingly at will, against the Lions and that he felt he now finally has the sort of “go forward” platform he needs to implement his game plan, something that has been rarely achieved during the under-strength phase of the competition.

Highlighting the need for consistency, though, the coach added “I was pleased with our physicality at the breakdown and collision, it was really up there. The challenge for us is to bottle that and keep it going.”

The Sharks face the Cheetahs at Kings Park in Durban in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 14h30.


23 Comments

  • BEeeeeaaaaaaasssssssttttttt

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.10.11 07:10:45 by Poisy Reply
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  • Go Sharks!!!!!!! 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.10.11 07:27:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 😎 SHARKS FOREVER 💡

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.10.11 08:04:21 by pete69 Reply

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  • Isn’t there a law that prohibits the Boks from playing in the knock out games?

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.10.11 08:10:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : where did you dream that one up, mate? 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.10.11 08:28:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • I didn’t know that the reason Beast did not play was becasue they were checking for heart palpitations? Luckily it came clear and his fit to play for the next 2weeks. His going for some laser operation to sort it out after the CC.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.10.11 08:32:11 by Mocho Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : That’s why I’m asking? 🙄 Many-a-times before have we heard about “so many minutes” or “so many games” etc.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.10.11 08:37:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : only the knock-out games at the World Cup…

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.10.11 08:39:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) : that’s only for vodacom cup, or if a player has newly transferred to a team. So CJ can’t play for the Lions because he’s just transferred.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.10.11 08:40:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Much better answer, thank you 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.10.11 08:41:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The gameplan Plum is suing is quite simple, he uses big ball carriers to try get over the advantage line or at least suck in a few defenders. He then has a quick scrummie that distributes to a backline that consists of a 10,12 that has a good passing game in order to try go around the opposition. It works well if 1. the ball carrier can dominate the contact and retain possesion and 2. the scrummie is quick to the breakdown and gets the ball out quickly.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.10.11 09:14:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Go forward Sharks!!!!!!!! 😛

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.10.11 09:34:40 by Anneleen Reply

     
  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : you should apply for the hopefully-soon-to-be-vacant backline coach job 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.10.11 09:55:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Id love to but you have to be over the hill 😉 Lets hope some rotation happens next year! A guy like Williams will learn so much playing between Michalak and Jacobs etc. Look how Marcell Coetzee has shone next to quality.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.10.11 10:48:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Go Shaarrrrrrkks. We can do it. Cheetahs always seem to spoil our fun. Will it happen again??

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.10.11 11:17:51 by Cliffs Reply

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  • @Cliffs (Comment 15) : one word: NO! 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.10.11 12:12:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Cliffs (Comment 15) : Are u crazy??!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.10.11 12:51:15 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : You forgot:
    3. A proper 12 is chosen

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.10.11 13:02:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : Plum doesnt need a very creative or hard tackling 12, he needs a 12 that distributes well over several channels as the Sharks look to attack channels 1 and 2 with their forwards and then use their wings and fullback to try get around the outside.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.10.11 13:48:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I’m very proud of the Bokkies that came back. I’m so glad that they’re back. Sad that they had to leave, but really, really glad to have them back! 😀

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.10.11 14:40:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : Frans Steyn would have been really useful with that wonderful long pass of his but if it’s a decent distributor he need – JLP!

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.10.11 15:40:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I hear Deysel is not practicing with the team and are doubtful for Saturdays semi…

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.10.11 17:13:27 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 22) : Then surely Marais will get a spot?

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.10.11 19:02:31 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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