Plumtree concerned about distractions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Mar 2012 at 10:29
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Much of the focus ahead of this weekend’s match between the Waratahs and the Sharks in Sydney has been placed on the away team’s frankly shocking track record at that venue in Super Rugby. While the teams have typically been fairly evenly-matched on paper over the period, the modern-era Sharks have only won once in Sydney – back in 2000 – and have seen a number of promising campaigns fall on hard times in Australia’s largest city.

Playing as Natal, the superstar-laden team of 1996 also managed to pull off a win in Sydney, but other than that, the men in black and white have lost 7 games there. The margins of victory seem to be getting smaller, though, with 2010’s 25-21 loss (in which the Sharks were frankly cheated out of a win) the most recent result. Whatever the case, it does appear as though something other than relative form tends to play into the Waratahs hands during these encounters and for the Sharks to kick on after a good win against the Reds last week, the team simply has to overcome their “Sydney slump”.

Speaking to Gavin Rich of Supersport, coach John Plumtree confirmed that the team have had a lengthy discussion about the issue. “We have managed to beat both the Waratahs and the Brumbies at home, but we don’t boast much success over here,” he told Rich. “We just need to put a big emphasis on making sure we don’t get distracted while we’re here, we need to remember that rugby is why we’re here and winning is why we’re here. We stressed the importance of having as good a build-up to Saturday as we possibly can.”

What the coach is hinting at, I suspect, is a tendency for the players to relax just a little bit too much in laid-back Sydney. There’s a fine line between enjoying the tour and enjoying the tour too much, if you get what I’m saying; while the former is crucial in terms of building team spirit and allowing the boys to perform at their peak, if the balance shift too far toward the latter, the rugby is always going to come off second best.

Let’s hope the Sharks can surprise us and put in another good performance to topple a Waratahs side that are looking more vulnerable than they have been at any stage since the late 90s. All we can ask for is that the injury gods smile on us this weekend – and that the bright lights of the Sydney Football Stadium (and ref Chris Pollock) do nothing to get in the way of a good performance.


  • I didn’t want to say this in the article, but I am very worried that whatever Plum said hasn’t sunk in.

    You don’t want to read too much into tweets, but there’s plenty of talk about how awesome Sydney is… and not too much about the game this weekend.

    Then again, I guess the Sharks boys do tend to use Twitter as a way of blowing off steam.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.03.12 10:39:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    If the boys can focus on the game, they have the ability to knock them over.

    The Waratahs come off a home loss against the Force, and will give the Sharks a hard time.

    My money is still on the Sharks though..

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.03.12 10:43:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : brave man…

    I’m not putting money on the Sharks in Sydney. 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.03.12 10:47:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is where leaÐership comes in…there are a lot of youngsters on tour and the older guys needa step in and assist here..I mean wouldn’t u love to tour all expenses paid..

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.03.12 10:50:03 by shaniboi Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    I have a good feeling..

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.03.12 10:56:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : im saught of leaning ur way on this one,

    my concern is the problems up front, if our front row and locks were ok?? i might have sided with Richard 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.03.12 10:59:22 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I hope you’re right…. would suck getting up at 4 on a saturday for a loss

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.03.12 11:02:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • correct me if i`m wrong, but the last time we played the waratahs in Sydney, we actually should have won, if it wasnt for Mr Lekey (Ref) and the intentional knockdown of Kurtley Beale.

    My money is still on the waratahs to win, we tend to shut down after an impressive win like last weekend.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.03.12 11:04:27 by VanWilder Reply

  • Worrying me too…usually the guys on twitter say things like “what a great training session and the boys are pumped for the big game”…all im reading now is how beautiful the beach is and the food, etc I havn’t read anything about rugby…think Ndungane added first training session into the mix, but the topic was about chilling at a coffee shop at the beach 😆

    C’mon Sharks…u are on tour to prepare, train hard and Win…not have a holiday, asseblief!I Will be seriously pissed to wake up at 6am to see the team playing far below their potential. Gotta go out there and Win!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.03.12 11:04:40 by JJR Reply
  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : I’m also worried about how The Sharks will be mentally…but if we pumped up and ready, and we can compete in the scrum i have no doubt our backline will cause some damage to the Tahs, and we will Win.

    Need a 80 min effort, though…Tahs are gonna go all out for a victory, i just wish we see a Sharks team that looks like a championship side, that goes full out every minute of the game.Sharks tend to slack off after good perfromances or sit back on a lead…hopefully we have learned from our past mistakes.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.03.12 11:08:42 by JJR Reply
  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : did you read the article? 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.03.12 11:10:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keegan Daniel on his FB page
    “Great training session,even if it was in the rain. Final prep for the weekend to be done Tom”.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.03.12 11:13:14 by G West Reply
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  • so Daniel seems focused and that calms my nerves a bit.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.03.12 11:14:21 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 12) : Good Stuff

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.03.12 11:15:17 by JJR Reply
  • Isn`t Sydney the place with the sexy metermaids?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.03.12 11:15:33 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Shark missing a shitload of tackles.!

    Most Missed Tackles
    1. Rob Horne (Waratahs) 14
    2. Daniel Halangahu (Waratahs) 12
    2. James Stannard (Force) 12
    2. Willem Alberts (Sharks) 12
    5. Andries Strauss (Cheetahs) 11
    5. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 11
    5. Conrad Smith (Hurricanes) 11
    5. Keegan Daniel (Sharks) 11
    9. Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 10
    9. Chris Lowrey (Blues) 10
    9. Nick Phipps (Rebels) 10
    9. Willie Le Roux (Cheetahs) 10
    13. Benson Stanley (Blues) 9
    13. Dale Chadwick (Sharks) 9
    13. Mark Gerrard (Rebels) 9
    13. Peter Kimlin (Brumbies) 9
    17. Phil Burleigh (Highlanders) 8
    17. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs) 8
    17. Tim Whitehead (Sharks) 8
    17. Tom Kingston (Waratahs) 8

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.03.12 11:20:19 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : Top 2 Tahs backline players…lovely, our backs will cut them to pieces 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.03.12 11:23:54 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 17) :

    Just a shame Halangahu has been benched for the Sharks match..

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.03.12 11:25:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 😈 The records show that to win in Australasia you need to win by scoring tries. When it comes down to penalties the refs will favour the home teams (alla Cheetahs / Brumbies) Sharks need to take a page from the Cheetahs thus far. There will be no narrow wins for the Sharks here – only narrow losses! When the game is close in the second half, pedantic penalties will be conceded by the Sharks. 😈 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.03.12 11:27:31 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 17) : halangahu benched, barnes @ pivot

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.03.12 11:33:00 by Megatron Reply

  • This game could go either way. I don’t think the winning margin will be too big.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.03.12 14:51:48 by Predawn Reply

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