Richard Ferguson

Commitment – yes, Execution – no

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Apr 2012 at 11:02
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The post-match press conference saw both Chiefs coach Dave Rennie and Sharks coach John Plumtree answer questions from a rather dire group of reporters, all stunned from a rather poor quality match that saw the Chiefs keep the Sharks at bay.

Rennie was up first, and seemed very pleased with a second win from a South African tour, and with 13 points from their three week tour, go home a pleased coach. Asked whether the ‘favourites’ tag put any other pressure on him, he bluntly said that the team still had work to do, and were lucky to walk away with the spoils in a game in which both teams showed immense commitment.

He was also impressed with the Sharks’ defensive, especially in taking Sonny Bill Williams out of the game completely, which Plumtree puts down to a plan that was put into place before the game. Plumtree lauded his team for showing the necessary commitment on defence and at the breakdown.

He also explained that Jean Deysel was left unused on the bench as Botes and Daniel were very effective at the breakdown, putting pressure on the Chiefs, and that he wanted that to happen for all of 80 minutes. Alberts’ substitution at half time was not a tactical change, with Alberts complaining about his shoulder, which he has supposedly recovered from.

Plumtree was also happy with Beast’s run with the Sharks XV game in the curtain raiser, saying the prop will travel down to Cape Town with the XV again this weekend to take on the Pampas, and a decision will be made in the following week as to when exactly he will return to Super Rugby.

The Sharks are in Pretoria this week, with the Bulls at Heyneke Meyer’s Bok camp, and will only return to the training field later in the week, with a bye weekend allowing all the players to take a weekend off from the physical onslaught.


  • 😈 Plum’s PR does not work anymore. The Beast was woefull and removed from the pitch as we were getting penalised at every scrum as he could not bind!! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.12 11:23:47 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 1) :

    He scrummed well in the first half dude..

    He was getting tired, coz wait for it, he hasn’t played all year. To be expected don’t you think?

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.12 11:27:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 😈 He just was not penalised for every time he dropped the bind in the first half. No, I am worried. This was a vice of his already at numerous times before.
    I am not worried about fitness, the rest of his game is great, but he needs to improve a lot to book his place in the team. Then again… 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.12 12:25:52 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • He still has a long way to go before getting back to any kind of the form he used to show at any rate. On Saturday’s performance we would have been mauled in the scrums and had umpteen scrum penalties against us if Beast had played for the Sharks. But how long can Chadwick go on playing 80 minutes every week for… what a shambles the contingency planning of Sharks management is!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.12 12:52:33 by Greg Reply

  • I combined some of Verusco’s individual stats for both teams and some interesting points show up:

    Overall tackle efficiency: Sharks 88% vs Chiefs 91%
    Worst individual missed tackles: Sharks 50% vs Chiefs 75%
    Metres gained: Sharks 874 vs Chiefs 666
    Line breaks: Sharks 5 vs Chiefs 5
    Offloads: Sharks 21 vs Chiefs 9
    Playmaker Passes: Sharks 36 vs Chiefs 16
    Lost possession: Sharks 20 vs Chiefs 14
    Penalties against: Sharks 8 vs Chiefs 13

    Clearly the major bugbear – losing possession need to be addressed before this team will get anywhere.

    Sharks are actually doing very well with offloads and line breaks, and they did well shutting Sonny Bill down – he turned over most of the Chiefs ball – 6.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.12 12:54:13 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : Very interesting numbers – thanks!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.12 14:12:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) :

    Add to that the 29 handling errors the Sharks made, and it makes for some shocking reading regarding our basics..

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.12 14:14:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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