Plumtree in surprising Force link

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 May 2012 at 08:30
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With Richard Graham having opted to continue his coaching career in Brisbane next year (and summarily being shown the door halfway through the current campaign, as “player power” gained the scalp of yet another Western Force coach), it’s probably unsurprising that a fair few names are being bandied about as possible replacements for 2013.

According to a report in the Australian, though, current Sharks mentor John Plumtree is one of those who is being pursued, with both captain David Pockock and CEO Vern Reid apparently taking the opportunity to sound the kiwi out about a move to Perth next year. Plumtree, who is contracted to the Sharks until the end of next year, is understood to be under some pressure as the Sharks have thus far failed to deliver the expected results at Super Rugby level under his guidance.

Whether there is any substance to the rumours remains to be seen – and the Sharks delivered the sort of performance at the weekend, against the self-same Force, that should certainly see their coach’s job safe as houses if they can play the same way with regularity as the season approaches its business end.

I do have to share one of the more insightful tweets we saw over the weekend, though, when the SuperSport commentators first mentioned the rumoured discussions between Plum and the Force. After yet another piece of lacklustre play that went nowhere, current Griquas assistant coach Pieter Bergh tweeted, “Plumtree to coach the Force? It looks like he’s coaching them already!”


  • Well hello Pieter Bergh – dont expect any friends in Sharks country! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.05.12 08:48:09 by Caratacus Reply
  • @Caratacus (Comment 1) : ha ha… he’s a better backline coach than we currently have, though 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.12 08:56:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No backline coach would be better than HR-E.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.12 09:01:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • Must just add, by the way, that Plumtree completely rubbished this rumour on Saturday night after the game. Then again, he would do that even if he was in talks. Let’s be honest, any coach whose job is under threat (and Plum knows his is) would be stupid to not at least discuss a back-up plan.

    Better to coach the Force in Super Rugby than to coach nobody…

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.12 09:04:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Please make sure the door hits him on the arse on the way out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.12 09:07:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sharks should seriously looking at luring King Carlos to Durban along with a decent defense coach.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.12 09:09:00 by Bokhoring Reply
  • We need David Campese back in the fold….

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.12 09:14:05 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Good News.

    Now how`s our negotiations with Mallet and Campese coming along?

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.12 09:37:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 1) :

    Haha . not everybody has a love affair with the Sharks 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.12 09:53:46 by Zibbie Reply
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  • I don’t like this distraction now…Sharks can’t let Plum go unless we get a coach better than him in. But i really hope he can get The Sharks to play to their full potential and that he stays, cos he is a shark through and through.

    If Plum does go, i want Mallet in. Preferably Sharks Win superugby and Plum stays 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.12 10:55:20 by JJR Reply
  • Mallet — Eish, he probably is a good choice — But — The Teichman/ Skinstad debacle.
    And his withdrawal of 7 Boks from Sharks Currie Cup final team who lost to Tvl,while the Boks were team building in Plett. Mallet’s Bok team building was more important than the CC final. Nooit.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.12 12:18:11 by Ernie Reply

  • @Ernie (Comment 11) : Yeah – I’m with you there. I think Mallets history proves that when it comes down to it his emotions cause him to lose the plot.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.12 12:57:18 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 12) : Mallet has publicly acknowledged that the Teichman debacle was a huge mistake. I would have no problem with him

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.12 13:23:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Ernie (Comment 11) : [email protected]Just a Fan (Comment 12) : Mallett has admitted the bigest mistake he made was dropping Teichmann. He was man enough to admit that and I doubt he would make that same mistake again.

    Mallett is probably the best coach South Africa has to offer. Just look at what he did with Italy… He is also one of the Bok’s most successful coaches. He also coached the BaaBaas to a victory over the All Blacks.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.05.12 17:01:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 14) : His domestic record with Stade Francais was not too shabby either – 2 consecutive T14 titles

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.05.12 17:14:45 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    Agree with you on that one Rob, if i was Plum i would to have a back up plan

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.12 08:59:12 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    Hahaha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.12 08:59:48 by chaz Reply


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