Take a bow Plum, the Currie Cup King

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2012 at 11:15
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Regardless of whatever happens in the two weeks that follows, I think it’s time that we, as Sharks fans, take our hats off to a man whose coaching record in the Currie Cup totally obliterates what anyone else has achieved in the last few years.

John Plumtree assumed the role of Currie Cup head coach for the Sharks in 2007, 18 months before he first led the team, solo, in Super Rugby. Those six campaigns at the helm have delivered unprecedented success and while semi-finals and their permutations may always throw up the odd unexpected result, you simply have to recognise the achievements of the coach who has ensured that when knock-out time comes, the Sharks are always in the running – and what’s more, are always at home.

Under Dick Muir’s coaching, the Sharks squeaked into fourth place on the 2006 Currie Cup log, after missing out altogether the year before. Plumtree took them to a second place finish in his first year (2007), before topping the log in his next three campaigns on the trot (2008, 2009 and 2010). Last year’s red-hot run by the Lions saw the Sharks again in second, but they have managed to bounce back in 2012 to again end first. That’s six straight home semi-finals in the last six years. Comparing that record to any of the other teams in the Currie Cup, it stands head and shoulders above all of them; each of the Lions, Western Province, the Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs have, at one point or another over the last six years, missed out entirely on reaching the semi-final stage in the Currie Cup.

Under Plumtree, the Sharks have won the trophy twice (in 2008 and 2010) and lost in the final once (2011). The inescapable blemish on that coaching record, though, comes in the form of two home semi-final losses, in 2007 (against the Lions) and 2009 (against the Cheetahs) and those with a statistical leaning will glean that it’s far more likely that the Sharks might stumble this weekend, in the semi, than in next weekend’s final, assuming they get that far.

Quite unlike in Super Rugby, no trophy is awarded to the side that tops the log and the Sharks will know that while plenty of good work has been done, the real challenge will come in the next fortnight. Will they give Plumtree another trophy and thus cement his position as the best Currie Cup coach the team has ever had? Only time will tell.


  • I am sure as hell going to support the guys to go all the way!!!!

    Hats off to Plum

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.12 11:29:29 by SharksRTB Reply
  • Did Plum ever take that sabbatical?

    I read somewhere that the Sharks have only lost 1 home game in the last 3 CC seasons. Great work.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.12 11:50:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : no, the sabbatical never happened

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.12 11:58:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • A true servant of Sharks rugby!

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.12 12:04:10 by Bump Reply

  • Plum is the right man for the job. We just need 2 or 3 specialists in SR to help!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.12 12:51:25 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Never happened, I remember at the first game (WP at Newlands) there was a shot of Rudi looking as if he was in some or other coaching role. Thereafter it was Plum all the way.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.12 13:33:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Yes, Plum is boss…just hope he can find a way to rotate players in superugby…Sharks gonna probably the strongest squad they’ve ever had next year…Sharks always had good depth; but now it is becoming really difficult to choose a starting XV because the players are all Top, top quality players…such a great problem to have!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.12 13:38:36 by JJR Reply
  • Not sure if his threat of a holiday did this but maybe he should try it for next years super rugby season!! Can’t do any harm!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.10.12 15:21:34 by Caratacus Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 7) : With a seriously decent rotation policy, picking a starting 15 should/could/would only ever be decided by player fatigue.

    The most difficult will be to get the balance right.

    Maybe start the year with your top players, easing them out during the middle part of the season, and once again easing them back in for the business end of SR.

    Somebody will have to start experimenting with proper workable rotation policies, no physical body can handle this amount of punishment year in and year out.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.12 15:30:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • A wonderful record and his Super Rugby isn’t all that bad either. We’ve always finished in the top half of the log under Plum as far as I can remember even under circumstances where we have no fly-half except for ol’ Goode.

    I hope he stays on at the Sharks for some time longer 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.12 15:54:52 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Maybe get his NZ buddy (Mitchel) to help him in super 15 next year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.10.12 16:11:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 11) : Brilliant idea. Isn`t he down there in Durbz now anyway?

    er Just don`t tell Mitch it`s the super 15. He only thrived in the CC . . . 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.10.12 17:34:21 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Where in the world is Campo? He could help backline coach.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.10.12 20:41:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : I’m dreaming, I know, but it would be awesome if we could get Victor to help out for a bit, even if its just a week or 3 during pre-season

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.10.12 06:14:25 by Die Kriek Reply


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