Sharks show due respect to table-topping team

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Mar 2013 at 09:45
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John Plumtree showed the log-topping Brumbies the ultimate respect when, at a press conference during the week, he pointed out that there were some things in the Brumbies scrum that they thought were illegal and that he was hoping referee Jonathan Kaplan, with all his experience, would be the best ref to pick up on these indiscretions at scrum time.

The Sharks scrum came under scrutiny from referee Jason Jaftha in the second half of their clash with the Kings last week. They received 4 scrum penalties against them in the second half of the game, more than both their previous matches combined. After dominating in the scrum in the first half, especially just before halftime when 3 penalties in a row and then a collapsed scrum seemed sure to lead to a penalty try, Jaftha changed his tune in the second half and the dominant Sharks scrum of the first half was now coming under pressure from the Kings.

Asked whether they let up in the second half and whether this might be the reason why the referee penalised them Jannie du Plessis says: “I can assure you we didn’t change anything in the second half and we gave everything at every scrum”.

“Sometimes that just happens.” Jannie said “If you are dominating and you’re not getting rewarded, you need to adapt and do something else.”

John Plumtree added: “Yeah, sometimes that happens, but referee Jason Jaftha did not have the best day at the office and he admitted that and that’s why we’re happy to have Jonathan Kaplan as our referee this weekend.

“He’s an experienced referee of 100 games and we’ve seen some things in the Brumbies scrum that we’re not happy with and we think he’ll be able to pick up on it.” said Plumtree.

Plumtree went on to say that he also felt that the Brumbies lived very close to danger at the break down and that he thought Kaplan wouldn’t let them get away with any indiscretion in this area, as South African referees are very good at blowing up this area of the game.

Du Plessis who played under Jake White when they became World Cup winners in 2007 went on to show his admiration for the Brumbies coach.

“You don’t win the World Cup if you’re not a good coach,” he said “I think he’s made a massive difference at the Brumbies.

“He’s only in his second season and they’ve really come up in leaps and bounds. I can definitely see the way he coaches in how the Brumbies play. He’s very, very organised and he plans stuff to the ‘T’. We are going to be up against a very well prepared side.

“You can see that in the way they’re playing at the moment, everybody knows where to go and it looks like they have a plan in place and one that everyone of the players follow,” he said.

Although the Brumbies will be the Sharks’ first cross conference game John Plumtree believes that Jake White’s influence has them playing more like South African teams. He agrees that they are a very organised team and that you cannot point to only one area of their game where they are strong.

Plumtree did point out with players like Jesse Mogg, who in his opinion is the form Australian fullback, Nic White, Mat Tamua and Christian Lealiifano all possessing a really good kicking game, that his team will need to be accurate in this area. He also mentioned that the Brumbies emphasise playing close to the contact point and has the ability to hold on to the ball through many phases.

“They’re not topping the Australian conference for nothing” he said.


  • I’m a little nervous for this game – mostly because we haven’t played overseas opposition yet, and because we haven’t come close to where we’re supposed to be form wise.

    What a difference a decent coach makes. Then the coaches still wonder why they get the blame when the team loses. Well, because that self-same team can beat anyone when coached properly. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.03.13 10:03:17 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : Me too, hope we make it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.03.13 10:24:21 by Uli Reply
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  • Happy too see no jason jafta this weekend good too see mr. Berry back.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.03.13 10:49:57 by BR Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : A little nervous . . . 😈

    Well lets see, we haven`t scored even a single try in two games now.
    Jake White probably knows us the best of all the sa sides because we have so many bokke.
    The Brumbies might not be the Crusaders but they are undefeated and have been playing some brilliant rugby.
    We just lost both Deysel and our star fetcher . . .

    Yip, we`re definately backs to the wall this saturday.
    Luckily it`s not a final as well! 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.03.13 11:50:08 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • This might be a tight affair but I am sure that we have the necessary personnel to pull it off.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.03.13 12:20:23 by King Shark Reply
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  • A conservative game plan based on tactical kicking and defense is probably best against the Brumbies. We struggle to hold onto our own ball – especially against teams with breakdown specialists.

    The Brumbies will punish you on turnovers. This is not the game to try a running game. However the kicking needs to be spot on.

    However longer term we need to sort out our breakdown if we want to play a running game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.03.13 12:58:22 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Seems Plum has reverted to the tried and tested formula of naming the team on Thursdays.

    The Wednesday thing paid little dividends. 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.03.13 13:32:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Refs get half the scrum calls wrong these days…they forget to think about who is actually going forward and who is getting scrummed backwards.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.03.13 13:36:02 by JJR Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Waiting on Keegs 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.03.13 13:40:16 by King Shark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : lol was thinking the same lol

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.03.13 14:03:34 by Uli Reply
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  • The Sharks team I think will face the Brumbies this weekend.

    15 Ludik
    14 Odwa
    13 Jordaan
    12 Steyn vice capt
    11 JPP
    10 Lambie
    09 Reinach (I would prefer Mcleod)
    08 Kanko
    07 Coetzee
    06 Daniel Capt
    05 VD Merwe
    04 Bresler
    03 Jannie
    02 Burden (I would prefer Cooper)
    01 Beast

    16 Cooper
    17 Herbst
    18 PSDT
    19 Mtembu/Kleinhans
    20 Mcleod
    21 Bosman
    22 Mvovo (rumours are he has a niggle and will play off the bench if need be)

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.03.13 15:19:10 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : why do you think Plum will pick Reinach?

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.03.13 16:03:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 8) : Often a team is going forward in the scrums because they are cheating. That’s why teams cheat in the scrums, to get an unfair advantage. Not saying that’s why the Sharks was going forward last weekend but this notion that because a team has the upperhand in the scrums they wouldn’t cheat is just rubbish.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.03.13 20:44:29 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Just gut feel Rob, Plum seems to make a selection and does not change it very easily. I just think the experience of Mcleod would help more,

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.03.13 20:53:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Any clues on how to pick this game in Superbru…. My heart cant pick against the Sharks – but I think JW has Plum beat in the coaching department. Hoping our boys find their attacking flair this weekend.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.03.13 08:59:04 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 15) : Yea, I am also worried, JW is really a good couch and glad he is showing that to the South African public once again. He must be the only coach who won the World Cup and got alienated by his own country after doing so.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.03.13 09:40:26 by Uli Reply
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  • This is going to be another incredibly tight game I think. Another slippery ball and the way the Brumbies play, I am not expecting many tries. The winner of this game will be a clear early favourite for the competition.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.03.13 09:55:28 by Orelando_G Reply


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