Thanks for the memories

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Jun 2013 at 11:49
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News about the end of John Plumtree’s coaching tenure filtered through this week and while I am one of those that greeted that announcement with excitement I do also want to give Plum his fair dues for some of the incredible highs he led the Sharks to.

Plum was a part of the team of the 90s and tasted great success during his playing years in Natal and those achievements deserve a mention. For a relatively young fan like myself the 2008 Currie Cup final will rank as probably the best day as a Sharks supporter that there ever has been or will be. I could not really remember the 1996 Currie Cup, so by the time the 2008 Currie Cup final rolled around it felt like I was passionately supporting a team that didn’t win any trophies. The 2007 Super 14 final was still fresh in my memory as well.

25 October 2008. That day will forever live in my memory. That try by Ruan Pienaar, that try by Frans Steyn and the kick into touch that made my dreams as a Sharks supporter come true. For weeks, months even afterwards I had a silly smile on my face. We were the champions. After years of failing we were the champions. John Plumtree was the coach who broke the drought for the Sharks. He is only the second coach after Ian McIntosh to win a major trophy with Natal or The Sharks. I will never forget that.

The 2010 final was another great memory. With The Sharks being written off by pretty much everyone, they managed to pull off a victory against a star-studded Western Province outfit. It was the day when Patrick Lambie’s name was first put in lights. Although not as great a day as 2008 in my eyes, the 2010 Currie Cup final was still a really good memory under the guidance of Plum.

The 2012 run to the Super Rugby play-offs also produced some memorable performances, not least the against the-odds wins in Brisbane and Cape Town. Some quite scintillating rugby was played and I am truly grateful that I got to witness that as a Sharks fan.

The time has come to move on. These are great memories and part of the reason why it is so awesome to be a Sharks fan but Plum’s time is up and a bold new era is being ushered in.

Before you leave Plum I would like to say on behalf of all Sharks fans “Thanks for the memories!”.


  • Thank you John! You helped us get the Currie Cup twice and I am very grateful!
    The best for your next endeavour!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.13 12:05:41 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • YES thanks to a Great coach an great person!!! Wish Plummy all the best in whatever he takes on from here!
    PS: Warren – That 95-96 season was MAGICAL!!! If I remember correctly, we where UNBEATEN in 36 games!!!! even against the mighty TVL with men like pienaar in it!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.13 12:09:47 by R Hayward Reply

  • Thanks WAR1. Now I can’t get Fall Out Boy out of my head! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.13 12:14:04 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 3) : Like

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.13 12:22:44 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 2) : geez, you’re not wrong. 96 was the pinnacle as a Sharks supporter.

    Incidentally, it was the year when John Smit signed his first Sharks contract, as a schoolboy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.13 12:33:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @R Hayward (Comment 2) : ’96 Currie Cup final, still the best live game I’ve ever seen

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.13 12:52:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : jinne…. did you not have a gun with you? Fkin Watson was looking for a bullet in that second half.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.13 12:58:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 3) : You too!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.06.13 13:09:50 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 6) : You obviously didn’t go to the ’92 final at Ellis park? 😀 Natal 14 – Tvl 13, or the ’95 Final vs WP in the rain? and then again my worst was the ’93 final at King Park, Tvl 21 – Natal 15, that day Dick Muir would just not pass the ball and kept on trying to bulldoze over the forwards each time he got the ball. Closely followed by the ’94 Super 10 final Queensland 21 – Natal 10. that day Michael Lynagh showed his pure class. Sharks where no were on the field. Even though we lost the 2007 final I have never left a final feeling as good as I did that day walking off the park and having my team lose. I was proud of the boys for playing a awesome game and proud that South Africa managed to get the Super cup in SA at last.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.06.13 13:14:10 by Uli Reply
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  • I suppose you COULD refer to nightmares as memories.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.06.13 09:22:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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