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Plumtree: SA want Lions win

2011-10-26 14:00

Cape Town - Sharks coach, John Plumtree believes that Saturday’s Currie Cup final between the Sharks and the Lions will be a one-sided affair - in support.

The Sharks will travel to Coca-Cola Park having not won there this year, drawing with the Lions in the Super XV and losing their Currie Cup round robin match 28-19.

“The challenge for us is to successfully defend the Currie Cup away from home, under difficult circumstances,” Plumtree told Wednesday’s Die Burger.

Plumtree emphasised that the rest of the country are behind the Lions and that only the Sharks and its supporters are behind the team from Durban.

It will be the first time in Currie Cup history that a final will be played between to New Zealand coached teams, but Plumtree insists that’s where the similarities and familiarities end.

“This week we aren’t friends. There is definitely no love lost between us. We are both trying to rub each other’s noses in the dirt. There will definitely not be any friendly phone calls between us.

“We must play as a team from the very first moment. We know that the Lions will be doing that, but I hope that this will be a final where both teams function as a complete unit.

“You can see that the guys are in the right mindset to keep the cup. The Currie Cup is ours and we will not easily let go of it. I realise that the Lions will come at us with a tremendous onslaught. They see this as their big chance and are eager for success. It is something they do not know and want to savour it,” added Plumtree.

Meanwhile Sharks captain, Keegan Daniel believes that they cannot take anything for granted, but instead draw on the experiences of playing in previous Currie Cup finals to overpower their opponents.

“You do not want to solely rely on your reputation. We may be the champions, but we will still need to play like champions and deserve to win the cup.”

Teams:

Golden Lions:

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse/JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

Sharks:

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Comments
  • Fahiem - 2011-10-26 14:15

    Misleading headline

  • Joseph - 2011-10-26 14:29

    is this an excuse john plumtree ?

  • Henelia - 2011-10-26 14:42

    AG please...... really!!!! Already for your home semi the stands were empty - WHERE is all the big mouth fans???

      Jason - 2011-10-26 15:36

      Can you be any more ignorant, NO matter what team you support you do not have a leg to stand on? IF you’re a bull and chirping you did not even make it to the knockout’s, if you a Stormer just not good enough to make it to the final, if you a cheetah you lost and if you a lion well done for making it so far but it has been long enough. So your statement has no relevance.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-26 15:12

    Ek is tog net so bly om WEEREENS nie die ou WP spannetjie die koppie te sien wen nie. Man, 'n WP verloor is amper lekkerder as 'n Bulls wen. (en altwee gebeur baie gereeld)

      Kevin - 2011-10-26 15:20

      I remember the Bulls. I was watching them play on the History channel the other day.

      Oukoos - 2011-10-26 15:42

      Die lekkerste lekker van die rugbyjaar was toe die Griekwa spannetjie die MAGTIGE BLOU BULLE (met NEGE Springbokke en al) tot in die grond toe verneder het. Die een oomblik het die Blou Bul ondersteuners nog vertel hoe hulle vanuit die 4de plek die Curriebeker gaan opeis en die volgende oomblik huil hul snot en trane.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-26 15:19

    Sharks supporters are most of the country. Most people do not know who the Lions are and the Lions themselves acknowledge that they do not have the faintest what the Currie Cup looks like as they have never seen it. GO SHARKS

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2011-10-26 16:08

      Lol go study the history mate. Never is an understatement!

  • David - 2011-10-26 15:34

    John Plumtree, are you deviously warning the Sharks supporters that there's match fixing going on? Heaven forbid! Just get the teams mindsets hungrier for a win than that other team. GO, SHARKS, GO, and do it for 80mins!

  • Jack - 2011-10-26 16:08

    I am a Sharks fan and will always support my team. Having said that, I would have supported the Lions if I were not - they've played a great season and the fans certainly deserve something to cheer about for a change. Good luck Lions.

  • Dianne - 2011-10-26 17:55

    There are more than enough Sharks fans up here in Gauteng, moenie worrie nie:) That being said, if the Sharks have to lose against a side, I would rather it was to the Lions than veepee or bulle.

  • Barry - 2011-10-26 19:11

    We don't realize just how popular SA Rugby is. There are people all over the world who support the Sharks. The Lions ? Who are they ? The Lions are have a great season. On their game. Final in their house. Never has there been a hungrier Shark come to feast on a Lion in its own back yard !

  • Denése - 2011-10-26 20:29

    GO HARKS!!! SHARKS FOREVER!!! PLEASE PLAY FOR 80 MINUTES +

  • Pieter - 2011-10-26 23:08

    Mr Plumtree, your Sharks have been playing on and off rugby for the past few seasons and are indeed lucky to be in the final once again. Having said that, I predicted after last Saturdays matches that it will be the Sharks once more … should they decide to turn up for the final! Your future is in your own hands, do not spill it as did WP against the Lions! Having said that, it can only be good for SA rugby as a whole if the Lions win this year. All our franchises should be strong and there should never be any clear cut favourites. May the best team win! From a WP supporter.

      Kosie - 2011-10-27 08:24

      comeon please we are lucky to be there, we've got 2nd most points on the log. yes we were hot and cold, but imagine if we were hot all the time, we would have romped everybody like last year we only lost one game

      Jacques - 2011-10-27 22:06

      @Kosie, do you have any idea how useless that statement is? ''We were hot and cold, but imagine if we were hot all the time, we would have romped everyone...''. ''If we didn't lose we would have won, but we didn't, but imagine we did''.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-27 08:53

    The Lions was the BEST team in the whole Currie Cup season and they full deserve a place in the final!!!! They play with passion and as a total team. The Sharks also have a good team but I believe the Lions WILL win on Saturday. GO LIONS!!!!!!!

  • Byron - 2011-10-27 11:28

    What matters most Is how rubbish WP are and I am a Sharks fan- Strange the lions trophy drought is sad whereas I rejoice in WP'S misery :-)

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