Plumtree lays down the law

2011-08-30 19:52

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has begun this week by drumming into his players that they need to "tidy up" their game if they want to beat the tougher teams in the Currie Cup and go on to mount a serious defence of their title.

The Durban team were beaten by the Golden Lions over the weekend - the 28-19 loss at Ellis Park representing their second defeat in a stop-start campaign.

Plumtree admits the performance was a disappointing one and is aiming for a swift turnaround ahead of their return to Gauteng this week to play the Blue Bulls.

"Our discipline was a major factor," the Sharks boss said on Tuesday.

"We conceded penalties, and we felt like we were going backwards the whole day.

"I guess it (the the penalties we conceded) were partly because of the pressure they applied and some of it was just silly play and certainly we've got to tidy up.

"When we’ve been at our most disciplined this year, we’ve played very well, when we’ve conceded a lot of penalties we haven’t played well.

"Discipline is a real problem for us at the moment and we have to make sure we tidy it up, that’s been one of the messages for the boys this week."

Apart from the defeat, the loss also took its toll on some of the players with Ryan Kankowski ruled out for four weeks with a broken thumb, while captain Keegan Daniel rolled his ankle at training on Tuesday.

"It's a big blow for us," Plumtree said of the Springbok number eight.

Daniel should be available for the trip to Loftus Versfeld.

Another problem for the Sharks has been their attack.

Plumtree felt his players were involved in too much of defensive play, which was hampering their potential to attack.

"We’ve made something like 300 more tackles than the Lions this year and that gives a slight indication of how much defensive work we’re doing than attacking work.

"So we have got to get our attack game going."

However, he conceded there was no need to be pushing any panic buttons as he tries to bring through the next generation of players at Kings Park.

"We aren’t happy with the way things are going, we think we need to change, not wholesale changes, but we’re looking to do different things," he added.

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  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-30 20:01

    No need to bother about off-side lines. They've been getting away with that for years.

      Grayman - 2011-08-30 20:44

      You need to clean the other lens of your glasses. It seems like you are only watching with one eye there.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-30 22:08

      Sharks by 20+!!! Go Sharks Go!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-08-31 08:34

      Theyll start to panic after the weekend, and what "new' generation is he talking about? must be the oldest team around.

      Corné - 2011-08-31 11:01

      Ja WPbliksem, en jou Weer Probeer span gaan ook met 20 verloor teen die griquas!

  • Travis - 2011-08-30 20:53

    No mate. We were beaten fair and square by a team better than us on the day. Discipline is key, but our lack of attacking centres is beyond alarming. Meyer Bosman is bog aweful, and I have no doubt that the powers that be are on the scrounge with cheque book in hand!

      Acid Bath - 2011-08-31 08:38

      Agree, our midfield is woeful. But our forwards aren't giving us good go-forward ball. Ever since we got Alberts we have gone from really slick forward play around the fringes and interplay with the backs to a bash-it-up approach, with every forward trying exactly the same approach as Alberts. There is NO variation and it has now become so obvious that the defense simply have to wait for the next wave. And why Plum thinks Daniel is a flank is beyond me, because he is a better 8thman than Kankowski. Without Bismarck on the field we need someone, who can play to the ball like Minnie does for the Lions. I would like to see Botes back or Coetzee moved to the openside, with Deysel at 7 and Daniel at 8. And while we're at it. How about this backline: 9. McLeod 10. Bosman 11. Mvovo 12. Michalak 13. Jacobs 14. Ndungane 15. Terblanche

  • terry - 2011-08-30 21:06

    Time to realise that we wasted money on Meyer Bosman - He can't tackle and he adds nothing to the attack except the crash ball ...... and that is so last century! We need a decent centre pairing. It would also appear that McCloud has become another Rory Kockett ...... waiting at the base of the ruck, and looking , and looking , and looking ....... and eventually when the defences are set - he takes the ball and passes. He has lost what made him a good player 2 years ago, when his service was quick and slick, and the ball was moved quickly into different points of attack - too quick for the defence to set. Conrad Hoffman also appears to be way too slow at this level. I don't think we shopped very well last year.

      Mundo - 2011-08-30 21:56

      The only reason why he(Rory) kept looking and looking is because his eyes were to close together. He had tunnel vision.

      kosie - 2011-08-31 09:27

      Agree: if you think of the buys we made last year and this it was a major loss,bad business Bad buys: Meyer bosman JL Potgieter Marius Joubert Should rather have made sure that Andries strauss stayed. Good buys Michalak Willem alberts Hoffman(given some more game time would improve, only played 1 1/2 games this year)

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-31 08:10

    Come on Sharks...Sharks forever!!!!!

  • Tony - 2011-08-31 09:26

    Sharks need to catch a wake up if they want to make the semis and go on to defend their titla as the CHAMPIONS. Go Sharks go!!!

  • Fiftybucks - 2011-08-31 10:25

    The problem is simple, we do not have centers. Bosman has been an epic fail on the so-called talent recognition team at the Sharks, Terreblanche needs to do the honourable thing and retire with his pride intact, he has been a great player but he is a shadow of his former self. Joubert is nowhere near class, Jacobs is a fantastic impact player and thats about it.If Plummo is seriously trying to tell us that come S15 next year these are our choices in the midfield then we may as well just let the Kings play in our stead.They should have been playing our real talent in the midfield such as Lindeque from teh beginning of the Currie Cup to get them ready for next year, instead they are sending the message that they should rather look to get contracted somewhere else if they want to get real gametime and not languish in the U21s. Sharls Forever but we need better vision from the management.

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