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Sharks hungry for success

2011-10-18 07:40

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree says his Rugby World Cup Springboks are hungry to achieve success after their disappointment in New Zealand.

This hunger showed over the weekend when the Sharks demolished the table-topping Golden Lions 53-9 at Kings Park to set up a home semi-final against the Free Sate Cheetahs.

Plumtree said the returning players have put their RWC failure behind them and are now fully focused on defending their Currie Cup crown.

The coach told the Beeld newspaper he held a braai at his house to build up a bit of camaraderie within the squad after the Boks returned from New Zealand.

"It actually cost me R1 000 to feed them, but hopefully it was worth it and will be portrayed on the field.

"I want to see the same physicality that there was against the Lions against the Cheetahs.

"We have to dominate up front and make sure that we own the advantage line," said Plumtree.

Meanwhile, the Sharks are holding their breaths over the availability of lock/loose forward Jean Deysel and wing Lwazi Mvovo for the semi-final.

Deysel injured his back against the Lions, while Mvovo picked up a hip injury.

Both will have to pass a fitness test later this week in order to be included in the squad to take on the Free Staters.

Sport24

Comments
  • Lionel - 2011-10-18 07:49

    Cost Plum R1000,where did he get meat that cheap to feed 22 players:):):) On a rugby note,Sharks will be to strong for the Cheetahs and I predict a Province vs Sharks final!!!!!!!

      brian.ellse - 2011-10-18 08:34

      Roadkill?

      Lionel - 2011-10-18 08:44

      Brian,LMAO!!!!!!

      Andy - 2011-10-18 10:38

      Keeping the Sharks hungry so they will make a meal of the Cheetahs ...

  • adrian.breda - 2011-10-18 08:23

    I love how he pick up the teams spirit with a braai and just socialising, rugby is not just bout playing it on the field but getting to know your teammates off the field as well. I believe sharks pack will demolish and dominate any opponents in SA and some parts of the world but its there backs that lack spark.

  • Lynn - 2011-10-18 08:45

    Why is your reporting so inaccurate? Mvovo hurt his hamstring, not his hip...

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-18 12:00

      @Isak – I think you can laaik to be wearing a jean-pant.

  • Shaun - 2011-10-18 08:56

    Go Sharkies, lets keep the cup!!!

  • Michael - 2011-10-18 11:23

    I, too, predict a Sharks - WP final....at Kings Park too. A mouth watering prospect. The Sharks pack is awesome, especially in the front rank and loosies - world class !! And the backs with the likes of Lambie, Pietersen, Mvovo, Sithole and Michalak can't be all THAT bad !!

  • Annette - 2011-10-18 11:45

    Ja well...the poor Cheetahs will be playing against no less than five of their formaer team mates...since neither Province or the Sharks lack the ability to coach their own sides.... it is always a chequebook side.....Griquas and the Cheetahs coaches have the ability to DEVELOPE PLAYERS!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-18 11:58

      I’m picturing Johan Goosen wearing a Sharks jersey……. good idea Annette! The larger unions have a similar problem losing their top players and coaches to overseas clubs… Welcome to the professional era of rugby, the player whose skills you are developing today might be using those skills against you tomorrow.

      StinkyPu - 2011-10-18 19:26

      @Annette - "the poor Cheetahs will be playing against no less than five of their formaer team mates...since neither Province or the Sharks lack the ability to coach their own sides.... it is always a chequebook side" Ja well, I suggest that you read this sentence again, make the required corrections then repost so that it makes sense. As Skinfaxi says "welcome to the professional era of rugby".

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-18 17:15

    sharks, may ur hunger be satisfied!

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