Currie Cup

Boks give Sharks extra gear

2011-10-17 20:07
John Plumtree (File)
Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree is thrilled with the lift the returning Springboks gave his side in their 53-9 annihilation of the table-topping Golden Lions at Kings Park on Saturday.

The win ensured the Sharks a home semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.

Plumtree told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, their returning stars gave them some much needed impetus on attack. “You could see with some of our performances this Currie Cup that we haven’t owned the gain-line but against the Lions, we crossed it regularly.

“We got some good ball, were able to get real momentum and that’s very important. We’ve had a couple of performances this season where we’ve been hurt, but with the firepower we have back, we can compete.”

Just as the big boys in the Sharks camp made an impact, so too will certain Free State players who have been instrumental in their team’s successes this campaign and these are the players Plumtree warns the Sharks will have to contain.

“It’s going to be a huge match against the Cheetahs and lots to play for. We will have to look after their big players like Ashley Johnson and Adriaan Strauss.

“We won’t get carried away this time, we know it will be a different kettle of fish against Free State in the semi-final," said Plumtree.

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