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Sharks fitness at all-time high

2012-01-26 20:04

Durban - The Sharks have now shifted their structure and focus from the gym to the field as they prepare for the Super Rugby competition.

And according to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, fitness levels are higher than ever with the gruelling gym and running programme put in place, with field sessions now taking the main focus of their preparations.

“We’re still training really hard and while there is still quite a large conditioning element to our programme, we’re toning back on it and getting more into our game planning,” explains coach John Plumtree.

The heat has been relentless, although this week has been cooler. Still, Durban at this time of the year can be unbearable and plenty of sweat and tears have been shed in building the conditioning base required for a six month rugby campaign.

Plumtree is happy with the way things have gone, and the minimal disruptions to the team in terms of injuries is further cause for satisfaction.

“It’s good to have numbers out there; the boys are avoiding injuries, staying fit and looking really good. We have trials next week so we want the players to be reasonably organised for that.”

He also confirmed that Willem Alberts has had his first run [on Tuesday] while Jean Deysel “is improving his leg strength all the time so it’s positive news with him.”

The Sharks will not have an intensive pre-season campaign in terms of match action, having an internal trial match and then hosting Boland on 10 February before closing out their programme with a match against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth the next week.

They start their Super Rugby campaign on February 24 against the Bulls in Pretoria.

Sport24

Comments
  • Anneleen - 2012-01-26 20:17

    ...whoo-hooo...great news, Sharks!!!

      Willie - 2012-01-27 09:11

      Dont tell us how fit you are pre-season....show us your trophy cabinet in Nov.

  • Anton - 2012-01-26 21:43

    Much more sensible. Too long did the SA teams focussed on bulk and muscle, while our Aus and NZ colleagues have been working on the pitch and had superior fitness levels. The Cheetahs have had the same focuss. Hopefully this is a step forward for SA rugby!

  • Paul - 2012-01-26 22:05

    At last... a non-Stormers story!

  • Patrick - 2012-01-27 00:25

    thats wot they say every year!! shame

      Kosie - 2012-01-27 09:22

      and last year we did better than you guys, so maybe its not that bad saying these things.

      Patrick - 2012-01-27 12:37

      please tell me how u did better than us last year??? i remember the Crusaders kicking the toothless sharks and stumpers twice each in 1 season!!! F$#K off!!!

  • dougpf - 2012-01-27 01:57

    Please please please We so need to win the Super Rugby!!!!! Those smug Bulls tossers are getting to me!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-27 07:07

      He he he.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-27 07:13

      Hehehe, ons wag vir julle op Loftus 24 Feb :-) Kom, ons is reg vir julle...!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-01-27 08:42

      Dont worry about the bulls 2011 proved that their game style is done.

  • Liz - 2012-01-27 03:04

    Awesome news as an absolultely fanatical Sharks fan in New Zealand, I was hoping to get some news on how my team are preparing. Best of luck guys for this year and I know you will us (fans) extremely proud.

  • André - 2012-01-27 07:06

    Right, now that the gym sessions are completed Plumtree MUST get a Sport Psycologist to get the teams` mindset right! NO LOSING!!!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-01-27 08:07

    Great news. They're fit, got the skills and talent, now they just need to BELIEVE! There's no reason why they can't be Super Rugby champions. SHARKS FOREVER!

      Lionel - 2012-01-27 08:12

      Malcolm,happy now there's an article on the Sharks......lol

      malcolm.molver - 2012-01-27 08:35

      Lol...I just think teams deserve equal coverage. I would've been just as happy to see an article on the Cheetahs, Lions or Bulls. Don't mind the odd Stormers article but the huge coverage they have been given is ridiculous

      Jason - 2012-01-27 08:43

      Well I could tell you a few reasons, but the most obvious one is that the Stormers are gonna eat them alive.

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