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Plumtree: A win is critical

2012-05-25 12:46

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has warned that his team will have to be at their best when they face-off with a “very clinical” Stormers outfit in their crunch Super Rugby encounter at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

The KwaZulu-Natal side are seen as one of the form sides of the competition at present, after winning their last three games, with plenty of talk in the build-up this week about peaking at the right time.

However, it will not be easy against the table-topping Capetonians, who also have the edge in recent meetings with three victories from their last three encounters.

“They’re top of the log, an outstanding side and very clinical in what they do,” Plumtree said this week.

“They have enjoyed a lot of continuity in selection and they’re a very efficient outfit, so we know that we’re going to have to play very well to beat them on the weekend.”

The Stormers have also drawn disapproval for their defensive style of play, which has been branded ‘boring’ by several of their critics.

They have scored just 19 tries in the competition thus far, the second lowest behind the bottom-placed Lions, and more than 10 fewer than any of the top six sides.

But their defence has been impeccable and the Sharks boss has backed the style adopted by his opposite number Allister Coetzee.

“They’ve picked up some criticism for not scoring a lot of tries, but all they’re focused on is winning and how they do it doesn’t really matter - as long as they do it,” Plumtree said.

“I guess they’ll be looking at improving their processes just like we do and every other team does.

“We know we have to play well to win this game and to score tries against their defence, it’s going to take a big effort.”

A win is critical for the east coast team if they want to consolidate their sixth and final play-off spot on the log ahead of next week’s final match before the international break.

“We’ve focused on the five games leading into the break and played three of them and have two to go and we’re looking good,” Plumtree added.

The last time the two sides met was in the second week of 2012 when the Stormers edged to a 15-12 win at Newlands.

Coetzee conceded they were slightly fortunate to win that game, adding that he expected a much different challenge this time around.

“We were a bit lucky to beat them in the second round,” Coetzee said.

“No tries were scored and we won by a late penalty from Peter Grant.

“They have great ball carriers and they will be looking to use them this time around.

Fresh off a 19-13 win against the Waratahs, Coetzee said the Stormers did not require any motivation ahead of the Sharks match.

"The Stormers won't have a problem being up for the challenge because they will not want to embarrass themselves." "The quality of the Sharks is such that you must be up for the challenge otherwise they'll destroy you."

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Comments
  • Rudi - 2012-05-25 13:07

    Going to be a tough one, but we will pull through on top. GO SHARKS.........

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-05-26 10:03

      And the 15+ will all be kicks ?

  • Jako - 2012-05-25 13:32

    "The quality of the Sharks is such that you must be up for the challenge otherwise they'll destroy you."

  • Jako - 2012-05-25 13:34

    Destroy. What a beautiful word. say it softly...... destroy..... Go Sharks!

  • Rudi - 2012-05-25 13:44

    Fair Maestro, our only weak point is or midfield, that has been our downfall in the past against stormers. Still dont understand why they let quality centres go like Bradley Barrit?

  • Provence - 2012-05-25 14:23

    Yes, looks like a 50/50 game on paper ... Beauty vs the beast contest...but. The Sharks are playing lovely attacking rugby and scoring some good tries. The Stormers are trying their best to get a back line going that does not really know how to go or where to go. The Stormers numbers 9&10 don't know how to make this happen. The Stormers will come out firing as usual but will not make much of an impact, especially after so much disruption with their loose forwards over the last few weeks. The sharks forwards and backs are starting to sing in harmony and I suspect a heavy defeat for the Stormers is on the cards.

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-05-25 14:40

    Bob Skinstad summed it up nicely last night on Boots & All. "The unstoppable force against the immovable object". Gonna be a cracker. Good luck Sharks. GO STORMERS!!

  • Acta - 2012-05-25 14:47

    As die sharks hierdie een wen dan gan dit bitter close einde wees! Go Blues!!! Ek hoop vir 3 SA spanne in die P/Os. En natuurlik Go Stormers!

  • Stephen - 2012-05-25 14:53

    Funny but I feel the Stormers are better away from home that at home. In fact we have less pressure as a loss does not affect our position as top of SA conference. I would rather win the conference and come 2nd though as the Chiefs may end up losing their semi-final especially if they have to face one of the Crusaders or Bulls or Sharks or Highlanders. Thy could end up tossing their chances and then the home final can still be at Newlands if Stormers can win their semi. But that's all still to be decided so not counting my chickens yet, as many games still to go.

      Dirk - 2012-05-25 15:54

      Newlands faithful, die beste mense wat jy ooit sal ontmoet.

  • Hans - 2012-05-26 08:26

    "Na-na-na-nana we're gonna Rock you !" We Are Black We Are White - can you survive the Dynamite?!

      Hans - 2012-05-26 21:03

      Nope, they could not, not even with a forward pass try... S.H.A.R.K.S

  • wesley.g.mercer - 2012-05-26 15:04

    Go boys

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