Plumtree: No more slip-ups

2011-05-24 16:39

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree said on Tuesday it was vital for his team to win all four of their remaining fixtures if they are to maintain any hope of reaching the Super Rugby play-offs.

"The players know that we can't afford to drop another one," Plumtree said.

The Durban franchise slumped to their fifth loss of the season and second at home, over the weekend, when they were beaten 32-23 by the Bulls after an error-filled performance at Kings Park.

The Sharks face the Waratahs in their last pool match on home turf this Saturday with the Australian side also desperate to win their remaining games for them to remain in contention.

"There are pretty much four teams vying for that fifth and sixth spot," said Plumtree.

"I think all those four teams have been inconsistent this year, probably won a couple more than they've lost.

"But, it’s going to be the side that holds its nerve and plays the best rugby that kicks on."

Plumtree said the fact that they had only one more home fixture and three away games meant they faced a great challenge.

"There are certainly some derby games in there as well, so it won't be easy for any of the teams."

He admitted to being baffled by the number of errors made by the Sharks in last weekend's encounter, including a high tally of knock-ons.

"The basic error rate is not something that can be coached. The players know how to catch and pass, but it comes down to many things.

"You could say it's the pressure the Bulls applied. It comes down to composure - or maybe a couple of players lost their form, which can happen as well," speculated Plumtree.

"Obviously there was a lot of disappointment, dropping a home game like that, a derby game. We've dropped two now at home against two of our biggest rivals, so that was pretty disappointing.

"I think the biggest frustration was that we allowed them to have that early lead and they could play a different style of game after that."

The Sharks will be without prop Jannie du Plessis (knee) and Odwa Ndungane who fractured his hand against the Bulls.

Adrian Jacobs and Steven Sykes (both ankle) face late fitness tests to determine their availability for Saturday.

Plumtree hoped they could put the past weekend behind them when they face they Waratahs who are in fourth place, two points and two places above them on the log.

"There's been quite a lot of self analysis after the weekend. There's a lot of pressure and the onus is now definitely on the players," said Plumtree.

"This whole competition is about pressure and it's so demanding because of the longevity. We're certainly looking forward to a better performance this week."


  • Makutu - 2011-05-24 16:44

    Then you need to field your strongest squad and stop fielding weak players. You NEED NEW centres urgently. I'm sure you regret getting rid of Andties Strauss. Swoping him for Meyer Bosman must have been like swoping a diamond for a coal. Jeeze, that was clever.

      StBad - 2011-05-24 17:04

      Strauss is injured at the moment, so that doesn't really hold water right now... but still a good point

      RJ - 2011-05-24 17:09

      At least Bosman scored can kick, but sharks seem to have forgoten

      Stox - 2011-05-24 20:42

      We need to buy De Jonge and that Robert Ebersohn maybe... our centers don't cut it.

      Devon - 2011-05-25 08:01

      I would put in an offer for Johann Sadie. He's not going to want to play second fiddle to JdV and J Fourie for much longer...offer him a starting berth at the sharks...

  • m thomson - 2011-05-24 17:09

    Agreed makutu. He needs to play Mvovo, a wasted weapon on the bench, he needs to move Terblanche to full back or off the squad entirely (he is too slow for super 15 rugby), he needs to make some bold moves with the centre's as the two incumbents have have been "sliced and diced" by all the strong mid filed teams - Crusaders, Stormers, Bulls, Chiefs, Huricanes. And AD Jacobs is pathethic on defence as attested to by two Bull tries going through him. Sharks are destined to finish somewhere between 6th and 8th, so rather than bow out mildly, take some chances with selections. Out of the box thinking - move Pretorius to inside centre (playmaker) or even move Pretorius to flyhalf and Lambie to inside centre. Outsisde centre Kankowski - big, fast, strong, and always provides go forward ball in the tackle, can beat opposition with his side step and solid as can be on defence. Oh but maybe far to out of the box thinking for the Shark conservatism. It is so blatantly obvious that we cannot beat teh top teams with teh centre pairing . Also need more grunt from the locks who have been dominated at teh set pieces!!! Get your cheque books out management for net season as with all your money we are destined for another Super 15 season of mediocrity!! Pity because Sharks are only a few players away from winning the title!!

      Makutu - 2011-05-24 17:37

      The Mvovo part saddens me the most. what happened to the Currie Cup team from last year (excluding Terreblanche for now)? Did this coach lose a brain cell of some major kind?

      Bootman - 2011-05-24 18:56

      m thomson I agree with you that the sharks are a few players away from winning the title. If they had another 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.10,11,12,13,14, & 15 they would win it for sure.

      Russell - 2011-05-24 21:00

      who,s Pretorius dude?????????

      Lloyd - 2011-05-25 06:35

      Bootman, I think they also need a 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22.

  • Troopers - 2011-05-24 17:50

    Plumps must find two centres, not tomorrow; now!! Even Maritzbug College's centres will not let him down!!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-24 19:03

      and to think that he is bringing back john smit, jeez you sharkies must be very nervous

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-05-24 18:00

    The entire backline of the sharks is useless except JP. Lambie is the most overrated player in south africa, potgieter is way better then this snot nose. At least the sharks won games when potgieter played. and this useless coach pruimboom is quick to blame the players for his fu#ckups in team selection.

      Paul Strauss - 2011-05-24 18:56

      I tend to agree with Jan. I drove down all the way from Pretoria to go watch the game and what a dissapointment it was. I also think that the Beast is totally overrated. He does not gain any ground but rather goes sideways. Lambie was pushed to big to young (think of one Jona Lomu). What happened to Jacque Louis Potgieter. When playing for the Bulls last year he gave us a lot of headaches - should he not be given more opportunity?

      Rob Rabbit - 2011-05-24 18:57

      Lambie is SUPERB abd the wings are all GREAT the scrumhalf and centres are the problem.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-24 19:01

      rob boet, steyn gave lambchops a flyhalve lesson on saturday. currie cup material for sure, but BMT is missing

      martblore - 2011-05-24 20:01

      Jan how did steyn give lambie a lesson? their kicking stats where exactly the same and in fact steyn failed to converted one from the exact spot lambie hit one over minutes before! Steyn did squat in my opinion! name one thing he did better than lambie? And to counter your other claim, the sharks only won one game when Jacques started... so pipe down

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-24 20:08

      Lambie did very well indeed - playing behind a losing pack is terrible for a flyhalf. He has a great future for sure.

      Devon - 2011-05-25 08:04

      jan... JLP better than Lambie?? May I please have some of whatever you're smoking??? JLP is a revolving door on defense and about as useful as a pork butcher in Jerusalem when it comes to place kicking. We lost 3 games by 6 or less because he missed penalties. We'd be in a VERY strong position if he knew how to actually kick for posts...

      kosie - 2011-05-25 08:57

      jan du preez, lambie ran holes through morne and the bulls back line, the problem was that he had no support to offload, go check the replays

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-24 18:20

    Cant wait for the Shark - Cheetahs game at Bloem. !

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-24 18:55

      Cant wait for the Cheetahs Bulls game this weekend! Haak Vrystaat!

      Peester - 2011-05-25 00:28

      @Mojo You probably also can't wait till you will be able to count to 12. How many cup free years for the stometjies now?

  • duncan.willis - 2011-05-24 18:20

    At least play Mvovo at centre!

      mike - 2011-05-24 21:57

      Don't think his defense is good enough to play centre. You must remember rugby is a 50/50 game.Usually you going to be defending for 50% of the time so add more weight to defense when you select players. Wings are probably the only position were you can play with suspect defense.

  • Dr Phil - 2011-05-24 18:40

    You Fu#king better.......but hey I still love you guys...but you better Fu#king win

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-24 20:04

    Sorry for you but that loss to the Bulls wasn't no slip up. It was like watching Lennox Lewis boxing against Superman.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-25 06:36

      Or like Clark Kent fighting against Christopher Reeve.

  • sharksforeve - 2011-05-24 20:52

    Move Bosman to flyhalf as he is a great distributor of the ball and probably a better tactical flyhalf - sharks need a general at flyhalf than can dictate the game, you cannot play for your own half the whole game. Move Lambie to inside centre and Mvovo to outside centre and Terblanche to fullback as his positional play has always been brilliant.

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-25 06:38

    Get rid off all the thugs in the team, then you will at least get more supporters/respect.

      Devon - 2011-05-25 08:06

      Lloyd - Perhaps the Bulls should think about doing that....oh, wait. If they got rid of the thugs in their team they'd only have about 4 players left.... Too bad...

      Lloyd - 2011-05-25 08:35

      Devon, I have no comeback for that one. Well done.

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