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The best I've seen - Plumtree

2012-07-29 22:13

Cape Town - The travel-weary Sharks exposed the Stormers' shortcomings in their Super Rugby semi-final at Newlands on Saturday.

The Sharks' tactical nous saw them triumph 26-19 to earn the right to join the Chiefs in next week's final in New Zealand.

Week after week, the Stormers produced one-dimensional match-winning performances on the back of solid defence to finish top of the standings, but they fell short in other areas such as attack and tactical kicking.

Sharks coach John Plumtree did what some of his predecessors, Ian McIntosh and Kevin Putt, did and reshuffled his starting line-up.

It turned out to be a masterstroke as JP Pietersen's move from wing to centre was particularly telling on the day.

Plumtree gave his flyhalf Frederic Michalak a free hand to run the show as he saw fit and his tactical kicking throughout the match proved a nightmare for the Stormers.

Subsequently, Michalak had a hand in both of the Sharks' tries to go with his 16 points via penalties, drop-goals and conversions.

A visibly distressed Jean de Villiers conceded afterwards that the Stormers were not good enough on the day.

"We can only blame ourselves," said De Villiers.

"We had 80 minutes to prove that we were good enough and in the end we were short.

"I don't think we ever stopped trying, but we were beaten by a better team and it will take time to get over it."

Plumtree said the Sharks' performance was one of the team's finest during his tenure as coach.

"I put it right up there with the best displays I've seen," said Plumtree.

"They've got that confidence and it grows a bit with every week.

"A few weeks ago they would not have won this match and it shows how much they've grown in self-belief.

Plumtree said they made a late decision to change the team because they needed to something about increasing their territorial position.

"We brought in Riaan (Viljoen) because of his big boot and that was one way we could spend more time in our opponent's half," he said.

"We've experienced great pain getting to this point.

"We were hit hard in the collisions and the Stormers really slowed down our ball."

The Sharks fly out to Hamilton on Sunday via Sydney.

"It's not ideal preparation in the week of the final," said Plumtree.

"We never spoke about it but I could see today the players were getting tired."

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Comments
  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-07-29 22:36

    Well done sharks, hope you guys go on to win this thing.. Proud stormers/bulls-hater supporter!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 05:15

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha STOKERS.... Cup-less again... Lol..

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-30 05:59

      It was priceless to see Banana crawling on the ground in snot and trane. Bhahahahaha, One of my best weekends ever. Stormers suck.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-30 06:00

      Question: why are the Bulls fans so venomously anti-Stormer? Answer by Backstabber the Psychologist: the Bulls' fans deep embarrassment with the Bulls dismal SR performances over the last two years is projected as anger towards their perceived arch enemy the Stormers, which have done better than them over the last two years. Yes, jealousy makes you nasty. Cape Town is so much nicer, classier and more beautiful than Tshwane. That would include the fans too. Hehehehehe...

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-30 07:08

      Sakkie, Jy het saterdag jou vrou seker lekker gemuhr toe die stormers verloor het, Hahahhaa, stormers suck, CHOKERS CHOKERS CHOKERS soos die laaste 11 jaar, nou 12 jaar Bhahahahaha.

      Ettiene - 2012-07-30 07:20

      They say what do you get when you have a room full of choker supporters??..........A FULL SET OF TEETH

      danie.fick.98 - 2012-07-30 07:20

      hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

      Ettiene - 2012-07-30 07:22

      Hey sakkie bly om te sien jy comment at least. So wat gaan dit volgende jaar wees dieselfde storie, elke jaar se julle mos "watch us this year" en dan?? CHOKE soos altyd. 11 jaar sonder enige iets is n skande. EK se skop die Stormers uit die S15 en bring in die Kings!!!!!!!!!!

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-07-30 07:39

      @Isak- you've been missing in action these last 36 hours & the first thing you do is have a go at a Bulls supporter ? After all you have written & forecast the last week I would have thought a bit of humble pie & congrats to the Sharks would be in order, but obviously not.

      Merven - 2012-07-30 08:26

      Lol, I wish I could see Isak's face on Saturday.

      Merven - 2012-07-30 08:28

      " 'That would include the fans too. '" @backstabber.adder - and the fact that Cape Town is the gay capital of the world...

      bryan.s.mcconnell - 2012-07-30 08:37

      As a still proud Bulls supporter I must tip my blue cap to an awesome performance by the Sharks! I never thought they could win 2 away games on the trot but they are looking very strong...... Good luck for the weekend Sharks!!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-30 08:44

      hahahahhahaha wimp lo !!!!!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-30 10:07

      Backstabber - "the Psychologist". You should ask for a refund of your tuition fee! Or did you quilify at the university of harare!

  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-29 23:43

    After watching the semis I have to say the Chiefs looked the true champions, they have power and pace right across the park!! Their intensity is much higher and for 80minutes!! If the Sharks want to win they have to beat them between the ears, they are not going to beat them physically!!! I have said it before, the Stormers season had run its coarse three games shy of the regular season!!! Not scoring tries has Fleck all over it!! Fleck was a brilliant runner, but his team mates had no idea where he was going!! Saturday the Stormers backline were individualists, dying with the ball, easy to defend!!! Having to play locks and hookers in their loose trio, you have to take your hat off to them for topping the table!!!! I thought they could have used Van Der Heever on the wing more, they needed a big strong runner to complement Jaun, but they didn't seem to have a backline plan!!!!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-30 00:01

      On another note this game didn't do Grant, DeJong Pieterson any favours in Meyers eyes, they kicked badly with no distance even with the wind!! De Jong, was he on the field??

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-07-30 02:45

      @thomas, We wont match them physically???? We have one of the most physicall packs if not the stongest in super rugby. Most of them are Boks. Our back line is just as physical and dangerous. We have a few more future boks coming up through the ranks. Sharks will win by 7

  • DenĂ©se - 2012-07-30 00:42

    Well done, Sharks. Do it again over in NZ. It's gonna be tough though! Chiefs are playing awesome rugby. GO SHARKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's all 22!

  • robert.elkins.146 - 2012-07-30 00:58

    my classmate's mom got paid $15611 the prior week. she is working on the computer and bought a $576500 condo. All she did was get blessed and make use of the instructions leaked on this web site http://goo.gl/TyIY9

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-30 02:16

      Is she a call girl?

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-07-30 06:50

      Sies guys, sies.

      Merven - 2012-07-30 08:29

      Does she insists on protection?

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-30 02:09

    Great team,great coach,happy Shark supporters.All that is needed is the cherry on top.

  • John - 2012-07-30 03:12

    Tough to formulate a game plan against the Chiefs, but one weakness I can see in the Chiefs is the lineout throws to the back. The broken play is going to be the difference on the day as well as kicking. I cannot predict a winner at this stage but depends what opportunities arise on the day. Sharks need to get quality rest

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-30 04:31

    All i can say is Chiefs get ready to Rumble some hungry Sharks are on their way.............GO SHARKS

  • brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-30 05:56

    The Stormers are the worst team I've ever seen in my life, has been palookas and Mega Chokers. Isak is probably still moering his wife. my profile pic says it all, Bhahahahahahha.

      Merven - 2012-07-30 08:30

      The Stormers couldn't expect to make the final if they can not even acquire bonus points.

      jason.hepple.5 - 2012-07-30 09:27

      @Mervin - hey, be fair, they got a bonus point for being within 7points on Sat:)

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-30 09:50

      Graemeltd, cool pic you have mate, Love it, Bhahahaha cry babies Hahahahaha.

  • jason.hepple.5 - 2012-07-30 07:36

    What Isaak... now that you're finnished moering your wife you want to take on the people commenting on this site?? You were first in line to lay into the Bulls when they lost to the Crusaders - now the wheel has turned and this time it's riding right over you!! Maybe next time you'll avoid being so arrogant and abusive to other supporters... Pride comes before the fall!!! LEKKER...

      Merven - 2012-07-30 08:31

      I don't think Isaak is moering his wife, because then she won't buy him papsak anymore.

  • danie.vandyk.50 - 2012-07-30 08:47

    Well done my Sharkies!! Het jy toe halftyd jou eie kar gaan was ou Isak "Papsak" Visser? Sulke goed gebeur mos maar as jy al die vorige week die game "wen". Rol nou maar daai predictions van jou op en druk hom in daar waar die son nie skyn nie.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-07-30 09:12

    What makes me wanna puke is the joy some people get when the team they love to hate loses. This is particularly true of - but not exclusive to - Bulls supporters, like hahahaha exponents Chaplin and Lloyd, as well as the SA-hating CapeMaori. If all you have to offer is hundreds of haha's, it doesn't say much for your mental capacity. I support the Sharks, and watched the game in the company of two Stormers supporters and one blue/pink chap. All agreed that the better team won on the day and, most important, all will root for the Sharks come Saturday. I hope they will do the whole country proud.

  • jonathan.greyvenstein - 2012-07-30 11:46

    You know, I'm a proud Shark supporter.. They played well and deserved the win. Enough said. Now stop rubbing salt into the Stormers wounds. This is taking bragging to new levels on a par with booing the opposition when they have to kick for goal. Shark supporters, stay humble, otherwise we will be the ones kicked in the teeth on Saturday.. Enough with the Bull attitude.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-30 17:51

      Oraait,but I have half a bag of rock salt left.

  • larry.phiri - 2012-07-30 12:37

    daad

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