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Sharks train in luxury

2011-01-21 10:15

Phokeng - The Sharks are making the best of the time they are spending at the Bafokeng Sports Campus in Phokeng and look set to return to Durban in great shape for the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament, coach John Plumtree said on Thursday.

“We are in better shape than we were this time last year and we think we have a better squad even though we know there is still a lot of hard work to do,” said Plumtree.

Speaking from the Royal Marang Hotel which hosted England during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Plumtree said that his team had been putting in the extra yards, but that they also took time out to enjoy their surroundings. “This facility is outstanding,” he said.

“The food is really good and the beds are really comfortable - which is important for these boys,” he quipped.

“It has been a bit hectic in terms of work load but that is why we are here, but we have also been able to have some relaxation and fun time together as a team.”

Plumtree said that they were not looking to reinvent the wheel by travelling so far away from their comfort zone.

“Our preparation has not been too much different than what it has been in the past.”

One of the differences is that the team is a stone’s throw away from the world renowned Sun City golf courses while the brand of soccer played at the Royal Bafokeng stadium on Wednesday provided some good entertainment.

Looking to the first matches of the year, Plumtree said that he is confident all his men will be ready.

“We still have a few niggling injuries that we’ve got to get sorted out, but we are hoping that by the time we get to the Neo Africa Tri-Series down in Cape Town everyone will be ready to go.

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Comments
  • Viv - 2011-01-21 10:52

    Come on Sharks - show you class and win the S15!

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:40

      Must be joking! No change for the piesangboere!

      Rob - 2011-01-25 09:47

      @Martin: bud you have some serious sour grapes. And the Bulls buy just as many players as the Sharks do. Think you need to realise we living in a professional era, and until then you will have issues. Not going to change...

  • Nokka - 2011-01-21 11:11

    Phokeng?

      tdk25 - 2011-01-21 12:35

      Yes, that would be a place near the city of Rustenburg in the Northwest province of South Africa....

      Joe - 2011-01-21 17:12

      phokeng joking?

  • Rob - 2011-01-21 11:18

    SHARKS FOREVER!!

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-01-21 11:21

    Come end of the season the cup will be in its new home, NATAL !!

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:41

      Nope, Piesangboere het nie genoeg gekoop laas jaar...

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-21 11:30

    Sharks you beauties, Smitty better pitch up as Captain otherwise we;ll be crying for Stefan!!! Come on John, put your back into it, last 9 months...

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:42

      No change, you have not bought enough talent from the other unions last year... Die piesang is vrot van binne!

  • Clinton - 2011-01-21 13:30

    This year, we'll basically take the Currie Cup out of its glass cabinet, dust if off and put it right back in there. Because that is where it will remain for 2011! SHARKS 4 LIFE!!

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:50

      No change for BMT-less Viskop Piesangboere... Maybe you should not have pushed away Ruan and Francois Steyn for a better change, but thats what you do best over there... Who will forget how the Sharks made a mess of a brilliant player like Brent Russell by pushing him around in the backline?? I am just glad Dan Carter is not South African otherwise he would have been bought by the Sharks, 'transformed' into a flanker and sold off to some French club...

  • vorsterhenk - 2011-01-21 13:45

    Goooooooooooo Sharkies !

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:47

      Maybe you should not have pushed away Ruan and Francois Steyn... Who will forget how the Sharks made a mess of a brilliant player like Brent Russell by pushing him around in the backline?? I am just glad Dan Carter is not South African otherwise he would have been bought by the Sharks, 'transformed' into a flanker and sold off to some French club...

  • milanh - 2011-01-21 15:05

    I experienced my first 3 sharks games last year all at the shark tank. First rugby games to be honest. Had no idea what the hell it was all about...but damn....Rugby is crowd responsive....brilliant atmosphere...and the woman.....now lets not get into that...sharkettes forever........ But on a serious note...SHARKS FOREVER..............ok and the flashers at the tank....

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:44

      Fish addiction... Money buy cups for the Sharks, no real talent there except one or 2 daggakoppie surfers that come through... THE SHARKS DID NOT BUY ENOUGH LAST YEAR... No BMT thus it will be the Crusaders or the Bulls ... again...

  • sanza - 2011-01-21 22:07

    REALY LOOKING FORWAD 2 SEEING THE SHARKS IN ACTION,M POSITIVE THAT WE WILL BE SUPER 15 CHAMPIONS,I.R.B PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011?BEAST MTAWARIRA!!!!!!!OR ANY OF THE SHARKS PLAYERS ,WE,RE TOTALLY GONNA OUTSHINE THE BULLS THIS SEASON

      Martin - 2011-01-22 16:42

      No change, you have not bought enough talent from the other unions last year... Die piesang is vrot van binne!

  • Martin - 2011-01-22 16:51

    No change... VISKOP PIESANGBOERE!!!

      goat - 2011-01-24 15:51

      Hi Martin, Its not "change" its chance and they have a great chance of winning you sound a bit bitter and jealous.

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