Plumtree: Lions are favourites

2012-08-16 07:50

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree hopes a good crowd at Kings Park can lift his team against the Lions - who he feels are favourites ahead of their Currie Cup clash on Saturday night.

The Sharks lost their most recent encounter 38-28 to the Lions in Super Rugby, and with most of their team away at the Springboks, playing the defending Currie Cup champions could be a tall order.

Therefore Plumtree is hoping for a nice crowd to lift his young side, who he has branded underdogs, despite showing great mettle in upsetting Western Province 25-23 at Newlands last week.

“We’re hoping to have a good crowd to support us, they can come down and also watch the Bok game on the big screen,”  Plumtree told the Sharks website.

“It’s important for us to get a crowd here, we’ve struggled to beat the Lions with a full strength side, so with 14 or 15 guys out, I don’t think we’ll be favourites to win this game. So we’re hoping we have some fans to help us out. Winning home games is vital in this competition, if you manage to pinch one away but drop one at home, it undoes a lot, so it’s very important that we do win.”

Like last week the team will be full of youngsters but the trio of Charl McLeod, Anton Bresler and Louis Ludik are back in contention after resting last week.

Plumtree confirmed that they are still waiting on centre Paul Jordaan, who injured his hamstring against WP. “He hasn’t trained this week yet but we’re hoping he will be right for Thursday’s training.”

The clash in Durban kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night - after the Springbok Test against Argentina.


  • steveroodt - 2012-08-16 08:29

    Sharks Forever

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-16 08:56

    Very easy to win a currie cup when the number of players you lost to International selections is 0.

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-08-16 09:14

      Sakkie... Don't hate... Appreciate!!! Die Sharks is julle TIERE my broer. Vallemj... Very easy to CHOKE time and time again when your team is at full strength as well! Keep your idiotic comments to yourself. You guys were annihilated last year in the CC semi (Choked) and in the S15 you repeated the same performance AGAIN (11 years and counting) The excuses start early I see (or is it general lingo on the Cape Flats these days). The Sharks AND the CKOOOOOOKERS will be nowhere in the CC this year and the Bulls and the Lions to play the final for top honors. The Lions will MURDER the Sharks this weekend!!! Go LIONS!!!

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-16 09:40

      Full strength, Burger , Vermuelen , Koster, please you royal twat know the facts before you open your Stupid trap. All the springboks came back from a devastating World Cup and had a week to recover. Where were your Lions in the Super 15 you Idiot, or what about the one before that, or before that.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-16 10:22 is a brave prediction to say that the Sharks will be nowhere this CC. If memory serves me correctly, we were in the final of the CC last year, and final of the S15 this year. I think that the best thing to do is to wait and see how things pan out. We have lost a lot of players, but I think there is a great group of players waiting on the fringe who might do pretty well through the CC. I certainly hope so. Trying to remember what we did to the Bulls in the S15 as well...oh yes, I remember now. CC is a different competition with a different group of players, but it is going to be very entertaining either way. Sharks Forever!

      danny.cohen.315 - 2012-08-16 10:23

      tokolos.....die SHARKS is hierdie jaar jul almal se TIERE....met hul C span and all Lyk of jy 'n moerse klap van die lewe gekry het nes dof sakkie papkop.

      denese.newby - 2012-08-16 11:03

      Most of these comments are so boooring! Just support your team and forget the rest. It's boring! Go Sharks - even though you've lost 14 quality players to boks, injury etc.

  • - 2012-08-16 08:56

    Dear Plum I'm a staunch sharks supporter and was very traumatized by the Final loss last year and even worse the round robin loss when it mattered the most. I could have made things different at the play-offs which undoubtedly took a sting out of the guys. However, the discovery and revelation of Marcel Coetzee, Pat Lambie the year before and already Paul Jordaan this year gives me hope for the future and I'm comforted the Union is making progress, evidenced by final appearances, including the S15 where we qualified last, in the last 4 years. So don't worry, even If I have to be the only one, I will attend the match. My blood is more black & white than green & gold. Go Sharks!!! Sincerely, Sbuda Mo aka The Beast

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-16 10:07

      Sbu you legend!

      denese.newby - 2012-08-16 11:12

      Great comment ! Go Sharks! My blood is also more black and white than green and gold. But it will be great to watch all the black and whites in the green and gold on Sat. Eight in starting line up and 1 plus 1 ex-shark on the bench. Hope they shine! Sharks 4ever!

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-08-16 08:58

    Supporting the Lions 100% and they should win, but I think today voting may have a huge impact if its negative.....go Lions!!

  • marc.grondein - 2012-08-16 09:08

    Can the Shark B team beat the Lions yes they can go Sharks....

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-16 09:54

    Should be a good match, but GO LIONS!!!

  • douglas.mcantagart - 2012-08-16 11:25

    Come on my boytjies, you can do it! Let's show the sharkies how it's done. " GO LIONS! "

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