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Plumtree: WP can punish us

2012-10-25 22:41

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree believes Western Province will bring a lot of confidence into the Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday, especially after their last-gasp win over the Golden Lions last week.

Province scored after the hooter to snatch a 21-16 victory in their semi-final in Johannesburg, and Plumtree believes that makes them dangerous.

“They were down and out with couple of minutes to go, they got an opportunity and nailed it, that would have given them a lot of confidence coming here," he told the Sharks website.

"They’ve spoken about the character in their team and that builds confidence. I know there is a lot of talk about us being favourites, we know this is going to be a real final, a real arm-wrestle."

WP go into the game with several top players out injured, but the Sharks coach doesn't expect a weaker-than-normal effort from the Cape side.

"They are strong in all respects. They have a really big forward pack and X-factor all over the park, similar to what we faced in 2010. So there is no one specific area we will be targeting, we know if we don’t play well ourselves, or our defence doesn’t function well as a group, that can really hurt us.

"If you look at the Habanas, Aplons, Pietersens, there are some really good players in that side, all capable of punishing defensive lapses.”

The clash kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday.

Teams:

Sharks:

15. Louis Ludik 14. JP Pietersen 13. Paul Jordaan12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Cobus Reinach 8. Keegan Daniel (captain) 7. Willem Alberts 6. Marcell Coetzee 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Jandre Marais 19. Jean Deysel 20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Carstens, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Marcel Brache, 22. Joe Pietersen

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Comments
  • cape.gtown.1 - 2012-10-25 22:58

    I think WP will edge it with their subs.

      randall.myburgh - 2012-10-26 06:59

      Wp has a decent bench...The Sharks has one as well.

  • lean.sadie - 2012-10-25 22:58

    GOnna be a cracker, can't wait.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-25 23:12

    Both teams have game breakers but it still takes a team effort to convert territory and possession into points while maintaining discipline. What a battle of wills, go SHARKS!!

  • barry.niekerk - 2012-10-25 23:21

    In the words of Obama: Yes We Can!!!!!!!!

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-25 23:21

    You bet they can

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-26 06:27

      Dreaming again boetie

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-26 00:01

    we dont have a good bench, wp have a much stronger bench, so we need a strong start and a cushion

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-26 08:45

      are you serious? Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Jandre Marais 19. Jean Deysel 20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Odwa Ndungane

  • richard.jeremy.79 - 2012-10-26 00:15

    At least Plumtree is sensible when he talks as anything can happen on Saturday.You never know with either side which one will turn up to play come Saturday.The Sharks have picked their full strength side almost exactly the same as the one that beat Province at Newlands in the Super Rugby semi-final with the exception of Bismarck du Plessis,Frederic Michalak. Province goes into this final without Tiaan Liebenberg, Andries Bekker, Schalk Burger, Siya Kolisi, Dewaldt Duvenage, Peter Grant and Jean de Villiers.Having said that,the Sharks are the certain favorites to win on Saturday! As a Province supporter,it would take really something unbelievable from us to beat the Sharks in their our backyard.But you never know! Looking ahead to the final its quite interesting to know that Province has seven players in our starting line-up for the final who were born in the 1990's and who are playing in the biggest game on the South African Rugby calendar!And they have already made it to a Currie Cup final so how about that! With Province being in the under 21's and under 19's finals, we stand a great chance to end this weekend holding every single major trophy in South Africa.We've already won the (Super Rugby Conference Cup,Vodacom Cup) and if we win on Saturday then we can add the Currie Cup to that aswell.Really exciting times ahead for Western Province Rugby at the minute.So a very well done to Allister Coetzee,John Dobson and Nazeem Adams. May the best team win on Saturday!

  • burger.geldenhuys - 2012-10-26 01:24

    ????

  • bbf.za - 2012-10-26 06:11

    ...but they won't...

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-26 06:16

    WP ondersteuners kry valse hoop...'After the hooter' gaan jule ni n drie druk ni jule gaan huil boeties en sussies

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 11:13

      Die drie was nie "after the hooter" nie. Daar was nog 8 sekondes in die game oor. Check die replays - of is dit te pynlik?

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-26 13:03

      Whatever...dan gaan jy 8sek voor di tyd huil

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-26 06:39

    Oh Plumtree stop with the mind games already!!!!! Its only a game and its only the curry cup , no one will die if WP lose, we will be fine, we will move on!!!!! Its a pity the fine people of Durban choose to insult the people of Cape Town, calling them drunks and toothleSs etc etc over something so trivial!!! Proudly South African I guess!!! Talk smack about your team and the game but come on dont get into peoples character!!!

      terry.burne - 2012-10-26 07:10

      I don't think it is anyone from Durban who are insulting the people of Cape Town - most of the insults are coming from disapointed WP hating Blue Bulls supporters like BlouJobbie and some of his sidekicks. Us genuine Sharks supporters don't need the likes of him supporting the Sharks, but there is nothing we can do to stop him posting his drivel on these forums. In fact, whilst most of us Sharks supporters believe that the Sharks will win the Currie Cup on Saturday - as I posted last week before the semi-finals, any one of the 4 teams in the semi-finals, on their day, can beat any one of the other teams.

      petrocornelia - 2012-10-26 07:56

      @terry,burne, maybe you should read die burger comments more, there are a number of sharks that trash province, and actually it is all round, all teams trash each other, but It is a small percentage of people who continues to make there own team name bad because of their and comment towards the other teams and players, and I can name a few on all teams

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-26 08:22

      I agree with Terry. The majority of Sharks supporters stay away from the insults. I personally don't see Die Burger so can't comment about that, but generally we're a respectful bunch. Just enjoy our rugby, and are hoping for a win on the weekend!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-26 06:42

    Drewka..... and buy overpriced currie cup tickets because the Sharks rugby union is greedy? I think the Bulls can happily make peace with not attending the event!!!!

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-26 06:47

    UIT DIE BLOU EN WIT VAN ONS TRUIE UIT DIE DIEPTE VAN ONS SPAN OOR ONS EWIGE GEBERGTES LE DIE GROEN HEILIGE NUWELAND DEUR ONS VER LANGE GESKIEDENIS EN DIE KREUN VAN HARDE SPEL RUIS DIE STEM VAN ONS SUPPORTERS WANT ONS VERRAAI NOOIT ONS WP SPAN ONS SAL OPDAAG BY DIE HORDES ONS SAL OFFER WAT JY VRA ONS IS EN BLY SUPPORTERS ONS VIR JOU ........ONS WP SPAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      petrocornelia - 2012-10-26 07:10

      @riaan,crouse1 great stuff man just great, win or loose, forever WP

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-26 07:18

      Shame...

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 07:34

      I see the sharks . . . in black and white These boys from Durbs . . play like dynamite And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world I see the Sharkies score .. . and the crowd that cheer I see them win . . . for me and you And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world The colors of the rainbow . . so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces . of the fans going by I see friends shaking hands . . .sayin howzit bru They really sayin . . we’re the best that’s true And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 11:15

      Bloumasjien, die "The colors of the rainbow . . so pretty in the sky" gee jou weg. Los die aaptwak so vroeg in die oggend!

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-26 07:07

    Tough one to call, respect your oponent but make sure to grind them down. It could go either way taking into account hw tight the games hv been this year.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 07:09

    Sterkte vir beide spanne !Ek glo die Sharks gaan te sterk wees ,maar enige iets kan in n finaal gebeur. Go Saaaaaaarks !

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-10-26 07:20

    I am so proud of my team. So many injuries, so many youngsters, and look where we are!?! In the final. Maak nie saak wat al die bitter bekke se nie!! PROVINCE!!!!!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-26 08:24

      You have every reason to be proud, mate. You have a great team that has performed well this year. It is amazing to see how many youngsters there are on display in both teams. Rally exciting for SA rugby looking forward.

  • evert.vanstaaden - 2012-10-26 07:34

    This is an old tactic by Plumtree, talking about how good the opposition is. it's going to be a tight game.

  • my10cent - 2012-10-26 08:25

    I'm not a supporter of either team, but i would like for the Sharks to wipe the floor with the arrogant WP.

      robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-26 08:47

      We're not arrogant, we're WP - the birth place of SA rugby. WP by 3 points and I'll celebrate with a can of sardines on toast and glass of dry white Cape wine from Durbanville Hills...

  • Michael - 2012-10-27 20:29

    well WP did punish them

  • Michael - 2012-10-27 20:30

    wel WP did punish the sharks

  • Michael - 2012-10-27 20:33

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO BE A WESTERN PROVINCE SUPPORTER IM A PURE BLOODED CAPETONIAN WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT YEAR WITH THE SUPER 15

  • Michael - 2012-10-27 20:34

    JUST WISH I COULD HAVE SPENT IT WITH MY BROTHER!!! MY DAD WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD OF THE TEAM !!! LOVE YOU TYRONE AND DAD

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