Plumtree hails 'amazing 2012'

2012-10-21 16:54

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree hailed 2012 as a year he will never forget after his team moved a step closer towards the Currie Cup title with victory over the Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday evening.

Springbok utility back Patrick Lambie kicked 15 points to add to a late try by Lwazi Mvovo as the Durban side claimed a dominating 20-3 semi-final victory at a wet Kings Park.

They will now host Western Province in next weekend’s decider, after the Capetonians edged the Lions 21-16 in the other last four clash.

Plumtree's men have already played and lost two back-to-back major finals - last year's Currie Cup against the Golden Lions, and the Super Rugby final, when they were beaten by the Chiefs.

"It’s been an amazing year," Plumtree said.

"To be in a Super 15 final and then three months later to be hosting a Currie Cup final is really great.

"It’s a year that I won’t forget. I mean obviously we’ve got a big week and still need to play 80 minutes, but I’m really proud of everyone in the team, in the squad and management."

Plumtree said he was relieved about securing the victory after he had sleepless nights in the build-up to the match.

The match was largely a kicking contest, especially early on, as both sides seemed reluctant to hold on to the ball.

"It looked like both sides were quite nervous, especially in that first 15-20 minutes," the Sharks coach said.

"I was particularly pleased with that 20 minutes before half-time, but after that our lineout didn’t function too well and we didn’t do too much of attacking in the game."

He praised his charges for their defensive efforts and for remaining disciplined on the night.

"I guess we exerted a bit of pressure and got reward for it," Plumtree said.

"We talk about our defence and discipline being good, not giving away dumb penalties. I think we did that tonight."

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar was predictably unhappy by the manner in which his side bowed out, but played down suggestions that they lacked ambition.

"What they’ve done better tonight is kicking more accurately than us," Pienaar said.

"Their contestables were more spot on than what we offered and basically the pressure they put on us turned into penalties.

"So I wouldn’t say they were more ambitious than us, they were just more accurate."

He admitted that his side were not good enough, and that the Sharks adapted better to the wet conditions.

"I’m pretty disappointed with our showing tonight," Pienaar said.

"They handled better in their own half in those terrible conditions.

"I think both sides came out all guns blazing defensively, the gainline battle was immense.

"Well done to them, they finished top of the log and they deserve to host that home final."


  • leak.sadie - 2012-10-21 17:03

    What is really amazing about 2012 is the number 12. WP cupless years in a week

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-21 18:18

      It will be a great Final , whomever wins , mainly because the Bulls are not there . I guess they avoided relegation though which we congratulate them on.

      leak.sadie - 2012-10-21 18:21

      And even better, the Bulls will never be 11yr cupless

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-21 18:40

      Leakemia, enjoy the shopping on Saturday.

      leak.sadie - 2012-10-21 19:55

      @hans Thanks I will, it's really fun if you stinking rich

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-21 17:21

    What really blows me away is year in and year out how the Currie Cup remains such a brilliant competition, even after all the excitement and brilliance of Super rugby. Well done to all teams.... Now go Sharks, give 'em hell.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-21 20:15

      I agree Gavin. It is a great competition, and I think that I prefer it to the Super15. It is so good to see the youngsters giving it a go, and the talent that we have in this country on display. To think that players like Etzebeth, Marcell, Lambie, Kitshoff are in their early 20's is amazing, and we have not even begun to see the likes of Small-Smith and Serfontein, to name but a few. Good luck to Province on the weekend. I hope it is an enjoyable game, but it is going to be tough, hard and uncompromising. Really hoping for a Sharks win, but so proud that the boys have done this well and had such a good season. Sharks forever.

      joseph.brendon - 2012-10-21 22:49

      Yes I agree Gavin. The Boks need to also participate in this great competition to the benefit of all parties - it was obvious this weekend. SARFU and the NZRFU need to get the Super 15 split into Pools or we scrap the dual local derbies so the Boks and All Blacks can play domestic rugby.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-22 07:33

      A bit watered down when the whole Bulls squad is ripped apart by the rigors of Bok rugby. The might of the Bulls is taken away and after a bruising season they have to try come and rescue the season. This is merely the Vodacom Cup pt 2. And ad into the equation the refs have all be instructed on who should be in the final. It is a sorry state of affairs and to think this is a great, strong competition is deluded. It is a development trophy. The winner of this tournament means as much to me as the winner of the Vodacom cup. Nothing

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-10-21 17:51

    It isn't over! Just 80 more minutes of pain, blood and sweat. But damn I'm proud of this team! Since that miserable performance against the Hurricanes on 6 April, the guys have stepped up and have been the form team in SA. But this one last game will be the difference between a really good year and an unforgettable one! I know they'll give it their all. Black and white. Nothing else matters. Sharks Forever!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-21 17:57

    And Hans salutes you Coach Plumtree. Sing Heil ! BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-21 18:05

      Hans, Sing Heil or Sieg Heil or maybe both?!?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-21 18:22


      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-21 18:35

      Stoof is doenbaar, jy meneer het die IK van 'n tuinstoel en die ritme van 'n baksteen. Nou dit maak jou so bruikbaar soos 'n MC.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-21 18:44

      @Blou, nee man, Heil, niks 'hail' nie - LoL

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-21 18:47

      Rene, well Sing or Sieg, you know we have garden chairs here like Leak, need to make it readable to the little people too.

      leak.sadie - 2012-10-21 19:57

      Shame ou Hansie, jy bietjie sensitief oor Rene jou in jou plek gesit het? Foeitog oubaas se honne Remember, there is something out there called spell check

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-22 21:24

      I love you too Leak.

  • mpanzathuthukani - 2012-10-21 18:36

    What a year!!! 3 finals?????? M real proud 2 b a kzn citizen... Sharks forever!!!!!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-21 19:37

      and these finals you didn't win and you are proud of that, yey

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-21 20:14

      At least the Sharks are in with a shout to win cups, where's your team suurgat suidlander?

  • Brad - 2012-10-21 21:06

    Plum...I agree it's been a great year...BUT we SHOULD have been HOSTING a S15 and would have if you had played the first half of the tournament the way you played the second half and all of the Currie Cup. This has happened EVERY year you've been in charge. We get our hopes up at the end of the CC, only to be greeted with braindead kick-the-ball-away Bulls rugby at the start of Super Rugby. PLEASE just continue with what you've been doing in the CC next year!

  • moses.govender.7 - 2012-10-21 21:38

    Yes is was a good year...that can be great if the cup stays at home on saturday. The sharks are by far the best team in SA with cover in all positions. Biggest improvement this year are our centres. They have creativity and pace. Well done Plum on sorting out this issue. Thanks for showing the world that SA players can thrive by playing attractive rugby!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-21 22:09

      The biggest improvement for this year has been at scrumhalf. Same time last year we had Conrad Hoffmann at scrumhalf and the poor dude had a complete meltdown in the final. Cobus is another kettle of fish altogether.

      moses.govender.7 - 2012-10-21 22:28

      Can't disagree there...reinach is a springbok in the making. his play in the rain was unbelieveable...and he is keeping a player like macleod on the bench.

  • joseph.brendon - 2012-10-21 22:58

    As a Shark supporter it will be anyone's final and a great one too. Either way I hope the Bok selectors think out of the box and send a young team to tour Europe with all our young in-form stalwarts starting. Janjties, Lambie, Taute and DeJong should all be in the starting backline and Habana, Pieterson and DeVilliers being with them.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-22 06:31

    That gme resembled a bok v AB game. The bulls played BULLS rugby while the sharks played the situation. I admit ML was again off on saturday, however i remarked to the guy nxt to me- seems like we are more street smart than our friends frm upcountry.

  • angie.farr81 - 2012-10-22 10:22

    Was an amazing time @ the Mr Price Kings Park. Our boys loved it! Now for the final... SHARKS forever :)

  • donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-22 12:59

    Well Pine we did a lot more than just kick better than you boys, we actually played rugby without filth and scored points too. Swak ou maat on your bike

  • brian.connell.18 - 2012-10-22 13:29

    "contestables"? Must confess I've never heard that word before.

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