Plumtree happy with close win

2012-09-29 14:01

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree described his side’s  victory over the Blue Bullson Friday night as an “arm wrestle” and was content to come out on top, albeit narrowly, in miserable, wet conditions in Durban.

The coastal side moved briefly to the summit of the Currie Cup log with a  13-12 win at Kings Park, in a match marred by swirling rain and a controversial red card for hooker Pieter Dixon.

They dropped back to second position on Saturday after the Golden Lions regained their three-point lead at the top of the standings.

“It was just really an arm wrestle, wasn’t it? A battle of inches,” Plumtree said.

“The Bulls pack were heavy and we had to try and contain them.

“I’m proud of the way the boys really dug it in because we were at times getting manhandled a bit on the gain line and in the mauls, so it was a tough night for them. They’re exhausted.

“Obviously territory was a big thing -- kicking, contestables and set-pieces -- so there was hardly any rugby played.”

The home side, who trailed 9-5 at the break, outscored the Pretoria visitors by two tries to none after Paul Jordaan and Keegan Daniel crossed in each half.

But it was the debatable dismissal of Dixon that emerged as perhaps the most talked about incident of the game after the veteran hooker was red carded in the 70th minute for a kick to the head of Bulls flank Arno Botha -- a call made by the television match official.

“I could understand a penalty because he was reckless. It was stupid," Plumtree said.

“But it was certainty not intended and he’s certainly not that type of guy. It’s probably the first red card in his life.

“Hopefully he would have paid the ultimate price with the sending off and not having to sit out anymore.

"So it was reckless, but whether it deserved a red card, I don’t think so.”

The Bulls dropped to the bottom of the table, with only three wins from eight games, after the Cheetahs secured a much needed victory over Griquas on Saturday.

Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter felt his side adopted the right game plan and had done everything they needed to do, apart from getting the result.

“We played the game the right way, especially in these weather conditions," Potgieter said.

"We created some opportunities but lost the ball at crucial times.

“Congratulations to the Sharks for closing out the game.

“Tactically we did quite a good job, but hats off to the Sharks, they’re a quality team.”


  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-29 14:36

    We need locks plumtree our scrum was good get rid of riaan viljoen

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-29 14:50

      Asseblief Leon, ons sal inbetaal as julle hom vat!

      leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-29 15:18

      Lol gee ons eers n bakkies en matfield

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-29 15:36

      Uhm, wat van Louis Fouche, Dean Greyling, Jacques Potgieter en Pierre Spies? Maar dan moet julle vir Ludeke ook vat! :-)

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-09-29 15:03

    Wat gan dit vat on ontslae te raak van pine???

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-29 15:14

      Ek weet nie Jacques ... miskien as ons promosie/relegasie speel sal die bestuur wakker skrik? Maar al kom ons 2de laaste, moet hy defnitief die trekpas kry want dan is dit nou 2 jaar in 'n ry wat ons nie top 4 is nie! En hulle moet Ludeke sommer saam met hom laat gaan - ek is seker hy is besig om te "help"!

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-29 15:33

      En lyk my die Cheetahs gaan wen teen die Griekwas - dit beteken on is LAASTE op die log. En dan is daar nog supporters wat sê dinge is okay en ons moenie worry nie? Ek HOOP van Graan doen iets drasties!!

  • dowwe.duane - 2012-09-29 15:38

    Plumtree also said he and Mark Lawrence had a lovely breakfast together this morning laughing about the 3 penalties that were never awarded to the Bulls in the last 10min

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-29 16:03

      Please tell me when is the last time the Sharks won a game with Mark Lawrence reffing before this one? The Sharks lost the CC final with him reffing and the first two games of the S15 with him reffing and making suspect calls against the Sharks. Why did he not blow a penalty against the bulls for the around the neck tackle on Ndungane? Why did he ask for a TMO referral after the AR told him that the knock on was deliberate - looking for a different answer? The Sharks were on the Bulls tryline twice in the first 10 minutes and were held out by deliberate slowing down of the ball, yet no penalty. You cannot depend on biased refs to get you through every game, sorry.

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-09-29 15:44

    And now with The Cheetahs klaping Griquas, The Pink Ladies are BOTTOM of the pile....... wahaha

  • ljmostert - 2012-09-29 16:15

    Waar lê die Bulle op die log na hierdie naweek se games? Vra maar net!

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