Plumtree lauds Sharks' fight

2012-09-02 18:43

Durban - John Plumtree was a proud man after watching his Sharks side claim a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Free State Cheetahs in their Currie Cup clash in Durban on Saturday night.

The coastal team had trailed by 15 points at the interval, before three tries in the last 20 minutes helped complete a battling 34-32 win at Kings Park.

It was a memorable performance from the hosts and highlighted the character of the players, whose heads would have dropped dramatically after they conceded two tries in four frantic minutes prior to the half-time siren, when Sarel Pretorius and Raymond Rhule went over.

“The two tries they scored just before half-time were quite soft and we didn’t really deserve to be down by that much,” Plumtree said after the match.

“I thought we did okay in the first half, but then it was a lot of comeback rugby in the second half.

“The boys managed to do that and I was proud of them. The team was well led tonight, they kept going the whole time. It was what we’d asked for, which was great.”

The Sharks boss also hailed the influence of the returning Keegan Daniel - the regular captain of the side - who was included after being axed from the Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship's Australasia leg earlier in the week.

“I thought Keegan Daniel was outstanding tonight,” Plumtree said.

“I think he deserves a special mention.

“He’s been through a lot this week and coming back and playing for his province the way he did was outstanding.

“I thought he was a huge influence out on that field tonight, just his work rate, he just carried for us, he tackles, he did so much tonight.

“Getting over that disappointment of missing out on Springbok selection isn’t easy and what he did was fantastic.”

Having trailed 21-6, the Sharks hit back immediately after the break via a Riaan Viljoen try, before Nico Scheepers once again threatened to take the game away from the home side when he went in for the Cheetahs’ third try.

Plumtree’s side brought themselves back into the match with winger Odwa Ndungane scoring a brace of tries within six minutes to leave them five points behind the Free Staters.

Centre Meyer Bosman, who also scored 14 points with the boot, then added a bonus-point try with four minutes left in the match to snatch the win.

“The boys knew that we could do it, it was just a couple of tries and we were back in the game,” Plumtree added.

“But the Cheetahs defensively were pretty good tonight. They shut us down from going wide early and we had to show a little more patience.

“When we attacked them up the middle of the field we got some good gains.

"We changed tactically and it worked. But we still had to get those tries to get close and get the win.

"We did that with a few minutes to go.”

In the day's other result, Western Province crushed the Blue Bulls with a convincing 42-6 victory in Cape Town, picking up their second win of the Currie Cup season and moving into second place in the log standings.


  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-02 19:03

    Frustrating first half great second half

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-02 19:24

    It's a known fact that 5 of the major trophies in world rugby are currently held by teams that are coached by New Zealand coaches and that's no fluke.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-02 23:00

      Go tell that one to the Ozzies and the Lions, not a lot of Kiwi-Coach-Love going around in those circles at the moment.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-03 19:34

      Truth. Ian Mac was ahead of his time, also laid the foundations of the 1995 squad, Kitch was just the "fall" guy. Ian derived gameplay, hand-offs, etc. from the Kiwi's back in the 90's, and that is why Natal ruled that era. Again we saw the success with White, another scholar of Ian Mac.

  • ikwagga - 2012-09-03 08:05

    Why why why was the replays of the second forward pass stopped half way? The question now is how much does the producer actually know about rugby? How can you not see where the ball landed before you can judge if a pass was forward or not. Nope lucky sharkies 2 forward passes result 2 tries, lucky lucky lucky, won't happen every game. The next question, are we now lauding teams if they play the game unfairly even if the reg doen't pcik it up we still celebrate knowing that we "cheated" in the game. Sportmanship? I think not.

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-09-03 08:33

      Go learn a little more about the forward pass rule before you comment.....

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-03 09:08

      There are a number of videos available on YouTube explaining the forward pass rule. Basically if a player is running at full speed and throws the ball backwards over his head the ball will still land in front of the point where he threw it. The question is why we see TV producers showing lines on the screen showing point of release and point of contact? We also hear commentators using lines on the field as a reference point. No wonder the rugby public are misinformed.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-03 10:32

      The replays are stopped halfway through because the rule looks to see that the ball is not travelling forward at the time that it leaves the passer's hand. The reality is that from a scientific perspective it is impossible to pass a ball backwards if you are running forward. The ball has initial forward momentum, so it travels forward because of this scientific law. What the refs are looking for is that the ball starts its journey flat or backwards and not forwards. It is a principle called the Galilean Transformation. So the place where the ball landed has no bearing on the decision. Having said that, not only were the passes fine, but the try scored by Sbura Sithole should have been allowed, as it was not forward out of the hand. No danger...these things happen in sport, and I am sure the Sharks got the bounce of the ball at times too.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-03 11:13

      Before someone points out that Bosman was standing still when he made the pass, you need to look at the position of his body after the pass (nearly facing backwards) and his arms (pointed at his own tryline) and realise that the pass could only have been backwards. In this case it was not the momentum of the ball that carried it forwards but the wind. No matter. The only point in question is the direction the ball was travelling when it left Bosman's hands.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-03 10:05

    Was a terrible game from the Sharks, they did not deserve it, an idiot TMO rescued a poorly coached side with all lack in direction. As a Sharks fan, I am disappointed...

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-03 11:17

      When you play badly and still win then this bodes well for when you have a good game. I hope that the hard Kimberly field is kind to the Sharks running game next week. Hopefully the bunched up log table will start to spread out a bit.

      jjskosana - 2012-09-03 22:08

      bru i think u r lost, coz u defnitly n0t a shark fam

  • jjskosana - 2012-09-03 13:46

    im so use 2 it i wasnt even surprised... at half time i put a R50 bet tht the sharks wil take this 1. i made R250 at the end of the game... im n0t even worried when the sharks ar behind. i call them... \die kannie doods\ means never die.

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