Plumtree praises Sharks fans

2010-10-30 22:31

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree said the 54 000 spectators at the Absa stadium played a huge part in his team securing a 30-10 victory over Western Province in Saturday’s Currie Cup final.

The Sharks won their second Currie Cup title in three years – reclaiming the trophy from the Blue Bulls who won it last year.

“It was so special, especially in front of that crowd. It was amazing and it was so important that we secured that home semi-final as you could see just what a difference it makes,” said Plumtree.

After securing a 23-10 lead at half-time the Sharks denied Province from scoring any points in the last 40 minutes.

“We had to hang on defensively and I think the crowd helped tremendously along the way,” said Plumtree.

One of the star performers for the Sharks was young Patrick Lambie who scored 25 of his team’s points.

Although Plumtree admitted Lambie was outstanding, he emphasised the victory would not have been possible had it not been for the team's collective effort.

“I don’t want to single out a player as this was a serious team performance,” said Plumtree.

“The way we played as a team tonight was amazing and the big thing here is that it doesn’t matter which individuals you have -- it was a team effort.

“This is possibly one of the best team efforts if you consider that we just beat two Super 14 finalists to get this trophy and that can’t be underestimated,” he said.

“He [Lambie] had a huge game tonight and that shows you he took quite a few shifts mentally and decided to grow up quick in his first Currie Cup.

Plumtree also said he was nervous during the times Province were in the ascendancy.

“We didn’t think we would get out to a lead like that [in the opening quarter], our discipline sort of failed a bit at times, but the thing is that character shows in defence,” he said.

“We knew we could attack but there were times that we had to defend for a long time – perhaps too long for my liking.”

Seeing so many Sharks players in the Springbok squad also brought a smile to Plumtree’s face.

“When Keegan Daniel was left out of the original training group we were horrified so telling him that he was a Springbok tonight was probably one of the most pleasurable things I could do.

“After the frustrating Super 14 – we thought we could do it in the Currie Cup. We played good attacking football and we toughened mentally as a group in this Currie Cup.”

Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche was also in great spirits after the match even though he was sporting a few bruises.

“Before half-time there was a momentum sort-off in Province’s favour and at 23-10 we were under the pump, so it is great that the guys pulled through,” said Terblanche.

It was also centre Andries Strauss’ last match for the Sharks – Strauss will be joining the Cheetahs next year – and Terblanche described his contribution as crucial to their success.

“He’s [Strauss] been immense this season and he has been a team man through and through. Players don’t always know when it’s their last game and he knew that tonight and again put his body on the line,” said Terblanche.

Looking ahead to next year’s Super 15 competition, Plumtree said they are heading in the right direction.

“Building blocks are in place for how we want to play this game. Win or lose we will be attacking from all parts of the field and that is how this game needs to be played.”


  • Jack Bridge - 2010-10-30 22:59

    Yeeees!!! What a great game! Congrats to our Sharks - all of them. And congrats to Western Province for being a first class team.

  • Mo - 2010-10-30 23:01

    Well done to the sharks. As for the fans who came onto the WP fansite, and started insulting our team, well, no respect for you guys. WP was outplayed, and we'll have to accept the loss. But insulting the WP fans, and talking bad about our team is just childish. Grow up. Well done Sharks. You guys were on top of the log all season, so its only right that you win the trophy. Better luck next time WP.

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-30 23:10

    Well done Sharks, WP sucked as usual. It's only u and the Bulls that means something to SA rugby. I actually think WP should play in the promotion-relegation matches, I'm not sure if they good enough to be in the CC. Arrogant enough, for sure!

  • Dave Phillips - 2010-10-30 23:49

    How can the Sharks be so stupid to let Strous g ???????

  • Kiwi Sharks supporter - 2010-10-30 23:52

    Hate to tell the WeePee supporters "We told you so"... but we bloody well did!

  • Peter - 2010-10-31 00:10

    Fantastic win !

  • Hansie - 2010-10-31 00:19

    Well done Plums and Bashi .Good to see we play an game that no other province is playing and that is because you guys are absolutly geniuses knowing your guys from a long time ago it had to be your TIME now just before the world cup to take the lead and show SARFU and kie what direction our ruby in SA must go. Congrats and enjoy the time of glory you deserve it !

  • juan - 2010-10-31 00:44

    lambie was damn good. but Mvovo was just...ja...he played THEE most awesome rugby this weekend, he is the sharks hero!!

  • unhappy - 2010-10-31 00:58

    I am unhappy with C Joubert, he gave the game on a plate to the Sharks. We need unbiased refs like Lawrence.

  • DJ - 2010-10-31 03:28

    I have not seem the game but I believe (as per news articles)the Sharks deserved to win this one. As a WP fan - WELL DONE SHARKS - that is what it is about. Play the GAME am and be the winner!

  • Garth - 2010-10-31 05:48

    Congratulations Sharks and well deserved! Well done Mr. Plumtree and staff. Early points, then a huge effort in defence, rounded off by late points: sounds like the All Blacks. WeePee - shhhh.

  • jane@hillcrest - 2010-10-31 06:24

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  • Grant - 2010-10-31 06:35

    I know we are going to see a lot more of Patrick Lambe.

  • Caesar - 2010-10-31 07:10

    Although I would have liked the WP to win the CC I must congratulate the Sharks on their victory. At least the victory will wipe away some of the mindless arrogance of the Mighty Blou Bulle fans. Again we have seen the poor referee'ing show its ugly head again. This guy did not belong on the field: The advantage rule was, in some cases ignored altogether. Inconsistency was the order of the day - Both teams were holding onto the ball after tackles yet most of the Sharks infringements were conveniently not seen. I must add that the Sharks, despite their apparent advantage were still the beter team.

  • leon - 2010-10-31 07:11

    Well done Sharks - your forwards were better and that made the difference.

  • Gatvol - 2010-10-31 08:20

    Well done Sharks. I knew all along that this was your cup. I am so proud of you. Thanks for a great game.

  • Collitjies - 2010-10-31 09:11

    Western Provence played as if they were just learning to play rugby. Rugby like Soccer and Cricket is ALWAYS a team effort, it was marvelous to witness a team game and because of that our SHARKS remain top of the log. To the coach and players thank you a magnificent game.

  • Blou - 2010-10-31 09:22

    Very well played Sharks, Well done... Bad luck Stormers SA Rugby Rules

  • Jik - 2010-10-31 09:26

    Strauss!!!!!!!!!! Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! Heavy dude... you should have been springbok!! We are going to miss you!! Good luck at the Cheetahs! A great attribute to a great side!

  • Werner Beytel - 2010-10-31 09:27

    John Plumtree take a bow. Excellent coaching and strategy, not once but twice in a row in crucial matches. You first countered the Bulls game-plan brilliantly and then nullified the WP's game-plan to the extent of making them look like a bunch of individual headless chickens! Well done! Plumtree for SA head coach!

  • mike mecoy - 2010-10-31 09:57

    well played the SHARKS you are true champs, what a hiding you gave them, sorry i did nt get to see and feel the atmosphere. great going

  • EXPAT_PROVINCE SUPPORTER - 2010-10-31 11:50


  • Gee - 2010-10-31 11:52

    To Plum and all at the rugby union, well done, to Steffan and his team, you were amazing - what a team effort, I am so proud of you all! Sharks Forever!!!

  • Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!! - 2010-10-31 12:19

    Sad to see Strauss go because he is HUGE in defence.Its been a while since I have seen a centre nailing tackles like he does.Jean was to scared to touch the ball because he just knew that he is going to get flored.It playes on the oppositions minds if you have somebody making tackles like that.Honneyball was the last guy if I remember correctly who tackled like that.Well done sharks you deserved this one!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GJ - 2010-10-31 12:39

    Well done,ve made us sooo proud.Plummie you beauty. Its one thing to have a great coach but to have a team that can put the plan to use is awsome...what a combo SHARKS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hansie - 2010-10-31 14:11

    Plums you and BasHie are so far ahead with you game plan ,no other province is playing this type of rugby . WELL DONE ! Snorre catchup with John and do not forget your note book for some tips. Finaly he Sharks had to show SARFU what game to play and not a below world standard like in the tri nations. Thanks for making us proud Sharks we are sick of SA feel happy to be loosers or come 2nd and still think they good HAHA ! Plumtree for president !

  • Corrie Harmse - 2010-10-31 14:17

    Veels geluk en mooi gedoen Sharks! Score 30-10 op 30/10/2010!

  • Cheetah - 2010-10-31 14:21

    @Jik, remember that he was origanily from the Cheetahs, as is about 60 % of you team

  • Candace - 2010-10-31 15:04

    Plumtree, you have not explained why the Sharks, year in year out, fail to impress in the S14, actually they disgrace SA Rugby in the S14. All eyes will be on you for the S15. Poor tactics Schalk - listen to Naas - take the points and keep the scoreboard ticking over. You put WP under pressure in stead of the Sharks.

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-31 16:01

    We all knew WP were gonna choke again, the jokers of SA rugby. Go Sharks and Bulls!! WP should be asked to play in the promotion-relugation, I'm not sure if they fit for CC rugby

  • Obvious - 2010-10-31 16:08


  • Shark 4 Life - 2010-10-31 16:36

    Well done boys!! Undoubtedly one of the best games of the year!! Patrick you beauty!! Hope we can continue with this awesome style of running rugby into next season and whip everyone's @$$!!! SHARKS FOREVER!!!

  • @Candace - 2010-10-31 17:11

    Watched a lot of super rugby in your life time? OBVIOUSLY NOT!!! Another uneducated under class blou Nul supporter opens its pie hole.

  • BB - 2010-10-31 17:18

    @unhappy The only reason you want Mark Lawrence is that he bends over backwards to please WP. Craig Joubert had a very good game. Well done to the Sharks. A bit of humble pie for WP- they unfortunately did all the talking before the game, whilst The Sharks did theirs on the field of play.Good on Schalk on acknowledging that they were beaten by the better side on the day. Brilliant speech by Stefan Terblanche. Sharks Forever!!!!

  • Stix - 2010-10-31 18:31

    Great game. Well done Sharks. Shark fans - can you please stop Boo-ing the other teams!! It's crept into all our SA venues, but was very apparent in the semi and this weekends final. Please leave your bad manners at home!!

  • @Unhappy - 2010-10-31 18:37

    @Unhappy - um lets just look at all those penalties De Waal Kicked into touch??????? and the first penalty against Terblanche? Come on bru!!!! He was so consistent at the breakdown. Sharks scored 3 tries!!!! look at the penalty count!!!! Maybe if Burger decided to go for poles even after maybe the fifth penalty awarded to them then maybe Province would have closed the deficit!!!! Lawrence is the worst referee ever! Grow up!

  • Joanne Allen - 2010-10-31 19:44

    So proud of the Sharks who played a masterful game yesterday, you were amazing! Special wishes to WP's Schalk Burger who was so gracious in defeat. Two great teams, but there could only be one winner...coming second isn't bad. Pity that WP fans got all nasty to their own team, they did their best on the or your team!!

  • @ceaser and unhappy - 2010-10-31 20:35

    Moet julle ALTYD die ref blameer as julle verloor?? Sharks was baie beter. Net soos hulle verdien het om my Bul span ook te wen.

  • Caesar@ Caesar and Unhappy. - 2010-11-01 07:14

    Nogal oulik gese ne. Onthou jy toe die Magtige Springbokke so verskriklik op hulle moer gekry het toe die All Blacks en Australia hulle so verbrysel het. Wie het dan die hardste getjank.? Ons Skydsregters is uiters swak. Tot die internalionale rugby gemeenskap erken dit. En lag daar oor. Gaan doen tog n bietjie huiswerk en wees minder emotioneel.

  • WP Jou lekke ding - 2010-11-01 07:24

    Well done were the (much) better team on the day! We'll try again next year.

  • Bakes - 2010-11-01 08:03

    I just hope P-Divy watched and took some notes from the sharks and WP. Keep the @#@### ball in hand. The rules favour the team with the ball. Well done Sharks. WP hard luck but better luck next time, keep your game plan, and the boks will be a great team

  • Piet Parow - 2010-11-01 08:05

    Your Sharks team outplayed, outlasted and outsmarted ours. Enjoy the victory!

  • gp - 2010-11-01 08:26

    As a WP supporter all I can say is well done Sharks. You guys were awesome. WP were pathetic after such a great season. The Sharks are way way ahead of any other SA team at the moment. To WP management, well done on a great season overall. All the WP teams from under 13 up played in finals this year which looks great for the future.

  • Marius@WP ondersteuners - 2010-11-01 08:39

    Julle manne sal maar hierdie een op die kennebak moet vat en aanbeweeg.Die Sharks het op die veld en nie in die media die wedstryd gewen.Net een vraag wie is nou die domste kaptein "Victor of Schalk".Almal het verlede week vir Victor gekruisig en toe doen Schalk dieselfde hierdie saterdag.As dit julle beter sal laat voel,geen span sou die Sharks saterdag gewen het nie hulle was bloot briljant.Volgende jaar gaan ander storie wees met die springbokke wat nie mag speel in die CB nie.

  • FROBEN - 2010-11-01 08:44

    Province, province,prooooovviiiinnncccceeeee, die curriecup kom weer. Pragtig gespeel Sharkies, kom vat nou die super 15.

  • WP - 2010-11-01 08:59

    Ek blame die ref. Hy het WP die beker gekos. Die WP het goeie rugby gespeel by tye, maar die ref het dit dood geblaas. SA moet ernstig na dit kyk. Hoekom moet WP altyd sulke besluite teen hulle kry. Dis unfair. WP moes gewen het. Met Habana in die span kon WP die Sharks ore aangesit het. Habana speel tans uitstekende rugby.

  • Sharkfevah - 2010-11-01 09:07

    Thank you Sharks-you have made me a very happy supporter!! Laat al die Haai-spelers sommer vir die Springbokke uitdraf...

  • Bill2 - 2010-11-01 09:56

    Well done Plum and the SHARKS. Congrats to Schalk for being so gracious in defeat. I think that will all the centre injuries a call up should go to Andries Strauss for his outstanding performances of the season. He will certainly be a HUGE loss to the SHARKS.

  • bad refferee - 2010-11-01 12:09

    I haven't seen such a big blunder made by any refferee at any level of rugby, Province got robbed and should have lifted the cup,........! Bad reffereeing cost province the game.!

  • yoggiebear - 2010-11-01 14:54

    Once again WP supporters blame the referee...There was stars on the eyes of all WP faithful because they trully believed that they owned the Currie Cup not forgetting that they were playing at the Shark Tank and not Newlands...lets forget the Media Hype and predictions from all corners on the day WP did not pitch for the game and the results reflected that.WP supporters take the beating like a man and not some whimpering girl!!!!