Plumtree warns of WP X-factor

2012-10-26 13:01

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has warned that Western Province are loaded with "X-factor" potential throughout their team and urged his players to be at their best if they want to win the Absa Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday.

"I don’t think there’s any one area (they are not dangerous in)," Plumtree said.

"If you look at them, they’ve got a really big forward pack and they’ve got X-factor all over the park, some of them we’ve faced in 2010.

"So there’s no area that we’re specifically targeting."

The 2011 finalists have been the most consistent South African team in 2012, reaching the Super Rugby final in August and then topping the league phase in the current competition.

They will be contesting their fourth Currie Cup final in five years and will be desperate to make amends after the heartbreak of losing to the Golden Lions last season.

"I know there’s a lot of talk about us being the favourites, big predictions and all of that," Plumtree said.

"But among our team we know this is going to be a real final on the weekend, a real arm wrestle.

"It’s certainly not going to be any easier than it has been in the past."

The final is a repeat of the 2010 showpiece that was won by the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.

Their Cape opponents have also had a good year - they were the best team during the league phase of Super Rugby, before eventually losing to the Sharks.

Plumtree was wary of the threat they posed ahead of the final at Kings Park, where rain is forecast for the match.

"We know if we don’t play well ourselves and our defence doesn’t function well as a group, then they can really hurt us," he said.

"If you look at the Aplons, Habanas, Pietersens, there’s some really good players out there."

While the Sharks booked their place in the final with a convincing 20-3 home victory over the Blue Bulls, Province claimed a last-gasp 21-16 away win over the Lions.

"They would definitely have taken confidence out of that," added Plumtree, who named all his available Springboks for the clash.

Province coach Allister Coetzee will be aiming to end an 11-year wait for a trophy, with the Capetonians last claiming the title in 2001.

Coetzee has insisted during the build-up, though, that his side were the underdogs.

'We are playing against the best side in South Africa," Coetzee said.

'The Sharks are an unbelievable team and the fact that they limited the Bulls to only three points is quite telling, so we are aware of the threat they pose."

However, Coetzee, who sprung a surprise in the build-up by naming the inexperienced Damian de Allende at centre, was quietly confident of an upset win.

"We back ourselves to win," he said. "It's about getting the preparations spot-on and sticking to the game plan.

"The only thing that counts in a final is what happens on the day, so we see it as a 50/50 game."


  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-26 13:10

    Tired with all this talks, let the games begin

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-26 13:41

      Agreed, way too much talk. Or copy and pasting

      richard.jeremy.79 - 2012-10-26 14:00

      It's just build up talk that's all don't sound so annoyed it ain't good for your heart.It will all stop at 17h00 local time tomorrow you'll see. No team has the X-actor.The scores are still 0-0 at present.However of the two teams,the Sharks looks the most settled.Both teams have youngsters in their match day side with the average age being 24 years for Province and 25 years for the Sharks.Jannie du Plessis is the oldest player for the Sharks whereas Gio Aplon is the oldest player for Province.They both 30 years old.Paul Jordan(Sharks) and Steven Kitshoff(Province) are the youngest being both 20 year olds. People gave the Sharks zero chance against Province in the semi-final of the Super Rugby competition at Newlands this year and look what happened there.So there is no point going that route in favoring one team above another.It's a final and anything can happen.Best of luck to both teams and let the best team win on the day.

      jono.qmann - 2012-10-26 14:22

      Maak die bul supporters huis skoon more?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-26 14:28

      ....only thing the cape clowns can do well...

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-26 14:30

      Think the whole of SA is supporting the Sharks tomorrow except for those Queers next to the Mountain...

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-26 15:19

      Western Problems will have major problems at ABSA Stadium tomorrow. They will not even get close to the Sharks and Tokolos predicts that the game will be done and dusted by half time already. Sharks will have 4 tries by the half time whistle already. WP is overrated and they were just lucky to reach the final. The ref helped them against the Lions BIG TIME and they don't deserve to even be in the final. The Sharks are going to humiliate the WeePeeeee tomorrow and Tokolos predict that the domestic violence and suicide rate down in the Cape will reach a new high on Saturday night after the match. Sharks by 18. Go SHARKS!!!!!!

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 15:45

      Maar waar is die bulle??

      richard.jeremy.79 - 2012-10-26 16:36

      Stranger things has happened in a Currie Cup Final.A case in point:Ellis Park 2011 ring a bell?Every Dick,Tom and Harry is writing Province off and probably so given the form that the Sharks are in as they are the only team currently that plays an allround game in South African Rugby.Province won't just roll over and let the Sharks score "4 tries by half time".It will come down to the wire and fine margins for errors.The Sharks could win it by 5 points and so can Province.It would really be stupid from both teams to underestimate one another before the ball has even being kicked. The Sharks weaknesses are around their line outs and not having a proper fetcher,whereas they'll dominate the tight front 5 to put Province on the backfoot.Province weaknesses are around their deceptive scrum and the channel that runs between numbers 10 and 12. Province strong areas are around the breakdown with Dean Fourie and Duane Vermeulen getting the better of things I guess.It will take some effort to unsettle the Sharks.This game being played in wet conditions as far as I'm aware affords HM to see who plays better under European type conditions for the November Tests.Hopefully HM will look at this before selecting his final squad to tour Europe as he has coached Leicester Tigers in England in 2008/09 and knows what to expect. Best of luck to both teams!

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-27 08:11

      The only X will be the ones Kegaan and the Boys will draw across 15 blue and white jerseys. Keegan, it's time for Warp Drive...and we do have the power, Captain. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 13:16

    The only difference between the teams, is that the Sharks have more experience

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-26 15:20

      .... And more class and flair!!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 15:32

      @tokkie,That goes without saying

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 15:52

      That is why they comprehensively beat the bulls 20-3.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 16:09

      . . .and more teeth,definitely more teeth !

  • P.J. - 2012-10-26 13:17

    Wie probeer nou "mind games" speel jou idiot !?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 14:04

      Why the need to belittle ?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-26 13:17

    Basicly a repeat of an earlier article where Plums said WP can punish them. Both coaches know not to underestimate one another and the dangers of x factor players that can turn a game on its head at any given moment. Playing the cautious card is normally the route they go in the build up to finals. Bottom line, its a super high pressure game and the team that handles that pressure best and makes most of oppertunities

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-26 13:26

      Team that makes best use of oppertunities and least errors will win the game.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-26 14:56

      Think the WP might take it tomorrow...

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-26 15:21

      Take a beating like a red headed stepchild yes!!!!!

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 15:55

      The kind of beating the Bulls got

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-26 14:04

    ...cupless... ...11 years.. ....going for 12...

      robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-26 14:46

      Those that can do; those that can't teach; those that can't teach, teach teacher to cheat and those that can't do that snot like a bluebull with foot n' mouth!! WP by 3 points.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-10-26 15:13

      Finals Bull's ZERO 3 years and counting LOL.

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-26 15:22

      I agree Blou Johnny. Cupless wonders.... AGAIN!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 15:45

      Robert, whatever the hell you said there, I agree.

      elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-10-26 15:50

      n span is net so goed soos hul laaste game. . . so die realiteit is dat W.P in die final is en die bulle is nie. . weet nie hoekom jul bulle so angan en groot prwt selfs na julle jul gat gsien ht en uit di kompetisie is

      elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-10-26 15:50

      n span is net so goed soos hul laaste game. . . so die realiteit is dat W.P in die final is en die bulle is nie. . weet nie hoekom jul bulle so angan en groot prwt selfs na julle jul gat gsien ht en uit di kompetisie is

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 15:53

      But where are the bulls blue jonny, where are the bulls??

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-26 14:12

    He also watches T V. Neanderthal psychology.

  • leonard.bulle - 2012-10-26 14:50

    wp het net die "C" faktor........12j....Saterdag....13j

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 15:48

      Leonard, waar's die Bulle? Hulle het verdwyn, hulle is verlede Saterdag laas gesien.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-26 21:06

      Bwaa haaa ha

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-26 14:51

    Hoeveel keur het wp die Currie Cup gewen 31 of 32 ? Volgens Boots & All gisteraand is dit 31, maar ander bronne gee dit as 32.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 15:50

      32 - vier daarvan gedeel.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 15:54

      Wie is die p0ep0l wat vir BlouMasjien thumbs-down op 'n geldige vraag? Die trolls is alweer wakker...

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 16:01

      Maar waar was die bulle BlueRaven? Dis nie WP se skuld dat daar nie sterk genoeg kompetisie was nie.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-26 21:08

      Die curry cup het eers begin toe die bulle toegetree het, voor dit was dit n club kompetisie

  • elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-10-26 15:55

    daar is seker n paar \X-factor\ spelers in di W.P span, maar ongelukkig laat di game plan hul nie toe om dit te wys nie. Spelers soos Habana, Aplon en de Jonge word in n 'boks' gehou. alhoewel ek n W.P ondersteuner is en ek hoop hulle vat die beker vir n slag, gaan ek se Sharks mt 10 punte. :(

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-10-26 15:57

    WP indeed has an X factor: To lose in semi's and finals!

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-10-26 16:05

      True, but at least they make the finals.

      eugene.brink.9 - 2012-10-26 18:41

      That means squat if you lose in the final or semi. You have lean years and fat years and if you don't capitalise when you have your fat years, history doesn't smile on you. History doesn't show who came 2nd, 3rd or 4th, only who won, and it's almost 11 years and counting. The Bulls will have their fat years again and they're not far off. At least we made it count when they were there, haha

      eugene.brink.9 - 2012-10-26 18:42

      Sorry Tokolos, I see you are indeed "one of us" ;)

  • jp.beaurain - 2012-10-26 16:08

    How do you know if a car is really old...? The bumper sticker says "WP Currie Cup Champions!!" ;)

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-10-26 16:19

      i suppose thats your car with that bumper sticker!!!!!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 02:31

      ...11 years.. ...going for 12...

  • Riaan - 2012-10-26 16:46

    Blou john,hoelat speel di bulle more,huh??? j more aan j ford werk of wat??Kan n mens dai bloubul seisoenkaartji nu gebruik vi n vrypas by pretoria zoo,of vi n taxi kaartji van danville na moftus??

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 02:02

      ...Clowns... ..cupless.. 11 years...

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-26 18:54

    Go ahead WP make my day - WHACK the sharks Bul Groete

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-10-26 19:40

    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  • anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-26 21:02

    X = no of choking wp x 11+1?, answer = 12!! Easy maths poofters

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-27 08:10

      Anton vonvielig = dom d@@s! Easy math poofter!

  • anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-26 21:04

    Die wp span advertise mr minn baie goed, stof moerse lee trofee kaste af die hele tyd

      andre.olivier.522 - 2012-10-26 23:32

      Daar staan al klaar 2 trofees op Nuweland jou pop. As jy na stof soek gaan kyk op Moftus en die Guppie tank

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 02:15 Currie bekers.. ..11 jaar.. Super bekers.. ..17 jaar... ....Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha..!!

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-27 07:58

      Watter trofees jou aap

      freddie.aylward.5 - 2012-10-27 16:14

      hoor ek iemand se die titanic kan nie sink nie?

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-26 23:36

    can ANYBODY tell me why we still have to contend with blue bull trolls commenting on the sharks/province final? pssst... if nobody told you yet - your team is only going to be playing in 2013 again... no need to worry about the curry cup. we really are not interested in your opinions...

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 02:09

      ...clowns.. ..cupless... ..11 years... ..going for 12...

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-27 07:59

      Nog n wp aap, kyk hoe kyk die drol

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-27 14:06

      Anton. Dankie maat. Jy aan die ander kant is n Brad Pitt clone...o, sorry. nog n fake profiel. Sad. jy create n fake profiel om gal te braak oor die WP - al is jou span al uit die kompetisie. En dan is jou beste effort om iemand anders name te noem, en comments te maak oor hoe ek lyk. Boet, jy kan my niks vertel oor hoe ek lyk nie. ek het n spieel.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-27 15:06

      Dan sien jy elke n' dag n' aap

  • morne.barnard.754 - 2012-10-26 23:59 tandlose tswhane tokelos terug van Rehab af?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 13:13

      ...hy het vals tande verkoop by Pollmoor gevangenis en Cape Flats in die Kaap.... ...maar almal daar het nou darem weer tande....

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-27 13:26

    ..ja.. soos Johan Ackerman gese het.. ...Sharks met 20 plus... ..die clowns het alreeds hulle kers geskenk teen die Lions gehad... ....Go Sharks...! ...Go Sharks..!!

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-27 14:07

    ok, part one done - u-19 cup is coming to the cape....

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-27 15:07

      Is jy trots op die prestasie, ook maar desperaat ne...

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-27 15:33

    Die wp ondersteuners is soos n kraamsaal...hule 'verwag' di currie-beker (valse hoop)

      khalidah.karan - 2012-10-27 20:13

      Haha ons het dit gewen.

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