Sharks were unlucky - Plumtree

2011-10-02 19:29

Durban - Despite their 15-10 home loss to Western Province, Sharks coach John Plumtree was encouraged by the intensity and commitment his players showed, which he thought boded well for their chances in the last two matches of the competition.

"Rugby can be cruel at times. You can have things taken away from you, even if you don’t deserve it. But if we can compete like this in the last two games, who knows what we can achieve," said Plumtree.

Plumtree said the loss was hard on the players, as the match could have swung either way.

"I thought it was a pretty willing contest by both teams, it was very physical and it came down to one little thing that made the difference, which was obviously a charge down from Freddy’s (Michalak) kick."

Western Province were in danger of dropping out of the top four on the log, but a late try from scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage stole the victory over the defending champions. Their coach Allister Coetzee said his charges made less errors than the home side to earn the win.

"It wasn’t a good game, but I think our guys were very efficient, especially our pack," said Coetzee.

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  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-02 20:13

    No Plum, you lost, even though I agree that the match could have swung either way. !!! Sterkte vir die res van die kompetisie.... WP groete!!!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-03 08:24

      Weekend predictions: Cheetahs by 20+ Griquas to SNEAK it by 5+ WP by 10+ Sharks by 10+ WP groete!!!!!!!!!! And enjoy the week,Blue Bulls fans STOP dreaming of the semi's!!!!!!

  • stormloop - 2011-10-02 20:33

    a depleted young province team beat you at home. deal with that.!

      POLLENYS - 2011-10-02 21:13

      A team with only 22 fit players left on the books. Hats off to a makeshift WP. Hope they can find the reason for the multitude of injuries. SIX flyhalves!

      Kleinboet - 2011-10-03 11:00

      Old Sour Plum, always moaning, always shying away from the truth! 'We should have won, but the referee has no clue of what is going on in the scrum!' 'We should have won but it was (cruelly and undeservedly) taken away from us!' Suggestion: Deal with your problems! The sharks have been winning matches undeservedly for a long time now. Can't you see that your team is lacking commitment and that is why they play well one weekend and badly the next? What about a 'kamp staaldraad' or are you afraid the old men will not be able to endure it?

  • terry - 2011-10-02 21:12

    It was a close game that could have gone either way ...... both teams were competing to see who could be worse!! The standard of play was poor from both teams - with way too many basic errors. These players are professional - they should be able to catch and hold onto the ball. Frankly if this is the rubbish that the Sharks are going to dish up, I will not waste my money renewing my season ticket next year.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-10-03 03:51

    WP moet vir die ref baie baie dankie se. Weereens

      Dread69 - 2011-10-03 06:40

      You were obviously watching the wrong game. Mark Lawrence did everything he could to help the Sharks win - but they still couldn't do it.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-03 07:42

      @Bulvan- Die naweek B-L-I-K-S-E-M die Griekwas julle!!! And stop making such idiotic statements on this forum please!!!!!!!!!!!

      Louw - 2011-10-03 08:02

      @ bulvanfloubulle. Watse game het jy gekyk. Ou Lawrence het n Sharktrui dan aangehad. Lekker suurgat jy.Die Griekwas gaan julle stamp die naweek.

      Hope-101 - 2011-10-03 08:44

      @ BulvanBulle: Jy het verseker NIE die game gekyk nie!! Dis maar net weer suurgat Bul-supporter kommin-taar. Jy maak die goeie Bloubul ondersteuners se name gat met hierdie tiepe kommentaar. Baie geluk WP, ek het nie gedink julle kan Saterdag wen nie. Dit was nie mooi nie, maar ek is baie beindruk. Hou so vol !! Julle wys baie karakter. Sterkte met die res van die Currie-cup.

      Kleinboet - 2011-10-03 13:59

      NulvanNulle, hoop jy het my kommentaar gelees voor dit verwyder is! Gentleman, you should ignore this bastard. It gives him a hard-on when you respond to him; and you do not want to do that, do you?

      Travis - 2011-10-04 16:38 is it that others are not allowed to make idiotic comments, yet you spew them out of your mouth with every breath. Total chop. Well done to Province. I actually enjoyed the game. It was tough and uncompromising, and I hope the Sharks will be able to get the result when it really counts.

  • burtfred - 2011-10-03 07:41

    The harder WP played, the luckier they got. Plum, your team was drilled by the Province C team. The Sharks are playing like an old dog - all bark and no bite.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-03 08:15

    Sharks, just know that you can step it up in the upcoming matches...bring 'em on!!!

  • Malcolm - 2011-10-03 09:06

    No Plum, the Sharks weren't unlucky. They were just plain shyte! And I'm a Sharks supporter! For too long now this team has lacked the basics and Plum's continued selection of has-beens like Terblanche, Bosman and Joubert has only contributed to the downfall of this team. There's also been poor leadership. Plum has wasted a golden opportunity to blood youngsters like Heimar Williams, Piet Lindeque and Paul Jordaan in favour of a bunch of geriatrics who make one blunder after the other!

      kosie - 2011-10-03 10:35

      1: our forwards are good even though they are second stringers,but our backline is useless, why take AD off he was actually better than Joubert, why start bosman instead of michalak, why not bring in riaan swanepoel he is ten times better than bosman and joubert. 2: fire Straulli,he buys all the has beens from when he was springbok coach.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-10-03 09:37

    As blou bul ondersteuner moet ek se Plum is verkeerd.Die sharks moet vir Lionel Cronje dankie se anders was hulle nie in die game op daardie stadium.WP se jong manne het bo verwagting hierdie een gewen en my hart ook gebreek want dit maak die naweek se wedstryde baie moeiliker.Ek aanvaar ons blou bulle ondersteun die Lions en die Wp ondersteuners gaan die Griekwas ondersteun.Sterkte

  • ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-03 10:21

    John Plumtree talks as if they all went to the casino. The Sharks lost because week in and week out they employ the same tactics that don't work. They run from their 22 and kick the ball away in the opposition 22. It hasn't worked for them yet they persist in using it. Stupidy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

  • Hatari - 2011-10-03 10:23

    The sharks were lazy and need a boot up the backside. They made to many elementary errors and Freddies kick was just one of many. Very poor , all the intensity came from a very young province team!

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-03 10:29

      Freddies kick should have never transpired because the Sharks should have cleared their lines when they had the chance. They got a penalty in the last few minutes and if the score had been 10 - 10 then that penalty would have won them the game.

  • kosie - 2011-10-03 11:56

    sharks are playing worse and worse every week

  • gmain - 2011-10-03 18:04

    Actually some of them were quite lucky..... to even be on the field. Poor effort makes things tough for us. Can only improve?

  • Raymond - 2011-10-03 19:16

    The Sharks have also played in games that were lucky to win.

  • The Hock - 2011-10-04 08:06

    It's a dark time to be a sharks supporter Plumtree. Stop making excuses and improve your backline play and intensity from all players. You are clearly doing something wrong because this team doesn't look like it wants to win. What a horrible game to watch - we were beaten at the tank by a bunch of kids who probably don't need to shave every week. Congrats to the young WP players and Coetzee though - they worked hard for a win against all odds.

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