Boks give Sharks extra gear

2011-10-17 20:07

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree is thrilled with the lift the returning Springboks gave his side in their 53-9 annihilation of the table-topping Golden Lions at Kings Park on Saturday.

The win ensured the Sharks a home semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.

Plumtree told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, their returning stars gave them some much needed impetus on attack. “You could see with some of our performances this Currie Cup that we haven’t owned the gain-line but against the Lions, we crossed it regularly.

“We got some good ball, were able to get real momentum and that’s very important. We’ve had a couple of performances this season where we’ve been hurt, but with the firepower we have back, we can compete.”

Just as the big boys in the Sharks camp made an impact, so too will certain Free State players who have been instrumental in their team’s successes this campaign and these are the players Plumtree warns the Sharks will have to contain.

“It’s going to be a huge match against the Cheetahs and lots to play for. We will have to look after their big players like Ashley Johnson and Adriaan Strauss.

“We won’t get carried away this time, we know it will be a different kettle of fish against Free State in the semi-final," said Plumtree.


  • Shadho - 2011-10-17 21:58

    Good idea Plum Bob, we learnt many a bad lesson under estimating them...LOL ...enjoy the game Saterday matey...good luck to the bugga's you name in the 22 as well.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-17 22:00

    ...and it is thrilling indeed to be a Shark supporter...lifting the spirits! To the whole team, thank you for all the CC action!

      Shadho - 2011-10-17 22:13

      Anne uhm... are we going to the final together LOL :))

      Anneleen - 2011-10-18 06:45! surely hope it is a sharks tank final!

  • Wilbur - 2011-10-17 22:09

    Sport 24, congratulations on a masterstroke in changing to the Facebook-linked comments system. Suddenly the comments are more intelligent, debates more rigorous, language cleaner and all the closet race-based rubbish has disappeared.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-18 21:56

      I don't agree... it's easy to create fake fb accounts... so what's the point?

  • steveroodt - 2011-10-18 09:33

    Looking to a good game on Sat

  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-10-18 09:42

    This is annoying. I think if a player has missed more than 50 % of the pool matches, they can't play in the semi's etc. The players that have pulled the team through the year, now gets dropped near the end . . .

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-18 11:48

      So what you are saying is that coaches who consistently produce good players who are considered for national selection should be punished for their hard work by having those plays excluded from the team? Is it not enough that when a province gets a decent coach they then lose him to the national coaching team?

  • Heiku - 2011-10-18 09:54

    frans by 8

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-18 21:58

    Go Sharks.... the time is now.

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