We not there yet - Plumtree

2011-09-06 14:22

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree insists that his outfit has not reached their best potential just yet as they look to improve their attacking game if they are to mount a serious defence of their Currie Cup title.

The Durban side garnered an impressive 39-27 victory over the Blue Bulls over the weekend - their second over their Pretoria rivals in the season.

"We still feel we've got a lot to do," he said.

"We’re still seeking that game that we really want to play and saw good touches last week which was great, but we're not quite there yet."

Plumtree was particularly concerned by the work rate of his defence, and for a second week running, highlighted the importance of refining that area as they prepare for the Pumas at King's Park this Saturday.

"There are so many areas of our game that are good but we made 208 tackles against the Bulls last week and they made 70," said Plumtree.

"So physically, we know if we don't turn that around by the end of the Currie Cup we could be wearing ourselves out a bit.

"We'd like to get a little bit more discipline with what we’re doing in attack and got a little bit going last week.

"Obviously we were quite dangerous with turnover ball and some of the tries we scored last week were really good."

Bad news for the Sharks was Charl McLeod being ruled out this week because of a shoulder problem, though, Eugene van Staden (elbow) and Jean Deysel (thigh) are expected to be fit despite the latter sitting out Tuesday's training.

Plumtree's men are well placed for a home semi-final with four of their remaining six games in Durban, including visits from second-placed Western Province and log leaders, the Golden Lions.

Their problems this season has come against the lesser unions, and just pipped the Pumas in the first game in Nelspruit, while they struggled at home to the Leopards before losing to Griquas.

"It's really up to the players now, we haven’t talked about it at all this week," Plumtree said.

"They’re growing as a group, hopefully they’ll show some maturity and respect for the opposition and come with the right attitude."

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  • jk - 2011-09-06 14:25

    hope you never get there...

      Malcolm - 2011-09-06 14:35

      Yeah jk I know you're scared of what a firing Sharks team can do to your WP. 30-10...

      jk - 2011-09-06 14:38

      not scared of them at all..

      Sbuda - 2011-09-06 15:55

      And so you should jk cause last time Michalak kicked your as

      jk - 2011-09-06 16:03

      wont happen again...

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-06 14:40

    Great to read Sharks news, especially that four out of the six remaining games are to be played at Kingspark..what a place to be! 208 tackles...heavy stuff! Go Sharks!!!!!

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 14:41

    John, someday a ref is going to blow you up for your constant offside play, then you are going to be in trouble, since you won't have a clue how to react to it.

      jk - 2011-09-06 14:47

      jy dink seker aan keegan jou aap...of dewald potgieter...kom net by asb...

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 14:48

      Sal like om jou n pakslae te gee en te verneder in die publiek.

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 15:04

      Afternoon all,I see the love for each other has not changed!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:05

      cant wait...waar kry ek jou...agter midas? bring jou vrou saam, sy like ook mos so nou en dan n pakslae...

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 15:12

      LMAO @JK,behind Midas hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:17

      i found dozer is much better if you slap him around sometimes...

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-06 15:24

      jk jy kan nie eers agteroor bliksem nie...

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:48

      raven- jys soos n bleddie foxterrier... niemand het jou nie die partie toe genooi nie... die fight is vir die manne...ok

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-06 15:50

      Maar jk jy gaan mos seer kry! Jy is dan nog n ou seuntjie :)

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 16:07

      Ons het al drie maande terug n barnie agter Midas gereel, ek wag nog steeds vit die lafaard.

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-09-06 15:24

    Going to be 2nd on the log after this weekend! Especially after WP lose to Leopards........Bwhahahahahaha

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 15:26

      Wipe yourself after you wake up from that dream!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 15:50

      gooinat, i tried to educate this chic, but with no success as you can see...

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-06 16:04

      No Shark Chic. Unfortunatly they won't but we will regain that 2nd spot if we play them in a few weeks. If they do us a favour and beat the Lions and we are able to do this we might even get back to top spot. I'm just happy we playing these two teams at home. It's gonna be tough but better than in their own back yards. Six games left and I am starting to wonder if the Bulls will make the playoffs?

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 16:13

      @Sharks Fever,I personally think the Bulls have given up on the playoffs!!!!!!!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-06 23:42

      @Shark-Chic, I see that Old Sour Plum has stopped blaming the referee now that you have won again. Seems to me he now realises he must look for your short comings in your team itself. Good to see that he is at long last heeding my advice given some time ago. Province will not lose to the Ponies; so you should stay in your rightful place, e.g. 3rd on the log. However, your team will have to head my advice and wake up or you might just lose to the Pumas. It will be a bad day for you if you go down to 5th place or thereabouts. Have a nice laugh at your own peril!

  • gmain - 2011-09-06 15:57

    Now this is the most honest article yet all season. When they do fire no one will touch them...

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-06 16:09

      Our only problem is we never there. Although I must say if we held on for 3 minutes longer the score againt the Bullss would have been 39-15 which looks more like we would have been there. The problem is that we don't keep posession for long enough periods in the game so the opposition feels almost no pressure. But if we do fire at all cylinders we will be great.

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-06 23:50

      @Sharks Fever, that has been your problem now for some time: you blow hot and cold - no consistency from week to week. Mind you, if old Sour Plum keeps on blaming the referee whenever you lose instead of rectifying the cause of your losing it might become a habit to always blow cold.

  • gooinat - 2011-09-06 16:05

    With an international backline like the Sharks have they should have fired on all cylinders long ago!!!!!!

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-09-06 16:15

      Hey gooinat. But remember Stefan is an oldy he only runs on 2 cylinders, and Bosman is one of the 1 cylinder Tata's you get nowdays.

      gooinat - 2011-09-06 16:21

      Hahahahahaha,good one there Sharks Fever:):):):):)Do you perhaps know where that other wing comes from(forgot he's name),not Mvovo,jees that boy has got some speed on him!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-09-06 16:35

      SH@RK FEVER I want the Currie Cup in the Cape and as a born idealist I believe that Province can do it this year. However, any realist will agree that it will take a very special effort from a young and inexperienced WP team. Therefore I would not be too surprised if the Sharks retain the Cup

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-07 12:04

      @Oukoos, I would tend to agree with your prediction, but for one thing: The Sharks play either very well or very badly, and we do not know what is coming next. They might win against us and lose against one of the minnows. I wonder what Plumtree is going to do about it apart from blaming the referee because the scrums are a shambles - as if that is not true for everybody. Winners do not blame the referee, especially when they lose, as do sometimes happen even to winners.

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