Plumtree gracious in defeat

2011-10-30 10:57

Johannesburg - Sharks coach John Plumtree was gracious in defeat, conceding that they were outwitted by the better team after their 42-16 Currie Cup final loss to the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park.

Gallery: Lions win the Currie Cup

"We were outplayed pretty much in every area," Plumtree said.

"It was disappointing that we didn't capitalise on the momentum we had in the first half, especially when they had 14 men."

The visitors enjoyed the majority of territory and possession but the heroics from the home side on defence made the ultimate difference.

The Lions made the most of the few chances they created.

The trusted boot of 21-year-old flyhalf Elton Jantjies, the man-of-the-match, kept the scoreboard ticking over as he succeeded with all the kicks that were entrusted to him.

Lions coach John Mitchell heaped praise on his players for keeping calm in a high pressure match and "getting the job done".

The Lions' pride weighed heavier than the Sharks' reputation as they lifted the Currie Cup for the first time in 12 years.

It was also their first final victory at home since 1950.

"To fill the corners of Ellis Park (Coca-Cola Park) is a testament to these guys [Lions players]," Mitchell said.

"It is important to savour what we are experiencing tonight."


Lions: Tries: Michael Killian, Pat Cilliers, Jaco Taute. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3). Penalties: Elton Jantjies (5), Jaco Taute. Drop goal: Jantjies.

Sharks: Tries: Willem Alberts. Conversions: Frederic Michalak. Penalties: Michalak (3).


Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Marius Joubert, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Jean Deysel, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Lwazi Mvovo


  • Vickers - 2011-10-30 11:14

    Plumtree, A great coach and a true gentleman. He just couldn't undo the damage done by some other character to the Boks in his team. Sharks deserved to be in the final. Lions deserved to win the cup. AND if you peek beside the Currie cup you will find the U/19 cup sitting next to it in the trophy cabinet. The future is bright.

      henniee.coetzee1 - 2011-10-30 11:49

      @sam.kaitawa - if you dislike South Africa so much, why are you trolling around on our websites? I am actually amazed you bunch of coconut eating, pork bone baking dope heads in New Zealand have internet access. Leave troll. Don't come back.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-30 13:18

      @heinze, good question.......simply put I guess in laymans terms, how does it feel reading my comments? Personally I feel do YOU FEEL? Ka té pai

      Chris - 2011-10-30 15:22

      @sam shame seun, wil niemand in Benoni meer met jou speel nie?

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-10-30 11:20

    Well done!!! Beautiful, beautiful Lions!!!!!!! What aTeam!!! Make all the Lions Springboks!!!! LoL

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2011-10-30 12:05

    If you look at the Lions season, they were built into a unit by Mitchell and topped the log. The playing of semi's and finals is not always a true reflection of a season, where one team can play crap all year, turn up on the day and knock out the favourites. In this instance, the Lions got through all that and still romped to a win over the springbok laden but disjointed Sharks. Sure, like all Shark fans I am gutted that we lost and the way we lost but the Lions are deserved winners this season and it is good for SA rugby that the tide is turning.

  • Andre - 2011-10-30 12:08

    Congrats to the Lions, they surely were more hungry and palyed like hell! Pity about the half-full stadium, after all the funfare that it was a sold out!? Can someone pls explain this?

      Nick - 2011-10-31 10:24

      The stadium was no where near half full. Most seats were taken. The few that were open were probably block booked by corporates that never rocked up. Remember that Ellis park seats between 60 and 7 thousand people. Most other rugby stadiums in the country only seat about 40 000.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2011-10-30 12:32

    Sigh! That was sad to watch.. .as a Shark supporter that is. Well done Lions, that was fully deserved. Congrats to you and your fans. Crickey, and Super rugby is soooo far off 8(

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-30 13:09

    Jaco Taute with his LONG KICKS (+57 metres) was a REAL revelation.....he could easily match Francois Steyn in this department, but to add to this, his weaving move to score a DECISIVE try, was very clever.

  • William - 2011-10-31 04:05

    Plum to go. He buys has beens and is way too boring. Well done Lions, you deserved your win. Cant help thinking how many Lions players should have been in the Bok team.

      Kosie - 2011-10-31 08:17

      plum doesn't hold the checkbook its strauli. and last year you spoke so well of plum when we won the cup. we'll be back next year... congrats lions

  • egravett - 2011-10-31 10:02

    Great season Lions and deserved currie cup win no complaints from an avid Sharks supporter we were convincingly beaten on the day.I reckon there were at the very least 5000 seats still available , how was this possible when the sold out signs were up by Wednesday, the Lions could have had even more loyal supporters to witness their finest hour in 12 years!!!

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