Sharks want to avoid Stormers

2012-01-12 22:05

Cape Town - Sharks coach John Plumtree has revealed the real reason why they decided not to play in the Neo Africa Tri-Series.

Plumtree admitted to the Beeld newspaper they want to avoid the Stormers as they don't want to face a team they're due to play early in the season proper.

The Sharks will face Stormers at Newlands in their second Super Rugby clash of the season on 3 March.

They were scheduled to join the Cape side and the Lions in the Neo Africa Series at the end of January but last week suddenly withdrew their invitation. The Cheetahs will now join the Stormers and the Lions in the competition.

"We're playing our second Super Rugby match against the Stormers in Cape Town. I'm not really a big believer in playing a pre-season game against a team you're due to play so early in a tournament," said Plumtree.

Plumtree also claims far too much importance is being attached to the Neo Africa Series in Cape rugby circles.

"For us it's mainly about getting combinations right and winning those games isn't everything. That tournament never really worked for us."

Plumtree also revealed that Springbok Pat Lambie will be mainly utilised at flyhalf during the Super Rugby tournament. He will fight it out with Frenchman Frederic Michalak for the No 10 jersey. Michalak has signed a new deal with French club Toulon but Plumtree says he should be available for most of the campaign.

The Sharks will name their captain next week, with Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis deemed a big favourite.

The Sharks will play friendly matches against Boland on 10 February and the EP Kings on 17 February before they start their Super Rugby campaign on 24 February against the Bulls in Pretoria.


  • Bennie - 2012-01-12 23:13

    So why accept the invitation in the first place? Also, the "tournament never really worked for us" - really after 1 tournament? Looking for excuses to hide the real reason me thinks.

      Blouballas - 2012-01-13 06:16

      Jy is seker ook n grootbek Stormer supporter wat nooit sal leer nie.

      Dawie - 2012-01-13 06:56

      Die Bloues is weer orals grootbek of hoe ??

      Gungets - 2012-01-13 06:59

      1. They did not accept this year. -------> 2. In KZN we know quite quickly when something it not working. -----> 3. What is the point of this tournament. Does it make any sense to start the season with a domestic match that has all the potential to cause injuries and means absolutely nothing.

      Ryan - 2012-01-13 07:13

      You make perfect sense Bennie. The tournament wasn't organised on a whim, the Sharks would have accepted an invitation months ago. Then a couple weeks before the tournament starts they pull out? Don't sign up for something unless your sure about partaking or at the worst give some decent notice. I have a feeling the guys higher up made the decision without consulting with Plumtree. The point is not that they're absent, but rather that they accept an invitation to play ages ago and pull out at the last minute. Also how can the Sharks withdraw their invitation? They were invited so they have no invitation to withdraw, quite pathetic english by the reporter.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-13 08:58

      Plumtree is boxing smart here. I hpe this is a sign of good things for The Sharks this season. Let the Stormers win the pain tin..whoopeee.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-13 09:23

      Actually they have played in the Cape for 2 tournaments, 2011 and 2010.

  • Ruan - 2012-01-13 00:09

    .....dis darem veels TE VEEL rugby vroeg in die jaar !!

  • Wesley - 2012-01-13 07:40

    In an article a while ago, NEWS24 reported that the sharks informed the WPRU that they would not be taking part last year already. Now it was a sudden thing. Which is it? I agree with Plumtree though on the fact that the Sharks should not risk injury to players this early in the season. It's going to be a very long one......

  • Reagan Titus - 2012-01-13 08:27

    Plumtree shut your trap you jst scared of THE STORMERS typical kiwi mentality were gonna make tuna of you

      Blouballas - 2012-01-13 08:50

      Yes, your trophy cabinet for the last 11 years suggests that you are better than the Sharks.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-13 08:59

      Lol!! The biggest mouths at the beginning of each season are always Province fans. Nuff said.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-01-13 09:22

      Province/Stormers fans always shoot their mouths off at the beginning of the season, but are deathly quiet come the end of the year when they realise that their trophy cabinet is empty yet again! 11 years and counting...

      Rene - 2012-01-13 13:37

      yup Reagan. we sharks are terrified of the Stormers. When did you guys last see silverware, never mind won anything at all. Shamepies!!!

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-01-13 08:35

    The media have really jumped on the fact that the Sharks don't want to play in this tournament. Slow news week I guess.....

  • Eric - 2012-01-13 08:41

    Sharks were very unlucky last year due to the NEO tournament and struggled to build momentum in the beginning of the SUPER Rugby. The NEO tournament claimed Alistair Hargreaves, Jean Deysel and Ross Skeate. Now the Sharks already have the injury of scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann. Here is a link of last year's article backing up my comment and supporting Plumtree in this decision.

  • Michael - 2012-01-13 17:05

    Actually the Sharks decided to withdraw from the competition last year already.

  • Matthew - 2012-01-20 09:00

    Oh no, and the Sharks do it again. If Lambie has to fight it out with Michalak, which I believe Pat is the better, does that mean bench time for one of the brightest young Springbok stars in the Sharks yet again. Just wondering why, after the boy was such a pillar at fullback, he's got to fight it out with a non South African. My condolences to the new SA coach.

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