John Plumtree a worried man

2011-06-07 18:09

Johannesburg - Sharks coach John Plumtree has warned his team they will need to improve if they are to progress further in the Super Rugby competition.

The Durban franchise stand on the verge of playoff qualification and could seal their place in the top six if they beat the Lions in Johannesburg this week and results elsewhere work in their favour.

But the coach is worried about the way his side had been playing, despite heading to the Highveld with back-to-back wins over the Waratahs and Cheetahs in the last two weeks.

"We're concerned that we are not playing well enough to do well in this competition, that's a genuine concern," said Plumtree.

"There are some basic principles of the game that we're just not achieving.

"We're playing too much rugby behind the advantage line and in the wrong areas of the field."

The coach added that they adapted their strategies on attack.

"But it's really about getting tactical savvy and it's about players wanting to achieve," he said.

"Carrying the ball across the advantage line is a big part of the game and we haven't been doing that well enough lately."

One of the key problem areas had been attack, where Plumtree felt there were a string of little things that urgently needed to be fixed.

"There's a bit more desire, a bit more patience, making sure we work hard off the ball, you can look at urgency around the ball carrier in terms of support, so there's lots of different things that we're not doing well enough at the moment," said Plumtree.

Plumtree cautioned against any complacency against a Lions side clearly in the ascendancy following away wins over the Highlanders and Brumbies in recent weeks.

"I think being away from South Africa has helped them because they're away from a lot of their critics, which is always a good thing," he said.

"Butch (James) coming in has helped them with their flow and they look dangerous with their rhythm and their backs now.

"They've also worked out what their best starting XV is and those guys are consistently being picked."

He said the Lions' two wins on tour would have given the Johannesburg side some confidence.

"So they'll be pretty keen to finish their campaign on a high," said the coach.

Willem Alberts is a major injury concern after going off with a shoulder injury during the closing stages against the Cheetahs.

He faces a late fitness test along with prop Jannie du Plessis (knee), but Odwa Ndungane (hand) and Jean Deysel (suspension) are definitely out.


  • Lloyd - 2011-06-07 18:14

    John, there's always next year. He he he he he he.

      Zip23 - 2011-06-07 18:32

      And if not next year, the year following that. At least hes honest, not like Allistair. And, they always have the sun and sea to console themselves!

      Lloyd - 2011-06-07 18:42

      I agree and at least they win the Currie cup every now and again. Sun is nice, sea is nice, air to humid though.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-07 19:23

      Weekend Pics: The Chiefs by 10 Brumbies by 7 Crusaders by 12 Waratahs by 10 Lions by 8 Stormers by 12 Wee Pee Jou YSTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kurtvs - 2011-06-07 18:28

    Willem Alberts injury due to shoulder charge on Ashley Johnson

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-07 19:24

      I agree...

  • 420 - 2011-06-07 18:44

    If Alberts fails his fitness test then we are in trouble.

      Hennie - 2011-06-07 18:53

      you are in sh*t already,the refs wont be bias this weekend because of all the eyes on them, so you'll loose,as the Lions will thrash you .As they have been cheated out of numerous games as well,especialy when that as*hole Mark Lawrance grabs a whistle when the sharks are playing.a And agreed alberts injury came from cheating.

  • Wilhelm - 2011-06-07 19:07

    No Jonker to bail you out this weekend!

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-07 19:18

    Relax John, I can see your psychological game. Come 18 June 2011, Moftus Lersfeldt your team will GRIND the HELL out of the Blue Bulls and end their playoff aspirations. And mind you, hulle aspirations vir die playoffs word hierdie saterdag 11 Junie 2011 tot STILSTAND GERUK op NUWELAND in KAAPSTAD. Stormers jou LEKKER DING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Die Spier - 2011-06-07 19:32

    Imagine how worried he's gonna be when the bulls thump them by 18

      Lloyd - 2011-06-07 19:57

      End of life as they know it.

  • Lloyd - 2011-06-07 20:09

    No need to worry Plum. Your next two games are in the bag. Go Sharks.

      Lloyd - 2011-06-07 21:14

      How did I know it was just a matter of time before I got faked. Do yourself a favour. Change your spelling, grammar, vocabulary, favourite quotations and whatever else you can fake, because I'm going to snuff you out before you know it. It's what I get paid to do.

      Crusader Man - 2011-06-08 12:47

      why would anyone want to fake u Lloyd. You aren't that popular with your immature comments about no cups etc.... Never mind u will grow up soon.. :-)

      Lloyd - 2011-06-08 17:16

      If you really believe I will complement the Sharks then I actually pity you. Go back to Bokmakierie where you belong.

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-08 08:14

    Go Sharks!!! As mentioned yesterday, Sharks need nobody to bail them out!!! Sharks forever!!!

  • greenpea - 2011-06-08 08:30

    John plumtree knows what he is doing great to see how he motivates the boys and can identify the problem areas and work on them. I would like to see jaques luis potgieter on inside centre and adi jacobs on outside, thaughts?

      Sarge - 2011-06-08 09:54

      Couldn't agree more man, Plumtree is a great coach, the problem is that the players are not playing like a team, they are missing that spark they had in the Currie Cup. I would also like to see Potgieter at centre, he is a very good playmaker and Adi's form has been good so far.

  • Big G - 2011-06-08 10:08

    It is such a pity that the Sharks are the most hated side in SA all because of their supporters .. now lets all recap on what the Sharks have actually won in total .. um .. not much ..

      Gotcha - 2011-06-08 12:02

      2 Currie cups in the last 3 years is not bad, and you've got it wrong, the Bulls are the most hated team because of their supporters.

      Eugene.Ackerman - 2011-06-08 13:37

      Point-of-fact Big G, the Bulls are the most despised team, internationally not only in the Super Rugby setup. And yes, this is because of the supporters not the players. Most teams enjoy going to the Shark Tank as the Sharks are considered to be the one of the most professional, friendliest and most hospitable rachises in World Rugby.

  • MedianN - 2011-06-08 20:57

    Loving all the ret4rds on this forum saying Jonker helped the Sharks, after receiving 2 yellow cards and being 13 men on the field the Cheetahs only had to keep the ball in hand to win the game; yet, you kicked the ball. Congratulations, sore losers. Get a life.

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