Plumtree points to positives

2012-03-27 16:05

Cape Town -  Sharks coach John Plumtree says a lot can be taken from their loss to the Waratahs as they prepare to tackle the Brumbies in Canberra this weekend.

The Sharks went down 34-30 to the Waratahs in Sydney last Saturday after leading for much of the game, but despite letting victory slip from their grasp the coach remains upbeat for the tour ahead.

“Were really pleased with our lineout, the Waratahs have a much taller pack than us but we won all (12/12) of our own throw-ins. That’s the best it’s been and we want to build on that.

“But we were disappointed with the defensive effort on the weekend, it’s something we’re going to focus on now," Plumtree told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.

Finding other positives Plumtree indicated that they would have made the locals very happy with the way they played that contributed to an outstanding game of rugby.

“Our mindset is to really attack and the Australian media is going nuts over how great the game was to watch compared to what they’ve seen in Sydney in the past few weeks. So it was nice from a Waratahs’ perspective [winning] and it was a good game of rugby for the crowd.

"But we want to win. We put a big emphasis on winning this match, we did all the right things during the week, but ultimate it wasn’t good enough, we conceded two or three soft tries and that was really disappointing.

“Against the Brumbies you don’t want to be doing that.”

Plumtree also confirmed that Springbok loose forward Jean Deysel had arrived to join the team at their hotel.

“It’s good to have Jean here with us, he’s such a lovely character to have - both on and off the field - so it’s a big plus for us having him here. JP Pietersen coming back from injury should be good and while we took one or two other knocks from the game, we’re hoping to have everyone fit for Saturday.”

Pat Lambie took a knee to the face and has a dental injury. “We’re hoping that he’ll be fine by the weekend,” Plumtree added.

The Sharks' clash against the Brumbies kicks off at 10:40 (SA time) on Saturday.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-27 16:11

    It's really disappointing when a coach says that possitives can be taken from a loss. There is nothing possitive about it.

      Lionel - 2012-03-27 16:15

      Correct,the only positive thing is that if JP is back they will drop Whitehead,jees but he stuffed up big time when trying to run from his own 22 with two defenders in front of him.Dont they teach how to kick the ball out there in Durbs!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-27 16:25

      The ball only travels about 10 meters in that humidity. The ball sticks to the boot when you kick.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-27 16:40

      Agreed. You should never take comfort from a loss. Also, Whitehead should have kicked, even if the ball only would've gone 10m. As long as it was into touch. He's a better player than that though, so I'd give him a chance.

      Heiku - 2012-03-27 16:57

      I agree. There are no positives in a loss.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-27 17:02

      Three non-Bulls supporters agreeing with me. I'm slipping.

      geoffrey.stokker - 2012-03-27 19:56

      Whitehead isn't the problem in the centres. That "super" replacement, Marius Joubert, is the problem. Slower than a prop and has the defensive prowess of a wet tissue.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-27 16:30

    "..Plumtree points to positives.." huh... I think he points to the bulls?? yeah, i think so...

      Lionel - 2012-03-27 16:33

      Probably referring to the Bulls positives they will take from their loss to the Stormers:):)

      Lionel - 2012-03-28 07:13

      Whats that supposed to mean,you can talk cr@p about the Stormers but I cant talk cr@p about the Bulls!!!!Ek voel absoluut niks as jy my kan verdra of nie!!!!!

      Werner - 2012-03-28 09:03

      Soos my een buddy gesê het, sy nuwe insult "so common soos Loftus se gras"

  • Heiku - 2012-03-27 16:54

    Plumtree is a plonker and he proved it once again last Saturday. Meyer Bosman was having a blinder of a game the best Ive ever seen from him and Whitehead was undoubtedly having a shocker. What does he do with 20min to go? Replace Bosman with Joubert..... enough said.

      geoffrey.stokker - 2012-03-27 20:06

      Someone who can see sense. Plumtree took a page out of Snor's playbook and replaced the wrong player at the wrong time.

  • Shaun - 2012-03-27 18:12

    Would be my Sharks 22 to face the Brumbies... 15. Riaan Viljoen. 14. Louis Ludik. 13. J.P.Pieterson. 12. Meyer Bosman. 11. Lwazi Mvovo. 10. Patrick Lambie. 9. Charl McLeod. 8. Willem Alberts. 7. Marcell Coetzee. 6. Keegan Daniels (c). 5. Anton Bresler. 4. Steven Sykes. 3. Jannie Du Plessis. 2. Bismark Du Plessis. 1. Dale Chadwick. 16. Wiehan Herbst. 17. Craig Burden. 18. Jandre Marais. 19. Jean Deysel. 20. Frederic Michalak. 21. Marius Joubert. 22. Paul Jordaan.

  • Wim - 2012-03-28 07:03

    Plumtree must also bear in mind that New Zealand's Keith Brown will play a role! He is in the same leaugue as Bryce Lawrence ... sees only what he wishes to see.

      Joshua - 2012-03-28 09:28

      Blaming the ref already?

  • Joshua - 2012-03-28 09:29

    "Should have won" doesn't win competitions...

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