New era for Plumtree's Sharks

2012-02-21 21:16

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree says his players are ready to begin a "new era" in the franchise's history when they kick-off the new Super Rugby campaign later this week.

The Durban union has lost several of its stalwarts with captain John Smit, as well as veteran backs Stefan Terblanche and Adrian Jacobs, leaving.

The mantle has now been passed on to the next generation with Plumtree agreeing it was a fresh start for everyone.

"It's definitely [a new era now]," Plumtree said on Tuesday.

"That happens naturally, there’s always that transition. Certainly if you look at our camp, you see players that have been groomed by those senior players that have left. The tradition’s the same with us. It’s just the baton that gets handed over to other players to lead."

The Sharks boss paid homage to the new leaders of his group, captain Keegan Daniel and his deputy Bismarck du Plessis.

"I must say that Keegan and Bismarck in particular have really taken to it and the rest of the players are pitching in and helping out. It’s making my job easier as well, which is great."

The Sharks play three-time winners, the Bulls, in their campaign opener at Loftus Versfeld on Friday - a match Plumtree expected to be "just as difficult as it may have been in the past", despite the Pretoria outfit themselves losing many key figures.

"They have got some really nice backs and have recruited well. I’m sure they’ll play with some width when they get that opportunity and that fast ball that we see from them.

"There’ll be a lot of collisions to look out for around the rucks and a lot of driving mauls to look after. I’m sure they’ll try and wear us out up front, so we’ve got to be up for that."

Plumtree refused to divulge too much of what his team would look like, but gave a strong indication that Springbok winger JP Pietersen will debut at outside centre. The match squad is set to be named on Wednesday.

"All I can say is that I’m really excited about JP in the midfield," he said.

Another Bok wide-man, Odwa Ndungane, is likely to miss out due to a shoulder problem, while two unnamed backs have minor injuries.

Plumtree added that he expected several injuries in what is an extended competition compared to previous seasons.

"I think it’s a case of just managing that wear and tear. We’ve got some good depth in our loose forwards, the locks, up front with the props and the backs as well. We will rest players, we’ll have to," Plumtree said.

"I think it’s 11 rounds before our bye, so it’s a long time. We’ll have to make sure we keep this group as fresh as possible."



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jaques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht




  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-21 21:23

    It's gonna be massive. Go Bulls!!!

      boatmedic - 2012-02-21 21:54

      Bulls by 5!! Tough game it is going to be!!

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-21 21:57

    Sharks by 10 at least.Bulls are weak...The days when the bulls are the rugby joke of the world are back yay its so awesome that blue/pink prics are useless rubbish

      Andre - 2012-02-22 08:57

      And the Sharks will forever be the Super Rugby CHOKERS. Sharks are never here or there but jeeeez as long as we beat the Bulls and win Super Rugby in February!!!! Super Rugby trophy number 4 coming to Loftus in 2012.

      Jc - 2012-02-22 13:08

      Andre, you accuse the Sharks supporters of winning the cup in February and then you do exactly that(Super Rugby trophy number 4 coming to Loftus in 2012.)!!!!!

  • Nico - 2012-02-21 22:08

    gonna be a tough one, should be determined in the forwards.

  • Martin - 2012-02-21 22:19

    die Sharks gaan sukkel om oor die voordeel lyn te kom sonder Deysel en Alberts.... dink die jong Bulle span staan n kans...Hoop vir die beste Blou Bull groete

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 11:22

      moenie marcel coetzee onderskat nie, hy is net so goeie ball carrier soos deysel en alberts, kort net bietjie experience.

  • - 2012-02-21 22:51

    Did someone leave early before checking the Sharks team sheet. The team was released hours before this article was put up. The Sharks 1. Dale Chadwick 2. Bismarck du Plessis 3. Jannie du Plessis 4. Steven Sykes 5. Anton Bresler 6. Keegan Daniel (Captain) 7. Marcell Coetzee 8. Ryan Kankowski 9. Frederic Michalak 10. Patrick Lambie 11. Lwazi Mvovo 12. Tim Whitehead 13. JP Pietersen 14. Louis Ludik 15. Riaan Viljoen Replacements 16. Craig Burden 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Ross Skeate 19. Jacques Botes 20. Charl McLeod 21. Meyer Bosman 22. Paul Jordaan From

  • Bootman - 2012-02-21 23:44

    What happened to wonder boy Conrad Hoffman? I recall when he left WP how everybody was saying what a talent he was and that WP would regret letting him go. Some idiots even touted him a future much for that. - 2012-02-22 05:15

      He is injured.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-22 05:20

      Hy is beter as enige iets wat die Stormers NOU het.

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 11:24

      He's been injured 90% of his time at the sharks. so he is still there idiot

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 06:11

    Bulldozer as ek na jou pic kyk sien ek n vet bang seuntjie wie se ouers hom weg gegooi het.Jou ouers is pateties en vet en jou ma jig syt siektes

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-22 06:14

      Is dit jou beste? Vir n outjie wat kastig by Tuks geswot het, is jou comeback nogal teleurstellend. Terloops, jy't op die verkeerde plek reply, dingbat.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-02-22 07:10

      Jou kommentaar was in die eerste plek kinderagtig. "It's difficult but try and grow up"

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-02-22 08:26

      Jannie, that Bulldozer is a troll, don't take notice of him

  • Julie - 2012-02-22 07:25

    Thank goodness the 'SENIOR' players have left. Maybe now the Sharks will play a decent game.

  • Patrick - 2012-02-22 07:32

    thats wot plumtree sez evry year!!!

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-02-22 08:25

      And where did he say that?

      Patrick - 2012-02-22 12:38

      since the beginning of his career!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-22 14:22

      Probably at a press conference or something, idiot.

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-02-22 16:43

      Answer the question: Where did he say that every year and where is your proof he says that every year?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-22 17:04

      Patrick, I hope you have recorded all of John Plumtree's press conferences over the last few years. Dingdong wants an answer.

  • Tertius - 2012-02-22 07:54

    The Sharks team looks very strong, I'm sure a win won't be too hard on Friday. I get such a proud feeling when I read the way Plumtree speaks of his players, and even the opposition, you just know these guys have class, that alone is already a win over the Bulls.

      Marcel - 2012-02-22 11:25

      right on .

      Denése - 2012-02-22 18:28

      Well put, Tertius!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-22 19:04

      Class doesn't win Super rugby cups.

  • Denése - 2012-02-22 18:26


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