Plumtree: No stand-out SA side

2012-02-14 22:10

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree feels there isn’t much to choose between the South African teams ahead of the Super Rugby tournament.

“I think it’s going to be quite close, I don’t think there is a stand-out South African side, they’re all going to be competitive," Plumtree told Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

"There are no easy points against South African sides, which hasn’t always been the case, so to win the conference becomes really tight, there are no easy points anywhere.

“Winning home derby games is going to be crucial, you don’t want to be losing at home," said Plumtree.

The Sharks play their final warm-up game against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Hooker Bismarck du Plessis was named captain for the clash.

Frederic Michalak retains his place at scrumhalf after impressing in last week's 62-0 mauling of Boland.

“I thought Fred played nicely at 9,” said Plumtree. “He had a lot of really good ball, his kicking game was good, his option-taking good and I thought it was definitely a pass mark.”

Springbok JP Pietersen also gets another chance at outside centre after impressing against Boland.

"I thought JP Pietersen looked good again at outside centre.”

The experiment to move the Bok wing to the midfield has been tried twice now and there is little doubt that he could be the answer at 13.

“We will have to sit down and decide where we’re going with this, chat to JP and decide if we go ahead with it,” said Plumtree.

“Putting him into midfield gives us more X-factor out wide. We will see, we haven’t decided yet.”

With less than two weeks to go until the Sharks kick off their campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria, there is obvious interest about the two big ball carrying loose-forwards, Jean Deysel and Willem Alberts who are recovering from injury.

“Both players are going really well, we’re hoping we’ll have both back by the time we tour. Willem is progressing faster than Jean whose rehabilitation is longer.”


Kings: TBA

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. JP Pietersen 12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Frederic Michalak 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Marcell Coetzee 6. Jacques Botes 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain) 1. Dale Chadwick

Subsitutes: 16. Craig Burden 17. Julian Redelinghuys 18. Wiehahn Herbst 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit 20. Ross Skeate 21. Keegan Daniel 22. Charl McLeod 23. Meyer Bosman 24. Paul Jordaan.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-14 22:19

    Just the Stormers that suck more than the rest. Disgraceful.

      Lionel - 2012-02-15 07:19

      Hey Dozey,nice profile pic,suits you my friend:):)

  • Jan - 2012-02-14 22:56

    Plumtree is not much of a coach either. Why should anyone take notice of his opinion?

      Wynand - 2012-02-15 08:30

      Ja ons Bulletjies wen tog baie bekers!

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-02-15 08:32

      Jan and the Bulls have one one SR and cheated to steal 2 of them with clear illegal infringement against Sharks and two allowed forward passes against the Stormers - at least the other teams aren't cheats and seemingly proud of being cheats!

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-02-15 08:32

      Jan and the Bulls have earned one SR and cheated to steal 2 of them with clear illegal infringement against Sharks and two allowed forward passes against the Stormers - at least the other teams aren't cheats and seemingly proud of being cheats!

      Denése - 2012-02-15 12:11

      Maria L Dewar - At LAST somebody agrees with me! Sharks forever. The Bulls always seem to get away with murder and they ARE extremely proud of it! They won on PAPER - Paper can burn, but true memories stay alive!

  • warren.d.manning - 2012-02-15 05:24

    the Cheetahs def stand out as the the team with the nicest kit!

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-15 09:41

      The Pink Poofters stand out like a sore thumb. More of an eyesore, actually. And their rugby doesn't help, either.

  • Jed - 2012-02-15 06:38

    1. Stormers 2. Sharks 3. Lions 4. Cheetahs 15.Bulls (Replaced by Kings , cause the Bulls are just KUK) 2011 no semi's. HAHAHAHAHAHA. 2002 Bulls Played 11 Lost 11 2012 Bulls Played 18 Lost 18 My Prediction.

      Jaco - 2012-02-15 07:20

      Lyk my jy weet niks v rugby nie, wat van die 9 jaar inbetween? Super Rugby cups Bulls 3 Sharks 0

      Wynand - 2012-02-15 08:32

      Ja, 3-0!!! En dan nog al die Currie Cups ook. Ons Bulle skop gat!

      Gert - 2012-02-15 09:16

      What are you smoking, the Kings can't even win the B section or do I smell politics again

      Kosie - 2012-02-15 11:22

      My oupa skop ook gat, of altans hy het op n tyd, maar deesdae doen hy nie meer nie nes die bulle.

      Denése - 2012-02-15 12:15

      True Super Rugby Cup Winners. 1. Sharks 2007 2. Bulls 2008 or 2009 3. Stormers 2010

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-15 06:58

    Man oh man. Sometimes I wonder about the posters on the rugby pages..... Go Sharks... 8)

  • Jason - 2012-02-15 07:07

    Clearly he is not including the Stormers in this equation. Everyone that knows rugby can see the Stormers as South Africa's stand out team.

      Wynand - 2012-02-15 08:33

      Everybody knows the Bulls are the best, duh!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-15 09:08

      Everyone that knows rugby can see that the Stormers are chokers. 11 years and no cups!

      Gert - 2012-02-15 09:18

      Lets wait and see what happens on the field

  • Jaco - 2012-02-15 07:23

    Plums is reg! Ek is n sa rugby fan (unlike most people on this) Dit gaan tight wees, maar stomers, bulls en sharks, die beter spanne.

  • John - 2012-02-15 07:58

    No Sharks supporter but that looks like a very good side. Excellent half back combination in Lambie & Freddie with a power power pack. Sharks like the Stormers could be a bit thin in the front row now beast is out.

  • Hoo - 2012-02-15 08:18

    @Plum "No stand-out SA side.." exept for my little silly team,... they wear PINK!!!!!! Aijajaaai

      Hoo - 2012-02-15 15:01

      @ag ou pienk kraai- voor jy nog geweet het waar jou slap rugstring hang het di' ou oom sy Bulle ondersteun, ne!..en jy moet onthou, ni almal is soos jy ni- poefter, EN so moet dit bly! so gaan p0#p in jo 'fantasie' land saam di ander dwergies&feekies.. "Ons Bulle is ni metro-manne ni.. ons is regte manne."

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