Plumtree laments error count

2012-04-22 19:58

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree conceded that the massive error count was a key contributor in their Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs at Kings Park on Saturday.

The hosts spurned several opportunities throughout the game, making mistakes in crucial areas that allowed the New Zealanders to re-take top spot on the log in a tense 18-12 win.

"The little opportunities we had, we didn’t take, ultimately that was probably the difference in the end," said Plumtree.

"That’s the difference between winning and losing.

"The effort and commitment was there, the plan we had in place was working nicely.

"We put them under a lot of pressure, but then they also put us under pressure, so the intensity of the match was right up there."

Flyhalf Aaron Cruden scored 13 points for the Chiefs, including the opening try after the coastal team had dominated territorially early on, much to the frustration of Plumtree.

After young Springbok back Patrick Lambie scored all of the Sharks’ points, Augustine Pulu landed a superb late try for the visitors to seal the victory.

Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen and Tim Whitehead were among the main culprits to have fallen victim to basic handling errors, though, Plumtree refused to point a finger at anyone.

"Individual errors, a dropped pass, those types of things are really disappointing from a team's perspective," Plumtree said.

"And that's what team sport is about, individuals make mistakes, and we just made too many on the night."

Plumtree also felt the Sharks were not overawed by the Waikato-based tourists, saying their ability to match them stride-for-stride was a major positive.

"I didn’t think the Chiefs were any better than us, we had more opportunities and created more chances," he said.

"They are one of top sides in the competition, they’re right up there and have been for a while now.

"The impressive thing about them is that they are backing up their performances.

"They’re not having that drop off but we’re struggling to put those wins together, that’s the difference."

The win for Dave Rennie’s side made it seven out of eight this season, while the hosts slumped to a fifth defeat in nine matches.

"It’s now backs to the wall stuff," Plumtree said.

"We have to play really well in May, that’s the message.

"If we can come up with the same commitment and attitude and just get a bit more accurate, then we’ll be hard to beat like we were against the Chiefs."

"And that is what we’ve got to believe in."

The Sharks now have a bye next weekend, before returning to play the Highlanders at home on May 5.


  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-22 20:16

    A good start would be to ask why their Captain is on twitter the moment he gets back to SA arranging several pissups with housemates. Young kids, big money, no discipline.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-22 20:17

    Charl also needs to drop the double-dip pass, running 5m before he passes and pass from the base. Basics which gives the runners an extra .2 of a second. Instead he is wailing to the referee.

  • Ken - 2012-04-22 21:02

    As a Bulls supporter I realy wanted the Sharks to win. Not a good day at the office

      Robert - 2012-04-22 21:31


  • Andrew Stark - 2012-04-22 22:07

    It was silly basic mistakes which let them down, very disappointing considering home ground advantage. Home ground advantage seems a thing of the past these days at south African stadiums.

  • Terence - 2012-04-23 06:41

    Replace your captain, who has no idea about the laws of rugby.

      Terence - 2012-04-23 07:42

      At least Spies knows the rules.

  • Peter - 2012-04-23 07:03

    I think changing your line-breaking fly-half to full back and bringing on someone who nevers takes contact and kicks when on attack might have something to do with the loss as well. Charl Mcleod is unable to pass without taking 3 steps first and none of the forwards can catch a ball or hang on to it in a tackle. Bismark will NEVER understand the laws of rugby and his lineout throwing is, well, its just rubbish isn't it? Its is hard being a Sharks supporter some weeks.

  • pete.rudder - 2012-04-23 07:28

    I'm tired of Plumtree's excuses.

  • Cindy - 2012-04-23 08:57

    I think it’s high time for Plum to go back to NZ. The sharks have some of the best players in the S15, but the worst game plan. The team's moral goes for sht, and Keegan is a great player, but he is no captain. I've been a shark supporter since i can remember, and I’m tired of being a loser year after year. I dislike the bulls but this have to be said, when they play, the play with fire and vigour and they play as a unit making them winners. Same goes for the cheetahs. The brand of rugby they play are good to watch. But the sharks disappoint me every year and i think of maybe supporting the cheetahs or stormers. We need a coach from SA that allows players to play a SA style of rugby, which is doing the basics right before swinging 50/50 passes around. Sorry Plum, but I think you should go back!!!

  • Jason - 2012-04-23 09:51

    in my opinion, Plum is the problem. We look like a team that just plays, without a definite game plan. DEFENCE is shocking, not at championship standard, clearly overlooked by the coaching staff.

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