Plumtree slams players

2011-04-04 07:15

Christo Buchner

Durban – Sharks coach John Plumtree accused his team of naivety under pressure following their 6-16 defeat to the Stormers at Kings Park on Saturday night.

“We played into their hands in the first half and should have kicked for territory more,” Plumtree said after the Vodacom Super Rugby match.

He was also concerned about the Sharks’ poor handling and lineout play.

After a good start to the tournament, in which the Sharks won their first four games, they have now lost three times in succession and are dropping behind the leaders.

They certainly can’t afford another defeat when they play the Lions on Saturday.

It’s a tricky tie for the Sharks as they have struggled in recent matches against the Lions. Last year they lost to the Lions towards the end of the league phase of the Currie Cup.

The Sharks’ lack of continuity and penetration are major concerns.

“The 50-50 chances also did not go our way,” said Plumtree.

“There were a few borderline refereeing decisions that went against us.

“We put in a decent effort and really tried hard, but things did not work out. The Stormers were in control throughout.”

Asked what had changed since his team played the Capetonians last year, Plumtree said that Springbok lock Andries Bekker is making a big difference in the lineouts and that Peter Grant, who had played in Japan for a while, is a significant improvement at flyhalf.

“The Stormers believe in themselves and that makes a big difference,” he said.

The Sharks have largely played as individuals in their last few games and did not build enough phases to finish their moves. Players crossed the advantage line on a few occasions, but then there was no support.

Plumtree also does not believe their hectic travel schedule – they played the Crusaders at Twickenham the previous Sunday following a tour of Australia and New Zealand, played a part in their defeat.

“We were in it until the end, but could not make an impression on the scoreboard,” said Plumtree.


  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 07:28

    Bottom line is, we played like ****. Yes how many times the 50/50 didn't go our way, but that is just the way the game works... We blew how many chances, poor throws, not holding onto the ball, giving away penalties, missing penalties... JLP, you knocked the sharks out the Semi's when you played for the Cheethas, I hated you for that.. You went on to play for the Bulls through their currie cup and looked promising and I was excited to get you, now you playing very poorly and your missing at posts is costing us the game because without those kicks there is no pressure on... Bottom line, our whole team needs a big wakeup call, why it always has to get to this first... Stop trying to over analyze it, get the basics right, stop doing knock ons, be assertive when you pass the ball... Kanko, gets the ball from the line out, he can clearly see there is no back row, so instead of holding on the ball he just throws it short... WHY? Why not hold onto it and turn it into a maul? I'm lank disappointed because I don't believe the stormers played that well and if we played our game we would have walked this one.. But all we did was make far more mistakes than them and thats why we lost... Back to basics this weekend, and I hope Lambie can come back and have some sort of a spark come this weekend... However we shouldn't be reliant on one player, ever player regardless if you coming off the bench or not, needs to play their part, and make sure you play it properly.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 07:32

      You know, I was upset we lost to the Chiefs as we shouldn't have lost that one, the Saders I didn't mind the loss because it was such a great game to watch, but here we go and lose to the Stormers when that should never have been the case.. How do we come from smashing the Currie Cup to playing like this? This is the same question I ask the bulls, Back to back Super 14 champs and you head into this season rattled... What happens, honestly...

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 07:54

      Guru,I understand your frustrations,I would be to if I was a Shark supporter,I agree with you about JLP,I have never liked the guy but to blame him is harsh,Bismark was woeful,he's throwing in was terrible,as for JP Pietersen,I sincerely wonder if he's mind is on rugby.I think the Bye that you guys have after the Lions game will do the world of good,good luck for the rest of the season.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 08:09

      @gooinat, the truth is, the Stormers have solid kicking and so do the Bulls, and that is what makes or breaks a game, when you play a team like the stormers who are strong on defense you need to make sure you get your kicks over at least... So was it harsh? Ye, but then again, who's problem is that? That is his job, if I never did my job properly I would have clients all over the country giving me lip. He is a professional player that seriously needs to spend some more time at the office (practicing place kicking). As for JP Pieterson, in my mind he is a lazy.. Plain and simple watch him on the field and watch how long it takes for him to get back to position... As for Bismark, very depressing, he was regarded by the Aussies as the best Hooker in the world, and this is what he gives in return to that statement, bottom line, the whole of the Sharks team never pitched, ok we had one or two players that glowed, but does it help if you don't have support? No, what it the point of making ground only to find you have NOONE to offload to? Please.. it was a disgrace.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 08:16

      rugby_guru : You have to remember one small thing - Why would a province let go of a player to someone else without a fight , case to remember : the fight to get Alberts & lucick , both still playing well , but the Free State first & then the Bulls , let this JLP go with blessings , maybe they did not want him anymore !!!

      mummford - 2011-04-04 08:33

      The end of the day the Stormers are a side with passion and want to win.Their is a aura of arrogance that exist in a number of the S15 sides but not in the Stormers.They are a team of brothers who are willing to die out their for each other.I want to hear from these so called rugby experts(alwyn,jaco etc) comments about our loose trio!Personally, i think they the best in the business.Fourie is running threw the opposition like a knife threw hot butter. Well done lads, we proud of you.

      Makutu - 2011-04-04 08:34

      Why did the Sharks buy JLP and Meyer Bosman? I don't think those were particularly good buys. Not by a long short. Conrad Hofmann was a good signing, no doubt but the two utility backs are sub-standard and will cost the Sharks more games. You should have tried to buy Juan de Jong. He doesn't Start at the Stormers and I'm sure he would have been a good addition to the Sharks Camp. The Sharks doesn't have centers, end of story. No life in the midfield. You shouldn't have gotten rid of Andries Strauss!

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 08:57

      I feel for you Guru, But your team is not playing all that bad. Yes, JLP and Bosman are weaklinks. But dont be too distressed. There is still a llong season ahead. Just think, you could have been a Bulls supporter like me! Then you would have had reason to be depressed. :-p

      Shona - 2011-04-04 09:23

      Potgieter is definitely costing us. We fell so far behind against the Crusaders cos of his kicking...making it hard to come back. Then missed kicks again on saturday. We so badly need Lambie back. Surely there is someone else (Stefan) that can kick if they can see JLP isn't performing. I think Bismarck is still the best...must be hard to play with a team that doesn't work as a team. I will admit that saturday wasn't his best game though.

      John - 2011-04-04 09:40

      The truth is the Stormers pressure on the Sharks resulted in the mistakes. The Sharks spent the afternoon playing behind the gain line. In other words the Sharks were not allowed to play their "own game". They were also out thought in the line-outs.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 10:04

      O.k Rudolph, whatever you say.

      sweis1986 - 2011-04-04 10:47

      Yup, Stormers were not at their best either. But you guys did play crap though. A win is a win, I will take it. Sometimes playing crap has something to do with the team you are playing against as well, applying sufficient pressure. Anyway, GO STORMERS!

      TheBokFan - 2011-04-04 13:31

      @gooinat - never mind Bismark's throwing - all he cared about was trying to start a fight with the Stormers loosies - Vermeulen especially! It was embarrassing to watch, he was like a playground bully. Im not a Sharks fan, but I am a Bok fan and we need Bismark to be at his best. He is awesome when he controls his aggression. When it is his priority he is not good (and no player would be). @rugby_guru: The Stormers played well and stifled the Sharks, thats why they looked bad. Admittedly they are suffering without Lambie at 10. Well done to my Stormers!!!!!

  • thumper - 2011-04-04 07:50

    The coach calls it like it is yet the supporters are still harping on past glory. Instead off giving the Stormers credit for winning it's easier to say the Sharks lost the game?? Come on guys, be gracious in defeat, pick yourselves up and least maintain some level of rspect and then come see how you like it at Newlands! Well done Stormers.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 07:54

      thumper, nobody is taking credit away from the Stormers, look on my previous posts I credited them, however we should not have lost for the way you guys where playing, it wasn't like the stormers where playing that good rugby, the sharks where playing bad rugby.. And that is the truth... Well done to stormers for wining, great, however this thread is about the sharks now, and i'm saying we should not have lost that match, yes we did, and i'm pissed off because of it, due to the fact that we played terribly... How many tries did we throw away? I mean REAL tries, when it was a given.. 3 that I can remeber...

      thumper - 2011-04-04 08:06

      Thanks guru. I enjoy reading your comments. The way I see it is that sometimes when there is a tough contest and fierce rivalry the rugby is not always the greatest and the team who plays the best badly wins, if that makes sense. Also, you had 3 one on one situations to score tries but were stopped every time. Was it bad Sharks play or composure on defence? Anyway, the return match is going to be something to look forward to and lets hope both teams are a full strength for that one.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 08:20

      @thumper, the only problem is the return match is at Newlands, lol, it isn't going to make it any easier on our team... Anyway, lets forget the sharks, i've drilled them hard enough today... The bottom line is, the Stormers are now miles ahead on the log, which is great, but I seriously hope they have a psychologist working with them, just like the Sharks in 2007, it really helped us through that rough period.. However the reason I say that is, the Stormers are doing well now, however if they head to the Semi's or Finals and they land up playing the Saders, they need to have their heads in order to win the game... It will be exciting for the whole of South Africa, if the Stormers take the title this year, I hope it's the sharks ofcourse, but if we can't do it, it needs to be a South African team, to keep these Sheep Herders quite before the RWC in 158 days.

      Staalbal - 2011-04-04 08:23

      @ Guru. Is this how you credit the Stormers? "I'm lank disappointed because I don't believe the stormers played that well and if we played our game we would have walked this one.. But all we did was make far more mistakes than them and thats why we lost." The fact is the Stormers never let the Sharks get into the game. The Sharks were driven back in the tackles and struggled to cross the advantage line. It's tough to win a game when you're on the back foot. Granted is was not the best Sharks performance, but they were beaten by a better team.

      Wincint - 2011-04-04 08:23

      Both Sharks and Stomers were pathetic. Didn't deliver the rugby that was expected, and I'ma Stormers fan.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:29

      ..."history" tells me that the stormers will NOT win the Super 15 this year.... ....sorry Stormers....

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 08:34

      @Staalbal read the previous threads where I praised them!!! This thread is about the Sharks, ok... Not the stormers... Must I lick the stormers ass for playing crap rugby but beating us? No.. You won, enough, this is now to discuss the sharks play, go troll other threads if you want.. You never didn't let us in the game, we made the mistakes, you never made us make the mistakes... We made the mistakes because we never pitched up, the end...

      Alex - 2011-04-04 08:43

      JohnnyBB - History also said the Stormers should lose at Loftus and King's Park...

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 08:54

      You are correct Johnny. The are suckers, lickers, losers, chokers.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 09:06

      @Lloyd ya the stormers have choked for a few years, but lets give them credit where credit is due and currently they the best outfit in the country... And I believe allot of that goes to their centers, the boks need them! As I said in a post, do they have psychologist working with them, as this is the reason they choke, not because they can't play rugby, they need to work out the stuff in their heads, which i'm sure they can do this year.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:16

      Guru...your Sharks will bounce back soon.Just hope it is not at Newlands. Bismark is a world class player but sometimes these guys start to think they bigger then the game!He needs to forget about the fame,money and the glory and go back to rugga!I will say this again, their is a great aura around the Stormers at present but we need to keep our feet grounded

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:17

      Oh , whats that sticking out of Johnnyb's arse........Its Llyods foot.

      Guz - 2011-04-04 09:19

      @rugby_guru and other, this was a classic local derby...what did you guys expect, 12 tries being scored or something? I personally think the Stormers applied the pressure realy well...THAT is what led to the errors the sharks made.

      Shona - 2011-04-04 09:34

      @Thumper. Rugby-guru is correct in saying that this article is about The Sharks and their performance. We did lose on saturday and they didn't play well but we are wondering what has happened in the last 3 games that they have lost not just against Stormers

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 10:06

      O.k Rudolph, whaever you say. - 2011-04-04 11:35

      Lloyd please buddy go comment on netball , The bulls are kuk look were they sitting overall , not even biased Ref's can save you now. We should take your three titles and give them to the Ref's who reffed your Semi's and Final's games because they earned them. Remember you are one of the record holder's for no games won in a super rugby season. hahaha.

  • Dave - 2011-04-04 07:55

    Should have kicked for territory more????? are you insane Plumtree. Do you want to play in empty stadiums?? Supporters don't pay good money to watch crap like you and the Stormers provided on Saturday. kick and chase, kick and chase, kick and chase, kick and chase, kick and chase, Anybody want to buy a Sharks season ticket....going cheap

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 07:59

      EXACTLY... We are not a kicking side, we an attacking side, the reason we lost was simple we couldn't hold onto the ball, wet or not wet, hold on with two hands and have someone run into your drive with you... Do not knock the ball on, we where pathetic... end of story...

      GHT - 2011-04-04 08:16

      The Stormers completely stopped the Sharks with their attacking play. Plumtree is right to say that they should have kicked for territory more. I honestly think the Stormers players like making tackles. The Sharks needed to change their tactics, because simply running at the Stormers and giving attacking up and unders did not work. Hence, the correct assesment by Plumtree. Go Stormers

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-04 09:00

      Maybe thats why you lost. The Stormers didn't start the game with a kicking strategy, and to their credit, they changed things up and only implemented the kicking game once it started raining. Its not about only playing with one brand of play the conditions and the opposition team. You guys were complacent and deserved your swallow the pill.

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:02

      We have all seen where the senseless kicking away of possesion has gotten the Bulls! Normally Mr. Plumtree is very believable, but in this I cannot help but disagree. I think it is just a little bit of frustration on his part.

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-04-04 09:51

      @Dave, don't you think Plumtree read the game? That is why somebody needed to kick? Different game plan for a different team? The Sharks beat the Bulls by keeping ball in hand Semi final CC 2010... but this game there needed somebody to read the game and make chances. Anyway good win for the Stormers less mistakes and got the win.

      Crusader Man - 2011-04-04 12:50

      To those Sharks supporters, don't mean to sound rude but really the last two weeks they have played their first hard games and really haven't performed well. I don't think they will finish in your top two in the SA conference. Each year they promise much but they lose too many games against top sides. Similar to the Blues in NZ conference. As far as the Stormers/Bulls/Crusaders i believe that depends on where the games are played. NZ teams struggle in SA and same other way around. Don't remember last time Crusaders lost at home and also know that they struggle when they play in your country. Thats the difference between these great teams... Bulls/Stormers win games in NZ but not against Crusaders ( hope it stays that way) Crusaders dont win Semi's against those 2 teams over there also.. This year i am hoping will be different. If we have to travel. Rugby Guru you also know that super rugby means nothing when comes to international rugby. Everyone was saying how much depth was in Sa last year .. Look how the Boks played. c r a p.... Can you honestly say that SA rugby is in good shape. I don't think so..

  • Danie - 2011-04-04 07:57

    Go Stormers???????

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:17

      ...Go Bulls...!! ...Go Sharks..!!!

  • BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 08:11


  • Lloyd - 2011-04-04 08:21

    He should rather blame Mr.Kaplan.

      dubloki - 2011-04-04 08:40

      Blame him, that's gonna help a lot.

      Henry - 2011-04-04 10:00

      Why. It took Mr. Kaplan 3 scrums to realise that Eugene van Staden is pulling the scrum. The Sharks got to a point that's it not to easy to poach players. The favourite saying on Supersport during the game was " BEFORE HE JOINED THE SHARKS"

      JJ - 2011-04-04 12:21

      Henry, Eugene is from Bredasdorp & studied at Tyger Tech which is a WP club. So another import. :)

  • eddyb - 2011-04-04 08:26

    The sharks will never reach their full potential as long as they have a nice cosy little clique going & a holiday camp attitude. If you cant catch a rugby ball or continue to miss tackles than you go play for the 3rd. team . finish & klaar ! That is why a LOT of good players have left the team in the past 4 years & have been replaced by 'has-beens' who in turn are keeping out fresh young talent , of which , this country has an abundance !

  • Makutu - 2011-04-04 08:29

    I'm still trying tounderstand why Meyer Bosman and Jaque-Louis Potgiter were bought by the Sharks. WHY??? Those were definitely not good buys. Not at all!!!

      Gilgamesh - 2011-04-04 08:45

      I agree, bad choices. Would Rudolph Straeuli have had anything to do with that?

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:04

      +1, JLP needs to play behind a dominant pack or he falls off the bus a little. Bosman, I personally don't rate him much above Vodacom Cup. Strauss was a big loss for the Sharks

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:22

      @Molefe - spot on. Losing Andries Strauss.....was massive for the Sharks. I know most people didn't expect him to leave a "gap" when he left, but in a game like Saturdays - he would have been HUGE in that midfield. Strauss gave me nightmares for 3 weeks after the Currie Cup final last year.....So who do the Sharks blame in terms of player management? Straeuli?

      Makutu - 2011-04-04 09:45

      I'm actually a Rudolph Strouli fan. I liked his Sprinbok team and decision making. They just happened to meet a very good All Blacks team in the quater-finals in 2003. But he's a decent man with brains I trust. If he did influence the purchasing of these two players then I think he really needs to rethink about it. What was going through his mind. Those two guys are not very good. John Smit played decently. Not that many errors on his side.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:55

      @Makutu - I am not 100% sure of the Sharks setup (being a Stormer groupie).....but Straeuli is in charge of purchases and talent identification if I am not mistaken?

  • sessisie - 2011-04-04 08:44

    The Stormers obviously the better team. At the moment they are the best SA team. Congratulations to the Stormers. They didn't allow the Sharks to play well.

  • Andre - 2011-04-04 08:45

    Is it not amazing. The Shark lost because of their bad play. What about the Stormers not allowing them to play their game. They were never allowed to get going and they were out played. Accept it guys. The better team won. Maybe now people will sit up and realize that the Stormers are a serious threat this season. The Stormers did not play well and still won. That should spell danger for most teams. Just imagine when they do play well.

      Shona - 2011-04-04 09:42

      They did lose cos of their bad play...this is the 3rd game in a row that we've lost. We also nearly lost to Rebels and Force too. Stormers are a threat but we are just wondering what has happened to our team...not just against Stormers

  • Mikea - 2011-04-04 08:45

    Very disappointed Sharks supporter. When we are KAK we are KAK. Too many basic mistakes, Knocks and try scoring opportunities wasted. McLeod, JLP and Bismark had nightmares. I suppose it goes like that with this Tournament. You are always going to lose a couple of games. It's how you pick yourself up after that. Previous week against the best side (Crusaders) has made it a difficult couple of weeks for the Sharks. Stomers please don't choke in another Final again please.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 08:51

    Morning all. My take: Put Bissie on the bench for a while.....and replace him NOT with Smittie, but with Burden (He has been playing Vodacom Cup - yes) The lineout throwing has been poor, and Bissie for all the good work he does in the loose, SHOULD be accurate in what he is paid to do - throwing in. Smittie doesn't offer the same value in the loose as what Bissie or Burden do (from what I have seen of Burden in the past) so if he ain't injured - give him a start just to settle the lineouts for now. He is a good scrummager as well, so I can't see any problems? Alberts needs a REST - ASAP, and I am not sure what more the management expect from the man - He can not be expected to be the ONLY physical ball carrier.......Kanko and co must pull finger, or else Alberts is going to burn out BIGTIME (or heaven help the Boks - end up injured) The return of Lambie will definitely solve a few problems....but whilst he is away, there is no choice but to make do with what is available.

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 09:05

      SAFFA true..

      Philly123 - 2011-04-04 09:18

      I do agree, smit is not the player he use to be, the line out from Bismarck was poor... play burden and put bismarck on the bench... try bosman at fly and bring riaan swanepoel in on centre... I do feel that our backline is not great and we can't keep relying on our fowards to do the job... bismarck has all ready scored 3 tries and he wins a lot of balls at the ruck... Smit is slow and can't tackle... he is only good in the line outs... drop him completely.... I can't wait for Deysel to return.... we do have enough loose fowards.. we do need to give alberts a rest... this weekend and then the bye will work..

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:27

      @SAFFA, ... Naas said it best. These guys practice these things every day. By now you would expect them to get it right.

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:29

      Oh, forgot to say! Looking forward to Deysel comming back. He should take a big load off Mr. Alberts.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:40

      @Molefe - 100% - the problem is when it goes wrong, it goes frikkin horribly wrong...and Bissie is a classy player - can't seen him being happy with his performance. And to be honest - the pressure on ALL the Sharks front row players in terms of WHO fits in WHERE. And P Divvy raving on about John HAVING to play at 2 for Sharks etc etc - it CAN'T be easy. They must sort that sh*ite out quickly, very quickly. Did you see Beasts face when he was replaced?????? THUNDER my friend, THUNDER... Things are not 100% in that front row player setup.....and that 'could' be affecting Bissie as well.....Hulle moet daardie issues GOU uitsort.

      Shona - 2011-04-04 13:26

      I agree with u about De Villiers interferring which I'm sure is very upsetting for the players. Bismarck is now playing under so much pressure which will affect his play. de Villiers should leave Plumtree to run his own squad

  • Guz - 2011-04-04 09:23

    This is how the Business Day puts it in their article: THE Stormers’ suffocating defence squeezed the life out of the Sharks and the powerhouse hosts’ surrender was disconcertingly meek.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:58

      @Guz - if Business Day had guts, they would have said: Sharks front row issues causing havoc in Shark camp......who plays where? Who is ditched at who's expense? Plumtree must sort this Smit/Bissie/Jannie/Beast/Burden/van Staden pecking order out....ASAP.

  • Benjy15 - 2011-04-04 09:33

    I mentioned this last year, I am not a fan of Ryan Kant-kowski, he is a prima donna forward trapped in a backline!!!! He disappears when there is confrontation at ruck and maul. Now on for my pet tosser, Bismarck Du Plessis is a liability for the Sharks and the Boks. He can't hit the back of a barn door and I'm really suprised he wasn't cited for the headbutt on the man-mountain Duane Vermeulen. Watch Bismarck when he plays again, he dishes out klaps, headbutts, elbows and knees, when the player tries to retailiate, he screams to get the refs attention. The Sharks and the Boks NEED John Smit at #2. He might not be as physical as Bismarck but you know his lineout stats will be >90% and the scrum will be solid. Bismarck gives away at least 3 penalties a game and most of them in the 'red zone'.

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:38

      Benjy, did you see Smit huff around after the rest of the players? Im sorry buddy, but he is not keeping up with the game anymore. It is time for the big man to step aside. Young Craig Burden would be my first choice at the moment. Might just get Bismarks head right again to sit out a few games. Way to much testosterone there!

      Makutu - 2011-04-04 14:00

      John Smit? You must be JOKING! LOL... That's teh joke of the year man. hahahahahaha!

  • Sharkie - 2011-04-04 09:41

    All I know is something isn't firing right within the team - there is no passion...... ans as for the individual play! OMW!........right.........i'm running toward an unprotected try man to beat.........Undungane on my inside.........I choose NOT to pass and choose to fall over my feet costing my team a possible 7pts!

  • Umshini - 2011-04-04 09:51

    Well done Stormers! The big difference was the fact that the Stormers played as a unit and not as individuals! The Stormers also signed decent players the last year or so, where the Sharks keep on losing good players and signing crap players! So I blame Brian Van Zyl and Strauli! With the bitching out of the way, with some good soul searching and sitting down and doing a nice team talk the Sharks should bounce back again! Maybe Strauli should send them on Kamp Staaldraad! :)

  • Henry - 2011-04-04 10:03

    Don't be surprise if the Lions also shock the Sharks at home. They had good games away from home. This might just be the one that the Lions upset the Baby Sharks

  • van der Merwe - 2011-04-04 10:52

    Why, Jacques-Louis Potgieter missed 3 kicks? Sorry but it is unacceptable. If you can't kick, then don't try and kick anymore... Maybe the Sharks big shots should rather start negotiating with Frans Steyn... We need more kickers!

      eddyb - 2011-04-04 11:58

      That my friend is where all the trouble is starting. We have lost a number of very good players over the last 4 years ! & we now sit with a backline of has-beens who are keeping out fresh young talent.The man management at the Sharks sucks.

  • van der Merwe - 2011-04-04 11:08

    Plumtree, whom did you want to do the kicking, because it seemed the kicker didn't arrive on Saturday.

  • devils_advo - 2011-04-04 11:25

    I would rather Paytrick Lambie play with a busted finger than than Jean Louis Poeskicker...

  • Gouetor - 2011-04-04 11:45

    @ rugby_guru - Why do you say the Sharks smashed everyone in the currie cup. They might have smashed the Stormers in the final, but everyone knows they can't play finals rugby! You barely beat the Bulls in the wet at home in the semi (and the Bulls did not play well) and lost to the Lions amongs others...

  • The Lions Rugby - 2011-04-05 10:06

    Totally agree with the sentiments that the Sharks need to wake up. On they rated JLP's performance a 4 out of 10 but I think that is even too high for him. Get Guy Cronje into the side.

  • Christoph - 2011-04-06 00:24

    I most certain agree that JLP is letting us down ! Lineouts were poor and the handling even worse ! I personally think we should start playing young talented players like Beast and Mvovo and start thinking about dropping the older ones. John Smit is slacking a bit and I saw how the scrums detolerated when Beast went off. John has alot of experience and is a very good captain but we have Terblanche that is just as good. I watched the game live and could see that the wings didnt even chase after the balls when we kicked for posession. Ludik also had a bit of a shocker. I'm going to end positive by saying B. du Plessis , W.Alberts , Charl (9) , Bosman and S.Terblanche had good games! Strongs for the game against the Lions , and play a bit of SHARKS rugby as we know it !

  • Alviro - 2011-04-06 07:13

    they must drop num 9 and num 10

  • Peter - 2011-04-06 10:09

    john smit and stefan should retire now they r costing the sharks we tend to keep players long past there sell by dates then cry when our youngsters go play overseas

  • leslie.h.taylor - 2011-04-06 12:09

    Do not write off the Sharks. They have back line problems.The defence was in shambels. That will be sorted.Wait and see.Allways a Shark supporter.

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