Plumtree warns Sharks team

2012-07-05 11:46

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has warned his players of the multiple strengths in the Bulls team ahead of their Super Rugby decider in Durban on Friday.

Defeat for the Sharks, currently in eighth place overall on 49 log points, will dump the coastal outfit out of the competition and put the visitors on the brink of playoff qualification.

It is a simple equation for the Sharks boss and he was fully aware of what lay at stake in their latest South African derby.

“It’s another crucial game for both sides,” Plumtree said.

“Both need the win and for some reason the last two or three seasons it’s come down to a Bulls-Sharks clash.

"We did it to them last season and the year before they put us out.

“So it’s finals rugby and a crucial game for both sides. There’s no motivation needed.”

Earlier this season, the Bulls won a tight contest 18-13 at Loftus Versfeld and Plumtree recalled how they fell apart.

“When we played them earlier in the season, we didn’t look after all their threats,” he said.

“We didn’t get on top of them and hence they got the win.

“They put us under pressure, our discipline wasn’t good enough and we didn’t turn up on the day, so we have to turn that around.”

The Sharks coach said he had witnessed some captivating play from the Bulls in recent weeks.

“I’ve been very impressed by the Bulls on the last three or four occasions," Plumtree said.

"They dominated the Chiefs forwards, they did the same to the Cheetahs and the Stormers, so they’ve been excellent.

“Their driving line-out, they’re very clinical, winning ball is not really a problem for them, so they strangle the life out of you.

“They win the territory battle and their possession stats are right up there as well.

"We’re going to have to turn that around somehow and that’s what we’ve been working on the last couple of days.“

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke also expected a tough, physical contest.

"It is going to be a huge clash like always playing against the Sharks," Ludeke said.

"It is a physical battle and it is about basics. The small things will make a difference on Friday night.

"The Sharks improved - all the sides improved - but they had that unfortunate loss against a motivated Lions side.

"If you look at that game closely, it was a huge contest, so we don't expect anything different from them on Friday night."


  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 11:50

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

      mvw74 - 2012-07-05 11:53

      Go Sharks!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 12:33

      isak i think u mean, go SARKS cant say sharks with a passion gap

      david.dick.3979 - 2012-07-05 12:50

      go Sharks - the bulls can't swim

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-05 12:57

      Mr Dick, they don't need to swim, they've pulled the plug already. It will be a good game though, cannot wait

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 13:50

      Is that French Frog in the squad???

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-07-05 14:32

      @David - in case you forgot it is pleyed on a grass field, and to educate you correctly a shark can not run. LOL!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 19:27

      pleyed, Kenny? The Bulls word for the game they Play?

      Robsschele - 2012-07-05 20:29

      Go Sharks. Eat your heart out. Have some pumped-up beef.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-05 11:58

    Once again ,a semi final type of situation for both sides..............there are Boks in both sides ,thus may the best side on the day pull it off ! GO BULLS !!!!!!!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 13:09

      Similar situation in NZ for the Crusaders, can't afford to lose this weekend to the Chiefs! I think the Bulls will take this game with a superior pack.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 14:10

      I also think Chiefs will win

      Bossie - 2012-07-05 15:25

      why not the bulls blue???

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 15:42

      Bossie, because the Blue Bulls are not playing Super rugby. If you are so excited about them, you'll have to wait for the Currie cup.

  • jack.bleck - 2012-07-05 12:02

    With Jaco ek bly 'n bul Peyper reffing, the Sharks will have to beat a 16 man Bulls outfit. Add to that Marius bloubul Jonker on the touchline and the Sharks have an almost insurmountable mountain to climb.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 12:23

      The story of the Stormers opponents' lives.

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-05 12:28

      @jack, Jaco Peyper is an assistant ref in the Lions game. Please try and keep up

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 12:32

      i once saw mark lawrence in the kruger park with a stormers jersey on - no lies

      malcolm.molver - 2012-07-05 13:23

      Tom, I can believe that. It's obvious that Lawrence is a Stormers supporter!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-05 13:27

      and we all seen refs act like morons , does that then make them bulls supporters

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 13:29

      Tom, it's very difficult to see properly through one eye.......the bulls eye.

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-07-05 14:36

      @Paul - we have all seen guys like you act like morons, does that make you an ANC supporter?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-05 14:41

      no ken that was the point i was showing tom. the refs have their choices and some are pro bull or pro sharks or even pro oz. it does not make them on the field pro for that team. if you look at all the refs errors in all the games the entire log would vary. we just need to accept the call . with curry cup the touch judges do have more power as a trial to see if it will be implemented. and why don't the super15 use N hemisphere refs?

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-05 19:10

      @Taurus - Bulls v Sharks is on Friday, while the Lion's game is on Saturday. Ever heard of an airplane? It's like an ox-wagon with wings and a few thousand oxen...can't believe there are another 18 morons out there too!!!

  • jack.mcgurkin - 2012-07-05 12:03

    Come on Sharks!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-05 13:59

      einaaaa... moet se', di girls daar aan di oos-kus het miskien meer tanne as daar onder, maaaar di bleshoender haarstylle sit mens bietji af??

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 18:41

      Jaap swaap - is jy hier om kommentaar te lewer oor die rugby, of op mense se fotos?

      Robsschele - 2012-07-05 20:34

      En hulle is so gepla met die tande of die gebrek daaraan. Ek dag daar word oor rugby gepraat.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-05 12:19

    Being 8th on the log the Sharks need a small miracle to advance or another upset win by the Lions in the last round.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 18:50

      Deaon, if they beat the Bulls and win their last game they are in with a good shout. The Sharks have 49 points - the same as the Hurricanes and the Reds, and 3 less than the Crusaders. However the Chiefs are playing against the Crusaders and the Hurricanes, so conceivably either one or both of those sides could lose. The reds have 2 difficult games left - against the Highlanders and the Waratahs... Which they could also easily lose. so I am actually quite confident that there could be 3 SA sides in the Play-offs...

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-05 13:09

    SHARKS ALL THE WAY... but its not going to be easy without Alberts & Lambie. I don't know why the sharks always wait till the last match to perform. I say, if they don't win tommorow, plum should start looking for a new job. For the last couple of years we just managed to squize into the semi's or not at all, and with a lineup like we have, we should be right on top. Bad coahing and player motivation is the problem.

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-05 13:09

    Strength's of the Bull's Bwhahahahahahahahahaha. They very strong against the Bottom sides.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 13:16

      The same bottom side you needed the ref to help you win against?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-05 13:22

      hey vallem did we beat the blues? shew that was close but we won the close ones. four points not one point

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 13:25

      Vallem, I see in the newspaper that Bieber might me coming to SA. You must be exited.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-05 13:29

      ya Harold they say he performing some Steve hofmeyer song at moftus. something about a farewell song for WO

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 13:36

      Harold, your comment would've had better impact had you spelt "excited" correctly..................or is it bulls exited the competition.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 13:47

      No Answar, that would be the Stormers, like the last 17 years.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-05 13:49

      Sean, talking about biased Ref's , how was that knock against the Brumbies, that won you the game? Play-offs would be a myth for the Bull's if it weren't for biased Ref's.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 13:54

      @Vallem Actually my team did not beat the Brumbies, there was no knock-on so not sure what you are going on about? I support the Lions, the same side Mark did you a favour against last weekend...

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-05 13:56

      @valliumpie- plum:"They dominated the Chiefs forwards, they did the same to the Cheetahs and the Stormers??????, so they’ve been excellent." jy sien, di enigste 'bottom' side wat plum hier uitlig is, daai superster sitbok spannejie daa onne??

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-05 14:16

      japjap, dominated the Chiefs and the Stormers? Why comment on something you did not watch?

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-05 14:47

      Shame muppit are you having a bad day? Take that horn on your Blou bulle hard hat, sit on it and rotate.

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 15:39

      Disappointing comeback, Harry. Predictive text.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 15:45

      Predictive but true.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-05 17:14

      vallemj : Chiefs vs Bulls 46% POSSESSION 54% 39% TIME IN OPP. HALF 61% 6:19 TIME IN OPP. 22 6:11 Bulls vs Stomers 57% POSSESSION 43% 68% TIME IN OPP. HALF 32% 7:40 TIME IN OPP. 22 0:18

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-05 17:58

      Lol Random, your stats mean sweet nothing, you still lost. When will you learn stats mean nothing, ask the boks of last year at the world cup. You can dominate 80% of everything and still lose. Welcome to rugby.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 18:58

      agreed VallemJ... not so flash against the top - and they may have some strengths, but they also have some weaknesses. Hougaard is struggling to give Steyn good service, especially if he is put under pressure, Spies seems to disappear in the tough games, and then there is Wynand. An entire weak spot all on his own... And Random - if you dominate possession and territory, and still lose, what does that say about your tactics?

      Robsschele - 2012-07-05 20:35

      They lost against the very bottom side.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-05 20:44

      lean read it in the context of the article . Plum was talking about their forward domination not their kuk defense. Valle implied that they didn't dominate in the areas Plum highlighted and I pointed out what Plum was talking about. Yes Lean stats DO mean something that's why every PROFESSIONAL COACHE use them in CONTEXT. They're not the whole story and I never said they were . You might be interested in googling the term 'Strawman' , that's what you are doing there . Frans I think it says more about our somewhat kuk defense than our tactics in general.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-05 20:58

      so lean on me, peter grants 1000% kicking record means nothing now? it is a statistic. f me

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 21:04

      He he he, nice one Tom.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-05 23:33

      coach * .. o whatever you get the picture

  • wesley.g.mercer - 2012-07-05 13:54

    Drown bulls drown

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 15:42

      Don't worry, Wes. There won't be many bulls supporters. They all think the Shark Tank is at the aquarium.

  • andre.stols.581 - 2012-07-05 14:38

    I just hope Ludeke will concentrate this time and KEEP his starting 15 ON THE FIELD for at least 79 minutes of the game.The same applies for the Bulls-if they lose,they are out of the competition as well.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-05 20:15

      Andre, if the Bulls win one of their last two games they should make the play-offs. Although 6th place means a trip to the Brumbies, it is better than finishing 5th and traveling to Canterbury! I think they will win both though, I can't see my Lions beating them next weekend. So they'll end up in fourth with a home "quarter final".

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-05 15:10

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

  • david.dick.3979 - 2012-07-05 16:22

    Red meat on the fire will be good,its good,its good - go sharks

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 16:30

      We had it twice this year already. It tasted disgusting the first time but we had it slightly pink the second time which improved the taste somewhat.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 16:46

      The ceiling of the Stormers' season.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-05 18:59

      So Harold, the two victories over the Bulls are the highlights of our season... What was the highlight of your season?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 19:03

      Dory, if we don't win the whole thing, we don't have any highlights. Unlike you lot who settle for 2nd prize.

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-05 20:22

      If the bulls are as great as you always say they are, then the snotklappe the stormers gave them must be just as great. Common some anyway.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 20:38

      Great teams win trophies. Pretenders don't. Common some anyway.

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-06 07:44

      Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Thanks for the compliment, Harry :)

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-05 17:52

    If the Sharks can keep their composure and stay focussed will will take them out aznd be feasting on Blue steaks at the car park braai

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-07-05 18:21

    Motivate the sharks ol plum then they will kick em bulls ugly ass

  • Jacobus - 2012-07-05 20:56

    go sharkssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-05 21:00

      Say hi to your mail order bride for us.

  • steyts - 2012-07-06 08:20

    Wow I had a good laugh now!! The comments is truly hilarious!! HAHAHAHA

  • Richard - 2012-07-06 12:34

    As a Sharks supporter myself, they won't win. Don't have the BMT and don't have a game plan. Same old, same old. And Plumtree must think about passing the coaching baton on. He been there long enough now, hasn't done much and they cracks between him and players are showing. Sharks haven't been good enough all year, now they want to win!!! Don't think so. Bulls will take this comfortably.

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