Plumtree warns his Sharks

2012-07-12 22:35

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has warned his team not to be complacent against the Cheetahs - a side with little to play for - in the final match of their league campaign at Kings Park on Saturday.

“The Cheetahs will come here wanting to finish the tournament on a high note,” Plumtree said.

“It is going to be hard because they always provide tough competition, it doesn’t matter whether they’re in the contest or not.”

Springbok Pat Lambie returns at fullback after missing last week's 32-10 win against the Bulls due to an ankle injury.

Bok loose forward Willem Alberts is also back, although he only makes the bench for the Kings Park clash which, as it stands, the hosts must win to guarantee their place in the top six and playoff places.

Lambie comes in for Louis Ludik at fullback in one of three changes to the starting line-up.

Lock Jandre Marais replaces injury doubtful Pieter-Steph du Toit at No 4, while hooker Bismarck du Plessis makes way for Craig Burden in the centre of the scrum.

Among the replacements, Du Toit will face a late fitness test and has been bracketed with Jean Deysel, while centre Paul Jordaan is also due to undergo last minute tests on his ankle with Meyer Bosman on standby.

Kick-off is at 17:05 on Saturday.


15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit/Jean Deysel, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman/Paul Jordaan, 22 Louis Ludik

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss


  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-12 22:38

    I wonder if the Sharks supporter is loyal to their Coach now?... i can remember they where screaming foul before last weekend... So how do your guys feel now???

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-07-12 23:12

      How do you feel after last weekend, turd?

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-12 23:13

      I am not or was not screaming foul. He hasn't managed to produce consistent results with a team that is brimming with talent. Reality is that we had huge injury issues at the start of the season with no centres to speak of (can't call Bosman and Joubert centres) so we were a little disrupted, but I think he is a good coach.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-13 02:03

      tokolos... how do i feel??? Just fine buddy luckily Rugby isn't my whole life like drinking is for you.. You need to stay of those docks brother... That heartburn you have isn't really heartburn, if you know what i'm saying....

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-13 02:04

      Travie.. i don't now he had a really good season a couple of years ago but since it has been hot and cold... If not him who would you like as a Coach??

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-13 02:42

      Chaplin , you just sad f@ck , just looking for attention !! Not my fault you didn`t get enough when you were younger !!

  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 22:38

    Pretty sure this already happened de ja vu

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-07-12 23:11

      Hey wanker, stop commenting under different profiles, loser.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 23:49

      Boy, u sure told me hey! Scary!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 02:16

      fake tokolos is sad .. the real one was funny as hell .

  • - 2012-07-13 05:30

    Where was this warning from Plumtree before the Lions match!?!?!?!?!?!?! He needs to be fired sooner rather than later.

      tim.kilpin - 2012-07-13 08:44

      Seem to remember he warns his team before all matches to expect the unexpected

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-13 10:37

      What you smoking chap....this side is most probably out of all fairness in the top 6 and in the play-offs and have just given the bulls a hiding but you want him fired....personal grudge or you just plain stupid. everyone has a bad day and crusaders loosing to the rebels earlier on in the comp doesn't mean you get rid of the coach.

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-07-13 06:23

    Good team....and what a bench to have:)

  • paddy.pereira - 2012-07-13 07:10

    Natal , Natal we stand for you , with proud and steadfast hearts United we stand , across Natal's green land Natal forever strong . Yes , we're peaking at the right time - shutting out the Pink Bulls last weekend and will probably pulverise the OFS Cheetahs tomorrow , too . What did John F Kerry's choirboys (The Black Eyed Peas) sing .........tonights gonna be a good night ..... I think they were onto something !!! Go boys !!!

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-13 07:17

      one good game and suddenly sharks are unstoppable? at least one good game more than the stormpies has had this entire season. morning lionel.

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-13 07:29

    Warn all u like u still gona lose

      tim.kilpin - 2012-07-13 08:47

      What are you smoking? the Sharks are going to make a meal of the Cheetahs and spit out the remains

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-13 08:41

    its going to be a cracker of a game - go Sharks

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