Sharks to arrive early in CT

2012-07-25 07:49

Cape Town - The Sharks will arrive a day earlier than normal ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

Die Burger reports that coach John Plumtree's men will arrive in the Mother City on Thursday, instead of their usual Friday arrival time for Saturday matches.

"This time round we want to be there a little bit earlier," said Plumtree.

"The travelling is something we don't really talk about. We feel it's familiar territory - we're use to a bit of jet lag and can adapt accordingly.

"The guys are drinking enough water, resting well and are slowly getting ready for Saturday. We focus on what's ahead - not what happened in the past."

The Sharks had to travel to Australia last week where they beat the Reds 30-17 in Brisbane. A quick turnaround sees them in Cape Town this weekend and should they beat the Stormers they'll fly back to New Zealand for a final the next week against either the Chiefs or the Crusaders.

Meanwhile, fullback Patrick Lambie looks unlikely to be available for the Newlands clash. The Springbok missed the victory over the Reds due to a recurring ankle injury and was left at home to recuperate. It was expected that he would be fit for the last-four clash if the Durban team got that far, but Plumtree stated otherwise.

“Patrick didn’t train today(Tuesday),” Plumtree told SAPA on Tuesday.

“He’s doubtful, which is not good news for us, but Louis [Ludik] has been going really well at fullback.”

Plumtree also confirmed that junior Bok centre Paul Jordaan, who hobbled off against the Reds side due to a hamstring injury, faces a race against time to be fit for this weekend's clash.


  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 07:55

    First! Go sharks

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:01

      The sharks are a good team they could win they could lose, the stormers are a boring team but they could win they could lose. Plum tree didn't get the Internet memo and advantage is not a win it's a river in egypt. Nick and nick defo going to have an effect on this game and new lands will have green grass and there will be a lot of support for both teams. It could go either way, I'm concerned about rucks being hit. The sharks will have traveled Durban to cape town and the jet lag from that flight is huge and it will be tough to hit rucks. But the stormers have had more time to think about choking and nick Faldo and mandela's birthday. The players know what it takes to get penalties in the 22 and the other players know how to score tries. Was that good lean on me? Spoke about nothing at all for a long time. Internet memo, DELIVERED

      pieter.diesnor - 2012-07-25 08:18

      If the Stormers are such a boring team, why can't you stop talking about them. Why not talk about the exciting Bulls who is now training for the Currie Cup.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 09:57

      can't understand why tom always brags about cumming first? his wife must be proud of him! you go boy!

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 07:55

    I hear stormers cry...... I watch them choke They never win a cup..... They're a Joke. And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 07:56

      4 stormer suporters die and they go to hell. The devil notices that they’re quite happy, and asks them why. They explain “After the lousy weather in Cape Town, we actually enjoy the warmth.” The devil thinks “I’ll fix them” and turns up the heat. He finds the Stormers with their shirts off enjoying a chop on the barbie and having a papsak “Whenever the weather gets this good in Cape Town, we can’t waste it, so this is what we do” The devil decides to wipe the smile off their faces by turning the heat down to freezing. He returns to the Stormers to find them celebrating. “What now?” he asks. One explains “Well, when hell freezes over, we’re sure to win the Super Rugby trophy

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 07:57

      Bul,hows preparation for the CC going?

      thethird.wors - 2012-07-25 08:31

      Ja nee kaptein. Dinge is maar stil daar by Loftus ne?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 08:36

      what's the difference between a teabag and the blue bulls? . . A teabag stays longer in the cup

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 08:47

      @Isak - jy is vroeg op vir iemand op annual leave!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 08:58

      a little girl walking along the street is approached by a big double cab and the man yells to the girl to get in. girls replies no. this carries on for a while and eventually the man says he will buy her loads of sweets. the girl stops and yells back . . . dad how many times have i told you i ain't climbing into your bakkie if you got that blue bull flag on top !

      steyts - 2012-07-25 09:04

      Enige nuwe grappies maakdiebullealmalwaterboyswanthulleisuitersuseless!!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 09:11

      the bulls are on the plane back after losing and Wynand is in his seat and the guy next to him ain't paid much attention to sitting next to Wynand O . so eventually Wynands image gets the better of him and starts telling this guy he is the bulls inside centre and how many matches and cups he has one and then introduces himself to the man. the man replies . . i know who you are , i am jj engelbreght your outside centre.

      steyts - 2012-07-25 09:24

      HAHAHAHA Paul that is a good one!! Now for the reply and he thumbs down.................

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 09:27

      lokl@Paul,thats a classic

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 09:43

      @paul, Dusted some jokes from the archive, hey?Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.". Originality not your forte! Paul and Steyts,small minds . . . . . . .

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 09:52

      @maakdi . . . small things amuse small minds that's why scientists play with atoms hey? and good joke never grows old and even naas botha and geysi pienaar would have laughed now!

  • johan.stormer - 2012-07-25 08:15

    @ maakdiebulle.almalokke.....Baie welkom hier waar ons rugby gesels...Wat is julle planne vir die naweek? Ek verstaan daar is darem 'n paar "shows" by die staatsteater waar julle na pienk ballerinas kan gaan kyk terwyl julle ou spannetjie al weer vir die 2 de jaar in 'n ry nie by die Semi-Finals betrokke is nie......Ons hoop maar mnr Meyer kry die boodskap na Saterdag se wedstryd teen die Crusaders anders gaan dit maar 'n lang reeks wees teen Australia en New Zeeland...O so terloops die Reds is die verdedigende kampioene en New Zeeland het die laaste wereldbeker gewen terwyl jy so in die verlede vashaak....Stormers Groete

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 08:19

      Gonna watch the Sharks mortify,the stormpies.

      johan.u.bergh - 2012-07-25 08:30

      Good on you mate! Net soos jy gekyk het hoe die bulletjies dit hierdie jaar 2keer teen die Stormers reggekry het! Was dit ook in jou verbeelding? Jy moet dan maar die Chiefs back in die final! Stormers groete

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:17

      @maakdiesharksalmalbulle. How pathetic it must feel that you now have to support the Sharks just to see the Stormers lose. Your own useless team is nowhere to be found.

  • chester.tobias.3 - 2012-07-25 08:32

    I do believe that Coetzee, got some aces up his sleeve.It was evident in the game against the Rebels that the Stormer could score without eford, "if need be" .The Sharks on the other hand pulled out all the stops to beat the reds,the stormers know what to expect from them,no surprises.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 08:42

      chester i totally agree . i said that on a here after the rebel game but no one saw the upside of the effortless attack. they were only doing what was needed to stay ahead. last year we relied the backs to get us here now this year the forwards. so both facets can do it and yes if the tempo is upped from get go fatigue should set in on the sharks half time. either way its gonna be a great depaw by two top sides with both wanting to take the title

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 08:45

      Agree with you to a certain extent. Everyone is expecting the stormers to defend the whole game, but I will not be surprised if they are coming out guns blazing on attack! They have the ability to do that - stormers must start with Schroeder, the Duvenhage guy is soooo predictable and one dimensional. Sharks will put weak stormer scrum under the whip. A sell out Newlands and the big occasion will affect the stormers - pressure is on them, top of the log, home ground advantage, Saarks traveling, one week off and natuurlik, ou Isak Visser as supporter no.1!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 08:51

      i don't think it the scrum where worry will happen. they won't just push stormers over. i suspect they will target line out time to stop quick ball there and to have a similar defensive line as stormer. cause coming up close to flat won't give de j or jdv room to send gio into open space. thus a similar tactic they closed the reds digby out of the game

      tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-07-25 10:36

      @toBias I think that by going all out attack would be playing into the hands of the sharks. They are a great counter attacking side that generally relies on their opisition to make mistakes at the breakdown. The sharks can punish you from anywhere on the field. So I expect AC to employ a pragmatic approach against the sharks. Territory coupled with discipline and water tight defence could be the undoing of a dangerous shark team. Also expect stormers to put massive presure on the sharks line-out.

  • shuabe.slamdien.7 - 2012-07-25 09:00

    Julle kom kaap toe my broer. Julle gaan pak kry

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-07-25 09:05

    The bulls didnt reach the playoffs...mmm.. 13 boks and still didnt make it ?? So u lost a few boks a year ago (your reason why you didnt make the playoffs this year), but gained more and still didnt make the playoffs ??? Huh o_O ?? Something doesn't make sense ?

  • Alan - 2012-07-25 09:14

    Do any of you Stormers know.... Are there direct flights from Cape Town to New Zealand???

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 09:46

      there is one flight leaving Friday morning its fully booked for crusader fans to wish the crusaders good luck for next year too

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:22

      @Alan. Go look at the log. The Stormers will be on home ground for the final. They don't need to travel because they finished top of the log. Where were you this season - you should keep up.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-25 10:09

    The Stormers ended top of all 3 the conferences right ? You suffer to score against them right ? They manage to beat equally big guns in tight games right ? The Stormers are going to win thier first Super 15 ?? RIGHT ! I am a BULLS supporter ,I have great respect for all the sides left.............but I believe The Stormers deserve it this time around. ps I'll be gardening the next 2 weekends as I did last weekend ,the Bulls were very poor this season.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 10:55

      Fake !

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:27

      @mack.myburgh. A true Bulls supporter. Someone that don't like the WP but respects them.

  • Andile S. Mphephethwa - 2012-07-25 11:54

    hahaha...good one paul! i think you the man to silence tom.

  • neil.bekker - 2012-07-25 12:13

    15 = Louis Ludik. 10 = Lambie/Michalak.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-25 20:58

    Better early than never. CREATE HAVOC. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-26 04:27

    Go Sharks can not wait for the game.

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