Change of style for Sharks?

2012-05-09 20:16

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made it clear they want to play winning rugby, even if it means scoring less tries.

The Sharks currently lie seventh on the overall Super Rugby log, with five wins and five losses.

They always pride themselves on an attractive style of play, but the coach has hinted a slight change could be on the cards for the rest of the season.

“The plan is to play good rugby, but you can see in the competition that the best defensive sides are winning more than the better attacking sides. The Chiefs and Stormers have the best defence in the competition and they’re both right up there," Plumtree told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.

“We aren’t talking about scoring tries, we’re putting a plan in place and hopefully the boys will play to that plan. And if it means kicking more, then that’s what we’ll do. We want to play a brand of rugby that’s exciting, that’s what we’ve always done at the Sharks.

"But if we’re not playing like that at the moment, but we’re winning, then that’s what will happen. That’s important to remember, that winning is what we’re interested in doing, not really how we are doing it.

This point was illustrated in their match against the Highlanders last week. Despite winning 28-16, they scored only one try and conceded only one.

The Sharks take on the Force at Kings Park on Saturday. (17:05 kick-off)


  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-05-09 20:25

    Yebo yes.... just win. As stated previously every game now is a final.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-10 07:34

      Eish Plumtree, should the sharkies be tampering with a new, untested team plan at this stage of the tournament ???

      Riaan - 2012-05-10 08:42

      @dumblose, ja dit is want ons huidige gameplan het nie gewerk vir ons die seisoen sover, so dis n goeie idee vir verandering, want ons gan jul slaughter wanneer die tyd kom,cheers

  • Rohann - 2012-05-09 21:44

    Just like the Stormers!

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-10 08:42

    Actually, changing the game TO an attractive style of play would be nice. We've been bashing it up with the loose forwards and the odd lock/prop for 4 years now without success and have played guys like Alberts and Deysel into the ground. Coetzee is next to go onto the injury list if Plum's brainless plan continues.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-10 09:57

    The best form of defence is attack. Just coach your guys to do the basics right (proper passes, catch the ball), and RUN for goal. I wish the Stormers would do this. At the rate they're going, they won't stay in the top 4 because of too few bonus points.

      Hugh - 2012-05-10 14:49

      It happened to the Sharks two yrs ago, won their games with no bonus points. Didnt get close in the end.

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