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Thoughts from Loftus


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Sep 2011 at 15:39
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The match between the Blue Bulls and the Sharks was an intensely physical one where no quarter was asked or given by either team. The Sharks always looked in control of the match but did not do enough to score a fourth try and earn a bonus point. A win at Loftus can never be taken for granted and this was a very important win for the Sharks as they looked to keep in touch with the log leaders as the Currie Cup premier division passed the halfway mark.

It was a somewhat relieved John Plumtree that sat down for the post match press conference, saying “This was a very physical game, as it always is against the Blue Bulls and the there were plenty of sore bodies in the change room afterwards”. Regarding injury concerns he said “There are injury concerns for Charl McLeod (AC joint) and Eugene Van Staden” with both having to come off as a result of their injuries. Jean Deysel was seen hobbling toward the team bus on crutches but this was after the press conference and we were therefore not able to ask about the nature of the injury.

Regarding the scrums Plum said “My comments after the Lions game about how the scrums were refereed were as a result of frustration on my part which had built up over the past few weeks. I was happy with how Mark Lawrence refereed the scrums tonight.”

On the subject of the tight five Plum was pleased with the effort saying “The guys were tested last week against the Lions and did not stand up to it that well but this week I felt they really stood up to the challenge and dominated” adding “The work of the tight five allowed our loose forwards to dominate the breakdowns and we saw that in the penalty count.”

Commenting on the lack of the bonus point try he said “We have to keep growing our attacking game as well as our defense. We have grown a lot as a team so far this season and we will look to continue growing our attack and defense for the remaining six weeks. There is still a lot of work to do.”

When asked about the upcoming match against the Pumas and whether his team would target that match for a bonus point, Plum replied “No, we are just looking for the win first.” He added “The Pumas are a really good side, I can’t believe they haven’t won a match so far this season. They are another big physical challenge for us.” After being asked if he would consider giving some younger players a chance next week, Plum shot back “Mate, I’ll select the team on Monday.”



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