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Post match interview with John Plumtree in Dunedin

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 5 May 2013 at 01:16
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In the tunnel after the match Jamie Joseph was clearly pleased for Brad Thorn in his 100th Super Rugby match – however what was more evident was that he was pretty pleased to put one over his old Wellington coaching mate John Plumtree.

Sharksworld were in the middle of the media pack when both coaches were quizzed after/over the game.

Here was what John Plumtree had to say:

Question: Do you think that maybe you should have taken one of the three kickable penalties in the last 3 minutes?

John Plumtree: Well it was clear out there that the boys wanted to get 5 points.

Q. Do you think if you had taken the first one that you may have had time to get back down there and take a second one?

JP: Time! I don’t really think so! If we kicked it we would have conceded a lot of territory. But I can’t blame the boys for that – they wanted to win and the Highlanders were good enough to keep us out!

Q: Were you generally pleased Plum with the boys efforts?

JP: We had a bad period 10 minutes after halftime and we didn’t clear well from the restarts and we couldn’t get our hands on the ball – once we got hold of the ball we started playing well again, so it was a really bad-patch that we went through. We shouldn’t however under estimated the boys effort and what they went through tonight. The changing room is a mess – they are all really knacked and they have worked really hard tonight. The Highlanders were desperate tonight and I thought that they defended really well. So good on them!

Q: Frans Steyn’s injury?

JP: I don’t know – we will have to wait and see but our first thoughts were that it looks like a broken leg, he will obviously be off to have an x-ray but the signs are not good!

Q: Lubabalo Mtembu?

JP: He has popped an AC Joint in his shoulder.

Q: So that’s two more going home?

JP: Yes – at this stage that looks like two more going home – at this stage.

Q: So is that up to a dozen to fifteen now on the injury list?

JP: Hahaha – closer to twenty I think! Nah it’s not good mate, our backs have been decimated – it’s really disappointing.

Q: You started off alright tonight and going into the break 15-7 up – things were looking good!

JP: When we kept the ball we looked good and put them under pressure – but that is the game whoever has the ball for long periods of time stretches defences – there were however times when we had little opportunities that we didn’t nail. But that said it has been very disruptive with all of our injuries. I am really pleased with the boys – it was always going to be tough here tonight.

Q: It was like both teams really need to win – with both teams having recent bad patches.

JP: We obviously could have won that game but the Highlanders prevented us from getting across that line – so you have to hand it to there defence they were pretty desperate.

Q: Going to Brisbane now it is getting towards the Last-Chance-Saloon?

JP: Oh we can’t worry about that – what we must focus on is keeping going. We need to organise some fit guys together – see who is available overseas to join us and do the wash-up tomorrow, then worry about Brisbane on Monday.

All the best Plum

JP: Thanks guys.


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