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Thanks for the memories


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Jun 2013 at 11:49
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News about the end of John Plumtree’s coaching tenure filtered through this week and while I am one of those that greeted that announcement with excitement I do also want to give Plum his fair dues for some of the incredible highs he led the Sharks to.

Plum was a part of the team of the 90s and tasted great success during his playing years in Natal and those achievements deserve a mention. For a relatively young fan like myself the 2008 Currie Cup final will rank as probably the best day as a Sharks supporter that there ever has been or will be. I could not really remember the 1996 Currie Cup, so by the time the 2008 Currie Cup final rolled around it felt like I was passionately supporting a team that didn’t win any trophies. The 2007 Super 14 final was still fresh in my memory as well.

25 October 2008. That day will forever live in my memory. That try by Ruan Pienaar, that try by Frans Steyn and the kick into touch that made my dreams as a Sharks supporter come true. For weeks, months even afterwards I had a silly smile on my face. We were the champions. After years of failing we were the champions. John Plumtree was the coach who broke the drought for the Sharks. He is only the second coach after Ian McIntosh to win a major trophy with Natal or The Sharks. I will never forget that.

The 2010 final was another great memory. With The Sharks being written off by pretty much everyone, they managed to pull off a victory against a star-studded Western Province outfit. It was the day when Patrick Lambie’s name was first put in lights. Although not as great a day as 2008 in my eyes, the 2010 Currie Cup final was still a really good memory under the guidance of Plum.

The 2012 run to the Super Rugby play-offs also produced some memorable performances, not least the against the-odds wins in Brisbane and Cape Town. Some quite scintillating rugby was played and I am truly grateful that I got to witness that as a Sharks fan.

The time has come to move on. These are great memories and part of the reason why it is so awesome to be a Sharks fan but Plum’s time is up and a bold new era is being ushered in.

Before you leave Plum I would like to say on behalf of all Sharks fans “Thanks for the memories!”.



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