Frustrated Plumtree speaks out

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 14:18
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Sharks coach John Plumtree voiced his disappointment and frustration following his team’s 37-6 loss to the Chiefs in Saturday’s Super Rugby Final.

Sharks coach John Plumtree voiced his disappointment and frustration following his team’s 37-6 loss to the Chiefs in Saturday’s Super Rugby Final.

Plumtree, who in the lead-up to the final said the preceding two weeks were the most memorable of his coaching career, felt the Chiefs got away with underhanded and "illegal" tactics that allowed them to disrupt the Sharks and halt their driving mauls.

"I was a little bit frustrated with some of the off-the-ball stuff, holding defenders and some of the tactics at lineouts were illegal - they were offside all the time so we couldn't get our drives going. We were disappointed it wasn't handled better," Plumtree said.

New Zealand referee Steve Welsh, incidentally, also took charge of the 2007 Super 14 final, the last time the Sharks reached the decider, and missed a clear ruck infringement that led to Bryan Habana scoring a late match-winning try for the visiting Bulls in Durban.

Plumtree was also perplexed by the competition’s Conference system and play-offs schedule that saw his side traverse over 40 000km during the Super Rugby Finals Series despite having accumulated more log points than the Australian Conference-winning Reds.

"They need to look at it, that's probably what the frustration for everyone is,” said Plumtree, adding that a week break between the semi-finals and final would make for a more competitive final.

"Whether you can buy another week (of rest) with the format they've got, with internationals coming up now, I doubt. It would have done us a favour if they did," he said.

Plumtree conceded that travelling played a role in the outcome of the match but admitted it wasn’t the decisive factor. He said his side ultimately let themselves down and praised the Chiefs for their endeavour.

"It would be naive to say the travel didn't take some sort of toll but we were expecting more from ourselves and the Chiefs played very well," he concluded.

By Quintin van Jaarsveld
 

 

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Fri, 26 August 2016
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Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
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Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
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Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
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Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9