Sharks John Plumtree

Newly-appointed Sharks coach John Plumtree has promised to restore pride in the black and white jersey, but called for patience from fans. Photo: Sharks Rugby/Supplied

John Plumtree says there is no overnight fix for wayward Sharks

John Plumtree has acknowledged that the skill sets of his Sharks players have not been up to URC standards so far this season.

Sharks John Plumtree

Newly-appointed Sharks coach John Plumtree has promised to restore pride in the black and white jersey, but called for patience from fans. Photo: Sharks Rugby/Supplied

John Plumtree has acknowledged that the skill sets of his Sharks players have not been up to URC standards so far this season and added that there is no quick fix to the franchise’s issues.

The Sharks have made some marquee signings but when you take a look at the quality of players who have left recently and factor in the absence of their best players on Springbok duty the team has been forced to operate as an inexperienced unit.

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Plumtree feels that it is a big ask for youngsters to come into a system designed for some of the best players in the world and be up to speed.

John Plumtree says there is no overnight fix for Sharks

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He concedes that mistakes are amplified by the Sharks desire to play with the ball in hand as the more you try to play with ball in hand the more mistakes you make.

Plumtree has seen the need to address Sharks fans and the media over his mission at the franchise after starting his tenure with four defeats on the road.

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The Sharks are back at home and we will see this weekend what kind of game they deliver at Kings Park against Connacht.

“This is mainly because the skillsets of some of the players we have aren’t quite good enough,” John Plumtree said of the Sharks struggles in a chat with Rugby365.

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“Our playmakers have to be able to hit the right options and at times when we have taken the right options we were not good enough to finish.

“We are not there yet, but what we are seeing is nice growth in terms of what we are trying to do.”

Like sons to him

Plumtree’s own son, now 23, is playing in the URC for the Scarlets and has already been twice-capped by Wales. It makes the coach less-inclined to be overly critical of a young group of players.

“As a father, it seems like I am coaching about six or seven of my sons,” he said..

“I have a fair bit of empathy for those boys in the pack.

“I still see my son as a bit of a baby.

“His learning and growth in the game still has a long way to go.

“Some of the boys in the [Sharks] pack are still young – in terms of their age and the number of games they have had in the URC.

“Those issues will go away. Those you fellows need time.

“What I am excited about is the future of some of those young players.

“I love our change of mindset, around how we want to play, but I feel we have a baby here that we have to grow.

“I have to be really patient, but there is no doubt in my mind that Neil [Powell, Director of Rugby] and myself will fix what we have to fix.

“However, there is no overnight fix.”