Sharks Plumtree

Sharks coach John Plumtree. Photo by Bryan Keane/INPHO/Shutterstock

REACTION: How doom and gloom followed the Sharks

Sharks coach John Plumtree cut a dejected figure after his team slumped to yet another heavy defeat in their nightmarish campaign.

Sharks Plumtree

Sharks coach John Plumtree. Photo by Bryan Keane/INPHO/Shutterstock

Sharks boss John Plumtree has openly admitted there are very few positives they can take into their Challenge Cup final this coming week after yet another heavy loss in the URC.

The Sharks — admittedly — did field a second-string side in the round 17 match against Cardiff at Kings Park; but even so, they failed to put up a valiant fight after an early red card put them on the back foot and allowed Cardiff to run riot and ultimately seal a 36-14 bonus-point win to climb above their victims in the standings.

Prior to the game, the Sharks had sent a group of senior players to London in preparation for their historic Challenge Cup final against Gloucester at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday night.

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“We started really well. We built a lot of pressure with the ball, and we looked positive,” Plumtree was quoted in the media following Saturday’s defeat.

“The red card had a massive effect on the game. We were one forward short against a really big Cardiff pack.

“We conceded a couple of pretty soft tries and that brought the scoreboard pressure. From then on, we were always going to struggle a bit,” the Sharks boss added.

“I was really pleased with the second half. We got ambitious and we moved the ball a little bit more and attacked in the wide channels and tried to do something a little bit different.

“However, on the day we weren’t quite good enough and there are quite a few guys in the squad that haven’t played in a while.

“It was a disappointing evening. I am disappointed for the boys. They wanted to do a bit more than that, but with 15 against 14 for 60 minutes, it was never going to be an easy task against a URC team.”

The Sharks head coach also revealed that flank Tino Mavesere has unfortunately lost out on a ticket to London for the Challenge Cup final due to the red card he received.

“I thought Tino was playing really well until he got his red card. I am excited about his future. It’s really disappointing for Tino. He was coming to London with us, and I guess he won’t be now,” the Sharks big boss confirmed.

Sharks suffer heavy defeat.
The Sharks suffered another heavy defeat. Image: @SharksRugby via X.