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

What’s happening at the Sharks? ‘We’re not a team’, coach admits

Coach John Plumtree has admitted that the Sharks are failing to find a collective team foundation as their struggles in the URC continue.


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

Prior to the start of this season, experienced coach John Plumtree was tasked with turning the Sharks’ fortunes around as they sought to begin meeting the expectations that follow a side with strong financials and several big-name players on their books.

However, the Sharks have now lost six out of seven games in the URC, with this past weekend’s 44-10 thrashing at the hands of the Bulls serving as another stark reality check at a time when a number of Boks are back.

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So, what’s happening at the Sharks?

“We’re very disappointed, but also surprised as well,” Plumtree said. “I thought we were a little more ahead of that, but clearly, we’re still not a team yet. Last week, we played against a Welsh side that was under the pump because of the conditions in Durban and they were pretty tired.

“The Bulls side is a real team and from a collective perspective, they’re a bit ahead of us. That’s our challenge now and we have to dig deep and become a team. We didn’t get a lot of things right in this game and physically, we didn’t look like we were in the right space.

“We felt like we had a good week, but it’s clear there were a lot of individuals in our team who didn’t turn up. It’s not good enough and we take so much pride in the jersey, but we didn’t show that. It didn’t look like we had our soul.”

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‘Not good enough’

Plumtree went on to admit that they have to emulate what the Bulls have build under Jake White.

“I’m not going to take anything away from the Bulls, but our team’s foundation isn’t solid enough,” Plumtree added.

“We have to sort that out because we have enough talent in our team and we’re aspiring to be like the Bulls.”

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