Plumtree: ‘delighted with Sharks’ strong defence against leopards’

2010-08-16 00:00

WESTERN Province went back to the top of the Currie Cup log with their 15-12 weekend win over the champion Blue Bulls at Newlands and they now face the second-placed Sharks in the crunch game at King’s Park on Saturday night.

The Sharks had led the standings overnight after beating the Leopards 51-6 on Friday, but they are now one log point off the pace after unbeaten Province’s narrow win.

Sharks coach John Plumtre said yesterday that his players’ attitude and their strong defence had been the “real positives” in the win over the Leopards.

“We finished off well for some excellent tries, but I was delighted with our really good defence. We’ve been wanting to stop sides scoring against us and we did that against the Leopards.

“The work we have done on defence paid off and everyone understands their roles.

“Some of our tackling was pretty ferocious and that was pleasing.”

Plumtree said the talk all week had been about attitude and getting that right against one of the smaller teams after the win over the Lions the previous weekend.

“I was really impressed with the attitude for the 80 minutes. Our discipline was a bit poor at times and we’ll assess that on the video.”

The Sharks coach said that number eight Willem Alberts had picked up a shin injury and backs Louis Ludik and Pat Lambie suffered slight strains, “but there was nothing too serious there”.

“We got what we wanted from the game and that was pleasing. Now we can focus on Western Province,” Plumtree said.

 

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