John Plumtree says the Sharks will play conservatively in the Currie Cup if the situation demands it.
There was talk that the KwaZulu-Natalians would adopt more of an expansive, high-risk approach after they scored four tries against the Bulls in their final match of the Super 14. However, the Sharks did lose that game by a point and sense seems to have prevailed. Running the ball from everywhere, as the Boks showed in last year’s Tri-Nations, is a recipe for disaster.
‘We have to be able to find a way to win – if we have to be defensive and play a 10-man game to get the victory, it’s what we will do on the day,’ Plumtree told sharksrugby.co.za. ‘We definitely want to play a 15-man game but if it’s not going to work for us, we will be fairly direct and disciplined in the game plan we believe we can win with.’
The Sharks open their Currie Cup campaign against WP at Newlands on Saturday and Plumtree is confident of victory.
‘[Province] will know they need to front up physically against us, especially our forwards,’ he said. ‘They have plenty of speed among their backs and players with a fair amount of Super 14 experience.
‘We just need to make sure we’re in the fight the whole way. Our players need to stick together and when we get into their half, build pressure and get some points.’
‘We’ve won down there before, we just need to believe we can go out there and do it again.’