“I’m Not Going Back To Kicking The Ball Away” – John Plumtree


Hollywoodbets Sharks head coach John Plumtree said has never lost so many matches in a row in his time as a coach. The Sharks suffered successive defeats to Munster, Leinster, Ospreys and Zebre, leaving them bottom of the table.

“I’ve never lost this many games in a row, it’s new to me. I don’t like losing,” Plumtree said.

“We’re still not quite clinical enough. We played the most rugby tonight, and I’m quite proud about that because that’s what I’ve come here to do. Our line-out didn’t function as good as it could’ve."

“I’m hurting, and I’m hurting mainly for the team because they’re trying really hard and not getting any reward. They’re a young group and it’s really tough for them, and every week they’re working and we’re just not getting over the line. But we’ll get there."

Referring to their loss against Connacht on Saturday, Plumtree said crucial mistakes let them down.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with our defence, they only scored one try and they normally score a lot more tries than that, so I think our defence was really good. Attacking-wise, we’ve just got to be more clinical.

“I thought Lukhanyo was really good tonight, first game back after such a long break and he showed his class. I was really proud of Lukhanyo. I wasn’t going to play him for 80 and he wanted to do that so good on him."

“If you look at the number of passes and the rugby we played, we’re playing some good footie, but not ruthless enough. Just moments in the game where we make mistakes."

“I’ve been saying it all week and I’ll probably keep saying it, we’re playing a different style of game to the way the Sharks have been playing for a good number of years, and we’re playing that game with the same players."

“There’s going to be teething problems and for some players, with their skill sets, it’s challenging."

“But, I’m not going back to kicking the ball away and trying to create opportunities through luck. I want to build pressure through us playing good rugby. Dave Williams is doing a good job in that space.”