Plumtree keen on Sharks coaching job



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Former Wellington coach John Plumtree and now Muir’s assistant in Durban, says he’d love to take over the Durban-based team the Sharks.

Dick Muir the current coach says that he will move on after this year and he looks set to be named as the new Springboks backs coach leaving a gap for Plumtree.

“If Dick takes the assistant coaches’ job with the Springboks, which isn’t confirmed yet, I’d certainly like to do it,” Plumtree said on Rugbyheaven.

“I’ve got the support of the players and the Sharks are in my blood.”

Plumtree left New Zealand two years ago in order to get some Super 14 experience with the Sharks before returning home to NZ but now that there is an opportunity to step up to the top job at the Sharks he says he will put his plans to return to NZ on hold.

“It’s been great (at the Sharks). The players are good to work with, we’ve got a lot of young players in key positions.

“We’ve got the whole game but we’ve got to sort out some fundamental errors like putting kickoffs out on the full and things like that.”

Plumtree looked back on the Sharks loss to the Crusaders and said that it was gutting not get at least a bonus point as it puts extra pressure on them to get results from their last two games of the regular season, against the Cheetahs and Chiefs, both at Absa Stadium in Durban.

“There’s plenty of sides that have come out of the visitors’ changing room here (in Christchurch) with good efforts but not the win and we weren’t good enough to win this,” he said.

“We’re not dead yet, there’s still two games to be played and we’ve got to make sure we get the two results in Durban.

“We’ll be playing against a Cheetahs side that will want to beat us, there’s a bit of history between the two teams and obviously the Chiefs are still in the money as well.

“We’ve got to work hard when we get back to Durban, I don’t know what the supporters will be like back home, we’ve lost three games in a row and that’s the first time that’s happened in mine and Dick’s (Muir) tenure, but we’ll need that support.”

Plumtree was full of praise for the Crusaders and said he admired the way they’re still able to pick up wins when they’re playing below their best.

“They’re a good side and they know how to win,” he said.

“Some of our guys were saying it wasn’t the toughest game they’ve had this year but they won and we didn’t. They’ve got the ability to perform consistently.

“Not all of them had good games against us, but they had some that stood up and played really well when they needed to.

“Also they have a great bench having guys come off like Mose Tuiali’i just lifts them. They deserve to be where they are.”

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