Plumtree rues Sharks’ set-piece woes

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Head coach John Plumtree mentioned the Sharks paid the value for an absence of execution at lineout and scrum time in a nail-biting loss to the Cheetahs on Sunday.

Eben Etzebeth, Grant Williams, Francois Venter and Makazole Mapimpi dotted down for the Sharks in an eight-try thriller in Bloemfontein, the place the lead modified arms 4 occasions earlier than Cohen Jasper crossed to clinch a 32-29 win for the Cheetahs.

Having thrashed Pau to kick off their maiden marketing campaign within the Problem Cup, the Sharks have scored 10 tries throughout two rounds of the competitors, however Plumtree isn’t impressed along with his expenses’ failure to launch within the set items.

Talking post-match at Free State Stadium, he advised reporters: “We didn’t put the sport out of attain after we might. We had two or three possibilities there.

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“We might have simply received the sport, however our scrum was not ok in the direction of the tip.

“I can give you fairly a number of excuses, however I don’t wish to take that away from the Cheetahs, they confirmed nice character. They clearly have some actually good gamers right here. They’re effectively organised and actually wished it.

“However we additionally didn’t assist ourselves with the fastened aspects that didn’t perform. Our lineouts had been disappointing within the first half. After we corrected that within the second half, we had been again within the recreation.

“It’s a giant a part of our recreation that we haven’t obtained proper but.”

The Sharks hit the highway once more subsequent week to sort out the DHL Stormers within the Vodacom URC, earlier than one other native derby towards the Lions in Durban on 6 January.

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