Plumtree praises All Blacks continued success
October 9, 2013
John Plumtree was impressed by the All Blacks non-reliance on star players Dan Carter and Richie McCaw © Getty Images
Former Wellington and Sharks coach John Plumtree has been watching over the All Blacks for the formula to their success of remaining unbeaten in two years of The Rugby Championship and has outlined the All Blacks winning factors in an article for sarugby.co.za.
Of the many factors Plumtree discovered, the most important factor was the All Blacks depth in selections and their non-reliance of their top-ranked players Dan Carter and Richie McCaw. "The depth in the squad has been created by providing opportunities to individuals without it affecting team cohesion. That builds confidence among the younger members of the squad, and the senior members of the group and coaches believe in them," he said.
Plumtree was impressed by the All Blacks skill in the lineout and their strength at crucial moments of the match. "At long last they aren't having meltdowns in crucial parts of the field and now manage to win ball from which they launch raids or gain important field position," he said. "In the past, the lineout was the one area in which the Springboks backed themselves to apply pressure on the All Blacks and the Boks didn't mind rolling the ball into touch and then attacking the throw of the All Blacks hooker. This was when Victor Matfield was a thorn in the All Blacks side," he said.
Plumtree also noted the All Blacks lack of structure making it hard for opposition sides to analyse and counter. "It looks to me like they don't have set structures for certain areas of the field, so they become hard to read and analyse. If they get quick ball and are on the front foot with numbers, they have the skill level to get the ball to space and beat the drift defence."
But above all else the character of the team was defined by their defence, as seen when handling playing with 14 men for 20 minutes in the last Test against South Africa.
"They pride themselves in this area and know if they work hard for each other and create turnovers, then that is golden ball from which to attack. It also demoralises their opponents when they bash away and can't get through, if there is a line break by the opposition, the All Blacks would rather concede three points than seven and this is a definite ploy that refs have to watch," he said.
For South Africa, Plumtree said, the need to grow confidence in their game was the big issue while they also needed some depth, especially at first five-eighths and tighthead prop. There would also need to be more buy-in from provincial coaches in South Africa to ensure players were not over-worked.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Andre Ward has warned Carl Froch that he will be calling all of the shots over their proposed title unification bout
Banned long-distance runner Hamza Driouch is facing an investigation after he shared pictures which showed him training with Mo Farah in Ethiopia
Renault believes the changes to its power unit this year should put Red Bull in a position to race for victories at the end of the season after it achieved its pre-season objective of halving the power deficit to Mercedes.
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera's court appearance in connection with alleged match-fixing has been put back until April 27
Paul Casey has not given up hope of playing in the Ryder Cup next year - despite controversially ending his membership on the European Tour in a bid to focus solely on the PGA circuit
Who was the 100th man to win a world championship Grand Prix?
Could the Force's scrum woes and the general sluggishness of the pack affect Michael Foley's hopes of Wallabies role? Brett McKay asks the question in Three Points
Dave Rennie got the better of Todd Blackadder in Hamilton, where the Chiefs had a master plan that paid dividends for them, Craig Dowd writes
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
ESPN rounds up the pre-season of all the protagonists of the upcoming season and tries to make sense of the pecking order ahead of the Australian Grand Prix
Rafael Benitez has raised concerns about the long-term fitness of Chelsea captain John Terry after revealing the defender is trapped in "a vicious circle" regarding his persistent knee injury
John Terry says he is fighting for his family's future but has pledged never to play for another club when his time at Chelsea comes to an end
Carl Froch has challenged Andre Ward to step into enemy territory at Nottingham Forest's City Ground for their proposed super-middleweight title unification bout
Louis van Gaal has come to the defence of Angel Di Maria after the midfielder's Manchester United career reached a new low when he was taken off at half-time in Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland
Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho, the Football Association has announced
Eight years ago, Steve Bunce was offered the chance of buying a 'share' in Tyson Fury, and it would have been a shrewd investment if he had the money
After enduring a tricky start to his Manchester United career, perhaps it is fair that Marcos Rojo celebrated so boisterously as he watched his first professional club Estudiantes beat fierce rivals Gimnasia
The idea of Chelsea squeezing in a quick 20-minute Wembley celebration before getting back to work is both admirable and typically soulless, writes Alan Tyers
A basketball match between Bilbao Basket and Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in the Spanish ACB League was marred by a brawl that erupted in the closing stages of the game
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers