Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has hailed the amount of talented black rugby players South Africa has been able to produce, saying the country’s Super Rugby teams are shaping up to be difficult to beat because of the talent at their disposal.
The former SA Sevens coach has vast knowledge of the local rugby landscape, having spent close to a decade playing for the Sharks before returning in a coaching capacity after a stint in his native New Zealand.
Speaking after masterminding the Hurricanes’ convincing win away to the Lions over the weekend, the 53-year-old touched on the player drain which has affected both the Kiwis and South Africa.
Plumtree complimented the conveyor belt of talent in SA, and made special mention of the quality of black players currently being produced.
“I know it is a struggle to keep players in the country and that is similar to New Zealand rugby but we back our talent‚ we back our development‚ we back our schools and our clubs and everyone bringing through this talent.
“That won’t change in this country and it’s gonna get better because of the black players in this country are getting better‚ better and better.
“It is going to be a scary proposition if it keeps happening like this in South African rugby as long as it is well organised and the coaching is good this is always going to be a hard place to win.”
Plumtree’s Hurricanes side have picked up two wins on their South African tour, first overcoming his former side by winning 30-17 in Durban, before restricting the Lions to the same points tally in a 37-17 victory.
The good run has seen them become a sure bet for a playoff spot with one more week of round-robin fixtures remaining in the competition.
The men from Wellington now return home for a Kiwi derby against the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.