Clayton(PJLD)

Sharks send SOS for Ackermann


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 22 Apr 2008 at 13:19

The good news for the Sharks is that the sun refuses to set on Johan Ackermann’s first class rugby career and, if all goes according to plan, the 37-year-old will do battle for the Sharks in what should be an epic match against the Crusaders in Christchurch next week.

Sharks coach Dick Muir phoned Ackermann last night and asked if he was keen to have one last shot at Super 14 rugby because of the gap in the Sharks’ ranks after the tour-ending ankle ligament injury suffered by Steven Sykes, and the big fellow is only too happy to oblige.

Muir then gained permission from Ackermann’s boss at Kepu, the petroleum company that employs him as a marketing manager, and now it is a case of sorting out some paperwork at Sharks headquarters: Ackermann has been playing for Cape Town club Hamiltons and thus is registered as a Western Province player.

But this should not prove a problem because the Super 14 is an international as opposed to a domestic competition.

“Johan says he is in good shape because he has carried on playing since he left us and has played five games for Hamiltons,” Muir said.

Ackermann was supposed to have retired at the end of last year but rejoined the Sharks for the first three rounds of the Super 14 competition to help out when the young player that had been groomed to replace him, Steven Sykes, suffered a pre-season injury.

Muir said that Ackermann would not be considered for Saturday’s match against the Waratahs, but would play next week in Christchurch.

At training in Randwick on Tuesday morning, Albert van den Berg and AJ Venter alternated in the second row alongside captain Johann Muller.

Forwards coach John Plumtree is still to decide between opting for Van den Berg’s lineout skill or Venter’s mongrel and physicality, but may well go for the former because the lineout is a strength of the Waratahs.

As was the case last week, flank Keegan Daniel is a cause for concern because of a lower back injury.

He was kneed in the back against the Highlanders in week two of the tour but recovered to play against the Brumbies, only to take another blow in the same spot, forcing him from the field at the Canberra Stadium.

If he cannot play, Jean Deysel will step in. Deysel joined the Sharks on tour as a replacement for suspended Epi Taione.

Inside centre Bradley Barritt is another who did not train and, although his shoulder injury is improving, it is likely that he will not play, opening the door for Frans Steyn to move to 12 and Waylon Murray being recalled to the side at 13.

The Sharks trained in the rain on Tuesday morning and have not seen the sun in Sydney for more than a week.

Sydney is in the grip of a drought-breaking cold front, but the weather forecast suggests the sun will break through on Saturday.

Mike Greenway for IOL



29 Comments

  • Go you good OLD thing!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.08 13:23:14 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Did anyone else know that Sykes was out or was it just me who didn’t know :sad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.08 13:24:41 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • He still scares me :neutral:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.08 13:26:00 by Clayton Reply
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  • Have you seen him play At Hamiltons?

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.08 13:33:05 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Been wanting to,but never having a chance,tried to get to the Hamiltons UCT game on Friday but again never made it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.08 13:38:44 by Clayton Reply
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  • KSA – you should actually read the articles you post ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.08 13:38:58 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • The articles “I” post :?:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.04.08 13:45:57 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Go read this, big boy:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/04/21/steyn-back-to-his-favourite-position/

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.08 13:50:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • ok – so we still have a problem here. If Sykes is out (which he clearly is) and Daniel doesn’t make it, we then have only one guy to cover both lock and loose forward… Craig Burden as a loose forward replacement?

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.04.08 13:52:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rob

    yeah but there was still a decision to be made. I would have expected an article saying the dude is coming home.

    I suppose THIS is that article :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.04.08 14:09:51 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • yeah – this is that article ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.04.08 14:16:30 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • KSA – I think I mentioned it earlier today on one of the blogs … could have been the Sharks one!! :oops:

    Cheers all…off for the pm!
    Catch you all tomorrow!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.04.08 14:16:37 by Me2 Reply

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  • by Me2

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.04.08 14:30:48 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • This is NOT good….why is Sykes struggling with injuries like this… :evil: he needs to play magtig man! :sad:

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.04.08 14:36:38 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • Check ice didn’t know he was injured either…………..Ohhhhh this is Ice. :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.04.08 14:41:30 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Maybe Sykes is not psyched up for S14 :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.04.08 14:45:58 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • 15. I did…I know everything! :wink:

    16. He is super “syked” – he SO wanted this – but things is not going his way!!! :sad:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.04.08 14:53:10 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • Yup… re-iterates what I said about the woeful depth the Sharks have at lock… getting a part-time club rugby lock to join the squad, over the VC players coming into games against the best Aussie and Kiwi sides…

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.04.08 15:52:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • How do we fix this problem? At some stage, we have to take the plunge and trust the youth to deliver.

    To my mind, Sykes has been great so far this year. The injury really is disappointing.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.04.08 15:59:17 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Agree Rob. When I asked AJ two years ago about what I saw as a shortage on lock that time he said to me there is a lot of youngster coming through the ranks. Why not use them then? :?: :?:

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.04.08 16:07:45 by Reds Reply

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  • I seriously think AJ has played 1 season too many….he is completely anonymous on the field.

    Unfortunately the Beeste locks like Hargreaves have not lived up to expectation and a player like Wouter Moore has disappeared into the Jacarandas….

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.04.08 16:35:46 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • DP,
    yeah i think its perhaps 1 season too much, but he still adds alot when coming onto the field, even if phsycological to the oppo.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.04.08 16:38:26 by cab Reply

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  • Comment 22 of 22, posted at 22.04.08 16:38:26 by cab

    Yes there is the Sharks old man, lets run past him…

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.04.08 16:42:56 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I am pissed off about Moore. He’s not even playing Vodacom Cup for the Bulls

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.04.08 16:46:31 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • if Blignaut up his game he should be okay for the S14 next year.

    Hargreaves reminds me of Rob Linde. He played for the Quins in Durban before moving to CT and even by the time he left CT he still hadn’t filled out. Sort of like Albert Only Albert can play.

    Hargreaves needs to fill out a bit and I am sure he will be great

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.04.08 17:18:47 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Don’t say anything about Linde, KSA… remember that was the topic that prompted the first of many FJELNs from our friend the angry V.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.04.08 17:26:02 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rob

    I didn’t know that. :shock:

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.04.08 17:28:44 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • it was a memorable day, that.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.04.08 17:48:10 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I really don’t recall. I think I only came around later.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.04.08 17:55:58 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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