The chances are increasing that the Sharks may have to go into their all-important Vodacom Super 14 showdown with the Crusaders without their influential hooker Bismarck du Plessis.
Gavin Rich report for News24.
The Springbok started the week with a bruised sternum as the legacy of the 25-10 defeat to the Waratahs in Sydney at the weekend, and according to reports from Christchurch, he is the least likely of the several men on the injured list to be ready for the Jade Stadium fixture.
Should he miss out, Craig Burden is standing by to wear the No2 jersey.
Du Plessis’ absence would be a big loss for the Sharks, but at least it seems the chances of Johann Muller returning to the side are improving.
The lock and skipper was missed against the Waratahs, particularly for his technical efficiency and aggression in most aspects of the forward battle. He sat out in Sydney because of a calf injury.
The other Sharks players on the injured list include Brad Barritt (shoulder), Frans Steyn (bruised thigh), Ruan Pienaar (cut above the eye) and Albert van den Berg (bruised thigh).Tweet