It’s just getting worse – now Daniel is out too

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 30 Apr 2008 at 09:46

The Sharks will have to overcome a growing injury crisis – never mind the matter of their form reversal – if they are to pull off the upset of the 2008 Super 14 and beat the champions-elect at the Jade Stadium on Friday.

Mike Greenaway of IOL is on tour with the Sharks.

Over the past fortnight the Sharks have lost lock Steven Sykes, flyhalf Frederic Michalak, captain Johann Muller and centre Bradley Barritt.

Now flank Keegan Daniel and hooker Bismarck du Plessis are looking very doubtful for the tour finale against the Crusaders.

Of the above, Muller is hopeful that he will recover to lead the team in their backs-against-the wall attack on the cruising Cantabrians, but Sykes is back in Durban, Michalak in France, and Daniel and Du Plessis all but counted out.

There is hope that Barritt might recover, but the way in which he came off the practice field on Monday holding his shoulder (he could not play against the Waratahs because of the injury) suggests it might be a vain hope.

The loss of the combative Du Plessis (bruised sternum) would be a major setback given the hooker’s physical contribution to the Sharks’ cause, but it would provide an opportunity for the explosive Craig Burden to state his case.

The latter was famously a wing about a year ago before Dick Muir and John Plumtree suggested to him that his power and build would better suit the No 2 jersey, and he has impressed in his cameos this season when he has substituted Bismarck.

Burden was sent to Murray Mexted’s Academy in New Zealand last June, where New Zealand’s best scrumming experts accelerated his conversion.

The Sharks’ coaching staff have not yet officially ruled out Du Plessis, but the 23-year-old is in continuing pain and the position he plays opens him to further aggravation of the chest injury.

In another expected change to the front row, B J Botha will return at tight-head prop for Jannie du Plessis. The latter had a good game in general play against the Waratahs, but the coaches will be looking for Botha to spearhead a scrumming assault on the Crusaders.

In the second row, Plumtree’s choices have been narrowed by the unavailability of veteran Johan Ackermann. The 37-year-old last week was expected to come over for this match, but he cannot get leave from his new job with a petroleum company in Cape Town, and so instead of playing for the Sharks in potentially their most important Super 14 match of the year, he will instead be playing a club game for Hamiltons.

If Muller can play, he will join Albert van den Berg in the second row, with last week’s captain and lock, A J Venter, moving out to his favoured position of blind-side flank, in place of Daniel, who has been struggling with a lower back injury since the second-round match against the Highlanders.

Venter might well have been picked on the flank even if Daniel had been fit because the Sharks urgently need to beep up their contesting of the breakdowns, where they have been outmuscled by both the Brumbies and the Waratahs.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders have a concern over their No 8, Mose Tuiali’i, who injured a hamstring against the Blues last week. If he can’t play, 19-year-old Nasi Manu will come in.

That solitary injury really is child’s play for the Crusaders, given the form they are in and the injury crisis besetting their opponents.


  • At this rate, we’re going to struggle to put together a fit 22…

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.04.08 09:52:37 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I’m afraid that no matter what team we stitch together, we have very little hope. The Sharks need a miracle. Some continuity might help too.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.04.08 10:11:17 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • The Sharks can beat the Saders if they play to their potential.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.04.08 10:13:32 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • yeah, but it’s hard to build continuity with so many injuries

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.04.08 10:18:34 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I disagree. We will need to play out of our skins. Its possible, just not very possible. Like many others, I find the leaving of the head doctor at home inexplicable, and probably fatal. But hope springs eternal…

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.04.08 10:20:50 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • #4
    Didn’t they struggle with continuity before the injuries :?:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.04.08 10:21:25 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

    Kal-ElCurrie Cup player
  • Da Beeg Feesh,
    What’s up?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.04.08 10:22:18 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

    Kal-ElCurrie Cup player
  • You mean Daniel was playing last week?

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.04.08 10:23:58 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • shut up, Cru! That’s beside the point ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.04.08 10:24:23 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • That excuse is only valid for this match. Anyway, the fact that Frans will shift to 13 should Brad be able to play tells me that the principle has still not been adopted.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.04.08 10:24:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • agree, Fish.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.04.08 10:33:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Who does Adi need to sleep with in order to get a start???


  • Comment 12, posted at 30.04.08 10:35:00 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Maybe he DID sleep with someone and THAt is why he isn’t getting a start. :wink: :oops:

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.08 10:43:28 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Cometh the hour, cometh the MEN…

    It’s not gonna get easier for us so we better get used to it.
    Toughest game to finish the tour…followed by tricky missions at home.

    We’re all adding and subtracting potential log points…hoping for the best. That’s the world of PRO-SPORTS and we all love it here.

    Go Sharks…and good luck to The Mighty Reds tonight.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.04.08 11:20:11 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • Just hope DICK doesn’t play injured players and rule them out of the remaining games…

    What astounds me is the lax action of management… WHERE ARE THE REPLACEMENTS!

    We are a lock and flank short now in the 22… WTF does it take?

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.04.08 11:29:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player

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