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Chiefs Decimated, Sharks could be smiling


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 13 May 2008 at 08:43
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While there is good news for the Sharks on the injury front, the Chiefs camp has been hit by a staggering injury crisis

There was good news for the Sharks on the injury front on Monday with the revelation that Francois Steyn (ribs) might yet play on Saturday, and so might captain Johann Muller (calf), but this contrasted sharply with the staggering injury crisis in the Chiefs camp.

Mike Greenaway writes in The Mercury that seven Chiefs players who featured in their shock loss to the Lions at Ellis Park are injured and one player, prop Ben May, has gone home after being suspended for stamping on a Lions player.

Three of the injured seven – David Bason, Simms Davison and Simon Lemalu – have already gone home to Hamilton, and worried coach Ian Foster said the next 48 hours would determine whether stars No 8 Sione Lauaki (hamstring), wing Sititveni Sivivatu (ankle) and hooker Tom Willis (oblique) would be able to play.

“We’ve had a nightmare in the past 24 hours trying to figure it all out,” Foster said on the Chiefs’ website.

The coach has sent for fresh replacements in the form of Brendon Leonard (scrumhalf), Murray Williams (midfield back), Nathan White (prop) and John Paeranga (hooker).

“We’re still assessing Lauaki, Sivivatu and Donald with his neck, which is extremely sore and in a brace,” said the coach.

“X-rays found no fractures in Sivivatu or Donald, but their injuries are causing both a lot of swelling and pain.”

The Chiefs were riding high in the competition until they hit the road a fortnight ago, and a 21-22 loss to the Western Force in Perth was followed by the 33-27 defeat by the Lions, which leaves the Chiefs needing a mathematical miracle to make the top four.

The Sharks, on the other hand, revived their hopes of making the play-offs when they took five points from their match against the Cheetahs at the weekend.

On Monday night team doctor Craig Roberts said that many of his charges were nursing bumps and bruises, but all should recover, except perhaps Steyn.

The latter damaged rib cartilage when he fell on a ball towards the end of the match with a Cheetahs player on top of him, but he is recovering quickly and his chances of playing are rated 50-50 by the doctor.

Muller missed the Cheetahs game because of a calf injury, but he is likely to return this week in place of Albert van den Berg.

If Steyn cannot play, Bradley Barritt will resume in the No 12 jersey.

On Monday night coach Dick Muir said the biggest factor in favour of his team’s making the semi-finals was the fact that the Sharks-Chiefs game was the very last of the weekend.

“It is a massive advantage for us,” Muir said. “We will know exactly where we stand when we take the field. We will know if we just have to win, or whether we will have to win by a specific margin. The teams playing before don’t have that luxury.

“Two seasons ago, we played on the Friday of the final round and thought we had enough points to go through, but the Bulls played in the last game, against the Stormers, and had a specific target to aim at (33 points), and they got it to go through ahead of us on points difference.”



20 Comments

  • Good to hear we are looking good on the injury side. We need the strongest possible team for the semis.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.08 08:45:59 by Nessa Reply
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  • It is a massive advantage for us,” Muir said. :neutral: :neutral:

    Ness – I agree – but its a sad day if one sees others injuries as a positive – IMO. We should have not been in this position in the first place…then we did not have to pray for help from other teams and teams weakened by injury!! :???:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.08 10:14:41 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 2) : Yeah – but you take the hand that you’re dealt and make the best of it, right? We can’t change the past.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.08 10:23:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Now THATS an enlightening way to look at it!! Thanks Robo!! :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.05.08 10:26:34 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Just one thing…you cannot change the past – but you sure as hell must take responsibilty.for every action there’s a reaction and for every reaction there is a consequence….and you have to take responibilty for the consequences..so if you did it right from start it (which is within ability) – would not have been on a sinking ship in the rough see… :twisted:

    Now – the only thing that they can do to right this wrong – is play like they have never played before…GO OUT AND CONQUER !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.05.08 10:31:18 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 4) : Call me Swami Robbo ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.05.08 10:31:30 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I think the Cheethas allowed those two soft tries to help out the Sharks…

    More to do with the Cheethas than it had to do with the Sharks….

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.05.08 10:43:43 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 7) :

    Say WHAT??? :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.05.08 10:45:23 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 8) :
    Only the truth….I don’t do lies…

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.05.08 10:53:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) :

    LIE is written in Capital Red letters across your face! :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.05.08 11:39:19 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • I don’t get it:

    “We will know exactly where we stand when we take the field. We will know if we just have to win, or whether we will have to win by a specific margin. The teams playing before don’t have that luxury.

    Why don’t they play to win by the largest margin anyway? Or will this just allow them to decide how many risks they will take to achieve their goal?

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.05.08 11:42:08 by Superwors Reply

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  • @Superwors (Comment 11) : Good point, but i think it is helpful knowing when enough is enough. No sense in risking injuries…

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.05.08 11:45:25 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Superwors (Comment 11) : Agree there. I think that waiting until a few hours before kick-off to agree on a game-plan based on earlier results might backfire for the Sharks. Rather head out there to kick arse from the get-go.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.05.08 11:46:01 by Waz Reply

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  • @Waz (Comment 13) : We know we need to do that anyway.

    We know we need to score four tries and win by the highest margin possible. And the guys will deliver.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.05.08 11:51:54 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Stop checking from the sideline… :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.05.08 11:56:04 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Superwors (Comment 11) :

    My thoughts are.

    Have a media black out and tell the Sharks they have to win by 25 with a BP try to get a semi even if they only have to win by 10. :wink:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.05.08 12:08:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, exactly! It sounds like they almost feel they can just win the thing whichever way they want to, but I think they should be going all out to win by as much as possible with as many tries as possible and the risk of injury is just part of the package.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.05.08 12:29:36 by Superwors Reply

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  • Look all so easy for the Sharks. Think they are in a better position to get in the semis. Just one hiccup in this game, if the Chiefs have any slighty change to make the semis when this game starts it can turn into something ugly. If they are out it should be easy sailing for the Sharks.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.05.08 12:51:31 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • The Chiefs are out… completely. I think they know it, too

    Unless the Blues, Waratahs and Stormers all lose, which is unlikely.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.05.08 12:58:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 19) :

    And that (Them knowing it) is what is going to give us a big score IMO

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.05.08 17:19:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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