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Props problems for Sharks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 23 Sep 2008 at 06:25

The Sharks are hoping to have props Deon Carstens and Beast Mtawarira fit for Saturday’s Currie Cup rugby match against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park.

Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that it is particularly in the forward play that the Sharks have performed well this year, and the availability of these two props could pave the way for the Sharks to clinch a home semi-final.

However, some concern exists about them both, as well as about lock Alistair Hargreaves and winger Odwa Ndungane.

Carstens is having one of his best seasons ever, while Mtawarira’s status as a world-class prop has skyrocketed this year.

Both of these players’ availability will be critical to the Sharks’ quest to host a semi-final and possibly also the final.

However, Sharks captain Johann Muller doesn’t want to anticipate events too far in advance.

“It just gets more difficult every week and we realise we have to win against the Lions if we want to host a semi-final,” said Muller.

Muller realises that his side will probably have to play better if they are to beat the Lions for a second time in this year’s series.

In the previous match in Durban the Sharks defeated the Lions 16-11 in an utterly uninspiring clash that didn’t live up to expectations in any way.

Muller knows his team will have to do better. “We know it’s going to be difficult and we’ll have to play well to beat them in Johannesburg,” he said.

Doubts concerning Carstens, Mtawarira, Hargreaves and Ndungane should not, however, leave Sharks supporters in sackcloth and ashes, since both hooker Bismarck du Plessis and fullback Stefan Terblanche will be back in their positions this week.

Du Plessis and Terblanche were rested against the Falcons last week, but will definitely be let loose against the Lions.


  • The Sharks have a hundred props, how can there be problems? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.08 07:21:00 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • yeah fox, thats what i was thinking. ai i really feel that this year is our year, but i had that feeling before and i was wrong.

    we are playing well, our guys are getting rested, please please please dont choke.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.08 07:36:39 by knersboy Reply
    knersboyVodacom Cup player
  • This is potentially pretty bad news, but we still have Pat, Jannie, Burra and Robbie Harris in the mix, as well as our “secret weapon”…

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.08 09:00:03 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Hehehe, not so secret, I was calling for that move some time ago. :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.08 09:26:04 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @knersboy (Comment 2) : knersboy, I do not think they will choke this year. If I read the signs correctly, WP seems to be the okes choking bigtime this year.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.08 09:28:04 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • hate to say it, but I reckon Del Carne pulled this out of his ass… there are no injuries in the camp this week… we should have a full squad.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.08 16:09:16 by robdylan Reply
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