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Do the Sharks have ANY fit props?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 2 Feb 2009 at 08:44
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Forgive me for panicking, guys, but I’m starting to get just a little concerned about the number of players in the Sharks camp carrying niggles.

By all accounts, the Sharks squad are looking and feeling great at this stage of the season; fitness and conditioning are right on track and the guys are brimming with confidence ahead of a gruelling campaign. Trying to get an accurate picture of what the early-season injury list actually looks like, though, is challenging to say the least, with contradictory reports all over the various newspapers.

I am really worried, though, that all four of our first-choice props are currently injured. Add our first-choice hooker to that list and we start to face the worrying possibility that our early season front row may well comprise Barra Mthethwa, Craig Burden and John Smit! Now I’m sure that it won’t really come to that, but the fact remains, there are a lot of causes for concern.

Beast Mtawarira is apparently carrying an injury. This is a piece of news that I discovered today for the first time, so hopefully it’s nothing too serious and the big man will be fit to play against the Bulls on Wednesday night. Let’s hope he manages to recover on time, as well as build up the required level of fitness before the season gets underway proper, as his understudy, Deon Carstens is also crocked. The latter, I understand, is unlikely to be fit in time for the Valentine’s Day visit to Cape Town.

On the other side of the scrum, Jannie du Plessis has apparently gone down with a back injury, leaving John Smit as the only fit tighthead in the squad. Pat Cilliers has injured his knee again and will be out of action for at least another 2 months. Smit himself is, of course, a hooker by trade and although keen to reinvent himself as a tighthead, needs to do so safe in the knowledge that he has quality backup should things go pear-shaped. Young Wiehann Herbst, talented though he is, is unlikely to be quite ready to be thrown into the cauldron that is the Super 14!

Bismarck du Plessis should hopefully be making his comeback on Wednesday as well, but he too is going to need careful nurturing lest he break down again. All-in-all, there are far too many ifs, buts and maybes for my liking at this stage of the season. If I were John Plumtree, I’d be hoping they manage to clear the snow off the UK runways fast enough to get Robbie Harris back from Nottingham in time for Wednesday’s game.



30 Comments

  • Don’t panick Robbo…I don’t know about this Wednesday but we’ll have a Bok front row on the 14th. :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.09 08:51:11 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : even if we use up the entire season’s ducktape allowance…

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.09 08:57:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • What are you worried about? Rudolph will just take his cheque book to Bloem and buy a few Freestaters. Problem solved!

    Or he can phone CJ Van Der Linde on 083 264 5954.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.09 11:13:23 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 3) : dude, did you seriously just post CJ van der Linde’s actual phone number? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.09 11:33:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Rob , why do i get the feeling you tried it.

    Look if you ask real nice we can lend you Brok Harris.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.09 11:40:21 by PJLD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    *whispering* I think Loosehead is CJ in disguise… :wink:

    We’re not going to buy you CJ!!! :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.09 11:42:10 by blackshark Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 5) : I actually did consider it for a moment!

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.09 12:13:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, do the Sharks management know about all these injuries to their players?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.09 12:30:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) :
    :lol:

    Looks like most of the guys are coming back from injury…but we should be okay…

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2009/02/02/plumtree-looking-for-momentum/

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.09 12:33:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • Can you Tjorkies say 5th place.

    No props…just like the Stormers

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.09 12:41:36 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 10) :
    Levelling the playing fields!!
    Its Plumtree pulling a Rassie on Rassie – make as if you have a 3rd choice front row and then push the opposition off their own ball at their first scrum.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.09 12:47:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :
    Our 3rd choice front row would push the Stormers off their own ball anyway… :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.02.09 12:52:49 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : Phone me. I am cheap and desparate to get out of the crap weather.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.02.09 12:53:38 by Loosehead Reply

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  • Jeez a front row of our grannies could frog march the Stormers 80 metres if they wanted to.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.02.09 12:54:08 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 13) : Perhaps you should’ve taken the Bok contract…just to show us you’re serious… :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.02.09 13:05:12 by blackshark Reply

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  • Yoh!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.02.09 13:18:44 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 16) : watte?

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.02.09 14:27:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :
    He’s shocked by the high level of windgatness… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.02.09 14:36:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • rob i thought you batted in mclovin’s team. :mrgreen: i don’t care how fit a player is. i ain’t no chick. they can be really ugly, but if they play well i’ll support them. ice finds stephen sykes quite fit. vanessa, found deon quite fit. i’ve heard some chicks say frans is fit. oh and charlie thinks adi is fit. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.09 20:17:30 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 19) : tosser :-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.09 20:26:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : damn right. but i ain’t looking at no rugby pics. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.09 20:37:17 by try time Reply

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  • oh justrugby looks quite good. good luck with it.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.09 20:38:30 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 22) : thanks :-) we’ll see how it pans out

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.09 20:56:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 19) :

    Wes still finds Eddie Andrews extremely fit… :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.02.09 07:24:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 24) :

    Even Wes has slowly come around to realising that he had it wrong :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.02.09 07:27:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.02.09 07:50:11 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • Andrew Symonds’ international playing future is in serious doubt after Cricket Australia’s directors ruled he should be stood down from a second consecutive overseas tour. Symonds will not be considered for Australia’s three-Test contest in South Africa when the selectors convene on Wednesday.

    Symonds will instead undergo further psychological counselling and represent Queensland in a last-ditch attempt to convince both the selectors and the Cricket Australia board that he remains a viable Test player. He was ruled out of Australia’s tour of India last year after Cricket Australia board members upheld the recommendation of the team’s leadership group following the allrounder’s ill-advised fishing excursion in Darwin.

    This time, the board concurred with the sentiments of the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, who advised that the 33-year-old not be considered for South Africa after his outburst towards Brendon McCullum during a radio interview.

    The future now appears bleak for Symonds, who will be ineligible for Australian selection until the end of the Sheffield Shield season, at which time Cricket Australia will announce its 25-man contract list. Symonds will have missed eight of Australia’s last 12 Tests by then – seven on behavioural grounds – and will turn 34 before the Ashes. With Shane Watson, Ashley Noffke and Andrew McDonald all expected to be available for the series in England, Symonds faces an uphill battle to again be considered Australia’s pre-eminent allrounder.

    The decision to stand Symonds down from the tour of South Africa is intriguing on several levels. Ricky Ponting’s strong endorsement for Symonds’ inclusion in the touring party has been all but ignored, which some will interpret as an erosion of the captain’s power base. And Cricket Australia will no doubt be bracing for criticism over their handling of the tempestuous Symonds. Many observers felt he was recalled to the Australian squad too soon after the Darwin controversy.

    Symonds seldom appeared comfortable in his four matches in Australia this summer. He averaged 23.85 in Tests against New Zealand and South Africa, and was withdrawn from the match in Sydney to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. On his first-class return for Queensland he managed 5 and 3 against Western Australia.

    Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.02.09 07:50:46 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 27) :

    Shame and he seems like such a likeable chap. He had so much potential ahead of him on this tour. he could have broken at least two taxi doors while over there.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.02.09 07:54:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 27) :
    He may be a drunk, but he is still better than the current lot.

    Let dronkie play!

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.02.09 07:56:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    oh my word…

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