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Mortlock’s leg cleared to enter the Shark Tank


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 23 Mar 2009 at 06:44
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Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock has been cleared of a serious leg injury after a sickening collision during the Brumbies’ 25-17 Super 14 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Foxsport reports that Mortlock hobbled off Ellis Park in the second half after his leg was bent back awkwardly, but early indications are he suffered only a cork and could be available for the clash with the Sharks on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

“At this stage it appears that Stirling has suffered a corked thigh in both legs,” Brumbies doctor Warren McDonald said.

“We will monitor him over the next 48 hours and see how he pulls up.”

Mortlock walked freely on Sunday and will not require scans, a Brumbies spokesman said.

Coach Andy Friend lamented his side’s inability to finish off the South African strugglers, who rebounded from a racism row to post their first victory over the Brumbies since 2003.

“We just didn’t finish them off. We had plenty of opportunities, our execution was poor and we didn’t capitalise on our opportunities,” Friend said.

“We didn’t put them under enough pressure.”

Asked if there was any reason for that, Friend replied: “No, sometimes you have off nights.”

But Friend was satisfied with his side’s set-piece work and praised Mark Gerrard’s kicking game as the former Test winger continued a strong season in the No.15 jersey.

The Brumbies head to the Indian Ocean city of Durban on Sunday to prepare for the crucial clash with the second-placed Sharks, who will return home with a 3-1 haul from their Australasian tour.

Friend said he didn’t expect the travel home to affect the Sharks, just as he wasn’t using the 14-hour flight as an excuse for the Brumbies’ first-up loss in their three-game trip to the Republic.

“If you let travel be an issue, it becomes an issue,” he said.

“You jump on a plane and get home and sleep well and recover from it for a couple of days, you’re fine.

“That’s not the reason why we didn’t win.”



24 Comments

  • When I saw the injury happen I thought it’s all over for Mortlock. Looked horrific. But like one of the commentators said, he must be made of rubber.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.09 10:36:51 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    YIP it looked horrible.

    Pity that it is declared okay this week only to be bitten off as he put’s it in the tank on Saturday. :razz:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.09 11:43:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • that Morty is tough as a pair of old boots. Has an uncanny ability to score tries as well…

    One to keep a close eye one.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.09 11:51:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I have huge respect for Mortlock…always a danger.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.09 11:54:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Always amazes me that he doesn’t hold most scoring and/or appearance records for Super Rugby. He has been around like FOREVER.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.09 12:02:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : me too .
    and his look itself scares people :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.09 12:10:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : it’s because of gregan – methinks

    and have u noticed that he ws not first choice kicker on sat

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.09 12:11:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • Records as at 16 march 2009

    Most matches played

    136 George Gregan – Brumbies (96-07)
    135 Caleb Ralph – Crusaders (99-08: 126); Blues (98: 6); Chiefs (97: 3)
    129 Reuben Thorne – Crusaders (97-08)
    127 Anton Oliver – Highlanders (96-07)
    122 Tana Umaga – Hurricanes (96-07)
    118 Leon MacDonald – Crusaders (97; 99-03; 05-’09: 113); Chiefs (98: 5)
    117 AJ Venter – Stormers (09: 2); Sharks (00-08: 96); Cats (98-99: 19)
    116 Stephen Larkham – Brumbies (96-07)
    116 Greg Somerville – Crusaders (99-08)
    112 Jeremy Paul – Brumbies (98-07)
    111 Nathan Sharpe – Western Force (06-09: 41); Reds (98-05: 70)
    111 George Smith – Brumbies (00-09)
    109 Chris Latham – Reds (98-06; 08: 99); Waratahs (97: 10)
    109 Stirling Mortlock – Brumbies (98-09)

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.09 12:11:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • He doesn’t feture on the list of most consecutive games at all. Injury prone?

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    Most Matches as captain

    67 Taine Randell – Highlanders (total games: 77)
    62 Todd Blackadder – Crusaders (total games: 71)
    52 Corné Krige – Western Province & Stormers (total games: 62)
    49 George Gregan – Brumbies (total games: 136)
    47 Jono Gibbes – Chiefs (total games: 67)
    47 Reuben Thorne – Crusaders (total games: 129)
    45 John Smit – Sharks (total games: 89)
    44 Stirling Mortlock – Brumbies (total games: 108)
    43 Victor Matfield – Bulls (total Bulls games: 79)
    43 Richie McCaw – Crusaders (total games: 86)
    43 Anton Oliver – Highlanders (total games: 127)
    43 Brett Robinson – Brumbies
    42 Gary Teichmann – Sharks (total games: 42)
    40 Chris Whitaker – Waratahs (total games: 107)

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.09 12:14:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Longest S12/14 career including 2009 (span) Players in bold have been playing consecutive seasons and have not missed any.

    14seasons Percy Montgomery
    13seasons Johan Ackermann
    13seasons Tony Brown
    12seasons Brendan Cannon
    12seasons George Gregan
    12seasons Stephen Larkham

    12seasons Chris Latham
    12seasons Ollie le Roux
    12seasons Leon MacDonald
    12seasons Stirling Mortlock
    12seasons Anton Oliver
    12seasons Caleb Ralph
    12seasons Bobby Skinstad
    12seasons Stefan Terblanche
    12seasons Reuben Thorne
    12seasons Ben Tune
    12seasons Tana Umaga
    12seasons AJ Venter

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.09 12:17:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Most conversions in a career.

    160 Matthew Burke – New South Wales Waratahs
    157 Daniel Carter – Canterbury Crusaders
    143 Tony Brown – Stormers (0); Sharks (11); Highlanders (132)
    138 Stirling Mortlock – ACT Brumbies
    134 Andrew Mehrtens – Canterbury Crusaders
    123 David Holwell – Blues (5); Hurricanes (118)
    120 Carlos Spencer – Auckland Blues

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    Most penalties in a career

    202 Andrew Mehrtens – Canterbury Crusaders
    186 Tony Brown – Stormers (0); Sharks (15); Highlanders (171)
    173 Matthew Burke – New South Wales Waratahs
    157 Daniel Carter – Canterbury Crusaders
    138 David Holwell – Blues (3); Hurricanes (135)
    133 Stirling Mortlock – ACT Brumbies
    126 Elton Flatley – Queensland Reds
    113 Adrian Cashmore – Auckland Blues
    113 Louis Koen – Bulls/Cats/Stormers
    110 Peter Hewat – Waratahs
    108 Braam van Straaten – Bulls/Stormers
    106 André Pretorius – Lions/Cats
    97 Derick Hougaard – Bulls

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.09 12:22:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go Brumbies!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.09 12:25:40 by wpw Reply
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  • so he is there abouts. and considering that he is still playing well – he should crack one or two of these records.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.09 12:27:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : and he doesn’t do all that much kicking anymore :shock:

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.09 12:28:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Most tries in a career

    59 Doug Howlett
    58 Caleb Ralph
    57 Joe Roff
    56 Christian Cullen
    51 Stirling Mortlock
    47 Tana Umaga
    43 Joeli Vidiri
    41 Chris Latham
    41 Leon MacDonald

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    Most Points in a season

    221 Daniel Carter – Crusaders 2006 – 15 matches
    206 Andrew Mehrtens – Canterbury Crusaders 1998 – 13 matches
    201 Daniel Carter – Canterbury Crusaders 2004 – 13 matches
    194 Stirling Mortlock – ACT Brumbies 2000 – 13 matches
    192 Andrew Mehrtens – Canterbury Crusaders 1999 – 13 matches
    191 Peter Hewat – Waratahs 2006 – 14 matches

    **Enough Crusaders in there**

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    Most points in a career

    990 Andrew Mehrtens
    959 Matthew Burke
    930 Stirling Mortlock
    925 Daniel Carter
    902 Tony Brown
    700 David Holwell

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.03.09 12:28:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    He has a DAMN good chance of going at least second on the all time scoring list.

    And a very reasonable chance to move up the all time tries list, only 8 between him and top spot

    So in short he DOES have a good chance of holding two of the most importnat records by the time his career is over.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.03.09 12:32:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : let’s just hope he does not get any closer this saturday.
    brumbies won 2 years ago against us – and aus also won in Durbs in last year 3N – they may getting found of the weather :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.03.09 12:37:27 by rekinek Reply
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  • no saffers anywhere in those standings… why is that?

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.03.09 12:38:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 17) :

    Gonna be difficult for him to score any tries with his leg bitten off. :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.03.09 12:49:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Cos we useless??? :???:

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.03.09 12:51:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : you mean points/ tries :wink:
    Percy is leading the longevity stat and he ain’t finished yet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.03.09 12:56:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : forgotten to ask which shark will do the bitting :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.03.09 12:57:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : no – I know why. Will write an article later

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.03.09 13:23:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Every one of the SA players mentioned has a Sharks connection.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.03.09 15:49:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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