The Sharks may have paid a dear price for their impressive 35-14 win over the Brumbies at the weekend, which saw them storm to the top of the Super 14 standings – with Springbok wing JP Pietersen carrying a calf injury.
Pietersen damaged his calf in the bonus-point victory over the Brumbies and is a doubtful starter for the Sharks’ Week Eight encounter with the ever-improving Hurricanes in Durban this coming Saturday.
Sharks coach John Plumtree told Jan De Koning of Rugby365.com that the medical staff will monitor Pietersen this week and he remains “hopeful” that the Bok flyer will recover in time for the encounter with the Hurricanes.
Should Pietersen be ruled out, he will join a Sharks casualty list that also include fellow World Cup winner Ruan Pienaar, burly flank Jean Deysel and lock Alistair Hargreaves.
Pienaar, who injured his knee in the Week Five loss to the Reds, will hopefully return to action in Week 12 – when the Sharks come off their bye to play the Highlanders.
Deysel, who damaged knee ligaments in the opening match of their Australasian tour against the Chiefs in Week Three, is another couple of weeks away from a return.
Hargreaves, who suffered an ankle injury in Week Four against the Blues, is out for the season.
Despite the latest injury setback, Plumtree was a very happy man, following his team’s win at the weekend.
“In the collision area we were very aggressive, very accurate,” he said about the five-tries-to-two win over the Brumbies.
“We slowed their possession down very well with our tackle technique and we attacked the ball hard. We created a couple of opportunities from turnovers that we scored from.
“We also held onto the ball a bit longer, taking it through 12/13 phases and built some real pressure – which was really pleasing to see.”Tweet