The good news for Sharks fans is that Juan Martin Hernandez is en route to Durban from Argentina via Paris, where he will stop in to tie up his affairs at his now former club Stade Francais writes Mike Greenaway for The Mercury on 21 July 2009. The bad news, in the short term, is that he will arrive here too late in the week for consideration for the Sharks’ home Absa Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls on Friday night (6pm kick-off).
Hernandez was held up by work permit bureaucracy, but that has now been solved and the 28-year-old Pumas flyhalf-centre will make his debut for the Sharks against the Cheetahs next week.
Interestingly, the Sharks current flyhalf, the talented Guy Cronje, is in doubt for the match on two separate counts.
Firstly, he has been cited for a spear tackle on a Boland player, for which he was sinbinned during the match, and, second, he faces a concussion test later in the week.
Cronje’s judicial hearing will be held today. ‘We are hoping there will be leniency,’ coach John Plumtree said.
‘It (the tackle) is not a bad one, Guy is not big enough to do too much damage! He certainly did not drill the guy into the ground.
‘Also, just prior to that tackle, he had taken a heavy knock to the head and was dazed (which might have affected his judgement). Hopefully he will pass the concussion test.
‘It would be good for him to have another game this week, because he is improving all the time. He is a real attacking threat.’
If Cronje cannot play, Monty Dumond will play flyhalf.Tweet