The Sharks’ preparations for their Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls in Durban was disrupted by the soccer match between Kaizer Chiefs and Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Not only were the Sharks not able to train in their home ground, the disciplinary hearing of the flyhalf, Guy Cronjé, was also postponed to Wednesday, writes Christo Buchner for Sport24.co.za.
The stadium was closed most of Tuesday for preparations for the soccer match and those involved in Cronjé’s hearing couldn’t get into venue.
The 19-year-old flyhalf will therefore only appear before Decker Govender on Wednesday afternoon for his dangerous spear tackle on Boland lock Frikkie Spies.
The Sharks were forced to practice at a nearby high school on Tuesday. “It disrupted us, but that is how it goes in modern sport,” said Grant Bashford, the Sharks’ assistant coach.
It will be a blow to the Sharks if Cronjé is suspended. It will leave the Currie Cup champions with a flyhalf crisis on the eve of the battle with their arch-rivals, the Blue Bulls.
Argentine Juan Martin Hernandez will only arrive in Durban on Friday and therefore will not be considered for the Bulls match.
He was supposed to have arrived in South Africa at the start of the Currie Cup season two weeks ago, but the red tape around getting his work permit cost the Sharks the services of their most expensive “purchase” in the past few years.
Brian van Zyl, the executive head of Natal rugby said on Tuesday there was still “paperwork to be finalised”.
Bashford said fingers will be crossed that Cronjé will be found not guilty and be able to play against the Bulls. If not, Monty Dumond is considered the favourite to wear the No 10 jersey.
This uncertainty so close to the match against the Bulls, is the last thing that the Durban side need now.Tweet