Sharks tighthead Wiehahn Herbst suffered a season-ending injury against Western Province on Saturday.
The young prop dislocated his right ankle, as well as fracturing his fibula. He will need to undergo an operation to repair the damage and will be out of the game for at least four months. It’s a cruel blow to a player who was just starting to make his mark on the senior stage.
Herbst will be back in time for next year’s Super 14 and should push hard for a position in the Sharks squad.
The injury leave John Plumtree with a bit of a headache, as he’ll have to persevere with Pat Cilliers at tighthead for the next two games until his Bok contingent of Jannie du Plessis and John Smit returns. Cilliers has looked far from comfortable in the number 3 shirt this season and one wouldn’t blame Plumtree if he rather opted to throw another rookie, like promising Under 21 prop Julian Redelinghuys, into the deep end against Boland.Tweet