Sharks winger JP Pietersen hurt his knee against the Blues on Saturday and is in doubt for the upcoming game against the Bulls, if not the remainder of the Super 14 season.
Pietersen, who has been in frankly awful form this season, will need further tests and scans today to determine the extent of the injury and the prognosis for recovery, but coach John Plumtree seems to be expecting the worst; that is, making do without the World Cup hero for at least the next three games.
The silver lining here is that Pietersen’s replacement, young Lwazi Mvovo, grabbed his chance with both hands when he came on against the Blues and quickly proved to be one of the Sharks’ most dangerous attacking backs on the day (not that that’s saying too much!)
Here at Sharksworld, we have been clamouring for Mvovo to be given more opportunities ever since his superb cover tackle on Brian O’Dirscoll in the Sharks’ game against the British Lions last year and although one would never wish injury on anyone, this may be just what we need to get more young talent into the Sharks backline. Let’s not forget that it was an injury to Odwa Ndungane that opened the door for Pat Lambie five weeks ago…
We’ll update you further as more details emerge regarding the severity of Pietersen’s injury.Tweet