A report on a popular website seems to suggest that Sharks flyhalf Steve Meyer will require surgery to repair the knee ligament injury he sustained against the Cheetahs this weekend.
While I would take this news as far from confirmed, since the journalist involved (Christo Buchner) has got things horribly wrong in the past, the general outlook for Meyer probably isn’t great and even if he isn’t out for the entire season, I guess it’s quite unlikely he’ll play again in the near future. We’ll try to get hold of the player ourselves to confirm this story and let you know the outcome.
While I feel the term “crisis” tends to be thrown around far too easily every time there’s an injury or two in the Sharks camp, you really do have to feel for John Plumtree and his staff, who simply can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to finding a regular flyhalf. Ruan Pienaar, of course, has also been ruled out of any further involvement with the Sharks due to a shoulder injury that will take around 6 weeks to heal; he’ll have joined Ulster in Ireland long before the rehabilitation is complete.
As we reported yesterday, all the signs seem to point to Pat Lambie having greatness thrust upon him, as he looks set to be named at pivot against the Lions. An extended period of unavailability for Meyer will mean that Lambie will no doubt become the incumbent flyhalf, leaving a hole at inside centre that somebody will need to step up and fill. A huge amount, of course, will rest on how well Lambie performs on Saturday against another highly-rated 19-year-old, the Lions’ Elton Jantjes.
With Meyer gone, though, the Sharks are once again left scratching their heads when it comes to experienced flyhalf cover in the squad. Hopes will be high that Andre Pretorius will recover sufficiently to play some sort of role, since Monty Dumond’s form against the lowly Pumas raised cause for concern. The talented under 21 duo of Willie du Plessis and Guy Cronje must also surely come into the reckoning.Tweet