News from the Sharks camp this morning, courtesy of the Sharksrugby website, is that both Bismarck du Plessis and Marcell Coetzee are under an injury cloud ahead of Saturday’s crunch match against the Chiefs.
Bok hooker du Plessis, who flew home from tour a week early, hasn’t trained yet this week and is unlikely to do so until Thursday, as a result of thigh and neck complications. This state of affairs must surely rule him out of a starting role against the Chiefs, with Craig Burden set to benefit from an extended run in the number 2 jersey after a pair of great performances in New Zealand. It remains to be seen whether du Plessis is risked off the bench, or whether Kyle Cooper will be given another few minutes to show what he can do at this level.
Coetzee is suffering from an AC joint tear; the shoulder was apparently injured against the Hurricanes and flared up against the Blues as well, leading to his substitution early in the second half. A call will be made on his availability later in the week, but the smart money would be on Coetzee sitting this one out and Keegan Daniel reverting to open side, where he can play in a loose trio containing Jean Deysel at blind side and Willem Alberts at the back of the scrum.
After the Chiefs game, the Sharks have a bye week coming up and will hope to have a good opportunity to get the squad fit and ready for the Highlanders’ visit to Kings Park in early May.Tweet