Despite and incredibly slim likelihood of the appeal succeeding, Beeld reckons the Sharks have indeed applied to SANZAR for permission to play Frans Steyn in the knock-out rounds, should they progress that far.
The ruling body’s 2012 stipulation is that a player must have been registered and contracted by the beginning of April in order to qualify for the knock-out rounds and with Steyn’s contract only starting at the beginning of this month, he’s clearly a little late to meet that criterion.
Injuries to Marius Joubert and Paul Jordaan, though, have prompted the Sharks to apply for special dispensation on the grounds of a midfield injury crisis – somewhat cheeky, one would think, but if you don’t ask you don’t ever know. With fit midfield options in Meyer Bosman, Tim Whitehead, JP Pietersen and even Pat Lambie in the squad, not to mention youngsters like Wandi Mjekevu, Heimar Williams and Piet Lindeque all also under contract and available, you’d think that the Sharks are batting on a sticky wicket.
We’re expecting the request to be dismissed out of hand, but would, of course, be thrilled of SANZAR decide otherwise.
For the Sharks, though, it’s more important to put all their efforts into beating the Cheetahs on Saturday, rather than worrying about what may or may not happen a week later.Tweet