Heartbreak (and hand break) for Franna

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Sep 2014 at 16:07
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The Sharks medical team has confirmed the worst, with flank Francois Kleinhans unlikely to play any further rugby this season.

Kleinhans had the number 7 on his back against the Pumas on Friday night, but didn’t even last quite that long in minutes, coming off six minutes into the game with what has now been confirmed as a hand fracture. The unlucky youngster, enjoying his first Currie Cup start after three frustrating seasons on the fringes, has been ruled out for 8 weeks.

Another new man, JC Astle, will sit out for the next 3 weeks, as a result of a hamstring strain. Astle has looked an encouraging player, but is now already into his second injury lay-off scarcely a month into his Sharks contract.

Etienne Oosthuizen has an ankle strain, which may improve enough during the week to allow him to face Griquas this weekend.


  • Just great! The two positions we are struggling with the most are the ones where the injuries hit!! From another perspective though:
    - Kleinhans wasn’t the answer at 7…not a good balance in our loose trio! We need to look at another option there anyway. Can Meyer step up?
    - At least Oosthuizen isn’t out totally…maybe miss this week and then be back…

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.09.14 16:19:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Really not a good time for Francois to injure his klein hands.
    (Cue hysterical laughter)

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.09.14 18:44:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Sorry to hear! Good luck and hope you get well soon!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.14 18:54:20 by JD Reply
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  • Goodluck,Franna.

    Think it’s time to blood the 2 Du Preez brothers off the bench…..

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.14 20:01:35 by Lieplapper Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : Trevor Noah beware! :D

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.14 21:21:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 1) :Having known the lad for the best part of the last decade, I can tell you for sure that Johan Meyer will step up. His determination and drive will get him there. He’s always been a freakish athlete for a man of his size, showing agility, skill and pace that belies his size. His biggest step up will be in terms of mentality. Physically he’ll be good to go I assure you. I know him very well and I can tell you this, he’s very determined and if he makes the step successfully, sorry let me rephrase that, WHEN he makes the step up successfully, you’ve got a talent and a half in Plank.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.14 23:01:58 by Ludz Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) :
    I’ll be here all week. :wink:

    Hey,why are you all leaving?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.14 23:08:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 6) : Where’s Allan Dell now?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.14 23:09:58 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 8) : With Edinburgh in the Pro12 now. Quite a South African contingent there.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.09.14 23:29:33 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 8) : @Here be dragons (Comment 9) : Yeah got quite a few South Africans up there. I was speaking to Allan a few minutes ago. He’s feeling pretty positive, almost fully recovered from the pectoral muscle operation he had in April. He should be on the field in a few weeks time

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.09.14 23:46:54 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 10) : good luck to the guy! Heard good things coming from Ulster about our Louis as well. Quite a few South Africans lurking around the Pro12; four second rows in Wales (can’t help it, you guys are taller!).

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.14 03:15:32 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 9) : Yeh thats for sure…are any Scotsman actually in that side?

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.14 08:03:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 11) : Reynier Bernardo, hope the lad is going well out there. We miss him at the EP Kings

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.09.14 08:55:08 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 11) : four? Only one I can put a name to at the moment is Joe Snyman….

    where in Wales are you?

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.09.14 09:36:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Rob there are actually 6 SA locks in this league. Ligtoring Landman, Rynier Bernardo, George Earle, Franco vd Merwe, Anton Bresler and Johan Snyman

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.09.14 09:55:56 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) : where are Landman and Earle playing?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.09.14 10:13:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 6) : I look forward to that!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.09.14 10:17:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) : Reading Earle made me think of Earl Rose, that Tiger Woods of rugby…that, at least, brought a smile to my face… :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.09.14 10:20:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Very unfortunate for Francois and the team.

    But once again an opportunity for another youngster and talent to take the gap and show what he has got.

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.14 10:30:21 by stevovo Reply
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  • What replacement youngsters? I think we don’t have anyone ready at the moment. Coaching staff may want to consider a couple of mercenaries? Yes its not not great for the youngsters in that position but the for the team as a whole it won’t be good to not find form at all and keep losing or struggling this way. You can only have so many inexperienced youngsters you must offset them with experienced guys otherwise learning becomes twice as hard and maybe even disheartening.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.09.14 10:54:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • So much sharks talent gone. Ludick, Kockott, Hargreaves, Sykes, Riaan Viljoen …. boy we could have used you guys right now. Can’t get excited for this years CC at all.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.09.14 11:11:16 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 20) : Well, I think in the case of the subject matter of this article (positions 4 and 7), Johan Meyer is one replacement youngster who should be given a chance. It’s not as if we can say that the rest of our loose trio (Tera and Botes) don’t offer a balance of experience from which Meyer can learn.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.09.14 11:31:04 by pastorshark Reply
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