Further second row blow for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Sep 2014 at 14:34
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The bad news just keeps coming for the Sharks, with new lock Wiehan Hay’s Currie Cup debut against Griquas lasting just 35 minutes before the big man picked up a shoulder injury and had to be replaced.

The Sharks have now confirmed that Hay picked up an AC joint injury and will be sidelined for 3 weeks. Alongside Pieter-Steph du Toit, who is a season-long casualty, the Sharks are without new second-row recruit JC Astle, who has a fortnight left on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring.

Marco Wentzel is expected to partner Stephan Lewies against Free State this weekend; the sixth lock pairing in as many games. Etienne Oosthuizen, the only other recognized lock in the squad, is being used at flank, with only Johan Meyer now left as utility cover for the second row.


  • I would start Lewies and Oosthuyzen, and play Meyer at 7. I don’t know if it was my imagination, but the scrum looked a lot less solid once Hay went off.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.14 15:28:24 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Hay is a big strong no.4 and a former prop so his scrumming would be better than others. If absolutely necessary id play Oosthuizen at lock but im been impressed with him at 7 to be honest. He gets through a lot of work.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.14 15:34:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : I think you are right. But to be honest I dont think our scrumming has let us down yet in the CC, and that, to me , is a big plus point considering who is not available at the moment.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.14 15:42:20 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : The Tank and Adriaanse…should get a Bok call-up for eoyt and have all their scrumming abilities coached out of them. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.14 16:40:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 3) : ja even though they were penalised heavily on Saturday the scrums is one of the only shining light of the season.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.14 17:54:41 by JD Reply
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  • Lock is a huge problem fo the Sharks and I must blame the powers that be for letting all the promising locks leave, now they must struggle to find locks to finish the season!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.14 17:57:14 by JD Reply
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  • Wentzel and Lewies, with Oosthuizen at flank is not a bad combo for Sat. But I agree with JD that we should of made more of an effort to hang on to the lock potentials that we did have in the system, so that we would not be in this predicament.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.09.14 09:53:57 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 7) : ja worst is that if some people had their way Wentzel would hve been gone as well!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.09.14 17:42:28 by JD Reply
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  • Ag no man…I got quite excited about Hay…looked pretty good!

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.09.14 22:28:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • At least we have two options to fill the gap. I would love to see Meyer get a start and see what he can do…

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.09.14 22:31:58 by pastorshark Reply
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