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Beast blow for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2015 at 10:24
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As the dust settles on a disappointing opening weekend for the Sharks, there is one bit of news that’s truly awful – Beast Mtawarira suffered a calf muscle tear against the Cheetahs on Saturday and is now facing an undetermined, but likely extended, period on the sidelines.

Director of Rugby Gary Gold has revealed that the decision to keep Bismarck du Plessis out of action last week was a precautionary one, given the length of the season and the risk in him aggravating a minor shoulder tear. The call was only made on Saturday morning, with Gold’s reasoning being to rather lose his captain for one week now, than for six or more later on.

Du Plessis is thus expected to feature against the Lions, which is good news for a Sharks front row that will now need to make do without fellow Bok Mtawarira for a good few weeks. Dale Chadwick, who impressed with his work rate against the Cheetahs, will now come in and will have plenty of work to do to help turn around a less than convincing Sharks scrum display.

Thomas du Toit, who has not been in action yet this year and is understood to have some fitness concerns himself, may well come into the reckoning this week, while it’s also possible that Matt Stevens could be asked to deputise at loosehead, with Lourens Adriaanse coming in as backup for Jannie du Plessis.



37 Comments

  • Chadwick’s work rate was excellent – scrumming not so much.

    Stevens’ name on the teamsheet makes me VERY nervous.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.15 10:27:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Drake?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.15 10:27:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : eh?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.15 10:28:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    In die Taal…

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.15 10:31:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Matt Stevens. I was excited at his experience initially, but if I look at the talent we’ve lost – his name and his performances just make me a little furious. An out of shape unfit and technically inferior prop has replaced Danie Mienie. Julian Redlinghuys and Wiehan Herbst. Lourens Adriaanse has been nothing short of shocking, a big blow to lose Beast, I have faith in Chadwick and the Tank, but Tighthead just makes me angry.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.15 10:31:53 by Richard Reply

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  • Rest up and get well soon big guy! It’s good to hear that Bismarck is being managed sanely for a change.

    @Richard (Comment 5) : Matt Stevens really impressed in the first couple of Currie Cup games he featured in last year and then just seemed to fizzle out. What happened to the guy?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.15 10:39:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 5) : he really does look unfit

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.15 10:42:03 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : ah yes. Well played

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.15 10:43:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : Currie Cup is nothing to write home about, Rookies tore him apart in the matches that matter and he is not at international level anymore. He is out of shape and offers nothing. Look at the physical condition of Vincent Koch, look at Stevens. Disgusting. There is a reason he last played for England an age ago. He is quite simply a liability.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.15 10:44:12 by Richard Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : The guy is old and came home to ease into retirement with a couple of 15 min appearances every second week,never in his wildest dreams did he think he would ever have to start and end a full game.
    Hell Os du Randt looks in better condition

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.02.15 10:46:38 by The hound Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : his diet must be awesome. You cannot be fit if you have so much excess fat – and expect to be a serious rugby player. Look at Jannie and Beast, Tank and Chadwick, look at Vincent Koch – lean, strong, fit. It’s disrespectful to hard working professionals to have a sloth in your ranks. He doesn’t deserve The Sharks jersey, he didn’t earn it, and doesn’t deserve it. Krosis.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.02.15 10:47:39 by Richard Reply

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  • Sorry I’m ranting. I’m a 30 something and spend 5 days a week in gym – all I do is sit behind a desk with a laptop, a fit body, a fit mind. I don’t see fitness there, and it shows. I’m in ire when I see Stevens roll his lard into the scrum.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.15 10:50:32 by Richard Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 11) : don’t attack the player he was deemed good enough by coaches and management. he doesn’t pick himself after all. but it is sad to see our juniors doing so well elsewhere, i am worried about kyle cooper and his throwing he just doesn’t take his chances when he is handed them.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.02.15 10:52:03 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 11) :
    Krosis?

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.02.15 10:53:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : I am attacking the player, because even though the coaches selected him, he is responsible for his performance. If I’m employed to do the job and perpetually stuff up, is that the employers fault? Nope. But if I’m perpetually allowed to stuff up. Then that is the employers fault. Action is required. He must go on a diet or he must be fired from his contract.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.02.15 10:54:48 by Richard Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : The only thing that takes up more time than rugby in my life… Skyrim. Krosis – it’s their equivalent of sorrow, anger etc – I.e: Fuck!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.02.15 10:56:07 by Richard Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 15) : but he has been allowed to constantly stuff up so it is not his fault. he maybe doing his best and giving 100% it just so happens the opposition has been better than him

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.02.15 10:59:43 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 17) : then long live Matt Stevens. He has no place at the Sharks, if that’s his very best then he can play club Rugby. Disappointed, that’s an under statement.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.02.15 11:01:10 by Richard Reply

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  • @Richard (Comment 18) : You’re getting a little personal. We’re all disappointed, but no need to play the man. Step back and reevaluate, please.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.02.15 11:14:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bummer.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.02.15 11:16:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : fair play Rob. Apologies. Reading through that again, it’s not criticism, it’s trolling. Disappointed yes, hateful troll, no. Matt Stevens, you’re a great bloke, pull your socks up mate. Rob feel free to delete those comments.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.02.15 11:17:02 by Richard Reply

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  • Beeeeeaaaaasssst! I was kind of vocal :oops: against Botha being signed, more so than Stevens. I will admit I was wrong. Botha has been awesome and Stevens…well, not so much. :sad: Every time he gets penalized he pulls his jersey over his belly and gives the ref this look: “What did I do?”

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.02.15 11:22:31 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • On another note I never saw Brad on the field on Saturday,Gold seemed to be doing all the pre match talking,can any one shed any light on that

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.02.15 11:29:17 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : Gold is the head coach?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.02.15 11:43:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 21) : we all get a little worked up mate. We’re passionate.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.02.15 11:44:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : passion trumps reason and my left brain gives way to brain farts, thanks for pulling me back mate.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.02.15 11:46:48 by Richard Reply

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  • Gutted for Beast,hopefully he could be ready to play sooner than expected!I am not too worried about this game,when the Sharks loose we all want to pull our hair out(including me) and over analise every little detail of what went wrong,but when the Saders loose,its always “the always start out slowly and build up to the knockouts,never peaking too soon”…if this what happened,I’m very glad we lost,i’d rather loose now than 2 weeks before the knockouts needing a win for a home semi(last year ring a bell?)
    So guys looked a bit rusty..they can only improve from here,Stevens came in straight after the English season,so was match fit,gradually running out of steam last year,now he will be working his way back up there? On another note,I cant remember a time when he looked any other way?Nobody questioned Matt Dunnings fitness while a Wallaby?

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.02.15 11:47:29 by BarendL Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) @Richard (Comment 26) : Not joking here. Working one’s way through the 5 stages of grief in what amounts to less than 7 days can get a little ‘bumpy’. Always good to take a step back every now and then and reevalute how emotionally involved one should get in each Sharks’ game. On a related note, spare a thought for our fellow Bulls’ fans here behind the ‘boerewors gordyn’ who are suffering even worse than we are. They take a Stormers loss at home really hard and they don’t even have a losing bonus point to show for it this time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.02.15 11:53:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 26) : we’re all here to look after each other.

    You would do the same for me.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.02.15 12:22:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • ay my bru beast ne man jinne. Losing a game is erg but losing a very valuable springbok player is just the bloody pits ay. On a lighter note, loved RIchards ranting lol, Why did you stop the guy lmao. @vanmartin (Comment 28) : You reckon we should start a grieve councelling class here on sharksworld? I have to admit, Eskom saved me a bit on Saturday, when they hit me with loadshedding, my depression was mounting to the point of bursting and then Eskom decided that enough is enough boet, no more rugby for you.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.02.15 12:47:57 by Stiko85 Reply

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  • Eish this is a massive loss,no not now,cause without 1 to 3 bar the Tank the back up are not up to SR standard,either to fat,to lazy or to slow

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.02.15 12:52:19 by benji Reply
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  • Big loss – we need Thomas back asap eish..

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.02.15 14:12:25 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : He looks seriously FAT and unfit…

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.02.15 20:10:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 13) : Cooper’s lineout throwing has been a concern for a while now.,the rest of his game is good…

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.02.15 20:13:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Stiko85 (Comment 30) : I turned to RSG…and ended up having to shout at the radio!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.02.15 20:18:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Most parts of our game are nothing to worry about. I do worry about our handling under pressure…and about our scrum…so this injury is just really bad, sad, worrying news. Time to step up in the scrums Dale and Matt…

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.02.15 20:21:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : Except for his kicking… ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.02.15 14:08:24 by Ben Reply
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