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Claassens, Ndungane not on long-term injured list


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 4 Sep 2015 at 10:25
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Sharks coach Gary Gold confirmed at a press conference yesterday that both scrumhalf Michael Claassens and winger Odwa Ndungane would have been available to play this week if needed, but have been stood down as a precautionary measure.

Claasens suffered a lower back contusion, while Ndungane picked up a similar injury to his rib. According to Gold, both could have played if it had been a crunch game, but given that he feels he has adequate cover in both positions, the wisest course of action is to give them a week off to allow the bruises to heal.

He also revealed that his philosophy is that returning Boks should consider themselves automatic first-choice players, hence Cobus Reinach’s immediate elevation to the starting lineup ahead of Stefan Ungerer, who remains on the bench. Gold and the other coaches are hoping for an 80-minute performance this week, something that has eluded the team thus far in the 2015 Currie Cup.

Khaya Majola (knee), SP Marais (knee/ankle), Wiehan Hay (groin), Jean Deysel (tricep) and Lourens Adriaanse (shoulder) all remain on the injured list.



44 Comments

  • “He also revealed that his philosophy is that returning Boks should consider themselves automatic first-choice players”

    That sets a dangerous precedent, doesn’t it? :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.09.15 11:00:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : yeah well – I find myself sifting through these quotes and trying to pick the less stupid sounding ones. It’s a thankless task.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.15 11:03:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) :
    @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Fuck me but this guy can talk a load of rubbish..

    Why would he say something like that? It automatically puts the other players in a negative mindset..

    So does this mean that Cobus will start every one of the next 10 matches, no matter his form? So much for player development.

    Get out now Ungerer/Venter…

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.15 11:19:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Well that’s not encouraging. Thanks for soldiering on though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.15 11:19:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : And this guy is going to be our Director of Rugby. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.15 11:27:11 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) :

    Well.. Let’s just say he trying really, really hard..

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.15 11:42:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 2) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : @Ben (Comment 5) : Where are Vinnie and all the other PSdT apologists, they will tell you that it was clearly the journalist that is at fault here because it was a loaded question and was all about interpretation.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.15 11:47:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • So thought for the day…Gary Glitter isnt the flavour of the month in Durbs…so how about we trade him in and get the sharks fan favourite Heyneke Meyer who although apparently has a deal but will most likely get the ‘dont come monday’ speech after the world cup…

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.09.15 11:48:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 2) : well let’s see if they’re picked for the Bokke ahead of the other players at the Sharks that should mean that they are better players than the others that remained at the Sharks so it would make sense to pick them as soon as they’re available? Did I miss something??????
    Saying Claassens and Odwa would have played if this was a crunch match is way worse as all the remaining games are crunch games!!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.09.15 11:53:17 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.09.15 11:56:18 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Sarcasm or serious? :|

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.15 11:59:17 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 11) : Depends on your fri mood ;) haha

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.15 12:00:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : I don’t think he meant Cobus is a guaranteed starter every week – just that it’s fair for him to start this week. So I guess he can play himself out of the starting team just the way Lionel Cronje has done.

    Oh, wait….

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.09.15 12:01:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : Well we all know how much you love Meyer so…. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.09.15 12:03:32 by Seth101 Reply
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  • But how do you believe this guy? He thinks the Sharks are playing good rugby!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.09.15 12:12:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    I’ll bet.
    This chap sounds as ridiculous as PdV. Only PdV could actually coach.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.09.15 12:13:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 14) : I say come on down…we cant get worse..he would have to pick Lambie…he gets so excited in the coaches boxe we should hav a constant live feed on the big screen. Now thats match day entertainment

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.09.15 12:19:40 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) :Really, but he knew f.a. about picking assistant coaches,he picked Gold.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.09.15 12:23:48 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : In all honesty I wouldn’t say no, he can’t be worse, and has won a SR title. Unfortunately I don’t think we have enough Afrikaans players for a starting 15.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.09.15 12:24:34 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 19) : Ooh i dunno about that hey, i know 1 or 2 kzn clubs that are very afrikaans. and a couple play in blue too if that helps? In all honesty though he will be looking to start a rebuild after the WC and we could sure use one of those here in Durbs

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.09.15 12:32:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Phew. Happy it’s not serious. Sharks secrecy about injuries still baffling. More information about this is only a positive not a negative.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.09.15 12:49:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 9) : And given our current record against the pumas this is a crunch match and also one where you need your strongest team. Maybe if we were in the form the Lions or bulls are we could consider this a lesser encounter but not us not this year. …

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.09.15 12:52:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Only one problem if Heineke becomes sharks coach he will want to find a way to play pollard or steyn…..

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.09.15 12:53:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Seth101 (Comment 19) : Or aging bulls foe that matter. …

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.09.15 12:55:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 23) : I think Morne Steyn has missed more kicks in Durban than any other place…i remember him missing 3 sitters when the Bulls were playing

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.09.15 13:03:27 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : Ja, and coached himself right out of a job at UWC. :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.09.15 13:28:08 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    I see what you did there…

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.09.15 13:35:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • The problem for me is that reading anything Gold says really gets my back up. The same way 2nd hand car salesmen and recruitment consultants get my back up.

    He is simply unlikeable and when you add in to the mix that he fails spectacularly as a coach or director of rugby I begin to wonder why (1) he was given the job at all and (2) why he is still kept around.

    I mean seriously, I had more respect and goodwill for the likes of Kevin Putt and Hugh Reece-Edwards as coach of the Sharks and they were diabolical.

    Can the union please appoint a spokesperson to speak in Gold’s place?

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.09.15 14:12:09 by Orlok Tsubodai Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Replacing our current PR nightmare with a contradicting lying PR nightmare….

    ….why not just get a proper coach (even though most around here sees the Sharks as some second rate team that should consider itself lucky for even having a head coach :roll: ), and get PdV to write his pre- and post-match speeches. ;-)

    Then again, by the sound of things, Gold might actually have been responsible for most of PdV’s comments. :shock:

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.09.15 14:19:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : u know of any proper coaches interested in the lazy sharks? Yes some PR is just ridiculous crap but i do think that sometimes it is done intentionally so that the focus is rather on the rubbish spoken than the rubbish on the field

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.09.15 14:28:29 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Orlok Tsubodai (Comment 28) : Some big grey haired guy with a lot of gold chains once sold you a bad used car,didn’t he.
    Seriously Bru,Kevin Putt,no we haven’t got there yet,hope not anyway.

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.09.15 14:43:57 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : Ah Kevin Putt and the SWD guys…

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.09.15 14:48:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : That’s probably due to the CEO’s continual meddling with what the coach tries to do….no coach wants to be told how to handle his locker room business.

    We have a dor who’s coaching, and we have a ceo who’s trying to be dor….both should stick to doing what they were appointed to do (and that should start with our revered CEO) :|

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.09.15 14:54:55 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : That approach has always ended badly for the Sharks in the CC.

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.09.15 14:55:18 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : One would hope that a DOR can actually coach (even if that should no longer be his job). Most DOR’s have a history of being a successful coach.

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.09.15 14:57:51 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : Hate to say it but its a rugger bugger trying to do a businessman’s job…plain and simple

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.09.15 14:59:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : At the moment, he’s trying to be: businessman, DoR, Mountain Biker, Ironman … and pretty much only succeeding in selling real estate on the Sharks kit and at Kings Park. :roll:

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.09.15 15:07:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : Well, at the tsieats Rory Duncan sucked so bad at coaching, that they made him DoR :twisted:

    Seems the Sharks are trialing that same process. :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.09.15 15:08:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 38) : Ah – the old “promote him out of harms way” trick – seen that as so many coorporates too.

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.09.15 15:11:05 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 39) : hahaha very fair point.

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.09.15 15:33:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : He prolly won’t go for it now but he could have made a great coach of he started from the bottom.

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.09.15 16:39:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) :

    Ja, except he wasnt the coach there, he was DOR.

    Most places the club is able to appoint and retain a DOR and a head coach…

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.09.15 17:44:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 43) :

    And sorry Salmo, I dont want to stir.
    Just dont want you to get confused. You know, because of your tendencies and all… ;-)

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.09.15 18:01:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • *sigh*

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.09.15 23:50:47 by pastorshark Reply
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