Sharks battered and bruised

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 29 Apr 2008 at 14:49

The chances are increasing that the Sharks may have to go into their all-important Vodacom Super 14 showdown with the Crusaders without their influential hooker Bismarck du Plessis.

Gavin Rich report for News24.

The Springbok started the week with a bruised sternum as the legacy of the 25-10 defeat to the Waratahs in Sydney at the weekend, and according to reports from Christchurch, he is the least likely of the several men on the injured list to be ready for the Jade Stadium fixture.

Should he miss out, Craig Burden is standing by to wear the No2 jersey.

Du Plessis’ absence would be a big loss for the Sharks, but at least it seems the chances of Johann Muller returning to the side are improving.

The lock and skipper was missed against the Waratahs, particularly for his technical efficiency and aggression in most aspects of the forward battle. He sat out in Sydney because of a calf injury.

The other Sharks players on the injured list include Brad Barritt (shoulder), Frans Steyn (bruised thigh), Ruan Pienaar (cut above the eye) and Albert van den Berg (bruised thigh).


  • Looks like WE BRUISE EASILY… 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.08 14:53:14 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply
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  • Some further news:

    The Sharks came out of a pre-training session meeting on Monday afternoon with their ears roasting after their coaching staff had let them know in no uncertain terms that the performance against New South Wales was unacceptable in the extreme.

    “We have let ourselves down, and now we must fix the damage,” said coach Dick Muir after the practice. “That is the bottom line here. We need a result this week. We must get on that plane with a win if we are to achieve our pre-season goal of having the luxury of a home semifinal.”

    So the Sharks may be playing the toughest team in the competition after five weeks on the road, but, where other South African teams might just about concede the result, the Sharks clearly believe they can halt their two-match losing streak.

    “Of course we can,” said Muir. “We don’t deny that Super 14 challenges don’t get much tougher than this, but we are in a situation now where we have to get our act together, and when the pressure is on we tend to do that.”

    Muir said that the Sharks were desperately keen to avoid having to rely on other results to help them in the run-in to the semifinals.

    “If we win our final three games (Crusaders, Cheetahs, Chiefs) we will probably finish second on the table and earn a home semi. If we lose, we fall into the chasing pack and have no guarantee of making the semifinals. We certainly don’t want that. We have very painful memories of the 2006 season when after the very last match (Stormers v Bulls at Newlands) we lost out on points difference, and the Bulls went through.

    Muir said that the Crusaders game was the first of the third phase of the Sharks’ Super 14 season.

    “Our first phase was our five matches up until our bye (in the sixth round); the second phase began with our last match before we left on tour (against the Reds in Durban – to prevent one-foot-on-the-plane syndrome) and ended with the match against the Waratahs; and our third and final phase begins with our last tour game (again, to prevent one-foot-on-the-plane syndrome) through to the end of the competition.

    “We succeeded in phase one,” Muir said, “but phase two has been a big disappointment.”

    The Sharks have based themselves at a five-star golf resort near Christchurch, and have a rugby field to themselves next to one of the fairways. It is a lovely place to train, and the Sharks did that with great intensity yesterday afternoon – those of them that were able.

    On the injured list are Bismarck du Plessis (sternum), Johann Muller (calf), Frans Steyn (bruised thigh), Bradley Barritt (shoulder) and Albert van den Berg (bruised thigh).

    Of the five, Du Plessis is looking the worst and the early indications are that Craig Burden will get his first ever Super 14 start.

    Muller described himself as “likely” to play, and the rest should recover. Muir will continue with Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf; Barritt will return at 12 with Steyn going back to 13 for Waylon Murray; Muller will replace Albert van den Berg; Jannie du Plessis will make way for B J Botha and, on the flank, either Jean Deysel or A J Venter will take over from Keegan Daniel.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.08 14:59:46 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • the above courtesy Mike Greenaway, of course

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.08 15:00:11 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Frans Steyn (bruised thigh)

    Sure it’s not bruised ego?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.08 15:04:28 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Muller described himself as “likely” to play


  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.08 15:07:23 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • I don’t think it’s possible to damage Steyn’s ego…

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.08 15:15:32 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #6
    Agree, too much hair…

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.08 15:19:59 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • too much bravado 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.08 15:22:35 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • My neck hurts. 😐

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.08 15:25:16 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • didn’t notice…too much hair 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.08 15:25:59 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Maybe if some other players bruise we could let Adi get some game time ahead of ( bed head )Steyn and his ego.
    My Backline : Odwa , Mentz , Murray ,Barrit,JPP , Ruan , Kockott

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.08 15:32:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Maybe if some other players bruise we could let Adi get some game time ahead of ( bed head )Steyn and his ego.
    My Backline : 15 Odwa ,14 Mentz ,13 Adi ,12 Barrit,11 Murray, Ruan , Kockott

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.08 15:33:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sorry ignore Comment 11

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.04.08 15:34:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • #9
    I got that a lot, but now I just keep my hair short 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.04.08 15:36:59 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • #13
    If you make another comment to include the jersey numbers of Ruan and Kockott, we can ignore 12 as well 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.04.08 15:38:56 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Pokkel,

    What’s the chance… 1000/1… 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.04.08 15:39:41 by Charlie Reply

  • #15 Thats why I’m not a coach. Maybe I should leave the selection dilemma to some one else , cause I don’t think any combination is gonna make it this weekend for the Sharks.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.04.08 15:41:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • And what has happend to wonder boy Keegan Daniels? 2 MOTM awards and then nowhere to be seen

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.04.08 15:44:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • #17
    The right combination of match officials could swing it in their favour 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.04.08 15:45:31 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • Cru-El you are quite cocky today for a chap whose team should have lost to a middle-table team on the weekend….I supposes it’s a better position then for Sharks supporter after the weekend.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.04.08 16:26:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • rather one-foot-on-the-plane syndrome than one-foot-in-the-grave 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.08 16:34:22 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • #20
    I’m always cocky 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.04.08 16:57:48 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • The first video on rugbydump and the comments should be played to the Sharks before every remaining half this season!

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.04.08 06:55:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • cruel its so weird to see u here now. after the game that the saders lost u disappeared for more than a week. wat happened?

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.04.08 08:25:04 by watarota Reply

  • #24
    I’ve been here the whole time. No need to hide 🙄

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.04.08 10:11:59 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply


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