Shepherd’s fine

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2009 at 17:18
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Western Force and Wallabies back Cameron Shepherd has been cleared of any serious damage to his ankle.

The 59-match veteran strained his left ankle and was subsequently replaced in the 49th minute of Saturday’s 23-all draw with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

A relieved Shepherd was cleared of any major damage by an MRI scan today, but will need to prove his fitness ahead of Thursday’s team selection.

“There’s no major problem there but it will come down to how well his ankle settles down leading up to the weekend,” said team doctor Mark de Cruz.

“It’s a new strain and is not related to his surgery last winter. The MRI has shown that the site of the surgery is settling well and this was an unrelated strain,” he said.

The Western Australia side’s other injured pair Ben Castle (neck) and Nick Cummins (hamstring), will also need to undergo fitness tests late in the week ahead of the clash with the Sharks at Subiaco Oval on Saturday.


  • Great! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.09 11:54:45 by blackshark Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • If the Sharks are going to gift possession and not starve the Force it’s going to be a very long day at the office for Swanepoel and particularly Adi with their massive loosies and centres running at them all night…

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.09 12:07:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.09 12:18:46 by rekinek Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : yip.
    these nice kicks that just roll over the touchline (and not into opposition hands) please.
    can anybody else than pienaar do that ❓ i think stefan can 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.09 12:21:00 by rekinek Reply
  • Damn ambigous headlines ❗

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.09 12:59:58 by Rahul Reply
  • @Rahul (Comment 5) : glad somebody else noticed that too – I thought that the guy was fined 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.09 13:59:36 by rekinek Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : Yep….guys like Pocock could cause damage. The Force also have some quality in their backline with Giteau, Cross, Shepherd, O’Connor etc. 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.09 14:05:41 by Villie Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 7) : are u trying to scare us 😯 😉

    this kicking game – worked nicely against the chief and I wouldn’t recommend trying to run things from own 22 but if sharks just end up giving possession than as mentioned above “long day at the office”

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.09 14:13:48 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : Not at all. It’s time for the forwards to front up and dominate. We need to play physical rugby against Aussie teams and not try match them for flair and running ability. Our strengths lie in the forwards and in our structured play. Against the reds we tried to copy their “off the cuff” gameplan and simply made many more mistakes than them. Off course our aggression in the tackle needs to be much fiercer aswell.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.09 14:36:10 by Villie Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 9) : tackles – did we make any :mrgreen: you mean mistackles 😕 😆

    i do agree with the physicality upfront but … remember the discussion we had about the scrums. they are clever and it ain’t so easy to dominate them anymore. physicality always’s been SA strength but they seem to be working us out.

    kicking game on itself maybe not a full answer but an important piece of the puzzle – but you just have to get it right (and that seems to be more of a lottery nowadays).

    on the other note – “people” say that sharks have one of the biggest packs in the competition but whenever they show actual kg number during the game sharks are lighter – that maybe sth for rob or ksa to look at (they seem to like stats, numbers 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.09 14:51:18 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 10) :

    We lose 20kgs with Daniels in the pack when Botes is there too…

    It’s also a bit of a fallacy that RSA players are bigger and stronger than their Aus counterparts… particularly as the game has become more popular in the modern era…

    Staniforth, Shepherd, Cross avg 102kgs as backs… 😯 and all have blistering pace…

    Aus S14 packs consistently outweigh/match RSA teams … and there are no fatties (other than Donut)… RSA teams have to front up more than ever…

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.09 16:01:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :

    Yes please…

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.09 16:05:57 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 11) : let’s hope that our guys realise that and make provisions.

    i am not too afraid about the backs – don’t think that adi will berun over or so. tough little fella – they just must not leave gaps

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.03.09 16:13:57 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 13) :

    Mitchell would have seen Adi miss those two tackles leading to tries against the Reds… and with a freshman centre next to him… and the Shark’s best tackler in the backs now at 10… IMO they’ll be taking plenty of ball through the midfield…

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.09 16:41:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 14) : it’s worse – he’s injured 😀 😀

    talking under correction but i remember reading that kockott & pienaar did most tackles in previous games (not counting reds). that i guess is to be explained by being closer to the game.

    are u trying to scare us to (like villie) 😯 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.09 21:02:38 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 15) :

    Botes (17) still both the highest Shark’s tackler and most accurate tackler not having missed one in the last two games… (ironically thus not able to let loose with his running game because of this… with no blindsider assisting… and why there is no balance ATM)…

    Reds would have scored many more had Steyn (17) not been the Duracell Bunny during the game…

    Previous game he was again the highes back with (12)… these are huge tackle stats… when comparing them to rest of the team… and in light of these some of his detractors should wake up… 80mins of solid tackling and there are bound to be a few boo-boos… he’s constantly protecting both RP and Adi’s channel (Adi make the least tackles in the entire team, this last game he made 6 missed 4 of those 2 leading to tries 😯 )

    You are correct though about Rory… he too protecting the RP channel makes the second most after Steyn with an astounding amt (15 this last game from memory)… which further adds to my ranting over Plumtree not bringing on a 9 (he can trust) for the last 20 or so when Kockott is out on his feet and errors start creeping in…

    No team has gone all the way to the finals with no capable back-up 2, 9, 10, and centre…

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.09 01:47:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 16) :

    Dude, you sound like a stuck record but I agree wiff you. 🙂

    The depth of the Sharks is a big worry and I am sorry but I think the Force are going to whipp your asses this weekend. 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.09 07:37:44 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    Funny… I don’t remember giving the tackles stats from last weeks game yet… 😉

    The Cane’s eh? 😀

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.09 07:45:14 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) :

    I’m refering to you harping on about lack of depth.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.09 07:51:29 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    Well poor man management by Plummo more so… it’s debatable whether Swanepoel, Cronje, Vulindlu, Downey are good enough to play at this level as they have next to no game time when they should have…

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.09 07:57:40 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    Oh and everyone is entitled to my opinion… 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.09 07:58:08 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 21) : @bryce_in_oz (Comment 20) :

    I actually agree with you there. 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.09 08:10:13 by wpw Reply

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