Sharks injury toll mounts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 24 Mar 2010 at 07:05
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The bad news is that Johann Muller’s broken finger will definitely rule him out of this weekend’s game against the Hurricanes. The worse news is that no fewer than 9 other squad members were forced to sit out training on Monday owing to a variety of bumps and bruises.Coach John Plumtree has intimated that Alistair Hargreaves will come into the starting lineup for Muller, but there are further injury concerns in the pack as well. Jannie du Plessis is nursing a tender hamstring, while the “twins”, Keegan Daniel and Jean Deysel are also both in doubt, the former’s shoulder injury likely to keep him out of action this weekend, while the latter’s leg injury is expected to clear up in time.

Andy Goode is the worst of the backs – he also has a hamstring strain – but the Sharks medics will have a lot of work to do between now and Saturday to ensure that something resembling a fit 22 is able to face the Hurricanes.

One player who is sure to be included is Beast Mtawarira, who is now over the flu that caused him to miss out against the Highlanders. John Smit’s superb showing in the unfamiliar number 1 jersey will give the coaching staff some interesting food for thought, though, when deciding whether the affable Zimbabwean should come straight back into the starting lineup.

Possible Sharks lineup:

15 Lambie, 14 Terblanche, 13 Jacobs, 12 Swanepoel, 11 Pietersen, 10 Pienaar, 9 Kockott, 8 Kankowski, 7 Alberts, 6 Botes, 5 Hargreaves, 4 Sykes, 3 J du Plessis, 2 B du Plessis, 1 Smit (capt)

16 Burden, 17 Mtawarira, 18 Steenkamp, 19 Deysel, 20 Goode, 21 Murray, 22 Mvovo


  • What happens if Goode doesn;t recover from injury??

    Who will take his place on the bench???

    No flyhalf or scrumhalf cover on the bench?? 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.10 07:40:03 by wpw Reply
  • Lambie and I guess Adi can cover 10 if needed…not of the bench but still. And Ruan covers 9, if Ruan and Rory gets injured, then we’re in trouble. It would be interesting to see who plays 9, if neither of those guys are there. Lambie? Botes? Kanko?…That would be quite a predicament. Not that I want this scenario to play itself out on Saturday. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.10 07:48:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Do the maths, Pienaar can cover 9, Goode slots in, if Goode not ready they will have to opt for a bench of 5-2 spilt (forwards-backs) Adi can move to 10, Murray to 13, so was it that difficuilt, can even move Lambie to 10, Stefan to 15, Mvovo to 14… 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.10 07:54:47 by Charlie Reply

  • sad news…Sharks need to take this game to maintain momentum….

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.10 08:07:37 by grant10 Reply

  • Morning everyone πŸ™‚

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.10 08:07:55 by Chaz Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : that will be interesting to see lambie at 10, Rob was talking about it yesterday πŸ™‚

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.10 08:09:19 by Chaz Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 4) : agree it is bad news and we need to win to get up to somewhere in the top 6/7 πŸ™

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.10 08:10:34 by Chaz Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : πŸ™„ 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.10 08:13:02 by wpw Reply
  • @grant10 (Comment 4) :

    Well at least John is there to cover all the positions in the front row!!! 😎 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.10 08:22:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 9) : I bet he’ll be willing to cover FH….we might even see him create another try from there. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.10 08:25:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Well, the Sharks have been in a worse position than this (start of season remember?!), don’t think this will set them back. They got through it then, they’ll stroll through it this time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.10 08:29:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) :

    John IS a LEGEND!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.10 08:33:49 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : You’re in finance, maths mos no problemo :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.10 08:39:20 by Charlie Reply

  • At least our next game is a home game, there’s a bunch of players here that could get a chance if we have a couple of injuries. It seems that’s the only way Plum will make the big changes.

    Let’s not hope for injuries, but when the team’s back, a couple of niggles in a few positions, might not be the worst thing.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.10 08:39:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • The Sharks will overcome this. GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.10 08:40:35 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 12) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.10 08:45:21 by Chaz Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : Was waiting for those timeless words of yours. :mrgreen:

    The man has fashioned his own catch phrase. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.10 08:46:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : We also going to be on the short end of having to travel back to SA and the Reds would already be in their 2nd week in SA. I am very worried about the Reds game. I wouldn’t bet LMS on the Sharks in that game.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.10 08:46:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : agree but we must get through this last one first got my hopes up high for a win :mrgreen: but don’t know πŸ˜•

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.10 08:47:42 by Chaz Reply

  • This is one of those times when i wish these squads could be made up of 28 or even 30 men. 5 weeks is a LONG time!

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.10 08:53:50 by war1 Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : Mind if I join you?

    GO SHARKS !!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.10 08:53:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : me can’t so who do i pick between for next week πŸ˜•
    Blues, Tahs, Lions, Force, cheetahs, Chiefs& Brumbies πŸ™

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.10 08:54:12 by Chaz Reply

  • the Canes won’t lose to these Sharks, watch this space!

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.10 08:54:14 by Megatron Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 22) : hello Chaz… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.10 08:55:24 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : just like the Highlander couldn’t lose to these Sharks πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.03.10 08:56:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : Btw, you were correct regarding the Duppies…they pushed each other and made little to no mistakes. πŸ˜‰

    Just thought I’ll give you credit. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.10 08:56:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 15) : Change my attitude, stay positive, negativity not good for the soul πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.10 08:57:00 by Charlie Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : Not at all :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.10 08:57:25 by Charlie Reply

  • And to top everything else got 2 trades left on FL and the bull etc have a rest πŸ˜•

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.10 08:58:15 by Chaz Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : This space will be to small for all the positives and praises that will come from you towards the Sharks 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.10 08:58:25 by Charlie Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : Thanks….I’m a Duppie too so I gave them a bit of a ultimatim

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.10 08:58:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : hi megatron feeling better today :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.10 08:59:43 by Chaz Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.10 09:00:58 by Chaz Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 30) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.10 09:01:25 by Chaz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : Ahaa, no wonder you smaak them so much. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.03.10 09:02:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 30) : i think how space will be to small when we boast about our sharks when they win :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.03.10 09:03:01 by Chaz Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 23) : these sharks as you call them are on the wi ning side got our guys back and are there to stay πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.03.10 09:04:14 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 22) : That’s a hard one…not lions force or cheetahs. And the other four are playing each other. It’s 50/50 games, so it’s a tough call.

    I’m thinking the Brumbies and the Blues…but it could just so easily be the Chiefs and the Tahs, tough one.

    Flip a coin… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.03.10 09:06:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 38) : ok and to top everything going camping thursday to Sabi :mrgreen: so must make all my picks on SS FL/FL/LMS/SB before we leave πŸ™ and don’t know who are the players playing for the fl so me πŸ˜• πŸ™ i think they only come out on ss on thursday and not wed

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.03.10 09:10:47 by Chaz Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Change my attitude, stay positive, negativity not good for the soul πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.03.10 09:11:06 by Charlie Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 39) : Mostly the teams should be the same, although I see teams are starting to play second teams against the Lions.

    Goodluck with that, sometimes I make my picks Friday morning just before the game, because I’m so undecided about some of the games.

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.03.10 09:16:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • In other very exciting news .. Rose has been dropped ! πŸ˜€

    Could this be the move to change the Lions season around .. :mrgreen:

    It would seem to be that every SA team is suffering injuries across the board , this is where the Sharks are lucky they certainly have depth in most positions.

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.03.10 09:16:24 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Depth compared to the othersides besides the Bulls.

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.03.10 09:17:02 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 40) : Now that’s the winning way. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.03.10 09:24:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 42) : I think Rose is a good player with some very obvious and intolerable shortcomings that has never been addressed by his coaches. He clearly has talent, he can do some things that a lot of other players just does not have the ability to do, unfortunately, often these things aren’t good things.

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.03.10 09:27:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • Damn, saw the stats on the top 5 inside centers in SA….Swaan not looking good at all.

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.03.10 09:35:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 42) : Our depth used to be better, but when a player is seen as depth in a team, sooner or later they’re going to want more than to just be the depth in the team. 😐

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.03.10 09:35:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 45) : Just saw stats on Earl Rose on another site. He attempted 31 tackles of which he missed 14. A success rate of 55%.. 😯

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.03.10 09:35:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Me to but otherwise very late on thursday nights but kids and hubby will want to see Gods Window etc is there anyway i can use my phone πŸ˜•

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.03.10 09:36:05 by Chaz Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 45) :

    Rose was a very good player when he was at WP and he starred for us in the Currie Cup before he left for the Lions.

    He was however ALWAYS a bang gat when it came to defending!!

    I think he would perform better in a team that is playing well!!!

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.03.10 09:36:07 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 48) :

    That is shocking defence hey!!! 😯 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.03.10 09:37:11 by wpw Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 40) : That is so true we get us all worked up before and after the game going to take your advice :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.03.10 09:37:35 by Chaz Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 42) : I’ll be going for a much smaller losing margin now.

    I think this will already do wonders for the team’s confidence.

    I wonder if the Psych told Dick what all the boys revealed to him during their private sessions. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.03.10 09:38:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Well done SB and sharks by 5 so guys don’t let me down please πŸ™‚ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.03.10 09:39:00 by Chaz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 48) : Seems everyone’s going stats mad today.

    Those stats are less than useless, a wet brick would’ve done a better job than that.

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.03.10 09:39:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 46) : He’s playing outside an unsettled 9/10 pairing…it has a lot to do with who’s getting the ball to you on the inside. I know he’s not been great and all of it can’t fall on our 9/10, but as soon as we have that figured out he’s stats will improve…surely.

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.03.10 09:40:29 by Letgo Reply
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  • Till later :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.03.10 09:43:41 by Chaz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 48) : Yip, that’s unacceptable, but good coaches can teach players, even small ones, to make a good tackle or position himself in the right place defensively to make tackles.

    The Lions’s defense was poor overall and I don’t think Rose is the only one to blame. This has been a problem for him and the Lions for a long time now and no one seems to be able to fix it.

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.03.10 09:52:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 56) : Also true, lots going against him…I had high hopes for him but he has been disappointing thus far.

    But you make a valid point, and his injury lay-off might also have had a lot to do with it. Here’s hoping he reaches his full potential soon.

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.03.10 09:55:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 58) : You don’t like blaming players, do you Letgo????? πŸ˜‰ It’s not always somebody elses fault either, sometimes players also need to take responsibily for their actions. Rose was in the Springbok squad…surely somebody has showed him how to tackle properly at some stage of his career.

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.03.10 10:01:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Ever since Leon Boshof (ex-Lions forwards coach) and Earl Rose and Daddy Rose’s little war, I think Rose’s presence has had a negative influence on the Lions as a team…..if I’m right, the Lions will have a much improved game this weekend.

    Time will tell. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 61, posted at 24.03.10 10:14:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 61) : Like the Dup brothers are a negative influence on the Sharks :mrgreen: πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 62, posted at 24.03.10 10:24:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 60) :

    Agreed 100%, my son at under 8 level, was already shown the correct position to get into when making a tackle.

    Although I must say that Earl Rose is a talent, that can offer you something special, in terms of the unexpected.

  • Comment 63, posted at 24.03.10 10:49:58 by Bump Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 60) : Only Rory Kockett :mrgreen:

    Actually, Rory did a good job when he came onto the field for our last game. He’s definitely taking every chance he gets to prove his worth in the team.

  • Comment 64, posted at 24.03.10 10:52:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 61) : I don’t think it will make a difference.

  • Comment 65, posted at 24.03.10 10:55:47 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 60) :

    I doubt it has much to do with his technique. Hy is n bang gat man!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 66, posted at 24.03.10 11:03:51 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 66) : Ek dink ook so πŸ˜€

  • Comment 67, posted at 24.03.10 11:07:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 66) : Rugby is nie vir sussies nie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 68, posted at 24.03.10 11:08:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Long time Sharks Supporter— for better or for worse!!!!!. First time post on Sharksworld. My holiday planning sucks. Go to USA as soon as my Sharkies return home. Will miss my live action at Kingspark. Will have to watch on media zone at some funny hpur of the day or night. Will be back for semi’s (a home semi ????)

  • Comment 69, posted at 24.03.10 11:10:06 by Stef Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 69) : …for worse right now!

    Glad to see your first post, welcome!

  • Comment 70, posted at 24.03.10 11:12:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Stef (Comment 69) : Welcome Stef πŸ˜€ ….no chance of a home semi and I won’t even hold my breath on any semi anywhere unfortunately πŸ˜₯

  • Comment 71, posted at 24.03.10 11:15:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 68) : @Letgo (Comment 70) :

    New thread up for all you Rose fans!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 72, posted at 24.03.10 11:16:26 by wpw Reply
  • @Stef (Comment 69) :

    Welcome to the site Stef!!! 😎

  • Comment 73, posted at 24.03.10 11:23:41 by wpw Reply
  • When I read injury my head just drops. πŸ™ Not just for the Sharks but Stormers, Cheetahs now also the Bulls. Injury is creeping in. We at the Sharks can never afford to have injuries we hardly winning with the team fully fit let alone injured πŸ™„

    Just as well we have cover with Alberts this year for Deysel. Also Botes for Keegan.

    We have Beast coming back this week. So probably will see John go back to TH. Would liked to have seen the same front row from last week start again this week.

    Okay back later. Just a quick post.

  • Comment 74, posted at 24.03.10 11:29:56 by Puma Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 69) : welcome! Another GirlShark? We truly are blessed!

  • Comment 75, posted at 24.03.10 11:36:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 74) : Last week an injury forced Plum to play a youngster…so it hasn’t been ALL bad.

  • Comment 76, posted at 24.03.10 11:38:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 62) : Naah I’ve changed my mind, it was Beast causing the rift all along. πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 77, posted at 24.03.10 11:44:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • What more can go wrong???

  • Comment 78, posted at 24.03.10 11:45:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Stef (Comment 69) : Welcome Stef to our site you are going to have fun like we all are :mrgreen:

  • Comment 79, posted at 24.03.10 12:03:14 by Chaz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 75) : How many girl sharks have we on this site Rob :mrgreen:

  • Comment 80, posted at 24.03.10 12:03:56 by Chaz Reply

  • @Stef (Comment 69) : Actually your timing for your holiday is not as bad as it could be. It would have been much worse trying to watch the Sharks on their tour while in the US. Games have been starting at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. while on tour. Games in South Africa are at 9, 11 and 1 p.m. Much better timing to watch. Don’t count on mediazone, their service has been crap this year. is the place to go to get the matches live.


    An SA Expat Living in the USA.

  • Comment 81, posted at 24.03.10 15:13:13 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 45) :

    Im sorry i don’t buy that He has been coached by some of the best coaches in SA including a few stints with the Boks..he is a proffesional player and surely realizes his short comings ..which HE alone is responsible for and should address.
    I don’t argue that he does or rather did have the x-factor but in order to progress one should have the basics waxed ..Tackling for a start.

  • Comment 82, posted at 24.03.10 16:25:03 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 47) :

    Atleast u guys have depth ..and for a champion team to be Champions, depth is imperative ..besides depth creates competion which can only be healthy.

  • Comment 83, posted at 24.03.10 16:29:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 81) : When I lived in California it was so difficult to watch the S14. I was up at all hours of the night.

  • Comment 84, posted at 24.03.10 17:01:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • I will be watching the game here.

    Not sure if it will be worth it if we field a “B” side. πŸ™

  • Comment 85, posted at 25.03.10 07:30:54 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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