Injuries mount as the season nears its business end

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 28 Sep 2010 at 08:11
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Four out of the five semi-final contenders in the 2010 Currie Cup are reeling somewhat this week after injuries that threaten to keep key players out of action as the season nears its climax.

The Lions, facing the Cheetahs on Saturday in a must-win clash, have lost the services of 19-year-old fullback Jaco Taute to a shoulder injury. Taute will miss anything between 2 and 3 weeks of rugby and the Lions will probably need to move Michae Killian into the number 15 shirt and bring someone like Deon van Rensburg or Jannie Boshoff onto the vacant wing. Their opponents were able to report a clean bill of health after their runaway victory over the Pumas on Friday night and must be feeling good about their own semi-final prospects given the health of their squad.

The Sharks appear to have lost captain Stefan Terblanche for at least a fortnight to an elbow injury, as we reported earlier. John Plumtree will need to scratch his head to find a new number 13, since it’s an area in which he does not have a vast amount of depth. Finding a caretaker captain may prove even more tricky.

It’s the Blue Bulls and Western Province, facing each other in a do-or-die encounter this weekend that could go a long way to determining which of these sides hosts a semi-final, that have been hardest hit. Province have only lost one player, loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw, who will miss the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury. Added to the loss of fiery hooker Tiaan Liebenberg, though, it severely weakens the Province front row and opposing sides will feel that the Cape team must now be vulnerable up front. Whether the Bulls are in any position to capitalise remains to be seen, however. They are already without the services of flank Deon Stegmann, whose injury is taking longer to heal than anticipated and have now lost utility forward Juandre Kruger as well. Kruger broke his hand against the Leopards this weekend. There is further concern about regular skipper Gary Botha, who hobbled off with a knee injury. The extent of the damage is not yet known.


  • I thought Nokwe was crock?

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.09.10 08:25:58 by rugbypedia Reply
  • @rugbypedia (Comment 1) : oh is he? Whoops… guess I should do my homework πŸ™‚

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.09.10 08:39:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Courtesy of Cheetahs site.

    “Nokwe het sy een knie Vrydag hier in die Cheetahs se sege van 59-24 oor die Pumas beseer en hy sal vandag ’n skandering ondergaan.

    Volgens Naka DrotskΓ©, Vrystaat-breier, word die ergste gevrees.

    β€œOns sal eers mΓ΄re (vandag) ’n skandering op Jongi doen en weet wat fout is. Sy knieligamente is moontlik geskeur en dit lyk nie baie goed nie.”

    My taal is not that hot – but I am guessing that it says they do a scan today and we’ll know after that.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.09.10 08:44:00 by rugbypedia Reply

  • I see Kanko’s hearing is only tomorrow, I guess he’ll get a week or 2.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.09.10 08:52:28 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan

    We don’t need a caretaker captain we need a new captain, stefans playing days are almost over.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.09.10 09:17:43 by Benna08 Reply
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  • @Benna08 (Comment 5) :

    Sad as this is, it is also true. He should have been in a green and gold jersey this year and the next. That would have been a fitting way to see him out. He’s got the Monty maturity of an excellent 15. Better defensive (tackle) skills, and he is a good leader.

    There is also no way that Kirchner was a better bet. And Steyn, well, he seems to have lost the plot – Im not sure there is a locker room big enough for his head.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.09.10 09:28:46 by rugbypedia Reply

  • morning all!! interesting morning. First i read of Willem de Waal going to Italy and then Smit revealing that he HAD an approach from the lions and that he chose the sharks, i thought de Klerk said that they did not approach him!!! πŸ˜† bwahahaha!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.09.10 09:51:35 by VanWilder Reply

  • @rugbypedia

    Couldn’t agree with you more about steyn and kirchner!

    I don’t think there is a town big enough for steyns head! I’ll rather say nothing more about kirchner I can think of 5 fullbacks in the country better than kirchner!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.09.10 09:51:59 by Benna08 Reply
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  • @Benna08 (Comment 5) : ja, but I meant caretaker ahead of the semis and final… it sounds like stef could be fit for those and he will definitely come back in if that’s the case. It would be wrong for another guy to life the trophy after all Stef has done this season.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.09.10 10:14:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I don’t care who lifts the cup, as longs as it’s sharks hands wrapped around it! πŸ™‚

    So tired of us topping the log every year, and then falling flat on our faces…

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.09.10 10:22:57 by AlienArmy Reply

  • WP vs Bulls
    Cheetahs vs Lions

    2 very exciting games on the weekend. Hope Lions and Bulls win. Lions coz of how far they’ve come this season, and Bulls coz that wud put a gap between us and Province.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.09.10 10:52:35 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Guys, just read on supersport that Oom Stef has been practicing today(not taking contact though)…and should only miss this weekend’s match…so we only need a captain for one weekend πŸ™‚

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.09.10 10:53:46 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 12) : If that’s the case then anyone could probably take the reigns.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.09.10 10:59:56 by Jarson Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 12) : and there, folks, you have all the evidence you need that staying in peak physical shape, no matter what the sacrifices, is worthwhile.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.09.10 11:14:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Isn’t oupa the fittest Shark?

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.09.10 11:17:32 by lostfish Reply
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  • naka was speaking on superrugby lastnight.boela du plooy ex cheetah lock,asked him if there will be any problems in the squad with mapoe coming back.. 😯 ❗ i almost fell off the couch!! then naka corrected him and said that no verdict has been given in the case yet..but hebelieves that there should be no problem as mapoe is a very humble person who has been misinformed(!!!!! ❓ )and let astray by other people..does that include his dad also,naka?..i`m really upset now at the media twice affording the cheeetahs the opportunity to voice their opinion on the mapoe saga,but not the sharks and more importantly ,lionel mapoe himself..hopoe the lions make the semi`s!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.09.10 11:23:47 by bergshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Hardly surprising…if you are made of 50% muscle and the other 50% is all heart, then you must be able to keep going forever! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.09.10 11:24:32 by AlienArmy Reply

  • and not a word about the salary discrepancy that seems to be at the heart of this problem!!methinks mapoe and his dad was taking for a ride ,jan-harm van wyk became mapoe`s agent and immediately saw that mapoe was being paid way less than his market value..and tried to get a deal that reflects the player`s value..methinks ..

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.09.10 11:27:17 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 18) : 😯 check your grammar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.09.10 11:31:23 by bergshark Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 15) : who is the strongest shark?

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.09.10 11:32:41 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 20) : probably Deysel or Alberts

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.09.10 11:34:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan: naka said on superrugby lastnight that they are ecpecting a verdict in the mapoe saga to be given today

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.09.10 11:34:32 by bergshark Reply

  • We will get van wyk’s side if the story after the judgement.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.09.10 11:34:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : and pound -for -pound ?

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.09.10 11:35:12 by bergshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :naka believes that if the verdict is again in the cheetahs ` favour,mapoe will return to bloem..naka has been misled :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.09.10 11:37:52 by bergshark Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 15) : Stef occupies the top 3 positions

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.09.10 11:42:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 24) : Daniel?

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.09.10 11:42:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : or Burden

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.09.10 11:42:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 22) : I’m not sure why they are expecting that, since judge van Zyl gave no indication of when he will return a verdict.

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.09.10 11:43:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : perhaps the judge is a cheetah fan 😯

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.09.10 11:45:01 by bergshark Reply

  • @Pokkel:would be interesting to know who is the fastest,strongest,fittest(okay,that we know) shark in the tank

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.09.10 11:48:06 by bergshark Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 10) : hear,hear!!!!agree!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.09.10 11:49:46 by bergshark Reply

  • Strongest Shark… Bismarck?

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.09.10 12:51:39 by Crock Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 31) : Easy one:
    Fastest: Mvovo
    Fittest: Terblanche
    Strongest: Beast!

    Would be nice to see a race between Nokwe, Aplon and Mvovo though. . .

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.09.10 13:02:40 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 34) : Mvovo until Mapoe gets to be one of us as a SHARK :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.09.10 20:20:07 by chaz Reply


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