Hoffmann blow for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Jan 2012 at 11:10
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The Sharks have suffered a serious injury setback ahead of the 2012 Super Rugby season with the news that Conrad Hoffmann has torn a pectoral muscle.

The former WP utility halfback has suffered from numerous disruptive injuries over the course of his career and ended up missing out on the latter half of last year’s campaign thanks to a dislocated elbow. This latest injury will require surgery to correct and could see Hoffmann out for 6 months or more.

With Ross Cronje having left to join the Lions, the Sharks now look to be forced to utilise Fred Michalak as scrumhalf backup to Charl McLeod, with uncapped Cobus Reinach the only other 9 in the squad. Ironically, it was as scrumhalf cover for Hoffmann that the Frenchman was originally contracted last year.

We’d like to wish Conrad well with the operation and rehab to follow.


  • Good luck!

    Jeez Conrad has bad luck with the injuries.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.01.12 11:11:59 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Speedy recovery Conrad. Would we finally see a 9/10 combo of Freddie and Pat?

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.01.12 11:14:04 by JarsonX Reply
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  • What a shame such a talented player.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.01.12 11:14:19 by Muzi Reply

  • Reinach has what it takes to step up here.

    All the best Conrad, see you in the Currie Cup sir!

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.01.12 11:15:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) :In my honest opinion your best scrumhalf is Cobus Reinach. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.01.12 11:16:03 by Muzi Reply

  • Sad news, but I see this as a Reinach oppertunity rather than a Hoffman blow.

    Maybe Plumtree will now be forced to blood the youngster.

    Heaven forbid they call on Kockott. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.01.12 11:17:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fred is a far better option than McLeod.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.01.12 11:30:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Kockott seems to be doing rather nicely for Castres.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.01.12 11:34:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • It’s hard to view this as serious a setback, for the simple reason that to date Hoffmann has not yet displayed any of the extravagant talent and/or skills which he’s supposedly blessed with… Not saying he’s necessarily a bad player, just that there hasn’t been much of a return on the investment for the Sharks.

    I’m hoping that this will mean that Fred will now be used largely as a scrummie, and Pat gets the opportunity to cement his place at 10. Hopefully this also meens more opportunities for the young 9’s in our systems.

    Of course, this being the Sharks, it’s hard to resist some sort of wisecrack to the effect of Rudolf “Talentspotter” Straueli contracting Werner “Smiley” Swanepoel… 🙁

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.01.12 11:35:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) : 100% agreed

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.01.12 11:47:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan: is hoffmann’s injury gym-related or did it happen on the training field?
    @lost fish:comment8: I’d welcome back kockott any day ,but I really hope he has worked on,and improved,his passing game..

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.01.12 12:11:44 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 11) : It is so much easier to follow you if you use the reply to this comment function. Kockott is still rather selfish and goes off on his suicide missions but he has a good kicking game and is quite accurate with his kicking at the posts. He still talks far too much at the referees too.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.01.12 12:30:26 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) : I have to agree with you. He hasn’t delivered on the “he is better than what WP gave him credit for, if he’d had the chances he’d have shown it” hype.

    He’s had chances at the Sharks and has shown himself to be a solid CC player and no more. 🙁

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.01.12 12:33:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • too bad for Conrad, but i`m happy for cobus. the first time i saw him play i knew he had it in him to go one better, and he will. He was schooled at grey? here we go again with the sharks buying the whole free state team jokes.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.01.12 12:39:50 by VanWilder Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : After last year’s final, I’d even be hesitant to classify him as a solid Currie Cup player. 🙁 Having said that, I’d be happy for him to come back and make me eat humble pie. Right now though, my feeling regarding him and Marius Joubert are remarkably similar.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.01.12 12:45:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • All the best Hoffman. Hope the surgery is a succes.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.01.12 13:22:33 by Ben Reply
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  • Reinach ❗

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.01.12 13:29:52 by Talent Reply
  • I do hope that the youngsters get a decent chance, but knowing Plum…..

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.01.12 13:58:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Suppose it happened at training?

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.01.12 14:29:10 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Talent: cobus reinach has some pedigree..his dad jaco reinach ran a 45.01sec 400m and played wing vs ’86 nz cavaliers

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.12 14:33:32 by bergshark Reply

  • @lost fish: comment12:goalkicking is crucial – cost us a bp against bulls and stormers (both at kp),and a possible bp vs saders @twickenham.didn’t watch our game vs chiefs (first one we lost in sr’11 – can you recall gk in that game?).

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.01.12 14:40:16 by bergshark Reply

  • Fred is already been picked at 9 for the French team so why not use him there…. Good practice for him and Lambi at 10…

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.01.12 14:42:17 by Franshark Reply
  • Thing is: michalak is going back to france mid-year- would like to see the sharks look at developing continuity/partnership in the 9/10 combo.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.01.12 15:01:48 by bergshark Reply

  • …this is a Body Blow for the Sharks , but Hoffman didnt set the world alight. im sorry its happened and its a real bruise that the Sharks head honcho’s are gonna have to nurse carefully. But what i does do i sets the cards on the Table…lambie will have to start 10 and it opens the door to the question who will now be his back up as Freddy will have to play 9 alot

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.01.12 15:45:08 by The Duke Reply

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  • Speedy recovery to Hoffman.

    Think Plum now just has to play Freddie at scrummie with Pat our number one fh.

    Bosman to cover Pat with McLeod covering Freddie or the otherway round. But would like to see how Pat plays with Freddie at sh.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.01.12 17:52:09 by Puma Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 23) : I don’t think McLeod is good enough though. He was decent in the CC 2010 but since then hasn’t really done much.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.01.12 18:46:23 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish: maybe time for reinach to show what he can do,then..?younger players than him have made their senior debut for the sharks in sr.
    But let’s see how macleod does in 2012 .
    Let’s just hope whoever is used at scrummie (or plays the role of scrummie @ any given breakdown),gets to play with good quick ball and an organised attack waiting for the ball..

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.01.12 19:04:23 by bergshark Reply

  • From Aside from the blockbusting duo of Alberts and Deysel, Conrad Hoffmann has injured a pec muscle in the gym and Plumtree has confirmed that he could be out for four weeks. “But hopefully, he will be ok by the start of the season.”

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.01.12 19:43:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : Should we tell him?

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.01.12 19:47:39 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 29) : him?

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.01.12 19:52:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Isn’t that the 2nd gym-related injury in a week or so since the players returned from festive season break?

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.01.12 19:52:39 by bergshark Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : Shall we tell Plum Hoffie is actually out for six months? My attempt at humour btw.

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.01.12 19:55:19 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 32) : 🙂 Or should we tell Rob that it’s only 4 weeks? 😆

    Who do we believe? Oh I love the rugby season 😛

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.01.12 20:04:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Maybe the initial prognosis was for 6 months out but subsequent re-assessing of the injury later in the day has led the medical team to now say it is 4 weeks?

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.01.12 20:15:26 by bergshark Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Let’s hope Plum is right on this one. I don’t like seeing guys injured for that one. This season must just start already!

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.01.12 20:18:11 by war1 Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 34) : yeah, that could also be true. Remember JPP’S knee last year?

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.01.12 20:24:55 by war1 Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 34) : I hope it’s only 4 weeks, I’m expecting a lot of good stuff from Hoffmann this year…think having Tim Whitehead being part of the family will have a positive influence on Hoffman.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.01.12 20:28:41 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays:yes,I’m also looking fwd to see hoffmann deliver better season,new crack at it.
    @war1: that is what I’m hoping for also.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.01.12 20:38:46 by bergshark Reply

  • Another frustrating blow for Hoffman. He seems to be a bit injury prone.

    Reinach has been one of my favour junior players. He’s super quick and offers a lot of attacking flair around the fringes at no.9 but a little bit of untidiness crept into his play towards the end of 2011 that he needs to eliminate in a hurry or he’ll get punished for it in the seniors.

    I hope Reinach gets a shot at some stage during the season and plays to his true potential.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.01.12 21:17:34 by beet Reply
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  • Would like too see this back line in the next 6 years, would probably only see it when all of them are 30 or older 😕

    9) Reinach
    14) sithole

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.01.12 21:21:08 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 40) :
    Hey BR
    6 years is a long time. Some of the guys who will be stars in 6 years time aren’t even household names yet. Some of them may even still be at school. Check where these potential Bok backline 2012 starting players were at 6 years ago in January 2006:

    9) Frans Hougaard born 1988 (17-18 years old) In matric at Paul Roos. Would later that year lose out on WP Craven Week selection to a brilliant young Gimmies scrummy called Dewalt Duvenage. Not a complete unknown simple because of his older brother’s success but then again his older boet was a standout who gained SA schools selection, he didn’t even go to Craven Week.

    10) Morné Steyn born 1984 (21-22yo) After a very successful junior career, he was the regular backup to Loftus Liefling Derick Hougaard. Not so well known. Definitely not a hot tip for Boks back then. His international debut was in 2009.

    11) Bryan Habana born 1983 (22-23yo) Already a Bok player.

    12) Frans Steyn born 1987 (18-19yo) A Vrystaat junior player who had moved to Sharks and would make his debut for the Sharks and Boks in 2006. Went from a total unknown in January 2006 to Bok by November 2006.

    13) Juan de Jongh born 1988 (17-18yo) A matric student at Hugenote HS in Wellington Boland. 100% unknown.

    14) JP Pietersen born 1986 (19-20) Already a Sharks regular and a good bet to make the Boks one day which he did later that year in 2006.

    15) Lambie born 1990 (15-16yo) Still at school at Michaelhouse. Not even at 1st team level yet.
    Or even Taute born 1991 (14-15yo) Still at Monnas HS in one of their junior “A” teams.
    Or Goosen born 1992 – fresh out of primary school in 2006. Guaranteed that everyone who’d watched him play back then would have been convinced he’d play for the Boks one day.

    So bottomline. 6 years is a long time. Lots of talented players will come thru in that time of which at least 10-20% of them should be Sharks players who go on to play for the Boks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.01.12 22:52:52 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 41) : I understand that , my point was actually that the chance of seeing this tallented players in one team is basicly 0 the way plumtree is refusing to give the younger guys a go, it is still a pretty decent backline

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.01.12 00:39:02 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 42) : It is just frustrating to see all the talent but the coach stick to the tried and failed has beens

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.01.12 00:43:43 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 43) : en in plaas daarvan om die jong manne n’ kans te gee koop hulle eerder. Wat is die doel van junior ranks as dit net nou en dan gebruik word.

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.01.12 00:46:01 by BR Reply
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  • In todays Witness Plumtree sais the following : freddie will b used as scrummy; Lambie at flyhalf and riaan at fullback ludick at wing covering fb with Gouws. Deysel will not be used at lock skeate, Marais harhreaves, Brsler and du toit will be our locks.” Marius joubert and Bosman are both going through pretty hectic conditioning programmes, we whant them to improve in different areas but we have youngsters like Tim whitehead and Paul Jordaan to bring the X factor to the midfield so there is good competition and more depth at center …”. I’m happy just let the games begin. Pleeeease!

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.01.12 06:34:55 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Oh and the captain will be announced next week

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.01.12 07:01:20 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 45) :
    He made all the right noises last season during the CC and then never actually selected the youngsters. Let’s see if he back up his talk with action this year.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.01.12 07:12:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Comment 48, posted at 11.01.12 07:52:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 45) : This sounds like good news to me!

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.01.12 08:02:53 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) : True enough! There was another piece that worried me something to the effect that some players are good to play all the matches while others only 5 matches – I wonder which ones he feels don’t need a rest 🙁

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.01.12 08:11:52 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 45) : I hope he sticks to that plan! Exciting times. Bring on the rugby already!

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.01.12 08:26:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 45) : Like!

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.01.12 11:12:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Also read Plum said he will be looking local….drawing from the U21’s

    I agree with Beet – hope Rienach gets called to seniors..

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.01.12 16:37:59 by Ice Reply
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  • Oh I see Barrit was chosen for England for the 6 Nations! Congrats, but i guess he is now lost to SA forever…condolences Roberto!

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