Coetzee, du Plessis in doubt for Chiefs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 Apr 2012 at 07:58
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News from the Sharks camp this morning, courtesy of the Sharksrugby website, is that both Bismarck du Plessis and Marcell Coetzee are under an injury cloud ahead of Saturday’s crunch match against the Chiefs.

Bok hooker du Plessis, who flew home from tour a week early, hasn’t trained yet this week and is unlikely to do so until Thursday, as a result of thigh and neck complications. This state of affairs must surely rule him out of a starting role against the Chiefs, with Craig Burden set to benefit from an extended run in the number 2 jersey after a pair of great performances in New Zealand. It remains to be seen whether du Plessis is risked off the bench, or whether Kyle Cooper will be given another few minutes to show what he can do at this level.

Coetzee is suffering from an AC joint tear; the shoulder was apparently injured against the Hurricanes and flared up against the Blues as well, leading to his substitution early in the second half. A call will be made on his availability later in the week, but the smart money would be on Coetzee sitting this one out and Keegan Daniel reverting to open side, where he can play in a loose trio containing Jean Deysel at blind side and Willem Alberts at the back of the scrum.

After the Chiefs game, the Sharks have a bye week coming up and will hope to have a good opportunity to get the squad fit and ready for the Highlanders’ visit to Kings Park in early May.


  • So the best player manager in Durban turns out to be a guy called Injury.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.12 08:19:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.12 08:23:04 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Imo both should get a rest.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.12 08:25:12 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) :

    Well said!

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.12 08:26:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : 😆

    If Plumtree won’t rotate the players then Karma will. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.12 08:30:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : Well both started every game until they got injured. Instead of being properly managed. That’s what makes me think that the coaching staff are morons. Smart money on Chadwick to break down next. 😐

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.04.12 08:47:18 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Kinda obvious isn’t it? “Hmmmm, all the players that I’ve insisted start every game are starting to break down on me, why is that?” 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.04.12 08:50:28 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Bismarck is a huge loss against this physical Chiefs pack

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.12 08:55:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : Just about all of us can see this, but it seems to remain a concept too abstract for the coaching staff to grasp.

    Maybe Plum has become a victim of his own coaching deficiencies in that the Sharks are not performing, which means he feels he doesn’t have the luxury of rotating players.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.12 08:59:25 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Oh yes, Karma’s making Plum her beeatch! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.12 09:00:43 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Damn! This sucks!
    Maybe if we showed the coaches how rotation works, rotate Plum, Bash and the rest out.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.04.12 09:02:02 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Bound to happen!!

    The guy called Injury also has the ability to “unearth” talented players. Something Plum fails to muster.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.12 09:59:29 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Massive blow to lose any of these players for this game.

    As brilliant as Burden was last week think against the Chiefs we would have needed Bissie. That Chiefs pack are monster big.

    So our loose trio will look like this:

    8 Keegan
    7 Alberts
    6 Deysel


    8 Alberts
    7 Deysel
    6 Keegan

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.12 10:08:03 by Puma Reply

  • Pity Beast is not ready for this game.

    Also we might have to move JPP over to wing. That Masaga (spelling) is massive. That would mean moving Tim over to 13 with Bosman coming in at 12.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.12 10:10:43 by Puma Reply

  • against a team like the chiefs the sharks will have to play a COMPLETE game, this reliance on intercepts and turnover ball is high risk and low yield. brodie ritalick is also troublesome @ lineout time.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.12 10:21:50 by Megatron Reply

  • Please don’t risk Coetzee and Bissie, Plum!!

    If we can beat Chiefs that would be awesome, a nice bye coming up and after bye probably have Beast and Kanko back from their injuries. Nice run of home games and let me say “easier” away games than we have experienced so far. C’mon Sharks, make this 2nd half count!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.04.12 10:26:37 by JJR Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 14) : Hopefully he will play some Sharks XV next week…my peeps in Durban tell me they’ve seen him on a few occasions in the Gym and pool and that he is looking in really good condition. I mean he has pretty much been doing conditioning work for about 5 and a half months outta the last 6 months. So he will be in great shape. A fresh Beast is really good for The Sharks, beast always comes back from a break at full steam ahead.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.04.12 10:31:10 by JJR Reply
  • I think Keegan will stay at 8 and we will get Alberts 7 and Deysel 6. Even Hienrich Brussouw ends up packing down at 8 for cheetahs on defensive scrums. Keegan doesn’t really fetch anyway. Deysel will be our best chance of stealing some ball at the breakdown.

    Then again, it doesn’t really matter what number they have on their backs, it’s all about just the “balance” of the loosetrio.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.04.12 10:40:17 by JJR Reply
  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.04.12 10:49:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) :
    Brilliant! 😈

    @Megatron (Comment 15) :
    Megs, we will struggle to beat the Chiefs with current personnel. Best strategy would be to impose structure and keep it tight, as they have ball-carriers galore in the pack and some real finishers in the back.

    Unfortunately, of late we have become a very loose team, whoc struggle to finish moves – and that kind of turn-over ball is what those guys thrive on.

    We cant risk either Coetzee or Bismark, so we will have to go in with a pack with the wrong dynamic – we are gonna be up against it.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.04.12 11:34:16 by Big Fish Reply
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