Injured pair back in training for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2012 at 09:00
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The Sharks received some good news this week ahead of their tough three-week run-in to the Currie Cup knock-outs, with a number of players returning to swell their already full ranks.

Hooker-cum-loosehead Kyle Cooper, who has been on the sidelines for around three months after a neck operation, returned to full training yesterday and may even come into the reckoning for a berth against the Bulls this weekend, while Bok wing JP Pietersen is also expected back on the paddock on Wednesday. The latter’s playing return, however, is expected to come a week later against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, unless, that is, the national selectors opt to push the panic button and rather throw him straight in against the All Blacks that weekend instead.

With lock Pieter-Steph du Toit now also available for selection, after coming through a under 21 game at the weekend, the Sharks are now in the enviable position of having a fully fit squad as the competition nears its climax. Only long-term knee casualty Bismarck du Plessis remains on the sidelines, with the only other unavailable players being the eight Sharks currently with the Springbok squad.

The Sharks face must-win games across all three competitions, at home, this weekend with the under 19s and under 21s facing their Western Province counterparts and the seniors taking on the Blue Bulls.


  • Viljoen must be benched. Our best available backline is Reinach, Bosman, Whitehead, Jordaan, Mvovo, Ndungane, Ludick.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.12 09:15:54 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : I disagree fundamentally.

    Mvovo isn’t available 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.12 09:22:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : Agreed entirely!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.12 09:25:00 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : 😆 OK, Sbura on the wing then.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.12 09:52:12 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 4) : ha ha. Just f’in with you Ted.

    But again I must disagree. I want rosco to get another run at 11 cos I think he did more with his 1 chance than Sbura did with his 5…

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.12 09:53:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : So Whitehead on the wing and Mvovo at outside center. Is that a ploy to confuse or actual strategy?

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.12 10:07:42 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Does Kyle Cooper really have the ability to play LH? Or is that ability only reserved for emergencies?

    You know where I’m going with this, but only if Kyle can be a proper LH. His work rate in open play combined with a hooker like Hadebe/Burden will literally add an extra player on the field.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.12 10:10:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • This is great news for us. I agree want that youngster given another chance. Put viljoen on the bench give bosman a good go at flyhalf with jordaan & whitehead. What a prospect that would be.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.12 10:47:14 by Dunx Reply


  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.12 11:16:52 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 9) : i agree fully

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.12 12:23:50 by Dunx Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 6) : I can put numbers up if it will help. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.12 13:51:13 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : That´s true. Really disappointed that Sbura isn´t kicking on, especially when players with the same talent, like Rocco Jansen and Raymond Rhule, are standing out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.12 13:54:00 by rhineshark Reply
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  • People please! It’s “Ludik”, without a C

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.12 14:48:20 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 13) : Sorry! I also hate in when people spell Brüssow and Daniel something like Brussouw or Daniels.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.12 17:46:56 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Bismark du Plessis, John Smith, Heinrich Brussouw, Keegan Daniels, Louis Ludick, JP Pieterson, Rian Viljoen, Elton Jantjes, Juan de Jong, Jean Deyzel, Charl McLoed, Jacque Fourie, Robert Ebehrson, Fourie du Pree… man, we can go on and on. You see it everywhere.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.12 18:14:33 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 15) : In the case of Jaque Fourie, the errors made by people are actually improvements on the error made by his parents. 😉

    I mean really, you pick a name that you can’t even spell….luckily we’ve got smart phones and Google these days 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.12 18:24:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : I agree 100% with that.

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.09.12 08:13:33 by Uli Reply
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