Sharks hoping for Pietersen boost

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Oct 2012 at 08:00
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In what can only be described as truly excellent news for the Sharks, Bok wing JP Pietersen returned to training this week, after spending all of the Currie Cup season to date on the sidelines. Pietersen broke his thumb during the Sharks’ Super Rugby Final defeat to the Chiefs earlier in the year.

According to assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards. the lanky Pietersen, who was in fine try-scoring form before suffering the injury that curtailed his involvement in the Bok Rugby Championship campaign, appears to be suffering little discomfort after having pins removed from the damaged digit last week. Reece-Edwards further pointed out, though, that Pietersen’s return to the training field this week does not, unfortunately, mean that he’s been cleared to play against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

According to a SAPA report, the Sharks are going to adopt a wait-and-see approach, but are certainly hopeful that Pietersen may be cleared later in the week to take his place in the match 22 for this weekend’s game. “Hopefully later in the week he’ll be made available, but at the moment he’s just here to train,” said Reece Edwards. “He seems to be in good spirits. I think he’s looking forward to playing again, but would like to play Currie Cup rugby first before being rushed into the top scene. We don’t know if he’ll be ready this week or not,” he added.


  • Will be nice to have JPP back, but match fitness can easily count against him, performance wise.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.12 08:13:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Great news!!! Let’s hope we get him quick!

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.12 08:13:38 by KingRiaan Reply

  • It would be awesome if he could play this weekend.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.12 08:27:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : jeez ja… you’re not wrong hey!

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.12 08:28:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : At least he would have been able to stay fit otherwise, but he hasn’t played rugby for 2 months so we’ll have to wait and see what that did to his form.

    Hopefully he’ll come back feeling refresh and get back to his Super Rugby form really quickly.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.12 08:30:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : And how brilliant was he, easily the form backline player in the competition. Seems he has been gone forever, considering how much rugby we’ve witnessed lately…

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.10.12 08:46:06 by neilster Reply

  • If you follow him on twitter, it seems that he’s been training his butt off and that he’s in good spirits. It can only help our guys to have him back in training, even if he’s not available this weekend.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.10.12 08:48:44 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 7) : Yeah I think a lot can be said for a player’s impact on the team during training.

    You can ultimately only reflect that which you did on the training field during a game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.10.12 09:23:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • But who do we drop down? viljoen to the bench?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.10.12 10:17:01 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : 😈 That would be a great option. His CC is hanging by a thread! He should have a last option as an impact player in the midfield only. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.10.12 10:23:22 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • 😈 The way he plays, MJ deserves a chance before him. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.10.12 10:24:52 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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