No further injury concerns for Sharks

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Oct 2012 at 15:25
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As far as injuries are concerned, the Sharks must be the luckiest side of this Currie Cup season and with the important semi final clash between themselves and the Bulls at King Park looming, the good news continues. Steven Sykes, Jacques Botes and Odwa Ndungane are still the only injury concerns after this weekend.

Last weekend John Plumtree was able to integrate four of his six returning Springboks back into his team, giving Beast Mtawarira and Willem Alberts the week off, but both these players would surely be considered for this weekend’s semi. Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn are two other players who will not be available to the Sharks due to lengthy injury lay-offs, but with all the options available to the Sharks coach, I think this will be the last thing on his mind.

Plumtree has a few important selection decisions to make with the returning Boks now surely all ready and willing to play; this is the sort of decision Plumtree has had to make a few times before in his career with the Sharks at the end of Currie Cup seasons, with mixed results. Whether past experiences has helped him remains to be seen.

“It hasn’t been easy” says Plumtree “There was probably a little walking around in the middle of the night. We’ve been in this situation so many times before the last five or six years of coaching Currie Cup, when the Springboks comes back and generally, from my experience, when the Boks have been successful, they came back and struggled to play Currie Cup rugby. When they have not been successful, they usually come back hoping to prove a point and put a smile back on their faces. You get some guys that come back and they just want to really do something special. The players want to be involved in the occasion. It’s a fantastic opportunity. You don’t get too many home Currie Cup finals presented to you, or opportunities like this on the weekend. So you don’t want to waste them”


  • are all 3 of them definitely out for this weekends game?

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.10.12 16:13:59 by SharksRTB Reply
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : Most likely of the three to return is Sykes, as he is the only one that has done some running this week, but it seems unlikely that any of them will return this week, although if we pass the semi, they all might be ready for the Final.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.10.12 16:19:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • must say, I’m a little disappointed that we’ll be without Botes and Odwa… both of them could have crucial roles to play against the Bulls

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.10.12 16:21:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Indeed, but how many teams can lose a player of Odwa and Botes’ caliber, and be able to replace them with the likes of Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Lwazi Mvovo?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.10.12 16:34:04 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Would be a shame if Odwa is not available, he’s been in really good form this year and I think bulls kicking game would make him look even better.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.10.12 16:40:01 by JD Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : exactly. Exactly

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.12 16:41:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m not worried if Mvovo is in side. Apart from one cock up he also did a bloody good job for the Boks. it will be great to start mc, kd and jd and then unleasg wa on the cows. Dont put wa as lock………..pleez. JM and mullet have been stand outs.

    Having said that……..boy am I nervous for Saturday.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.12 19:28:55 by Bayshark Reply

  • @JD (Comment 5) : Agreed. Odwa is much better suited to face the bulls than Mvovo.

    We shouldn`t be so worried though. We`ve Got This! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.12 08:58:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • We gonna miss Odwa – he’s a hard working wing…damn!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.10.12 09:32:05 by Ice Reply
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  • Odwa is the epitome of a real professional, him and Botes are fantastic team men and really special men. Gentlemen of the game; I salute you and hope you will be fit for the final. Regardless of our depth of quality players these men deserve to lift the Cup in Sharks playing jerseys on principle alone…

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.10.12 18:17:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Comment 11, posted at 17.10.12 18:30:19 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I prefer the low profile the Sharks are maintaining this year round – lots of focus on the Bulls.

    Bring home the underdog tag, we simply thrive on it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.10.12 18:36:08 by FireTheLooser Reply


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