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Hooking concerns for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Feb 2013 at 14:07
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Whilst the news that Bismarck du Plessis is still many months from full fitness after a horror knee injury is perhaps not the big news that some are making it out to be, the fact remains that the Sharks will be tested at hooker during this year’s Super Rugby tournament.

Let’s not beat about the bush. Bissie picked up a terrible knock and we should probably consider ourselves lucky if we get to see him at all in Super Rugby this year. Any hope of a return prior to the season kicking off was always naive and the supposed “bombshell” that he’ll miss the bulk of the campaign certainly isn’t unexpected, not to me at any rate. The problem at the moment lies with the backup…

We’re all still reeling somewhat after the lineout implosion that saw the Sharks capitulate in the Currie Cup final and to say that any of us are confident that wither Craig Burden or Kyle Cooper is ready to be a “ready-made” replacement for Bismarck would probably be stretching the truth. Further complicating the picture, though, is a concerning knock picked up by Burden during practice last week, coupled with an MCL strain suffered by third-choice rake, Monde Hadebe. Burden, at this stage, looks like he’ll be ok to play, but Hadebe is going to miss the first few games.

So bad was the concern, in fact, that Baby Bok hooker Franco Marais found himself yanked form the UKZN Impi squad for the season to provide cover. With Burden not suffering any lingering effects and Hadebe’s injury not too serious, it’s more likely that Marais will play Vodacom Cup, but should something happen to Kyle Cooper over the next few weeks, don’t be too surprised if the man from Transvalia Hoër ends up being a surprise inclusion on the Super Rugby bench.


37 Comments

  • Kyle Cooper needs to step up this season, it has to be seen as his make or break season. Burden for me will always only be a 20min. hooker, ie. good from the bench, but not feasible for rotation.

    Bismarck’s style of play is obviously rough on his body, so we need a hooker that can step up for rotation.

    Shape up of ship out boys!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.13 14:45:14 by FireTheLooser Reply
     
  • Line-outs could be the Achilles heel of the Sharks this season. I am going to be really annoyed if we loose more tight games due to sloppy line-outs.

    I must say I prefer Cooper to Burden in general play – more my idea of a hooker. He needs to sort out his throwing though.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.13 15:01:16 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • hopefully franco will help us in the lineouts & the youngsters have a good chance to learn

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.13 15:33:09 by Dunx Reply

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  • Not good news for Sharks supporters, but many will be cut down by injury before the season starts proper. Cory Jane alsosuffered a pre-season, and likely season ending injury.

    The Sharks have incredible depth almost across the park, except in the frontrow, and cruelly, that is where the injuries are striking.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.13 15:37:28 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Anyone seen the squad on the Sharks website, seems final and no Kyle Cooper 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.13 15:57:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : isn’t it still last year’s squad they have up there?

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.13 16:19:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Franco vd Merwe and Butch James are there which indicates it’s this year’s squad.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.13 16:49:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Monde Hadebe is there, I don’t believe he was in last year’s squad.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.13 16:52:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : Frans Steyn isn’t there either…

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.02.13 16:58:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : So the squad is very half-heartedly semi-updated

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.02.13 17:10:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : So we’ll maar have to wait and see. Would the squad normally be finalised before or after the warm-up games?

    Did see Plum saying that Kanko will be joining the Sharks next week. 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.02.13 17:11:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : you read my mind…. it’s like they counted until they got to 16 forwards then just stopped. No Marais brothers either, no Herbst, no Dell…

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.02.13 17:28:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : the Sharks NEVER announce a finalised squad.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.13 17:28:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : So it’s kinda like a work in progress then 😐

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.02.13 17:32:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : The guy (not Mike) is sitting at home trying to figure out what he has forgotten.

    Frans Steyn!!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.02.13 17:54:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : what do you know that I don’t know? Is Mike not running it any more?

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.02.13 17:58:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : No he still does, but I don’t think he compiles the list for the squad page surely.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.02.13 18:18:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : no – he definitely just puts up what other people tell him to – even if he knows it’s wrong or incomplete

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.02.13 18:19:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Slightly disturbing how the two saffa sides are both struggling with hookers. Next we’ll have a shortage of opensiders!

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.02.13 20:26:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Shouldve read ‘the TOP two saffa sides’…

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.02.13 20:26:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Could anyone help me with a nice site to stream the games from please?

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.13 10:04:42 by Ben Reply
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  • I really hope Bizzie comes back quickly and better than ever.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.13 15:03:28 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Ben are you in Bangkok?

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.13 15:21:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : vipbox.tv

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.02.13 02:50:45 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : Yes I am.

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.02.13 14:45:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 24) : Thanks.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.02.13 14:47:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 25) : I’ll be there from 31 March to 8 April. There are quite a few places to watch SR live in BKK. Although SA games will be late night. Aus and NZ games will be midday

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.02.13 15:04:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : I never have a problem finding a place to watch the games when in BKK

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.02.13 15:06:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Ok cool. Remind me again and we can meet up when you are here.

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.02.13 15:07:01 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : That’s awesome. The time difference is a little hectic. If the game starts at 19:00 in SA I will see it starting at 00:00 in Bangkok.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.02.13 15:09:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 30) : l’ll post link to where I usually watch, as well as a few others. You should be able to get satellite tv in BKK as well

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.02.13 15:12:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : Thanks KSA. I stay about a 1 hour drive from central Bangkok at the moment.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.02.13 15:14:44 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) :

    Rustenburg to Bangkok….That must be quite a culture shock? 😀

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.02.13 15:19:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : No need to tell me about it. 😆

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.02.13 15:22:46 by Ben Reply
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  • An hour’s drive, so about 10kms then. 🙂

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.02.13 15:24:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 34) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.02.13 15:28:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.02.13 15:38:17 by Ben Reply
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