Sharks lose Mvovo

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Apr 2013 at 09:03
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Bad news coming out of Durban is the confirmation that Bok winger Lwazi Mvovo has suffered a thumb fracture and will be out of action for anything up to six weeks as the result.

Mvovo has apparently already had surgery to correct the problem, but given that the Sharks leave on their Anitpodean tour in around three weeks’ time, the reality is that the try machine is now a certainty to miss that trip. Such a long absence at this critical stage of the season is, unfortunately, also likely to put paid to Mvovo’s Bok selection hopes, with the mid-year test window scheduled to start just a few short weeks after his likely return.

There’s better news for flank Marcell Coetzee, who should be named to face the Crusaders on Friday after being cleared of concussion.

The Sharks will name their line-up later today and foremost on John Plumtree’s mind will be whether to pick Odwa Ndungane as a straight replacement for Mvovo, or perhaps shift Louis Ludik to win to see how Frans Steyn goes at fullback.


  • Oh crap! Not another finger injury? This is bizarre! Damn and not good losing Mvovs!

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.13 09:09:08 by Ice Reply
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  • Not good news but it makes for an interesting team announcement.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.13 09:21:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I won’t be surprised if we see Steyn at 12, Whitehead at 13 and Jordaan at 14.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.13 09:28:02 by G West Reply
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  • My guess is that Ludick will shift to wing with Riaan Viljoen named at fullback, or even the other way around. Or just Odwa coming in for Mvovo with Whitehead then taking his spot on the bench.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.13 09:32:24 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : Who is this Ludick guy? Is he any good?

    I would prefer to give Viljoen a start on the wing with Ndungane covering from the bench. Steyn is not yet fit for 80 minutes of Super Rugby (which is ridiculous after almost a full year in South Africa). I would go with this backline:

    11. Pietersen
    12. Bosman/Whitehead
    13. Jordaan
    14. Viljoen
    15. Ludik

    21. Whitehead/Bosman
    22. Steyn

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.13 09:48:37 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 5) : Haha sorry, spelling is a bit haywire 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.13 09:50:32 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Or let’s just throw in the KO guy from the previous thread and see how the crusaders react to that..mix it up a bit..hahaha..

    But on a serious note if timmy is fit why not slot him in at 12 n steyn at 13 n move jordaan in at 14 as gwest said. Ndugane is a bit slow for wing. Fullback maybe but not wing. We need gas out wide.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.04.13 10:02:07 by shaniboi Reply

  • Tough luck Lwazi! Has looked good so far.

    Plenty options, but maybe Jordaan to wing once Tim is back. Until then, Frans at 15 and Ludik at wing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.04.13 10:06:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I don’t believe Tim is fit

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.04.13 10:19:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • No one has mentioned Sbura?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.04.13 10:32:40 by Talent Reply

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