Concern for Pietersen as Sharks regroup

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Apr 2013 at 09:30
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The last thing the Sharks needed ahead of this weekend’s match against the Cheetahs – and the upcoming tour of the Antipodes – was any more injuries to key personnel; but it looks like that’s exactly what they’ve got.

Coach John Plumtree expressed some concern at Saturday’s post-defeat press conference at Newland over the ankle injury sustained by Bok wing JP Pietersen; this in the wake of potentially campaign-ending injuries to both Lwazi Mvovo and Louis Ludik, as well as an alarming slump in form from the next-most-experienced back three man, Odwa Ndungane.

Pietersen was rushed off for a scan after the game – and his prognosis is not yet known – while there is better news for two other players who joined him in a visit to hospital after the game. Pieter-Steph du Toit (stomach complaint) and Marcell Coetzee (hip) were both cleared of any serious harm and should be fit to play against the Cheetahs this weekend.


  • In never rains hey. Dammit.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.13 09:33:27 by PTAShark Reply
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  • JPP would make it 11 guys out…

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.13 09:42:42 by King Shark Reply
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  • When is Whitehead expected to return?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.13 09:43:29 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Overall we are doing ok considering how many of our 1st choice players have been injured this year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.13 09:45:08 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Bissie should be back for the Australian leg of the tour. When can we expect Alberts back? Anybody know? Also, is there any word about whether Deysel will be fit this week?

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.13 09:58:43 by David12246 Reply

  • Whitehead’s arm did not set correctly, so he should be a while. And Bismark said he should be back after the tour.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.13 10:12:03 by PTAShark Reply
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  • JP would be a huge loss at this stage. We are really starting to look exposed in the back 3.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.13 10:27:04 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Hope JP is okay, but personally think the backs won’t be that important if our forwards up their standards.

    Sure, this will be a huge blow, but only because JP was one of the only players who provided proper go forward for us… he wasn’t cutting the defense in half, and wouldn’t until the forwards steps up …imo.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.13 10:33:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 8) : I think the biggest problem is still that we are not playing as a team. That is still my biggest concern.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.13 11:00:19 by Uli Reply
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  • Odwa seriously needs to give it up now.
    He should have retired 2 seasons ago.

    Bring in Sithole, Maseko and that Robinson kid.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.13 11:01:52 by John Galt Reply

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  • I think I need to watch the game again. We weren’t good but thought we weren’t that bad.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.13 11:27:42 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : I’ve noticed that the bigger teams try and hit us early and then lose momentum once the second half comes. See how the brumbies,crusaders and stormers played a intense first half against us scoring tries against us only to slow down in the second. We are seriously missing our bigger guys that create something for be honest we haven’t done bad considering that we are missing 3 or 4 big hitters as well as an electric backline player. But I do wish butch was fit as lambie needs a rest as his facial expression show a frustrated young man just going through the motions.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.13 11:35:22 by shaniboi Reply

  • Although Plum did well against the Crusaders I still maintain that he’s not the person to take us forward. We need an international coach, some who has coached at the highest level and knows how to prepare a side. For me the current coaching stuff is too reactive and are always caught napping against a well drilled side.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.13 11:36:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 13) : I still say the Saders game we should have lost. some silly refereeing and some mediocre goal kicking saved us that game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.04.13 11:43:08 by Uli Reply
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  • with all the injuries why not bring on some of the vodacom cup players . fisher , stander, du preez, players that will make a difference.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.04.13 12:10:27 by sharksupport Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : Nah, we were horrible. So many knocks, lost possession, crap scrums, stupid decisions. We were horrible.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.04.13 12:21:21 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 11) : We were worse than bad.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.04.13 12:25:21 by jonnow Reply

  • I see rebels coach’s job up for grabs when will it be sharks coach’s job up for grabs, i’m starting to get gatvol with plum,the team looks uncoached en sonder plan, nee magtig hulle lyk soos n klomp afkop hoenders.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.04.13 13:47:36 by BR Reply
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  • I will tell you what I am gatvol of. When the Sharks win against a good side (Saders) or by playing very well against a bad side (Rebels) a majority of the posters here say the Sharks are fantastic. Yet when we lose or play poorly the team and coaching are terrible. It is difficult to take anything these majority posters have to say seriously.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.04.13 17:37:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Fickle ❗

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.04.13 17:37:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) :
    i agree in part, but you cant blame fans for having a desire that reaching to a higher place. problem is the “team” is not playing to what we believe to be their true potential. Its not a coaching issue as the formula is there, its maybe down to lack of belief, and sometimes a coach cant work on that , it takes another player to spark that. Plum doesnt come across as ” Mr Inspirational ” , he needs someone who can drive the Team forward.

    Bring on the New CEO… let him inspire that lads.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.04.13 18:04:59 by The Duke Reply

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  • ps… Frans Steyn… you should be better !! fact !

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.04.13 18:06:34 by The Duke Reply

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  • @The Duke (Comment 21) : I agree, I think JPP did that for the Sharks with his form last year.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.04.13 18:35:39 by Uli Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 19) :

    The thing is that the Sharks are loaded with talent. If you compare the Boks in their squad to what the other SA teams have, they should have been topping the SA log for the last few years.

    If not poor coaching, what’s the cause of their continuing lacklustre performances?

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.04.13 18:36:00 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @The Duke (Comment 21) : I can’t disagree with what you say, what bothers me are those that after a win declare their praise for the Sharks and one week later, we should replace players with Vodacom Cup players and fire the coach. Hence my “fickle” comment.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.04.13 18:36:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 24) : long time no see, hope all is well.

    You misunderstand what I am saying. I also feel the Sharks are not playing to their potential and that has to be addressed. My frustration is with posters that are full of praise after a good game, and a week later want to throw everyone out and replace them.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.04.13 18:38:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Sorry to say but sometimes the Sharks go to sleep and never play to the standard that they should and Saturday was one of those games. The forwards did not dominate and when that happens Sharks looks bad and out of ideas.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.04.13 19:06:41 by JD Reply
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  • Doing better than most. Still regularly scan this site for excitement, not much to be found though, with Rob’s strict rules and all. 😉 Not much excitement for a Bulls fan either. They’re so thin on talent now, one is just thankful whenever they don’t lose. The Sharks are still in a good place this year. Only two losses so far. Lambie has been awesome. He carries the team. If some others start to do their bit, the Sharks stand a good chance of a home-semi. If not. Then surely they must do the NFL thing, and fire the coach.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.13 03:36:03 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Bok camp…
    JP on crutches, Bismarck +- 90% training, Willem 100% in training…. I definitely don’t want to rush these guys back. They are way too valuable for the Sharks and the Boks to be risked… But DAMMIT!!!! we need some serious muscle if we want to go anywhere in the SR this year

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.13 07:38:25 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 28) :
    The Bulls have a track record of pulling finger when the chips are down – its due to a team culture grounded in self-belief.

    They have showed it a few times when they needed to do it to at knock-out stages, including hammering teams 75-14 or putting up 92 points against the Reds. And thats why I think the Sharks are not so well-placed going into this tour.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.13 07:49:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 30) : We needed to win against the Brumbies, that really was a bad loss, and if we’re not able to get bonus points we’ll have to stop losing games along the way. Only teams that regularly get bonus points can afford dropping a few games during the season.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.13 07:55:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • JPP injury is a blow, but seeing as the Sharks backline rarely plays any attacking rugby anyway, they may as well play Mthembu there as another defender lol.

    Yes the Sharks have been laid low by injuries, but it’s because their supporters were gloating pre-season about the Sharks incredible depth ad nauseaum. Take it on the chin lads! Lol

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.04.13 07:55:57 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Okay I think I`ve calmed down sufficiently to ask some questions now.

    1 How did this team manage to get a result against the Crusaders?

    2 Who made the decision to let Lambie kick at posts from the halfway line when we have Frans Steyn and Meyer Bosman in the team? Was it Keegan? Was it Plum? I think who ever it was should step up and take responsibility.

    3 Why do we still expect Lambie to relieve the pressure from our own 22 when we`ve got kickers who can kick the ball so much further? And then we`re surprised when we`re under pressure all the time and start conceding penalties?

    4 What was up with the formation of our backline on the attack?
    Sometimes it looked as if our backline formed a couple of ” pods” and when the ball eventually came out, it was total chaos, didn`t look as if they knew what was going on.

    5 Is Juan de Jongh wearing Shark Repellant or something? Why can`t we stop him? 😈

    As a side note I can add that Frans Steyn looked really demotivated out there on saturday, walking around with his head down. . . Maybe it`s because he was given zero opportunity to do what he`s good at? We need to start giving him some responsibility.

    That`s my bit.
    Yes it was an away loss and we got the bonus point at least so it`s not all doom and gloom, but with the Cheetahs on their way to Durban we can not afford a repeat performance.

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.04.13 08:16:54 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 33) :
    Well I know the 1st q: We were lucky as Saders kicking was terrible, and the ref was also a but of a help.

    I agree FS needs more responsibility, he must be feeling like a nothing, especially after being dropped from the team as player and captain. Perfect way to break someone, when the rest of the team at the time was nothing better than what he was.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.04.13 09:11:16 by Uli Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 32) :
    Dont start gloating just yet mate. The Cheetahs arent going to make the play-offs this year. Your point about the Cheetahs leading the log cos of an upcoming bye wont help you much come the end of the tournament.

    Hilarious how you call in question the class of Sharks fans by demonstrating your own lack.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.04.13 09:27:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : Lol, my trolling at least hooked on Big Fish.

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.13 20:52:02 by KingCheetah Reply


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