Wentzel set for extended sideline stint

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 9 Sep 2013 at 09:19
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The worst news to come out of the Sharks’ weekend Newlands loss is that line-out Kingpin Marco Wentzel will be sidelined for a fair while – probably the rest of the season.

Wentzel dislocated his shoulder half an hour into the debacle and while Edwin Hewitt went on to deliver one of his better displays as replacement, the 34-year-old had to endure an agonising two and a half hours before the joint could be relocated. As anyone who’s suffered a similar injury will tell you, the ligaments surrounding a dislocated joint take a real pounding and with Wentzel’s being out for so long, one can only imagine that the damage must have been significant. He’ll see the specialist today to determine a prognosis, but the smart money would be on no further action this season.

The injury is a bad one for the Sharks; those who questioned the 34-year-old’s value ahead of the campaign would have watched in stunned silence as the team’s line out play quite literally disintegrated without him there. While young Peet Marais has been pressed into service as a 4-lock these last two weeks, it now looks as though the young man will need to make a big step up in his favoured number 5 jersey. It remains to be seen whether he’ll learn enough during the week to be entrusted with the line out calls, or whether that job will go to the likes of Keegan Daniel.

There’s a ray of sunshine in that Pieter-Steph du Toit should probably be fit to play this weekend. He’ss been on the sidelens an awfully long time himself, though and the wise money would be on a bench spot for him this week. Anton Bresler appears to be a few weeks from fitness yet.

The other injury concern for the Sharks after Newlands is scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who picked up a quad injury. Again, it’s a position with not much depth and should he cry off, one of the under 21 scrumhalves may be asked to make a big step up against Griquas this weekend.


  • Ai like we can afford it in this department!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.13 09:27:10 by R Hayward Reply
  • @R Hayward (Comment 1) : it could be worse. We could be down to using club locks, like Griquas. They’ve lost 5 so far this season

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.09.13 09:29:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Bit off the topic Rob… How do you feel about our campaign thus far? I am still FULL of confidence – We lost 2 games including a home game but are still 2nd on the log. I told my wife before the WP game that we are breaking continuity in the rotation thing, but then again building a strong enough squad for next year!!! Catch 22?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.09.13 09:32:50 by R Hayward Reply

  • Jeez that’s a depressing start to the week. Was looking forward to seeing du Toit and Wentzel both on the field.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.09.13 10:09:02 by gregkaos Reply
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  • I still believe that PSDT and Bresler will be our best lock combo with Wentzel coaching them in the lineouts

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.09.13 10:16:52 by woody Reply
  • Ungerer to get a bench spot?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.09.13 10:17:27 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Actually, without understating Marco’s impact on the lineout this season, the idea that the lineout disintegrated when he left is incorrect. We literally lost every throw even when he was on the field…It was only when he left that we secured a few, presumably with somebody else calling the lineouts.
    This leads me to conclude that they had studied Marco’s calls and cracked them…Get well soon fella.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.09.13 10:24:06 by neilster Reply

  • I think all in all it was a bad day. Scrums, pace to the breakdown, turnovers nothing really worked. Having 2 injuries quickly in the first half just made things worse. The difference in scoreline was’nt that bad considering WP had all the ball and played a better game. If that’s the best they can do against a struggling Sharks outfit playing away, I would be concerned was I their coach.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.09.13 10:24:43 by Caratacus Reply

  • Ungerer is ready to make the step up

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.09.13 10:26:41 by woody Reply
  • @woody (Comment 5) : Ditto, at least I hope that’s the plan for the future…

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.09.13 10:35:01 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 8) : In complete agreements with your sentiments but a possible correction: overall The Sharks had the majority of possession and territory if I recall correctly?

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.09.13 10:38:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Ouch. Good luck with your recovery Marco

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.09.13 11:16:27 by Mutley Reply
  • Sharks centainly will get a old lock of europa again and won’t asked stephan Lewies

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.09.13 12:26:59 by Flippie Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 13) : Are you using Google Translate for your comments 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.09.13 12:52:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : Flippie is actually the very latest in bot technology. Someone has finally managed to develop a piece of software to emulate the average Blue Bull supporter’s comments.

    May I take this moment to congratulate the developer on a job that was amazingly well done. You ticked all the boxes: terrible grammar, poor spelling and the digital equivalent of the vacant stare.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.09.13 12:58:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.09.13 13:28:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Hahaha funny

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.09.13 13:47:00 by Flippie Reply

  • Didn’t knew sharksworld is a spelling bee also hey, sorry guys didn’t knew you guys were stupid nerds

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.09.13 13:49:21 by Flippie Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 18) : wait wait… YOU can’t spell, so that makes US stupid?

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.09.13 13:52:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yes rob yebo yes africa boy

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.09.13 13:57:35 by Flippie Reply

  • This f1ippi3.BOT has some impressive Ai – Something this intelligent able to portray someone this stupid, sheer genius…i think 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.09.13 14:04:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 20) : 😆 The Forrest Gump of bloggers 😆 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.09.13 14:06:46 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : @Flippie (Comment 20) : Flippie identified Rob based on his country of origin. This would have been seriously insulting had Rob originated from Canada. Still, A for effort! This must have taken up some serious processing power.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.09.13 14:17:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I am leaving sharksworld now on a basic

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.09.13 14:18:24 by Flippie Reply

  • I am leaving sharksworld.. Cheers mates

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.09.13 14:21:46 by Flippie Reply

  • Sorry for all of the insults and stuff I apologize for that cheers mates

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.09.13 14:22:56 by Flippie Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 25) : see you later.

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this place it’s this:

    NOBODY ever leaves Sharksworld. They might think they’re leaving, but they always come back.

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.09.13 14:23:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @f1ippi3.BOT (Comment 24) : [PrintError==Line 1 */\ * On|Off==Unable to compute==initiate *auto evacuate*]

    😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.09.13 14:27:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 28) : :mrgreen: I can’t wait for version 2.0

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.09.13 14:39:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 29) : It might be able to get to 2 stars, and not just one. Quite impressive getting to one star, but he never got to spam us with his *advertising* , so he failed his mission 😆

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.09.13 14:46:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 26) : Ai FLippie man moenie waai nie!!! Ons laaik jou stukkend man!

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.09.13 15:03:37 by R Hayward Reply

  • I thought Flippie had some intelligent things to say. Well, after i’d taken out my Oxford English Dictionary, my H.A.T. and my twee-talige woordeboek.

    Actually even then he was speaking in riddles a touch.

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.09.13 15:54:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 32) : was starting to wonder if he was one of your alter egos….

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.09.13 16:06:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    Lol. I’m flattered Rob, but no.

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.09.13 16:21:08 by VinChainSaw Reply

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