Second row woes for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Aug 2014 at 15:05
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The Cell C Sharks’ hopes of being able to call on a Super Rugby second-row pairing for Saturday’s Currie Cup opener against Griquas look slim to none, if a report on the SuperSport Website is to be believed.

Gavin Rich, who caught up with backline coach Sean Everitt earlier in the week, maintains that both Stephan Lewies and Etienne Oosthuizen are struggling with injuries sustained during the Super Rugby semi-final embarrassment in Christchurch and that neither is rated as more than 50% likely to feature in Kimberley.

The second row, which should be one of few areas of strength for the Currie Cup Sharks when all are fit, now looks decidedly thin, with veteran Marco Wentzel and greenhorn Wiehan Hay joining Boland import JC Astle as the available options.

The Sharks team will be announced on Thursday morning.


  • The Sharks team for the Kwasse will probably be one of the least experienced CC teams in many years.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.08.14 15:24:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Jislaaik juffrou! It’s starting out tough to defend this title!

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.08.14 15:26:27 by R Hayward Reply

  • Yet every year we release players early from their contracts. Clowns.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.14 15:54:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • bliksem, we’re going to get p****d if we go in with a green second row in addition to a first-time-together loose trio and rookie at scrumhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.14 15:55:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • What do we look like at th?

    Can’t think of much outside of Adriaanse.

    Our backline seems to be the best stocked, which in past years used to be our problem area, now we have problems with our tight five.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.14 15:59:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : Adriaanse and Stevens

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.14 16:02:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : With Stevens there, I can’t really accuse the Sharks of being “thin” at th :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.14 16:05:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Ouens how is PSDT doing??? I don’t want to push but cant he start to make a comeback already?

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.14 16:26:48 by R Hayward Reply

  • Interesting to read HM response to Matfield injury….”“I was very happy with Stephan Lewies in that one game, but with all due respect Scotland aren’t the best in the world.”
    This was the same opponents he professes that Pollard has arrived!Double standards much?

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.14 16:37:52 by BarendL Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 8) : no, afraid not. Still out for the whole year.

    You don’t want to screw around with ACL

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.08.14 16:53:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 9) : ag man…. jy weet mos

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.08.14 16:54:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : lol 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.08.14 17:24:40 by R Hayward Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : This is all playing into our hands perfectly! After all, our most successful game plan in the Currie Cup in the last decade has been “lose to Griquas in the first game = win the Currie Cup”… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.08.14 17:41:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Without wanting to be negative it seems like we are seriously regressing under the new director. I feel that we are so far from where Brendan Venter left us as a unit. Trying to force youngsters into positions prematurely can lead to serious injury and impact very negative on the union. Is the bond between John and Jake a bad thing or can John make the hard calls when required? I do not like the current vibe where boys like Tim is just shoveled off like ssssnow. Something has got to give me thinks

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.08.14 21:47:33 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Wow just good news this week!?!?!?!

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.08.14 23:49:57 by JD Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 14) : I kinda agree with you, The Great White had me very excited at the start of this season, but as the SR progressed, more red lights went on then when Plum was in charge. I somehow feel we losing the Doc from the western Cape, BV, was our biggest lose yet, even if he was the one who approached White initially. Its almost as if the beautiful culture Dr Venter initiated during the CC last year faded the more Jake enforced his own coaching philosophy. Last year there were talks about making the players become more than just “rugby players”, are we still standing by that philosophy or has that goal taken a hike along with Brendon Venter?

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.08.14 09:51:22 by Stiko85 Reply

  • @BarendL (Comment 9) : This is why I will only support the Boks after Heyneke vacates his current post. Double standards like that irritate me

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.08.14 11:49:17 by Ludz Reply


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