Sharks lose Beast for a month

Rugby InjuryThe Sharks lost the high flying Cheetahs on the weekend and the frustration of their third loss weighed on Plumtree.

“We created plenty of opportunities and I thought we played all the rugby, I think the Cheetahs played no rugby. They just kicked the ball away all night. We wanted to be a bit more ambitious and as positive as we could, but weren’t entirely accurate. Losing tonight’s a big set-back. We needed that win big time before going on tour, but didn’t quite get it and that puts us under a fair bit of pressure now.” Plumtree said.

Other injury worries include on loan Lion Andries Coetzee who went off during the loss with what looks to be a dislocated shoulder.

This injury impact will hugely effect the team as they prepare for their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s not looking good for Beast (Mtawarira) and he won’t be on the plane tomorrow. He’s probably out for four weeks, I was really disappointed about Andries, because I thought he played really well too. He could be out for a couple of months.” Plumtree said.




Sharks to debut teenager against the Stormers

The injury ravaged Sharks will hand rookie teenager Sean Robinson his first Super Rugby cap after being Teamsheetsnamed in the starting line-up for their match with the Stormers.

–          Robinson replaces injured Odwa Ndungane on the wing.

–          Ryan Kankowski returns to the starting side.

–          Springbok Jean Deysel returns to the 22 via the bench.

“Sean Robinson is a youngster in his second year at the Sharks Academy and looks to have all the attributes of being a really good footballer, It’s a great opportunity for him and we’ve placed no pressure on him to have a big game, rather that he goes out and enjoys the experience. We’re hoping he has a good game and that he plays many more games for the Sharks. Losing Jacques Botes with the form that he was in is a big blow for us, but we’re very happy to have Jean Deysel coming back in, He was playing really good rugby before he got injured and his return is a timely boost for us. Against the Stormers you need that physicality and he’ll come off the bench and provide that.” Said Sharks coach John Plumtree.

The Sharks travel to Cape Town to take on the Stormers on Saturday, KO 17:05 CAT (16:05 BST)



Francois Steyn, Sean Robinson, Paul Jordaan, Meyer Bosman, JP Pietersen, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Keegan Daniel (captain), Ryan Kankowski, Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jannie du Plessis, Kyle Cooper, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Anton Bresler, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen, Odwa Ndungane.

Ludik out for the season

The Sharks have lost veteran fullback Louis Ludik to injury for the rest of the Super Rugby season.Injury

Ludik was bracketed to play against the Crusaders last weekend but news broke that instead of taking the field he took to the surgeon’s knife.

The Sharks stalwart confirmed on Twitter that the op went well and then confirmed how long he would be out for.

“Out of the theatre. Everything went very well. Just in a bit of pain. You guys don’t understand how much I appreciate all the messages,” Ludik tweeted.

“They say round about 3 months.” He added.

Ludik joins Bismarck du Plessis, Jaques Botes, Willem Alberts, Butch James Jean Deysel and Tim Whitehead on the injured reserve list.


Unchanged Sharks head to PE

TeamsheetsThe Sharks will field an unchanged side to that which beat the Stormers 12-6 in Durban last weekend when they face the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

This will be the third week in a row that the Sharks have selected an unchanged line up.

Coach John Plumtree told the media, that with no injuries and players being on form, he has no plans to rotate the squad just yet.

“We’re only at round three, there are two more games after the Kings before we have a bye and we’ll then have an opportunity to freshen everyone up which will be good.” Said Plumtree.

“Hopefully we’ll get better, players will make good decisions and we’ll maintain ball for long periods of time. That will give guys like JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo and the rest of our backs more ball, more fast ball. That’s certainly what Pat Lambie wants because it’s obviously not ideal for him to get slow ball, it makes it pretty hard to run off, we just have to make sure we will get better.”  He added.

The Sharks travel to PE to take on the Southern Kings on Saturday, KO 19:05 CAT (17:05 GMT)


The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Craig Burden , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Anton Bresler , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 7. Jean Deysel , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Cobus Reinach , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Francois Steyn (Captain) , 13. Paul Jordaan , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Louis Ludik

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Odwa Ndungane

Sharks name team for coastal derby

The Sharks head coach John Plumtree has made only one change to his side that will host the Stormers in TeamsheetsDurban on Saturday.

The change, seen as rotational, brings Springbok Jean Deysel into the starting line up in place of Jaques Botes who drops to the bench.

Plumtree told the Sharks website that he was happy to get through the Cheetahs match without any major injury concerns.

“We had a couple of head knocks, and the ground was pretty hard there, Meyer Bosman is over his, Jean Deysel took quite a nasty knock but he is ok. Lwazi Mvovo had to come off, he had a problem with his groin, but he is OK for this week.” said Plumtree on the Sharks site.

“We were a bit clumsy at the breakdown, we would secure the ball comfortably and then it would pop out the side and we’d ask: ‘how did that happen? A couple of times we were short of numbers and got turned over, a couple of times poor carrying into contact. The Stormers hit you hard, so you need to make sure you maintain possession when they do. We’ve worked on that in training, it’s a big focus, you need to keep the ball.” He added.

The Sharks host the Stormers on Saturday, KO 19:05 CAT (17:05 GMT)



15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn (C), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Odwa Ndungane

Sharks receive Alberts blow

Springbok Willem Alberts has been told that he will miss up to four weeks of rugby as he required minor Injurysurgery on his shoulder.

Alberts has been absent from both of the Sharks pre-season matches due to injury, but this week has been informed of a further set back.

While the Sharks are not thin in the ranks at loose forward, the Springbok’s experience will be sorely missed in the opening exchanges of Super Rugby.

The Sharks will face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in what promises to be a massively physical encounter, something they should be ready for after two big preseason wins.

“We feel we’ve gotten out what we wanted from the two games, although had we sustained no injuries, we’d be happier. We would have had no injuries had we had no games, but you need the hit-outs, certainly this last game we got the physicality we needed. So from that point of view our physical preparation has been good and we’re happy with that,” says assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards


Sharks sweating over the return of Bismarck

InjuryJust weeks away from the opening round of the 2013 Super Rugby season and the Sharks are still not sure whether Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will recover in time to start the campaign.

The Springbok and Sharks hard man had surgery to repair a torn knee ligament in August last year after injury on Test duty. Du Plessis was expected to return to play in time for the start of Super Rugby, however reports from the Durban franchise say that his recovery is going “slower than expected”.

“Unfortunately, we do have a couple of niggles, especially in the front row. The only major one is Bismarck du Plessis, who will miss some game time.” Said Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford.

Fellow front rower, prop Dale Chadwick is also likely to miss the first match of Super Rugby due to a stress fracture in his foot.

On the brighter side, Springbok Frans Steyn will make his return from an ankle injury in time for the first match of the season.