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Hoffmann out for 10 weeks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 31 May 2011 at 08:09
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Sharks scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann has been ruled out for ten weeks, after rupturing ligaments in his elbow during the first half of Saturday’s game against the Waratahs.

The injury faces the Sharks with somewhat of a head-scratcher, given that the coaches have thus far resisted the temptation to include a third scrumhalf in the Super Rugby training squad. Former Westville boy Tian Meyer, who left Durban two years ago to join the Pumas, came in to train with the team in pre-season, even joining them on their camp in Phokeng ahead of the season. John Plumtree mentioned after Saturday’s game that he’d have a look at Meyer if Hoffmann’s injury were to prove serious – however, Sharksworld has learned that the player himself has heard nothing from the Sharks as of late yesterday. Should he now be called up, the soonest he could join the squad would be on Thursday – probably too late to be considered against the Cheetahs.

The more likely option to deputise for Charl McLeod this weekend would be Ross Cronje, who has at least tasted Super Ruby before. The 21-year-old Michaelhouse old boy toured with the Sharks in 2009, although he enjoyed precious little game time in the process. He seems to have fallen from grace a little bit of late, with his appearances limited to Vodacom Cup rugby in 2010 and 2011. That said, he’s been part of the structures for ages and is a good communicator, having regularly captained all the sides he’s played in (including the Sharks Under 19 side that won the trophy in 2008).

Should the Sharks opt not to go for either Meyer or Cronje, young Cobus Reinach, son of Bok winger and 400m champion Jaco, could be a shock inclusion.

In other injury news, Ryan Kankowski and Adrian Jacobs should both come back into the selection frame for this weekend’s crunch match in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs have lost another loose forward, though, with Kabamba Floors out for an extended period with knee damage. This should be countered to some extent by the anticipated ban to Sharsk flank Jean Deysel. Deysel faces a disciplinary hearing this afternoon after a dangerous clear out this weekend; Lions flank Mike Rhodes was this morning given a 6-week suspension for a similar incident.


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