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No further injury concerns for Sharks


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Oct 2012 at 15:25
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As far as injuries are concerned, the Sharks must be the luckiest side of this Currie Cup season and with the important semi final clash between themselves and the Bulls at King Park looming, the good news continues. Steven Sykes, Jacques Botes and Odwa Ndungane are still the only injury concerns after this weekend.

Last weekend John Plumtree was able to integrate four of his six returning Springboks back into his team, giving Beast Mtawarira and Willem Alberts the week off, but both these players would surely be considered for this weekend’s semi. Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn are two other players who will not be available to the Sharks due to lengthy injury lay-offs, but with all the options available to the Sharks coach, I think this will be the last thing on his mind.

Plumtree has a few important selection decisions to make with the returning Boks now surely all ready and willing to play; this is the sort of decision Plumtree has had to make a few times before in his career with the Sharks at the end of Currie Cup seasons, with mixed results. Whether past experiences has helped him remains to be seen.

“It hasn’t been easy” says Plumtree “There was probably a little walking around in the middle of the night. We’ve been in this situation so many times before the last five or six years of coaching Currie Cup, when the Springboks comes back and generally, from my experience, when the Boks have been successful, they came back and struggled to play Currie Cup rugby. When they have not been successful, they usually come back hoping to prove a point and put a smile back on their faces. You get some guys that come back and they just want to really do something special. The players want to be involved in the occasion. It’s a fantastic opportunity. You don’t get too many home Currie Cup finals presented to you, or opportunities like this on the weekend. So you don’t want to waste them”



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