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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.



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