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Marais blow for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Nov 2013 at 10:25
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The Sharks look set to have only two players with the last name of “Marais” available for the start of their Super Rugby campaign next year…

While both hooker Franco (who is part of the wider training group and thus unlikely to feature) and lock Peet are taking full part in pre-season training, the third Marais (none of whom is related to any of the others), fullback S.P., will miss the start of the campaign due to a shoulder injury. The former Kings star, who played a huge role for the Sharks during their recent Currie Cup triumph, goes under the knife today and is expected to be out of action for around 3 months. This should see him miss out on the opening few games of the tournament, where after he should be fit for selection.

With both Louis Ludik and Riaan Viljoen having quite the Sharks – along with Jake White’s assurance that Pat Lambie will play flyhalf – the Marais injury leaves the side looking perhaps a little thin at fullback. Frans Steyn and Odwa Ndungane are both strong candidates for the starting 15 jersey, while the likes of Jaco van Tonder, Hansie Graaff and new recruit Tim Swiel could also come into the picture.

Other players understood to have gone in for operations during the off-season are hooker Kyle Cooper, prop Wiehahn Herbst, lock Anton Bresler and wing Lwazi Mvovo. It’s not clear how serious the former two are, while Mvovo is already back in training after sustaining an arm fracture during the Currie Cup Final. Bresler’s shoulder continues to be problematic, but there is strong hope that this latest small procedure will have done the job.

One final bit of news is that former Stormers and Bok winger Tonderai Chavanga – himself in the latter stages or rehabilitation – has joined the Sharks for the pre-season. As a favourite of new Director Jake White, the record Bok try scorer will want to show that he’s still got what it takes to force a place in the final Super Rugby squad, when it is confirmed early next year.



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