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Beast done?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 30 Jun 2014 at 12:19
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I don’t know about you guys, but when I read that Beast Mtawarira had a “bulging disc” in his neck, I immediately started to suspect the worst.

Now we’re still waiting for any sort of real prognosis on the injury – although I have it on good authority he definitely won’t play this weekend – but we at least have to consider the possibility that the big man’s Super Rugby contribution might be over for the season. Maybe I’m scaremongering here and he’ll be back in time to face the Stormers next week, but I just don’t have a good feeling about this one.

The Sharks have done a reasonable job in overcoming injury concerns in a number of key positions already this year; we identified lock, scrumhalf and flyhalf as areas where we couldn’t afford to lose too many players and those are exactly the places where depth has been tested. Loosehead prop is the other area of major concern and I guess like most I’ve been quietly waiting for one of our ones to suffer some sort of mishap.

The silver lining, though, is that Dale Chadwick will now finally have the opportunity to build on some very good substitute appearances, with his anticipated first start of the campaign coming against the Cheetahs this weekend. Perhaps even more enticing is the prospect of 19-year-old Thomas du Toit winning a spot on the bench.


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