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Beast blow for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2015 at 10:24
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As the dust settles on a disappointing opening weekend for the Sharks, there is one bit of news that’s truly awful – Beast Mtawarira suffered a calf muscle tear against the Cheetahs on Saturday and is now facing an undetermined, but likely extended, period on the sidelines.

Director of Rugby Gary Gold has revealed that the decision to keep Bismarck du Plessis out of action last week was a precautionary one, given the length of the season and the risk in him aggravating a minor shoulder tear. The call was only made on Saturday morning, with Gold’s reasoning being to rather lose his captain for one week now, than for six or more later on.

Du Plessis is thus expected to feature against the Lions, which is good news for a Sharks front row that will now need to make do without fellow Bok Mtawarira for a good few weeks. Dale Chadwick, who impressed with his work rate against the Cheetahs, will now come in and will have plenty of work to do to help turn around a less than convincing Sharks scrum display.

Thomas du Toit, who has not been in action yet this year and is understood to have some fitness concerns himself, may well come into the reckoning this week, while it’s also possible that Matt Stevens could be asked to deputise at loosehead, with Lourens Adriaanse coming in as backup for Jannie du Plessis.



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