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Black Monday

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2015 at 10:05
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White the Sharks have yet to announce it officially, other media outlets have confirmed a sad story I heard on Saturday night; Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has again ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will spend the rest of the 2015 season on the sidelines.

It’s a bitter blow for the 22-year-old du Toit, who now looks certain to miss out on not only the remainder of the Sharks’ Super Rugby campaign, but on the Springbok season as well, including the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Despite boasting only a brace of caps in an international career that has thus far been blighted by injury, du Toit was widely considered a certainty for Heyneke Meyer’s squad this year, as undoubtedly THE form lock in South Africa, if not Super Rugby overall.

Thoughts of further participation in anything rugby related must now take a back seat, though, as the first priority is the surgery needed to restore the joint once more. A further serious injury to the same ligament that has already been surgically restored is, of course, no laughing matter and we will need to await the results of the doctors’ investigations to determine exactly what the prognosis is for the young star.

I’m sure you’ll all join me in sending our very best wishes to Pieter-Steph as he embarks on a long road to recovery that will require insane amounts of strength, both mental and physical. I urge you all to keep him in your thoughts – and prayers, if you believe in that sort of thing – over the days, weeks and months to come.


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