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Marais blow ahead of tour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2015 at 06:17
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This has yet to be confirmed by any official sources at the Sharks, but we have it on good authority that fullback SP Marais will not be available to tour with the team due to a knee injury sustained against the Bulls on Saturday.

The former Kings player, himself on the field as an early replacement after Odwa Ndungane went off with concussion, apparently picked up the injury soon after taking the field and played through the pain for roughly an hour; later tests revealed a meniscus tear, requiring surgical correction and an 8-week lay-off. Doing the maths, Marais appears to thus have played his last Super Rugby game for the season.

This fresh injury blow, when added to concerns about Ndungane’s availability, creates somewhat of a selection poser at fullback for the Sharks. Jaco van Tonder, the next man in line, has himself been ruled out for the year due to ACL reconstruction surgery; should Ndungane not be able to pay in the 15 shirt, the Sharks will need to turn to Lionel Cronje or Frans Steny in the last line of defence, or perhaps even resurrect the idea of playing Lwazi Mvovo there – this latter plan seems to have died along with Jake White’s departure.

Whatever the case, we wish SP Marais all the best for his recovery.


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