Daniel sidelined for foul play

2011-05-11 00:00

FLANK Keegan Daniel will miss the Sharks’ next outing, the Super Rugby derby against the Bulls at King’s Park on May 21, after being found guilty yesterday of foul play.

Daniel appeared before a Sanzar judicial hearing at King’s Park yesterday and was suspended for two weeks.

The Sharks have a bye this weekend, which means Daniel will only miss the Bulls game. He was cited for “a late and dangerous tackle on Brumbies centre Christian Lealiifano” during the weekend game in Durban. The hearing was chaired by Sanzar judicial officer, Jannie Lubbe.

The Sharks management would not comment on the outcome of the hearing, but it is known that there is general unhappiness at King’s Park with the inconsistencies and perceived double standards in the citing procedure.

The Sharks also have No. 8 Ryan Kankowski sidelined for six weeks with a broken cheekbone, but they have a ready-made replacement for Daniel with Jacques Botes over his ankle problem.

Coach John Plumtree did make two late changes to his team shortly before kick-off against the Brumbies. Eugene van Staden started at loosehead ahead of Beast Mtawarira while wing Lwazi Mvovo, who was named on the bench, was replaced by Jacques-Louis Potgieter. He said, “Beast and Bismarck du Plessis both took heavy knocks to the head against the Stormers. Both passed concussion tests but I thought it best to use Beast off the bench.”

Plumtree said he had taken the difficult decision to drop Mvovo and add Potgieter on the bench “because I thought it would rain during the game and I wanted a back-up kicker to Pat Lambie among the substitutes”.

“Depth in the squad is going to be critical in the next few weeks,” he said. “The teams that will reach the play-offs will be those with the most depth.” The Sharks’ other injury concern is John Smit, but the captain has a light calf strain and he could be ready for the Bulls.

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