Injury woes for Hurricanes and Sharks

2009-04-02 00:00

The Hurricanes have rushed Sevens specialist Victor Vito to Durban to join the squad ahead of Saturday's Super 14 outing against the Sharks at King's Park.

The 109 kg backrow forward has been drafted into the Hurricanes squad following the injury to loose forward Scott Waldrom and All Black wing Hosea Gear. The pair both returned to Wellington this week because of injury.

The 22-year-old Vito played for the New Zealand Sevens team in Hong Kong at the weekend and was heading for Adelaide for the Australian-leg of the RB Sevens World Series when he received his call-up.

It is expected that David Smith or fullback Cory Jane will be switched to the wing to replace Gear.

Gear left for home after suffering a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during the 38-32 win over the Lions in Johannesburg and he could be out for two months.

Waldrom, who played for New Zealand in their end-of-year tour to Britain, suffered an abdominal strain last week and missed the Lions match.

He will not be ready to play until the Hurricanes meet the Stormers in Wellington on April 18.

The Sharks also have an injury problem on the wing. JP Pietersen, the leading try-scorer in the competition with seven tries from six matches, is in doubt.

The Sharks hope to make a final call on his fitness today before announciug their team. Apart from the usual rotational selections in the front-row, where John Smit and Deon Carstens could start this weekend, and the inclusion of Luzuko Vulindlu if Pietersen withdraws, the team is likely to be unchanged.

KZN referee Marius Jonker will handle the game.

Kick-off is at 5.05 pm on Saturday and will be preceded by the Sharks XV-Eastern Province Vodacom Cup match at 2.30 pm.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

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