Injury woes for Sharks

2009-08-04 00:00

THE Sharks have a number of injury concerns ahead of Friday’s Currie Cup game against the Leopards in Bafokeng and both scrumhalf Rory Kockott and prop Deon Carstens seem likely to miss the outing.

The Sharks picked up an excellent away win in Bloemfontein, beating Free State for their first Currie Cup win in Bloemfontein since 2003, but they did pick up a number of injuries.

Man-of-the-Match Kockott, who booted the Sharks to their win with 18 points in their 21-12 win, suffered a shoulder injury and assistant coach Grant Bashford said last night that the fiery scrumhalf could be rested this weekend.

Carstens left the field in the first half with a damaged rib cartilage and obviously scrumming down with this type of injury is a problem and he is almost certain to miss the trip.

There are a couple of other injuries with flank Jean Deysel bothered by a sore ankle and wing Odwa Ndungane nursing a hamstring strain.

This could leave the Sharks without a dozen first-choice players but fortunately the Leopards are battling this season and are lying last on the log without a log point after four rounds.

The Sharks have said that Argentinian flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez will make his Currie Cup debut against the Leopards but head coach John Plumtree may ease him back into rugby after his break by starting him off the bench on Friday.

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