One-week ban for young Sharks flyhalf

2009-07-23 00:00

SHARKS flyhalf Guy Cronjé was yesterday suspended for one week and will miss tomorrow evening’s big Currie Cup game against the Blue Bulls at King’s Park.

The 19-year-old, appearing before a disciplinary hearing in Durban yesterday, was found guilty of “a dangerous tackle” on Boland lock Frikkie Spies during his team’s 46-10 victory over Boland last Friday. Judicial officer Dekker Govender reviewed the available evidence and the report of the match citing commissioner Edwin van Wyngaardt, who felt that the offence deserved more than a yellow card.

Cronjé, who had a shaky start to his Currie Cup career in the most testing conditions against Western Province at Newlands, showed a marked improvement against Boland and his suspension is a setback for the Sharks.

Sharks head coach John Plumtree has replaced Cronjé with Monty Dumond in the only change to the starting line-up, while Len Olivier joins the bench and will cover fullback and flyhalf.

“It is really disappointing to lose Guy,” said Plumtree last night. “He was settling in well at flyhalf and now we have another disruption.

“It seems to be part of the Currie Cup challenge with personnel changing on a weekly basis.”

Plumtree said that in spite of the late change the players had prepared well.

“There is a positive mood in the squad and, if we can match the Bulls in the set pieces, we have the chance to upset them.”

The Bulls have also been disrupted with their influential centre Wynand Olivier called into the Springbok squad.

The game kicks off at 6 pm tomorrow.

 

Sharks team

15. Stefan Terblanche (captain), 14. Odwa Ndungane,13. Andries Strauss,12. Riaan Swanepoel,11. Lwazi Mvovo,10. Guy Cronje,

9. Rory Kockott, 8. Keegan Daniel,7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Albert van den Berg, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Patric Cilliers, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Deon Carstens.

Replacements:

16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Nikolai Blignaut, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Len Olivier, 22. Luzuko Vulindlu.

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