Sharks: Players ‘a bit banged up’, but in better spirits after win

2010-03-23 00:00

COACH John Plumtree said flyhalf Andy Goode and Jannie du Plessis are nursing slight hamstring strains ahead of the Sharks’ Super 14 match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

“Muller is definitely out for the weekend and (flank) Keegan Daniel has a shoulder injury and is doubtful.

“Jean Deysel is struggling with his leg, but we are hoping he’ll be ready for Saturday.”

Plumtree said the players are “a bit banged up after four weeks of tough rugby, and only 16 players trained today”.

“We hope that by Thursday we will have just about everyone back on board.”

The coach said the team’s mood has been lifted by the weekend win, but the players realise they are still well short of their best.

“We’re also playing a different animal in the Hurricanes. They are coming off three losses and are coming back home, so they will be desperate to get their campaign back on track.”

Plumtree admitted it is a challenge to keep the players focused in week five of the tour. “We’ve been away from home for a long time, the weather is poor here and the players need to stay focused.

“Your thoughts can wander towards home, but I’m hoping the boys will enjoy this week, get back to winning again on Saturday and then we’ll be on the plane on Sunday.”

The Hurricanes game kicks off at 8.35 am.

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