Sharks’ chances of exploiting Bulls’ scrum dealt a huge blow

2009-09-08 00:00

THE Sharks’ chances of exploiting the Blue Bulls’ scrummaging problems in Saturday’s Currie Cup match at Loftus have been dealt a blow with another knee injury to prop Patric Cilliers.

The young Cilliers, who has battled back from major knee surgery this year, left the field against Boland on Friday with another knee injury and he seems certain to miss the weekend game.

Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford said yesterday that scans had still to be taken, but it seemed Cilliers had picked up a knee cartilage injury not related to the surgery.

“It doesn’t look good for the weekend for Pat, but apart from that we don’t seem to have other injury problems.”

The Sharks have three props with the Boks at present (John Smit, Jannie du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira) and young tighthead Wiehahn Herbst dislocated his ankle against Western Province at the end of last month.

The Bulls were badly outscrummed by WP at Newlands on Saturday and Sharks coach John Plumtree will now have to dig into the U21 ranks to find a replacement for Cilliers.

Bashford said that Test wing JP Pietersen, who left the Springboks in Australia last week, had a grade two hamstring strain.

“I think he will be out for another three weeks or so,” said Bashford.

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