Herbst cleared in time for Sharks game vs WP

2009-08-26 00:00

THE Sharks received an important boost yesterday when their young tighthead Wiehahn Herbst was cleared of dangerous play by a disciplinary hearing in Cape Town.

Not for the first time this season a Sharks player has been cited following a Durban game and subsequently cleared and the U21 prop, who was yellow-carded after charging into a ruck during Saturday’s Currie Cup win over Griquas, was yesterday found not guilty.

The availability of Herbst will solve a problem for coach John Plumtree who has his two looseheads, Deon Carstens and Patric Cilliers, nursing minor ailments ahead of Saturday’s game against second-placed Western Province in Durban.

Centre Riaan Swanepoel, flyhalf Juan Hernandez and scrumhalf Rory Kockott are also fit for Saturday’s game and the log-leading Sharks, if you can ignore their 10 missing Springboks, should otherwise be close to full strength on Saturday.

WP, in contrast, have a problem in the second-row with Adriaan Fondse out for the season while flyhalf Peter Grant is also battling with injury.

Deon Kayser, the Sharks technical adviser, said yesterday that the Durban-based team had “grown during the season.”

“There is no complacency in the side, the vibe is good and the team has learned a lot from previous experiences.

“The biggest thing is the new young guys believe that they can play at this level. Western Province are obviously a quality side and they haven’t lost a lot of Springboks, as we have. But our guys will be up for it.”

The Sharks lost their opening Currie Cup game against Province in Cape Town and Kayser said that the rainy weather had been a major factor on that day.

“We’re hoping it will be dry on Saturday and that will suit us. We couldn’t have asked for a better campaign so far and the youngsters have done really well. But there is still plenty of work to be done and Province will be a real test.”

The match kicks off at 3 pm and Jonathan Kaplan will referee the game.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.