Hernandez set to miss Sharks’ Lions clash

2009-08-11 00:00

THE Sharks are likely to be without their Argentinian flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez for Saturday’s Currie Cup outing against the Lions at Ellis Park, but the good news is that three of their Springboks will be available.

Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford said last night that Hernandez had turned an ankle early in the game against the Leopards on Friday night.

“He played on until half-time when we were going to replace him anyway and he really impressed with his all-round play and his big kicking game.”

But, said Bashford, the ankle is still swollen and uncomfortable and it is unlikely that Hernandez will be risked this weekend.

“We have Guy Cronjé and Monty Dumond so we have flyhalf options,” he added.

The Sharks have been lifted by the news that three of their Springbok reserves will be available for Ellis Park.

The Bok coaching staff are releasing a number of the 27-man Tri-Nations squad who are short of game time ahead of their Australasian tour in two weeks.

“We’ll have Jannie du Plessis, Ryan Kankowski and Odwa Ndungane for the Lions game, which is a big boost,” said Bashford.

There has been speculation that Ruan Pienaar and Adi Jacobs, who are also short of match practice, might also be released.

This, however, seems unlikely as both have recently returned from injury and they are regarded as key members of the Springbok Test squad of 22.

Bashford said he is hoping that Hernandez will be fully fit for the big game in Durban on August 22 when the Sharks face the log-leading Griquas.

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