Sharks’ Bok trio to miss Bulls match

2012-02-07 00:00

THE Sharks will be without three of their most physical, in-your-face Springbok forwards when they take on the Bulls in their Super Rugby opener at Loftus on February 24.

Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde confirmed yesterday that beefy loose forwards Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel would join Springbok loosehead Beast Mtawarira on the sidelines for the Friday night opening game of the tournament.

Alberts and Deysel both underwent surgery during the close season and have been involved in an intense rehabilitation programme.

“They are recovering well, but we don’t want to rush them and risk aggravating at the start of a long season. They definitely won’t be ready for the Loftus game and we are hoping to have them back for the second round when we play the Stormers at Newlands,” Van der Linde told The Witness.

Mtawarira underwent surgery on his fractured ankle last month and will miss two months of Super Rugby action. The young prop, Dale Chadwick, is an obvious replacement in the front-row.

The 107-kg Marcell Coetzee, a powerful loose forward in the mould of Alberts and Deysel, is an obvious replacement on the flank against the Bulls. Coetzee, a 20-year-old who had an impressive debut season last year, is suffering a slight calf strain and coach John Plumtree rested him for the internal trial on Friday evening.

“The injury is not serious and he should be ready to play against Boland this Friday,” said Van der Linde.

The Sharks doctor said there had been no injuries during the trial.

The Sharks play Boland at King’s Park and Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth over the next two weekends to wrap up their pre-season preparations ahead of the Bulls game.

Join the conversation! 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. 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

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 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.