Suspended flanker Deysel to miss two Super 15 matches

2011-06-01 00:00

FLANK Jean Deysel will miss the Sharks’ next two Super Rugby games — against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and then the Ellis Park clash with the Lions — after he was found guilty yesterday of dangerous play against the Waratahs.

Deysel has been suspended for two weeks after being found guilty by a Sanzar judicial hearing held in Durban. He had been cited for a dangerous tackle on Waratahs centre Tom Carter during their weekend match at King’s Park.

Peter Ingwersen SC found that this was a lower-end offence and ruled that Deysel should receive the minimum sanction of two weeks.

Sharks coach John Plumtree yesterday confirmed that number eight Ryan Kankowksi has recovered from his fractured cheekbone and he is an obvious replacement for Deysel in the match 22.

Plumtree said he hopes that centre Adi Jacobs will pass a fitness test tomorrow, while wing Odwa Ndungane, like Deysel, should be back for the final league outing against the Bulls at Loftus on June 18.

Plumtree said the mood in the Sharks camp has been lifted by the win over the Waratahs, but little else has changed.

“It’s the old cliché, taking it week by week. There are three weeks of rugby before the play-offs and we want to be in those play-offs.”

His challenge, Plumtree said, is to keep managing the group of players, making few changes but trying to keep them as fresh as possible.

“We know what we need to do to get to a play-off situation, and that’s been made clear to the group, but we also need a bit of luck at this stage of the competition. The players have had an opportunity in the last couple of days to freshen up and we’re ready to go again.”

Plumtree said the Cheetahs have developed into a dangerous unit.

“Sias Ebersohn at flyhalf has grown since getting the opportunities and so has his brother [centre Robert].

“They have fresh confidence as a group after their run of wins after their tour. They have realised that there is not much difference between the best teams and the rest. And certainly that’s the case.

“They were in the game right to the end against the Bulls, but the Bulls have come right at the right time as well. The Cheetahs have won their home games since they got back from tour and they’re going to be formidable.”

The Cheetahs, hit by a series of injuries to their back row, have signed the 25-year-old former Stormers and Western Province flank Pieter Myburgh.

Myburgh has been playing for the powerful English club Leicester for the past year and he flew into Bloemfontein this week to join the squad for the Sharks game.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has contracted Myburgh for the rest of the competition and for this year’s Currie Cup, following Kabamba Floors’s knee ligament injury on Saturday.

Myburgh told News24 that he developed his game while at Leicester.

“The game is a lot slower and more physical in Europe. The ball seldom goes beyond the inside centre,” he said. “I have gained confidence and grown physically and emotionally. There are a lot of big names at Leicester and you just have to fall in. I was just another bloke from South Africa. You have to swim quickly or drown,” said Myburgh.

Lock Izak van der Westhuizen, who did not play against the Bulls because of a groin injury, is also available for Saturday’s match against the Sharks.

Saturday’s game in Bloemfontein kicks off at 5.05 pm and South African referee Mark Lawrence will be in charge.

This weekend’s Super Rugby fixtures (home team first, SA times):

Friday: Highlanders v Force 9.35 am

Rebels v Stormers 11.40 am

Bulls v Waratahs 7.10 pm

Saturday: Hurricanes v Lions 7.30 am

Blues v Chiefs 9.35 am

Reds v Brumbies 11.40 am

Cheetahs v Sharks 5.05 pm

Bye: Crusaders

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