No Currie Cup rugby for Steyn and Coetzee

2015-09-03 06:00
Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach will be available for the Sharks’ Currie Cup campaign after not making the cut for the World Cup squad.
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Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach will be available for the Sharks’ Currie Cup campaign after not making the cut for the World Cup squad. ????????????????????????????????????PHOTO: gallo images

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SPRINGBOKS Frans Steyn and Marcell Coetzee will not be playing Currie Cup rugby for the Sharks this season.

Centre Steyn and backrower Coetzee were overlooked by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer when he named his Springbok World Cup squad at the weekend. Both are making their way back from injury but are then committed to playing for overseas clubs.

Coetzee is contracted to play in Japan, and will only return to Durban for next season­’s Super Rugby season, while Steyn is expected to join Jake White in Montpellier.

A spokesperson for the Sharks told The Witness yesterday that of the extended Springbok training squad, only discarded scrumhalf Cobus Reinach would be available for the Currie Cup season.

And with injuries starting to take their toll on the Sharks, the return of Reinach is particularly timely for coach Gary Gold. Current scrumhalf Michael Claassens and wing Odwa Ndungane, two of Gold’s better players in the weekend 24-20 win over the EP Kings, both took bad knocks in Port Elizabeth. Gold said that both were in doubt for the Pumas game.

While Reinach obviously solves the problem at the base of the scrum, his problems out wide are compounded by the serious injury suffered by fullback SP Marais in training last week. Marais faces surgery this week and is out for the season after damaging both his knee and ankle during a Sharks practice.

Other players on extended injury breaks are Khaya Majola, Wiehan Hay and Lourens Adriaanse.

Gold said that he was relieved at the way the team had fought back from a 13-0 deficit to beat the Kings 24-20 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

“Obviously a win is always satisfying but I am disappointed with a lot of passages of our play which made life very difficult for us against a good Kings team.”

He said the Sharks had been poor in a number of areas “but I’m happy with the way we came back and the character shown by our guys”.

“While we are getting stick for our scrum, and we know we need to work on that, very little has been said about the work that’s been done at lineout time,” Gold said.

“We disrupted the Kings just as we did to the Lions the previous week.”

The coach singled out the Du Preez twins, who turned 20 last month, for special mention.

Daniel started the game, popping up frequently on attack and breaking four tackles to score a try before being replaced by his brother Jean-Luc in the second half.

“We are just trying to keep them fresh and give them the experience at Currie Cup rugby. It’s great for us that they both working so hard in tandem together. Daniel is playing really nicely, getting around the park and working so hard and obviously there was a great try for him to finish,” Gold added.

“They big physical specimens [at 112 kg] and they are getting better and better every week and growing in confidence.”

The match against the Pumas kicks off at 3 pm on Saturday

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