Another Sharks Bok breaks down

Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:47
Large jannie du plessis looks glu Large kyle cooper pulling face Large john plumtree sharks gestur Large jannie du plessis knee Large wiehahn herbst sharks

The Sharks will be sweating over the fitness of veteran Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis, but coach John Plumtree feels their pride is hurting more.

The Sharks will be sweating over the fitness of veteran Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis, but coach John Plumtree feels their pride is hurting more than their bodies.

Du Plessis is in danger of joining brother Bismarck on the sideline with a knee injury, with Plumtree confirming the 30-year-old prop will have a scan on his knee on Monday.

While the result of the scan is unlikely to be available before Tuesday, it is expected the 42-Test Bok will be unavailable for the Sharks' encounter with the Rebels in Durban on Saturday.

Wiehahn Herbst, who came on for Du Plessis at half-time in the 10-29 loss to the Brumbies last Saturday, looks set to start at tighthead.

Plumtree hinted there may be other changes, following a performance he described as "embarrassing".

"There is a fair bit of ice floating around, but I think the pride is what is really hurting," the coach said on the Sharks' website.

In the second half, Plumtree introduced some of the young guns and said he was very pleased with their efforts.

"I thought the young guys played well," the Sharks mentor said, adding: "Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst and Pieter-Steph du Toit all put their hands up, good for them."

But for now, the hurt and pain has to be put aside to plot their next contest.

Their reaction to this loss is paramount said the coach.

"All we're talking about is how we're going to respond. The media and fans will get into us and rightly so, but it's how we respond, that's key. We have a week from the game to turn it around and that's what we need to focus on."

The Sharks, missing the likes of senior players like Bismarck du Plessis, Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel, are still under-strength and will look forward to their return.

"They are obviously very important to us," admitted Plumtree.

"They are big players particularly in the forwards, then there also guys like Tim Whitehead and Butch James - both good players - in the backs that we're missing. But we can't look in that direction, we need to cope with the players who are fit and everyone available has to front up. We have to lift every week.

"Hopefully this will be a good lesson that if you sit back and watch a team attack then eventually they'll wear you out. The Rebels will throw the same thing at us, they have similar players. We'll have to look at our selections and make sure we have players who can cope with that."

Chiefs vs Sunwolves
sast: 09h35 | local: 19h35

  • 0 | 0
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
Sat, 06 May 2017
Zebre v Treviso 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Ospreys 22h00 Parc y Scarlets
Munster v Connacht 22h00 Thomond Park
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Ashton Gate
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Kingsholm
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh 22h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Rodney Parade
Wasps v Saracens 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Rebels v Lions 05h00 Melbourne
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10