Daniel's injury opens door for Vermeulen

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:11

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: With Keegan Daniel out injured, youngster Jacques Vermeulen is set to play a more prominent role in the Sharks back row.

Daniel was ruled out for up to 12 weeks when he fractured his radius in a 35-7 pre-season win over the Cheetahs on February 3.

The 31-year-old's experience will be missed, but in Vermeulen, who was included in the Durban side's 27-man tour squad to Australia, the Sharks have a versatile player.  

"Jacques is a youngster that has joined us from Western Province - he has an incredible work ethic," said Sharks coach Robert du Preez ahead of the team's departure to Australia.

"He is very talented and he played SA Under-20 and he is a youngster that can cover us in all three [back-row] positions. We are fortunate to have a guy with that ability in our setup."

Meanwhile, Du Preez confirmed that Curwin Bosch will provide flyhalf cover on tour after Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Garth April and Inny-Christian Radebe were not included in the tour squad to play against the Reds and Brumbies.

"We were debating whether to take a second flyhalf," said Du Preez. "The options were Benhard, Garth and also Inny, but I wanted them to get more game time - there was very little to choose between the three of them.

"At this stage, we are happy to go with Patrick [Lambie] and then Curwin will cover him."


There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 25 March 2017
Blues v Bulls 06h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Highlanders 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Stormers 10h55 Singapore
Kings v Lions 13h05 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 14h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leinster v Cardiff Blues 15h00 RDS Arena
Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Saracens v Bath 15h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 15h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Sharks 15h15 Bloemfontein
Glasgow Warriors v Connacht 17h15 Scotstoun Stadium
Treviso v Ospreys 19h35 Stadio Monigo
Treviso v Ospreys 19h35 Stadio Monigo
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 26 March 2017
Wasps v Worcester Warriors 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Mon, 27 March 2017
NWU-Pukke v UP-Tuks 14h45 Potchefstroom
Fort Hare v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Davidson Stadium
Wits v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Johannesburg
NMMU-Madibaz v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Bloemfontein
UWC v WSU 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v UJ 17h00 Stellenbosch
Fri, 31 March 2017
Highlanders v Rebels 06h35 Dunedin
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 10
Waratahs 5 2 0 3 8
Reds 4 1 0 3 6
Force 4 1 0 3 5
Rebels 4 0 0 4 1
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 5 5 0 0 21
Chiefs 4 4 0 0 19
Hurricanes 4 3 0 1 15
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Highlanders 4 1 0 3 5
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 3 3 0 0 13
Cheetahs 4 2 0 2 9
Bulls 3 1 0 2 5
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 1
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Jaguares 4 3 0 1 14
Lions 4 3 0 1 14
Sharks 4 3 0 1 13
Kings 4 1 0 3 5