Mixed bag for Sharks

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:49
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INJURY UPDATE: There was a mixed bag on the news front for the Sharks, as they prepare for the opening round of Super Rugby.

The Sharks starts their campaign when they travel to Johannesburg to take on the Lions - beaten finalists the last two years - on February 17.

There were two injuries in their 31-14 victory over Racing 92 in Hong Kong at the weekend.

Centre Jeremy Ward - who was selected to play in both warm-up matches, against the Bulls in Polokwane and then Racing 22 this past weekend in Hong Kong – suffered a hand fracture,

He required surgery and the centre will be out for around eight weeks.

Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder is nursing a hamstring injury and his return is estimated at between four and six weeks.

Four other players are back in the mix for selection to play the Lions.

Daniel du Preez, Armand van der Merwe, Michael Claassens and Jean Droste will be training with the team from next week and will be available for Super Rugby duty from week one.

There is one very important long-term injury setback, while the rest of the players who have been spending time under the eyes of the medical staff are expected to be eased back into action over the coming weeks.

Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen will not be available for any matches this Super Rugby season.

He returned home from the year-end tour in November last year after sustaining a knee injury against Ireland.
 
The ACL rupture is responding well to treatment and his rehabilitation is going very well.

His expected return to play is nine months.

There are a number of players who have had minor surgeries and other injuries that will keep them out of action for a few more weeks.

Loose forward Jean-Luc du Preez underwent ankle surgery in November and is on track for a return to action in March.

After their first-round encounter with the Lions, the Sharks have an early bye in week two - before hosting the 2014 champion Waratahs on March 3.

Ireland vs Wales
sast: 16h15 | local: 14h15

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Lions vs Jaguares
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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 1 1 0 0 5
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 1 0 0 4
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 1
Reds 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 5
Highlanders 1 1 0 0 4
Blues 1 0 0 1 1
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 2 1 0 1 5
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0