Injuries take the brunt of the Sharks’ forward sails

Henry

Eben Etzebeth, the Springboks’ and Sharks’ fire-eating lock, will have to watch the rugby action from along the field for the foreseeable future.

“Eben underwent knee surgery and he will not be available again until a few weeks later,” said Sharks coach John Plumtree.

Etzebeth’s last game for the Durbanites was on 13 January against Oyonnax.

Plumtree admits that injuries are currently causing a big headache in the Sharks camp and it is hindering the team’s forward play in particular.

“We know that we have a strong pack of forwards, but they hardly get a chance to play. There were probably six operations among our fixed five players and this is undoubtedly a big test for our depth.”

The Sharks play against the Stormers at Kingspark on Saturday and Plumtree has confirmed that Lukhanyo Am will play against the Cape Town, while Bongi Mbonambi could also make his appearance again soon.

“It’s already February and Bongi’s first game is just around the corner – after all, he is our leading hooker. Yes-no, it’s a big frustration, because I can’t choose the pack of forwards I’d like.”

Saturday’s action at Kingspark kicks off at 17:05 and the game will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

PRC Scoring:

  1. Leinster: 34 points after nine games
  2. Benetton: 32 points after nine games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 31 points after nine games
  4. Bulls: 30 points after nine games
  5. Ulster: 28 points after nine games
  6. Edinburgh: 26 points after nine games
  7. Stormers: 26 points after nine games
  8. Ospreys: 25 points after nine games
  9. Connacht: 24 points after nine games
  10. Lions: 24 points after nine games
  11. Munster: 24 points after nine games
  12. Cardiff: 21 points after nine games
  13. Scarlets: 12 points after nine games
  14. Zebre: 12 points after nine games
  15. Dragons: 10 points after nine games
  16. Sharks: 9 points after nine games