Mixed News On The Sharks’ Injury Front

This Saturday 21st March, the Sharks take on the Chiefs in Durban in their latest Super Rugby fixture.  Kick-off is at 19:10.  Ahead of this weekend’s match, Dr Alan Kourie, Cell C Sharks Team Doctor, has released a medical update.

Of Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Dr Kourie says:  ‘He is seeing the specialist who operated on the same knee previously, in Cape Town today (Monday).  We are hoping that it is not a re-rupture of his ACL and a confirmed diagnosis will be made after seeing the specialist.  We as The Sharks family and I’m sure South African rugby fans at large are hoping that his injury is not as bad as originally feared.’  Willem Alberts is still out for approximately 2-3 weeks with a hamstring strain while Tera Mtembu’s cartilage damage in the knee is being assessed by a specialist.  Stephan Lewies will be out for another four weeks after knee and shoulder surgery.

Meanwhile Paul Jordaan is progressing well and his recovery is on track while Etienne Oosthuizen resumed training on Monday.  Ahead of the match Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold said:  ‘There were plenty of positives for us to take away from the Cheetahs match and the team will definitely be looking to build on that momentum going in to the clash against the Chiefs.  They are a champion side who are on a winning streak and we are under no illusions about the enormity of the challenge that lies ahead on Saturday.’