Vodacom Super 14

Sharks face lock crisis

2010-02-16 07:54
Johann Muller (File)
Christo Buchner

Johannesburg – Sharks lock Gerhard Mostert is set to miss out on Friday night’s Super14 clash against the Cheetahs in Durban with a dislocated shoulder and the chances are slim that he will make his side’s overseas tour.

There is also doubt about the availability of Springbok second-rower Johann Muller, who was injured in the first movement of Saturday’s 19-18 defeat to the Chiefs.

Muller, who missed the biggest part of last year’s Currie Cup season with an injured hand, took a major knock to his neck.

Team doctor Craig Roberts said on Monday that a decision will be taken by Thursday whether Muller can play or not.

Mostert is also seeing an orthopaedic surgeon about his shoulder in Pretoria on Thursday.

Roberts is not optimistic that the former Lions player will be seen on a rugby field again any time soon.

“The chances are slim that he will be part of the squad that will tour overseas for five weeks.”

Should Muller also be ruled out, young locks Steven Sykes and Alistair Hargreaves will be used.

The Sharks may well rue not being able to fall back on Albert van den Berg later in the competition.

They depart for Australasia on Saturday and will play the first of their five games against the Crusaders in Christchurch next Friday.

Captain John Smit realises they cannot afford another home defeat after they were beaten by the last kick of the game against the Chiefs.

However, the Cheetahs seem to have the recipe for beating the Sharks.

It was this fixture that heralded the beginning of the end for the Sharks when they were still the log-leaders in March last year.

They also lost a home semi-final against the Cheetahs in last year’s Currie Cup.

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