Sharks pay dear price

2011-03-06 21:04

Melbourne - The Sharks have paid a dear price for their impressive 39-12 win over the Western Force on Saturday, with Springbok wing JP Pietersen heading home.

Pietersen is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in Perth.

Pietersen made his first start of the season in Perth, after playing off the bench in the victory against the Blues the week before and missing the Sharks' opening round win over the Cheetahs.

According to the Sharks website, coach John Plumtree confirmed that Pietersen will be heading home.

“He has a meniscus tear,” confirmed Plumtree.

“He's returning home and will probably be operated on Tuesday. Hopefully it won't be as bad as it sounds, and we won't know how long he'll be out until after the operation. We're looking to get Mark Richards over at this stage, he's with the Blitzbokke in Cape Town. Hopefully he'll arrive later in week.”

Meanwhile, Jacques Botes and Willem Alberts both took knocks in the game, but Plumtree said both look positive.

“Jacques is struggling a little bit with his ribs but we think he will be OK for the weekend, and Willem is fine, he's just a bit battered and bruised.”

The Sharks play the Melbourne Rebels on Friday, before finishing their Australasian tour against the Chiefs (March 18) and Crusaders (March 25).



  • rugby_guru - 2011-03-06 21:17

    So dissapointing, sigh, he was looking really good.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 14:58

      Very true!

  • HadEnuf - 2011-03-06 21:58

    What about Ndungane ? Do you think this switched on reporter might have mentioned he was taken to hospital after being stretchered off the field having been spear tackled !!

      Makutu - 2011-03-07 07:34

      There is an article on ODWA already...

      Shells.K - 2011-03-07 09:08

      Odwa was tested for concussion but appears to be ok.

  • lyledperry - 2011-03-06 21:59

    That guy can't get a break from injuries. But he is still young and should bounce back quickly. A loss to the sharks (and possibly the Boks at the RWC). Get well JP

  • Jaco - 2011-03-06 22:27

    It's never nice to see anybody getting injured but maybe now Mvovo will get a fair chance. He is much better than Pieteren.

      eentyd - 2011-03-07 07:25

      I so agree with you here...

      Makutu - 2011-03-07 07:33


      Dan the Man - 2011-03-07 12:13

      Well, he would've been getting a chance instead of odwa anyway - would much rather have pietersen and mvovo fit and starting than odwa, much more exciting runners!

  • Fred - 2011-03-07 03:25

  • Makutu - 2011-03-07 07:34

    Mvovo is a much better wing anyways... Get well bru!

  • Jean - 2011-03-07 08:29

    Wow, only finished round 3 and the injury lists is growing quickly for South African teams! Mostly Springboks! Shows the intensity of Super Rugby!!

  • Travis - 2011-03-07 10:44

    This is such a pity. He should some serious pace in the time that he was on, and the Sharks would be potent out wide with him and Mvovo. Hope to see him back in the mix soon.

  • Fred - 2011-03-07 11:33

    No major loss, plenty of good wings about.

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-03-07 14:57

    He was on such good form! Hope he recovers quickly!

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