Pietersen returns to training

2012-10-02 14:32

Johannesburg - Sharks wing JP Pietersen returned to training this week and could make his return from a hand injury in his team’s vital Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Springbok wing had a pin removed last week after undergoing surgery in early August from the injury he picked up during the Super Rugby final, forcing him to miss the Rugby Championship concluding this week.

Pietersen appeared to be in little discomfort when he worked through some training routines with his Sharks team-mates at the Kings Park outer fields on Tuesday.

"JP’s come back to us, he hasn’t been passed fit or anything, but we’ll just see how he goes with his hand," Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards said.

"Hopefully later in the week he’ll be made available, but at the moment he’s just here to train.

"He seems to be in good spirits. I think he’s looking forward to playing again, but would like to play Currie Cup rugby first before being rushed into the top scene.

"But we don’t know if he’ll be ready this week or not," he said.

With or without Pietersen, the Sharks find themselves in a strong position to finish top of the competition log ahead of their trip to the Free State for their penultimate regular season clash.

John Plumtree’s men are currently second on the table, three points behind the Lions after edging out the Blue Bulls 13-12 in Durban last Friday, with their remaining match being against Griquas at home.

The Lions visit Kimberley this week, before facing the Bulls at home in the last round.

"We’re all in a position now where one loss takes you out of a possible home semi or a possible play-off even," Reece-Edwards said.

"Every inch is going to count, so at the moment we need to continue winning."

Meanwhile, the fourth-placed Cheetahs must win to keep their play-off hopes alive, while a loss could drag them into relegation territory.

"They’ll have to win this week to get into the play-offs," the assistant coach said.

"Every single result, half a result and every point is vital at this stage."

Reece-Edwards admitted they expected a tough battle against the Cheetahs in what was possibly one of the biggest games of the year.

"We’re looking forward to it," he added.

"It’s really a do-or-die clash for them, so they’re going to be extremely motivated for the match.

"For ourselves it’s a massive game if we want to end in that number one spot, so there’s no shortage of motivation. It’s probably the game that we really have to pick up at this stage of the year."


  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-02 14:45

    Bye Bye Hougie

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-02 17:50

      Real class coming back to Heyneke's team. Hougie to the bench with Lambie. Now get Guthro, Spies fourie and Kankofski and we ready to roll.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-10-02 18:40

      Hougie and Taute on the bench... 11. Mvovo 12. JdV 13. Mapoe 14. Habana 15. Lambie

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 02:39

      Nee-wat press.enter. Spies het verDuane. Hy gaan nie weer terugkom nie. Behalwe as Heineken weer een van sy free Bok-truie uitgee aan sy pink maatjies. Plus Kankowski proved that he is ineffective throughout the whole season. Don't need him back with Louw there.

  • kingriaan - 2012-10-02 14:54

    JP back?! Music to my ears! Come help us lift the CC first JP.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 20:43

      Definitely not the worst thing that I have heard today. Great news!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 02:40

      Forget about the Sharks for a minute. He is needed to send Two-step Hougaard into retirement (a.k.a. playing for the pink pansies)

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  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-02 15:11

    We missed you Boytjie!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 16:53

      In this day and age to call him boytjie is a rather provocative thing to do

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-02 15:42

    Bonus for the Sharks. Either way a start or fresh legs just after time. Atleast Plum knows how to use his bench wisely and at the right time unlike his counterpart HM who brings players on for five minutes whose contribttion to the game is a big fat zero

  • martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-02 16:49

    Bokke needs you boet, maybe 30min off the bench? PLEASE PLUM, send him back to Bok camp?

  • steven.crofton - 2012-10-02 18:29

    I think JP's the most under-rated player in SA. The guy's world class, and I can't WAIT for him to be back starting for the Boks. The question is, will HM drop Hougaard? He's definitely got X factor, but he's not world class yet, at wing or scrum half, but he's a Bull,'s hoping.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-02 18:44

      How is he under rated? He is first choice Springbok and everyone was saying he is the best player we have. And once again the pathetic drivel about Bulls. JP is always first choice you numb nuts. Goosen is a CHeetah, Coenie is a Cheetah, Taute, Jantjies, Mapoe are lions. Habana, De Villiers, Vermeulen, Bekker, Etsebeth are Stormers. The only two in the side on Saturday were Kirchner and Hougaard, all you twerps still going on and on ad nauseam about "he is a Bull so....." or "he doesn't play for the Bulls so he won't get a chance...." grow up and get a new line you silly little boy. You know nothing about rugby that is quite obvious

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-02 18:59

      Mac calm down to a panic dude. You're going to pop a vein. The guys is allowed to have an opinion. Besides he is not wrong about Hougie. Two more Bulls to get rid of and we're all set. It's simple mathematics................boks - bulls = win.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 12:07

      Bootman - dont worry - the light will switch on for you as we gets closer to the world cup and Heyneke starts bringing through the players he bought for the Bulls . . . . . . . because by then they will simply be the best.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-03 23:05

      Remind me again how great Johan Sadie, Wilhelm Steenkamp en Lionel Cronje, whom the Bulls bought last year, became?

  • steven.crofton - 2012-10-02 19:23

    How quickly you forget maczie. JP had a great game just before he got injured - which shut up all the bulls fans who before that game were screaming for him to be dropped, and saying he was only there because he's a quota player. Unlike you I read these forums before writing the first biased thing that comes into my head.You're always mouthing off on this site, but you're so one-eyed that it's impossible to take you or your childish little insults seriously.

      joneethling - 2012-10-03 08:05

      Agreed. He is a pampoen.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:13

      And you still know nothing about rugby whatsoever. The anti Bulls brigade is so one eyed they cannot be taken seriously. The only thing that would make you happy is Nick Mallet coaching with 20 metre Peter at flyhalf, the ineffective WP backline in place and then some WP forwards who are all rather injury prone. You people are so fickle. And one eyed. Take the log out of your one eye before the sawdust out of mine.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-10-03 11:23

    GREAT news!!

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