Sharks to unleash Hargreaves?

2011-08-15 22:47

Cape Town - Springbok lock Alistair Hargreaves could make his return to rugby this week when the Sharks tackle the Leopards at Kings Park in Durban on Friday night.

Hargreaves returned from the Boks' Australasian leg of the Tri-Nations with an abdominal muscle injury.

Sharks team doctor, Ewoudt van der Linde, told the Beeld newspaper that Hargreaves has a 50% chance to play on Friday night.

Flyhalf, Frederic Michalak - the hero in the Sharks' win over Western Province at Newlands last week - is struggling with a hamstring injury, but is expected to start training again on Tuesday and should play against the Leopards.

The same can be said for prop forward, Dale Chadwick, who injured his ankle.

Sharks coach John Plumtree will also need to pick a new centre and wing, after Patrick Lambie (who played at centre for the Sharks last week) and Lwazi Mvovo was called up by the Springboks for the Test match against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Plumtree has also assured fans that his charges won't underestimate the men from Potchefstroom.

"We have struggled against the so-called smaller unions this season and therefore we must make sure that we are accurate.

"It will be a test to see how clinical we are.

"Our approach towards this game needs to be right, otherwise we could experience some problems," said Plumtree.


  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-16 03:20

    Sharks have depth everywhere, but at centre - that is the challenge.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-16 07:04

      Dare I say it but I think this ( Currie Cup ) might just be the right level for Bosman to regain his confidence. I think Joubert should be fit again for this encounter. If needed, Stephan could play wing to cover for Mvovo.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-16 07:35

      "Depth everywhere"- rubbish!!!! Hargreaves failed to impress the selectors and the public in the few tests he played this year!! Wen Provinsie(WP) groete!!!!!!!

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-16 09:16

      WPBliksem. I see you have recovered from your loss this weekend. Pity.

      Jack Hammer - 2011-08-16 15:18

      @WPBLIKSEM, hahahahahahahahaaahahahahaah..............loser!

  • brinjal - 2011-08-16 04:51

    Hey P diddy, leave our players at home, we have a CC to defend.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-16 06:42

    How does one 'unleash' Alistair Hargreaves? What does it mean exactly?

      Agile - 2011-08-16 11:32

      I was thinking the exact same thing. Hargeraves is as tame as a kitten, why do they keep a leash on him?

      Zip23 - 2011-08-16 15:24

      Ja, could "unleash" AJ Venter, Bakkies or Schalk, but Hargreaves?

  • Ryan - 2011-08-16 07:26

    A caged beast is unleashed, something so scary the opposition doesn't know what to do and end up cowering in fear. Jonah Lomu in his early years etc. You can't unleash a Power Puff Girl, this guy has failed to intimidate/overpower anyone in his entire career. Definitely a case of the Chosen one syndrome, he captained SA Schools and therefore is an automatic bok selection. Every sharks fan I have spoken to is amazed how he made it into the bok setup, left me bemused the first time. Every time thereafter I have died a little inside either that or thrown up in my mouth a bit, neither of which is pleasant.

      richard.wraith - 2011-08-16 08:48

      Ryan, couldn't agree more, he's not a bad player but certainly no beast!

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-16 09:29

      Ryan - has also captained the SA U19's to the U19 World Cup in 2005. He also played for the U21 side. You have not spoken to this Sharks fan, or any that I know who all rate him first for his intelligence and secondly for his play. "Every time thereafter I have died a little inside either that or thrown up in my mouth a bit, neither of which is pleasant. ". How very dramatic - how very poetic. Now go onto Facebook and post the link to your comment so that all your shark friends can marvel at how clever you are.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-16 09:35

      And Rich - don't make me track you down at Dusi or during the next ski race and klap you. Leave Ali alone and do some work ... :-) (ohh, the questions, the questions .... )

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-16 08:31

    Hope to see a timeous recovery for Chadwick and Michalak. Good luck, Leopards and Sharks. Go Sharks...!!!!!

  • jk - 2011-08-16 08:35

    ooooh- how dangerous....

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:15

    This should be a bonus point win for the Sharks.

      jk - 2011-08-16 09:54

      raven-who bloody cares, as long as wp beat the lions... wp by 8, with bonus point

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 10:29

      I don't really care jk to be honest, I don't even care if WP beats the Lions, though it won't happen. Sharks will easily win this match, Lions will have a tougher game against WP but I think they gonna win. In fact I think the Lions will be in CC final.

      jk - 2011-08-16 11:18

      raven- in fact you will be wrong again... wp sharks final

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 12:05

      jk if I recall correctly you predicted a Bulls loss against the Pumas, a WP victory against the Cheetahs and the Sharks? Good luck for the game, you going to need it. Go Lions!

      jk - 2011-08-16 12:12

      raven- there is no doubt in my mind that its gonna be a tough one for the mighty wp, but raven boy, we will be victorious.. wp by 8 with bonus point

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 12:22

      The word mighty is reserved for the Bulls jk

      jk - 2011-08-16 12:26

      or your nanny's arse...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 13:10

      Great come back! Not

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-16 13:55

      The winners this weekend will be Sharks, Cheethas, Lions, Bulls! JK, if WP makes the final with the Sharks, sorry to say, WP se kite gaan nie vlieg nie!

      jk - 2011-08-16 14:27

      wp sharks finaal wp wen met 7

      Shark-Chic - 2011-08-16 14:57

      Lions to beat WP! :-) ...........................

  • Vaunski - 2011-08-16 11:22

    The title doesn't work. 'Unleash' makes Hargreaves sound as if he is fierce, which we all know isn't the case.

      jk - 2011-08-16 11:29

      lol- hes more like a swanlake casting...

  • T4YG Tweeter - 2011-08-16 11:45

    Unleash is hardly the phrase I would use to link with Hargreaves!! Maybe just say let him play!!!!You unleash physical players like Bakkies, Deysel, Mostert, Schalk etc.......

  • lionel.pretorius2 - 2011-08-16 18:09

    HKGK !!

      Shark-Chic - 2011-08-17 08:40

      6389 !!

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