Lions duo training with Sharks

2013-04-09 18:03

Johannesburg - Lions players Jaco Kriel and Andries Coetzee were being assessed by the Sharks as the Durban franchise sought to ease their current injury crisis, coach John Plumtree confirmed on Tuesday.

The Sharks are struggling with injuries in several areas, with 23-year-olds Kriel and Coetzee training with them this week.

Flanker Kriel and Coetzee, who can play either wing or fullback, will be looking to join fellow Lions player Franco van der Merwe, already on loan at the Sharks following the Johannesburg franchise's relegation from Super Rugby.

"I’ve got Jaco Kriel here from the Lions at the moment and he’s just visiting, looking at the place and is going to train with us this afternoon,” Plumtree said.

"Andries Coetzee is here as well. We’ll have a look at him."

The Sharks have also promoted academy player Sean Robinson, also a young winger and fullback, from their Vodacom Cup side to the Super Rugby set-up.

Senior men Bismarck du Plessis (knee), Willem Alberts (shoulder), Butch James (knee), Louis Ludik (shoulder), Tim Whitehead (hand), Jacques Botes (hand) and Jean Deysel (ankle) are presently out, although the latter may return this week.

The Sharks face the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).


  • Pieter Huyzer - 2013-04-09 18:36

    I am very impressed with Jaco Kriel. What I've seen of him his a hard running flank. Which is what we need at the moment. Coetzee has attacking prowness from the back. Much needed now that Ludik is out injured. Hope they make the move down to Durban! Sharks greetings.

  • Cloud Chaser - 2013-04-09 19:04

    Welcome to Sharks training, Lions youngsters...looking forward to see your impact with the theam. GO SHARKS!!!!!

  • Sonwabile Immaculate Mnyango - 2013-04-09 21:16

    This is some out right bull dust. Sbura Sithole n Tera Mtembu have been in the Sharks system 4 over 3 years.. Surely they can't be overlooked 4 such. Then u fellaz will tune us bwt overplayin the race card. This is unacceptable! Disgusting!!

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-04-09 21:42

      Ok calm down, the team hasn't been selected yet. At least wait until then before going on your tirade. I think these guys have been brought as cover for the next few months as a bit of cover. Really don't think they will play on Saturday

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-04-10 03:46

      Sonwabile. Easy on that race card, man. Sithole and Mtembu has been the back-up so far. These two Lions players will possibly become the back-up to the back-ups if and when the two you mentioned gets to play. That's how a squad works. And another point, Sithole and Mtembu has been in the Sharks set-up, yes. But are they good enough to play? Don't just assume that if they are in the set-up and if they are black they should automatically get selected.

  • Heresmy Finger - 2013-04-10 10:05

    Andries is a damn good fullback 1st and 2nd wing. its a wonder that he wasnt scooped up earlier. Im also wondering why no one has considered Derick Minnie..... best loose forward the Lions had in years. oh well. I hope these boys on loan for the other franchises wont be injured when we attempt to get back into SR. Lets hope Taute recovers soon.

  • Louis Bensch - 2013-04-10 10:05

    Hope you'll get some proper game time before our matches against the queens.

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