Springbok lock's season over
Cape Town - Springbok and Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has been ruled out for the rest of the year due to a knee injury.
The 21-year-old was injured in training on Thursday and subsequent scans have shown an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
The Sharks confirmed the news via their official Twitter account
on Friday."Pieter-Steph du Toit underwent a scan confirming the news that he sustained an ACL injury and will be out for the remainder of the year,"
the union posted.
This is also a big blow to the Springboks as Du Toit was touted by many to have a long international career. He played two Tests last year.Stephan Lewies
has replaced Du Toit in the Sharks starting team for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Reds at Kings Park.
Kick-off is at 17:05.Teams:Sharks:
15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen
, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn
, 11 Lwazi Mvovo
, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach
, 8 Ryan Kankowski
, 7 Willem Alberts
, 6 Marcell Coetzee
, 5 Stephan Lewies
, 4 Anton Bresler
, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper
, 17 Dale Chadwick
, 18 Lourens Adriaanse
, 19 TBA, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Heimar Williams
, 23 Jaco van TonderReds:
15. Aidan Toua, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Lachlan Turner, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Ed Quirk, 5. James Horwill (captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Greg Holmes, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. James Slipper
Substitutes: 16. James Hanson, 17. Ben Daley, 18. Jono Owen, 19. Ed O'Donoghue, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Nicholas Frisby, 22. Ben Tapuai, 23. Dom Shipperley