Sykes boost for Sharks

2012-03-19 14:06

Cape Town – The touring Sharks have received a lift with the news that injured lock Steven Sykes has been cleared by a specialist and flies out to Sydney on Monday to join up with his squad-mates.

Sykes stayed behind when the party left on Sunday, for a four-match Super Rugby itinerary in Australasia, starting with a fixture against the Waratahs on Saturday.

One of their most senior second-rowers, he left the field on the buggy in the 28th minute of the 27-22 victory over the Reds in Durban at the weekend, but the meniscus injury to a knee has been found to be not serious.

In further good news for the Sharks, who have now won two matches on the trot after losing their first two, their official website has reported that Jannie du Plessis has also recovered from a calf strain and ought to be in the mix against the Waratahs, who were upset at home by the Force on Saturday.

The seasoned Springbok being fit is particularly encouraging because the other tighthead in their ranks, Wiehahn Herbst, who picked up a mild knee ligament injury – it forced uncontested scrums toward the end of the Reds game – may only be ready for the meeting with Jake White’s Brumbies a week later.

JP Pietersen, the Bok wing who has been finding his feet quite nicely in midfield this season but pulled up with a quad strain in the warm-ups ahead of the fixture against the Reds, is also expected to be ready for combat when the Sharks move on to Canberra.

Their remaining tour matches are against the Hurricanes and Blues in New Zealand.


  • Lionel - 2012-03-19 14:22

    That youngster that came on in Syke's place,Juandre Marais if I am not mistaken did not look out of place at all!!!!!!!!!

      Willem - 2012-03-19 15:10

      What happened to the Stormers "we only buy hasbeens" policy Isak???

      Willem - 2012-03-19 15:18

      @ Isak just pulling your leg haha

  • Alan - 2012-03-19 14:24

    Easy tour. Go Sharks

      Chuck - 2012-03-19 15:22

      Easy for the Sharks opposition

      Sharksfever - 2012-03-19 16:13

      Understand your reasoning but no super rugby game is easy. We just need to play clinical rugby then we will win!!!

  • Chris - 2012-03-19 14:40

    The Sharks were inspirational in the second half on Saturday. Good luck on the tour.

  • Chuck - 2012-03-19 15:21

    Still not gonna save them from getting their gat skopped down under....

  • greggmac - 2012-03-19 15:59

    Yep quality youngster Juandre Marais and he has a lightie brother too! There is also Pieter-Steph Du Toit in the ranks. Sharks have some very promising youngsters!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-20 06:57

      And they're all "products" of the Sharks Academy. Those guys are really doing some good work!

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