Courtesy of the Sharks website, www.sharksrugby.co.za.
Despite a bruising encounter with the Crusaders, the Sharks’ injury toll is minimal, with Tony Brown the only absentee for this week – he will be out of action for 10 days after sustaining a slight MCL strain to the knee.
After the tough match against the Crusaders in which over 100 tackles were made, there are the usual bumps and bruises which are to be expected from such a physically confrontational game, and all the players bar Brown will be available for selection this weekend.
Brown should be fit for the Brumbies match after twisting his knee, and the only other concern is Johann Muller (pictured) who has a slight groin strain, but nothing that will keep him out of action and he will be considered for the match this weekend against the Waratahs.
The Sydney-based side return to Australia from South Africa after wining one match and losing the other to the Stormers and Bulls respectively. They are without two key players, Rocky Elsom (four week ban) and hooker Matt Dunning (one week ban) after incidents in the match against the Bulls.
On another positive note, the Vodacom Cup competition continues for the Wildebeest after a week’s bye, and the unbeaten side (that includes an impressive victory over the Blue Bulls) take on Western Province at Newlands in the 2.15pm curtain-raiser to Stormers Super 14 match against the Highanders. Western Province have lost two out of the three matches and the Wildebeest will entrench themselves at the top of the log if they are able to remain unbeaten.
Sharks players returning from injury will be selected for the reserves, and include the likes of Craig Davidson, John Smit and Adrian Jacobs.