Sharks lose Du Toit for the year

March 14, 2014
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Springbok Pieter-Steph du Toit will not play again this year, following a tragic training ground mishap.

The Sharks confirmed on Friday that the 21-year-old lock underwent a scan, which revealed a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Du Toit will undergo surgery and will be out for the remainder of the year.

The Bok lock was named in the Sharks starting XV to play the Reds on Saturday, but on Thursday took a blow to the knee in the morning session.

He was later replaced by Stephan Lewies, who will make his first Super Rugby start against the Reds in Durban on Saturday – after playing off the bench in the three previous games this year.

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White described Du Toit’s loss as a “big disappointment” and his sentiments will be shared by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer – who has repeatedly gone public with his admiration for the young second row forward.

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Another injury to a youngster like Goosen last year what the hell are they doing at training?

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    “Tragic”

    A family being wiped out by animalistic killers in the South Coast last weekend is tragic…

    This is a pro player’s season being ended for a year with income protectors and hefty insurance and the like… hardly “tragic”

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 15th, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Sharks have the worst depth at lock in the tournament… this is a big set-back…

    I also cannot understand JPP (who has played 13) being on the wing and a wing (who has never played 13) being played at centre…

    @DavidS:

    Yep time things changed… that is time for hardcore punishment for those animals… death is the minimum barometer!

  4. avatar Morné says:
    March 15th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Getting Matfield back doesn’t seem like such a kak idea now does it?

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 15th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    @Morné: Remember Bakkies is in Meyers plans and Eben on his way back with some others standing in line.

  6. avatar Morné says:
    March 15th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Bakkies and Eben are front locks (4). I am talking about 5 locks, the ones that control the line out. So I don’t know who exactly is standing in line still.

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