Deysel back as Sharks call reinforcements
Ball carrying flanker Jean Deysel was set to train with the Sharks on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be part of the squad that travels to Cape Town to play a Vodacom Super Rugby derby against the DHL Stormers at the weekend.
Coach John Plumtree confirmed that Jacques Botes is out for a while after breaking his arm playing against the Crusaders last week, but that Deysel is “ready to go again” and will be in the squad if he gets through the training session with no ill effects from the injury that has kept him out for four weeks.
“It is pretty much as we thought immediately after the Crusaders game. Jacques broke his arm and Odwa Ndungane has a hamstring injury that makes him doubtful for the weekend’s game,” said Plumtree on Tuesday.
“We’re sitting with quite a few injuries and Jean is the only player we are getting back at this stage.”
However, Plumtree has called for cover from the Lions, with loose-forward Jaco Kriel and wing/fullback Andries Coetzee also training with the Sharks on Tuesday.
“They’re down here to check the situation out and they will be training with us from this afternoon,” said Plumtree.
He said how long they stayed at the Sharks would depend whether they are needed or not. The Sharks are stressed in the back three and loose-forward at the moment, so having the Lions player available will be handy.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Plumtree noted that while like his own team the Stormers are struggling with an injury list that extends to double figures, there would still be a lot of talent on display in the match.
“They still have quite a few household names in their side, and they will be saying the same about us. What is alarming is that the two teams have a lot of Springboks that are out, more so than the Cheetahs and the Bulls. Yet there is still a lot of talent on display this weekend and I guess that tells us something about the depth at the two franchises and available to South African rugby.”
The Sharks team is expected to be finalized and announced on Wednesday. It is likely the three loose-forwards who finished the Crusaders game – Marcell Coetzee, skipper Keegan Daniel and Ryan Kankowski – will be joined in the match 22 by Deysel.