Bok camp disrupts Sharks

Durban - Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford admits this week’s Springbok training camp, in the midst of their Super Rugby campaign, has been a “disruption” as they prepare for another crucial derby at the weekend.

The Durban franchise had been without 13 of their players since the weekend after they were summoned to a national training camp by coach Heyneke Meyer, and the group was scheduled to return later on Tuesday.

“Our preparations are quite disrupted with our Boks being away at the Springbok training camp,” Bashford said.

“So we’re going to have to prepare later in the week.”

The Sharks face the Cheetahs at Kings Park on Saturday with defeat set to relegate them from the top spot they have held in the South African conference since the start of the season.

John Plumtree’s men have also been beset by injuries, with several of their senior men like Bismarck du Plessis (knee), Willem Alberts (shoulder), Butch James (knee), Louis Ludik (shoulder), Tim Whitehead (hand), Jacques Botes (hand) and Lwazi Mvovo (hand) all out.

“We’ve been really unlucky with injuries and unfortunately they have been long term - not like gone today and back tomorrow, but weeks and months,” Bashford said.

“So we have been stretched thinner than we would have liked.”

The Sharks will head into their weekend tussle with the Free Staters on the back of a disappointing 22-15 loss to the Stormers, a result that prevented them from climbing to second in the overall standings.

The Cheetahs themselves will travel to KwaZulu-Natal on the back of a loss after their five-match winning streak was ended by the Bulls in Pretoria.

“The Cheetahs were full of confidence going into their game and will be bitterly disappointed to have lost," Bashford said.

"That makes this weekend even more important for them.”

This will be the Sharks' final match before they depart for their four-match tour of Australia and New Zealand, and Bashford felt that a victory was important for confidence on the overseas leg of the competition.

“It’s always nice to get on the aeroplane with a win under the belt," he said.

"It sets the tone nicely for the tour, but right now all we can do is get our preparation right.

“We know how to prepare for the Cheetahs, we know their strengths and certainly what we can expect from them and from our side.

"It’s about making sure we do our things right and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”

Doc Tyson 2013/04/16 05:09:36 PM
It shouldn't be a disruption for the stormers, none of them will make the Bok-team.
CLOUDCHASER 2013/04/16 05:58:42 PM
GO SHARKS!!! We do not want to be relegated from that position we hold currently...all the best to the coaches and the team for extremely crucial game before our tour...BLACK AND WHITE FOREVER!!!!!
Gerrie Botha 2013/04/16 06:05:42 PM
Marius Roodt 2013/04/16 06:07:29 PM
Wait.... Its a article.... And its not about the stormers?? Who approved of this insanity???? Lol
Marius Roodt 2013/04/16 06:19:49 PM
Some days I wish the doc would just fall off a cliff and die....
Juan Louw 2013/04/16 06:26:08 PM
Wat de hel het die Stormers met dit uit te waai. Sharks moet net onthou, 'n paar jare terug was hulle B-liga. Hulle koop amper meer as die helfte van die Vrystaat spelers oor. Stormers, Cheetas en Bulle kan hulle eie spelers teel wat ook oorsee en in ander provinsies kan gaan speel Sharks moet die helfte inkoop. O ja ten minste het die WP die Currie cup gewen met 'n underdog span en die konferensie beker . Wie se trofee rak is nou leeg
Doc Tyson 2013/04/16 06:27:35 PM
Hello julle outjies! Dokter het weer 'n formidabele besige dag vandag, so ek gaan julle eers weer oor 10h kan entertain. Gedagte vir die dag: Bulle 3 time Super champions vs stormers se ZERO. Bye bye
Werner Pretorius 2013/04/16 06:46:10 PM
Wil News24 nie bietjie moeite te doen om n Bloemfontein verslaggewer ook te kry nie. Ek is seker die 35 in die Kaap is te veel v een stad.
Gregory Tarboton 2013/04/16 07:17:50 PM
The sharks can do it, but firstly they need to get their mind set right. Maybe it is time for them to invest in a good shrink! They have the players and skills.
Chrisin Oz 2013/04/16 11:35:40 PM
The Stormers and Cheethas also had to send quality players to the camp, which would have disrupted their preperation. The Stormers could have used the bye to travel to NZ early and give them a better chance of overcoming jet-lag - not so anymore. So stop complaining.