Sharks sweating on Bismarck, Wentzel

Date published: May 12 2015

Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis and lock Marco Wentzel are injury concerns ahead od Saturday's clash with the Waratahs in Sydney.

That is the word from the Durban-based outfit's director of rugby Gary Gold, who said the knocks which Du Plessis (knee) and captain Wentzel (rib) suffered in last Saturday's 32-24 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington were the most concerning of several injuries.

“There are three or four concussions,” he told the African News Agency.

“Bismarck’s knee, Marco played with what seems to be a fractured rib or cartilage. A lot of assessment is going to be made.

“Everyone is being assessed. It’s been a very long day of travelling here to Sydney.”

Despite impressing in their defeat to the tabletopping Hurricanes, the Sharks are currently on a five-match losing streak but that is the least of Gold's worries at the moment.

“We spoke about not worrying about tables and the SA conference,” he added.

“We just spoke about letting ourselves down so badly and it was all about pride.

“I think we showed the supporters how much it means to us.

“Again, there were factors that didn’t go our way. To lose Lwazi (Mvovo), then Renaldo (Bothma) then Bismarck, it’s just incredibly disruptive and it seems to be an ongoing phenomenon.”