Brown blow for Sharks

Sharks flyhalf Tony Brown has a 50% chance of playing in Saturday’s vital Vodacom Super 14 match at Loftus on Saturday.

The New Zealander left the field with a neck injury against the Blues, but will be given as much time as possible to recover.

“I think he has a 50-50 chance of playing,” Sharks coach Dick Muir told Beeld newspaper. “I know Tony’s attitude and personality, which probably increases his chances of playing to 70%. We will give him as much time as he needs to recover.”

Muir admitted Brown’s experience would be missed against the Bulls, but said there were other players who could do the job.

“Tony is obviously a big factor, but it’s not critical if he can’t play,” he said. “We have Percy Montgomery and Brad Barritt who can wear the No 10 jersey. We have enough depth there and actually also in the rest of the squad.”