Tony’s tough break

Sharks flyhalf Tony Brown could miss the rest of the Vodacom Super 14 after breaking bones in both his hands when making a tackle at Loftus.

“Tony’s a tough player, and after receiving attention, he asked if he could go back onto the field in the second half,” explained coach Dick Muir. “I asked him how he intended catching the ball with two broken hands! That’s the character of the man. We have a versatile side and I feel prepared for the eventuality of injuries, but it would be a great loss if he’s out.”

Muir praised fullback Percy Montgomery who shifted to flyhalf, with Brent Russell coming on at fullback.

“Percy did some wonderful things at flyhalf, doing exactly what was asked of him; he was solid in defence as well,” he said, before confirming that captain John Smit had also taken a knock to the shoulder.

“We’re a bit like the walking wounded,” he said. “That’s the nature of the competition and we do have the depth though. Our policy has been to grow depth and give opportunities, so the injuries may afford us this opportunity.”

The sixth-placed Sharks play the Stormers in Durban on Saturday before finishing their campaign against the Force.