Taione to return?

The Sharks will appeal flank Epi Taione’s six-week ban for a head-butt.

The Tongan superstar only came off the bench twice for the Sharks – against the Reds and then Hurricanes – and in the latter match he was red-carded for a head-strike on Canes’ lock Jeremy Thrush. This lengthy ban would rule out Taione for virtually the entire Super 14, and with injury concerns to forwards Johann Muller and Keegan Daniel, the Sharks need reinforcements quickly.

The appeal will be heard via teleconference tomorrow morning, and the Sharks will be hoping a significant reduction is made to the ban. The Sharks have enough quality to cover the possible omission of Daniel and Muller this weekend against the Brumbies, but a quick return for Taione towards the business end of the competition will add to their attacking dimension – which has been sorely lacking this season.