The Sharks will be without white-hot winger JP Pietersen for their match against the Hurricanes at King’s Park on Saturday.
Pietersen has scored seven tries in six matches and has been impressive in his overall play. His loss is a massive one for the Durban franchise.
Pietersen twisted his ankle badly against the Brumbies on Saturday and while scans on Monday will reveal the full extent of the injury, it is predicted that he’ll be sidelined for at least a week.
‘The ankle feels OK now but the medical team are worried that I may have a slight tear in the lower part of my calf muscle as well,’ Pietersen told keo.co.za. ‘The scan tonight will tell us exactly what’s wrong but it’s unlikely that I’ll play this weekend.’
There is no ready-made replacement for the Springbok winger, with Luzuko Vulindlu the most likely to be called into the starting line-up. However, while Vulindlu has shaped as a competent player in the limited game time he has had, his inexperience is of concern, particularly against an All Blacks-laden backline.
Chris Jordaan, who played wing for the majority of the Absa Currie Cup, is another option, but he is more likely to provide cover on the bench than surpass Vulindlu for a starting berth.
By Ryan Vrede