The Sharks have not given up hope of signing Juan Martin Hernandez for the Currie Cup.
Keo.co.za reported a week ago that while the union had been in negotiations with the Argentina star, they couldn’t afford his wage requirements, and that unless he lowered his expectations, the Sharks would not be able to lure him to Durban.
However, Sharks coach John Plumtree believes Hernandez could yet join his side.
‘If we can get him signed, he’ll be out here on the next plane, he wants to come, that’s the most important thing,’ he told Sport24. ‘I think Fred’s [Frederic Michalak]) passed on some good things. Reports from Paris are that whatever the conditions, sun or rain, Hernandez can do some freaky things.’
In the meantime, Plumtree is going to entrust the No 10 jersey to youngster Guy Cronje, who played a big part in the Sharks win over WP in the final of the U19 domestic competition last year.
At the time, Sharks commercial director Rudolf Straeuli raved about him to SA Rugby magazine.
‘Guy was very instrumental in our success in 2008,’ said Straeuli. ‘He has very good distribution skills and is a great decision-maker. His communication with the backline is superb which is essential for his position. He is really professional and enthusiastic. He is not the biggest player on the field, but what he lacks in physicality he makes up for in enthusiasm. He is one of the toughest tacklers in the side.’