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Pieter-Steph du ToitCell C SharksPieter-Steph du Toit underwent a scan to his knee yesterday with the disappointing news that he sustained an ACL injury and will be out for the remainder of the year.

Sharks website release

The young lock sustained the injury to his anterior cruciate ligament at training on Thursday and the bad news was confirmed when he went for a scan later in the day to determine the extent of that injury to the knee ligaments.

His place in the starting line-up was confirmed yesterday, Stephan Lewies shifts from the bench to take over from du Toit, while his replacement on the bench has not been confirmed as yet.

67 Responses to Super Rugby: Sharks – Pieter-Steph du Toit out for the rest of the year

  • 51

    In the old days a serious knee injury was the end of a player’s career.

  • 52

    Tough luck PietStef…! A blow to the Sharks and the Boks…

    Speaking of so many young guys who are injured so often…?

    I’m no expert… but I spoke to a biokineticist about a month ago… He is not a huge rugby fan but players at school and junior levels make up quite a percentage of his business…
    He said we should expect lots of injuries… to the younger guys especially… he says a lot of his time is spent trying to convince these guys to build up slowly through plain old hard work… but they all have big ambitions and want to play for a SR side or the Boks “now”…
    He explained very clearly to me how “physique enhancers” are very effective at building and strengthening muscles… but do absolutely nothing for the tendons and ligaments…
    The end result being you have muscles that are too strong for the tendons that attach them to the bones…
    He said it does not take much to put tendons under more pressure than they are designed or trained to cope with… he reckoned they would not even need to be playing a match to exert the sort of pressure that could pop a tendon or ligament… “they could even do it at training or just fooling around”…

    Now I’m not accusing PietStef, Arno or anyone else of anything… but we all know that steroids is a massive problem in schools rugby… Goosen was busted while still at school…
    But we need to ask ourselves honestly… why are so many young guys popping ligaments and tendons so often…?
    Surely SARU has to step in, investigate and come up with some sort of strategy to sort out what is obviously becoming a big problem…?

  • 53

    @ dWeePer:
    good point, there rarely was a come back.

  • 54

    @ ufo:

    Well written and food for thought as per usual.

    Some people are very quick to accuse competitors in sports like cycling of doping but imo if rugby players are subjected to the same stringent testing they (the accusers) will jump off their high horses very soon.

    Consistent and rigorous- including out of season- testing is the only way to go…. if Armstrong had to open his house at 2 o clock in the morning to get a blood sample taken why can a rugby player not do the same.

  • 55

    robzim wrote:

    @ ufo:
    Well written and food for thought as per usual.
    Some people are very quick to accuse competitors in sports like cycling of doping but imo if rugby players are subjected to the same stringent testing they (the accusers) will jump off their high horses very soon.
    Consistent and rigorous- including out of season- testing is the only way to go…. if Armstrong had to open his house at 2 o clock in the morning to get a blood sample taken why can a rugby player not do the same.

    Not true
    We accuse dopers of getting on bicycles and blocking the road
    Wink

  • 56

    @ nortierd:

    You should have been in Cape Town last Sunday when nearly 35 000 dopers (including wannabees) did the blocking.

  • 57

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    You should have been in Cape Town last Sunday when nearly 35 000 dopers (including wannabees) did the blocking.

    That’s why I moved up here, lol
    Glad I wasn’t in a car trying to get somewhere.
    Did you watch the new Top Gear on Wednesday?
    Clarkson did a bit on cyclists

  • 58

    @ nortierd:

    No, I did not… but I guess he had a full go?

    He was after all once beaten by a cyclist in a race between Buckingham palace and Heathrow during peak hours while he was driving a Ferrari or something Pleasure

  • 59

    ufo wrote:

    Surely SARU has to step in, investigate and come up with some sort of strategy to sort out what is obviously becoming a big problem…?

    Do you honestly believe SARU give a continental f?

  • 60

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    No, I did not… but I guess he had a full go?
    He was after all once beaten by a cyclist in a race between Buckingham palace and Heathrow during peak hours while he was driving a Ferrari or something

    Was moer funny, see if you can catch the replay this weekend, series 21 episode 5

  • 61

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    No, I did not… but I guess he had a full go?
    He was after all once beaten by a cyclist in a race between Buckingham palace and Heathrow during peak hours while he was driving a Ferrari or something

    Hammond was on the bike, May in the car, Stig on public transport and Clarkson was in a boat on the Thames

  • 62

    @ nortierd:

    All right… i thought Jeremy was in the car.

    I am not a real fan of his show but watched a few.

    I enjoyed the one during which Rowan Atkinson did the very fast lap.

    Btw.. Bluebird (carol) who also blogs here and her husband are his neighbours in the Cotswold where he has a farm.

  • 63

    @ Robzim
    Cool, shame Carol back the Stormers today, sadly she fell a bit.
    I see she also went for the Cheetahs and Lions, risky at best, so she has a lot of confidence in the SAFFA sides

  • 64

    @ nortierd:

    Blame her trust in SAFFA sides on her love for percy M Wink

    Cheetahs have zero change and Lions about 30% imo.

    I stopped doing the Bru… not nice to follow your head if it involves the Stormers.

  • 65

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    Blame her trust in SAFFA sides on her love for percy M
    Cheetahs have zero change and Lions about 30% imo.
    I stopped doing the Bru… not nice to follow your head if it involves the Stormers.

    We know the state of the rugby in the Cape, from the board to AC to the poor squad and team, so it’s easy to know they won’t be winning to many.
    Doesn’t make it easier, but facts are facts.
    I can’t remember when last we had such a poor selection of players to select from, and the less said about AC and his “help” the better

  • 66

    @ nortierd:

    I have “backed” AC for quite a while but had enough.

    It’s not only the coaching, its also the bad recruiting…. and the inability to see that in order to win a major competition a team needs world class halfbacks… Grant/Katrakilles/Schreuder are not even close to world class.

    If a disastrous tour is what is needed to force AC and co to resign, then so be it.

  • 67

    robzim wrote:

    @ nortierd:
    I have “backed” AC for quite a while but had enough.
    It’s not only the coaching, its also the bad recruiting…. and the inability to see that in order to win a major competition a team needs world class halfbacks… Grant/Katrakilles/Schreuder are not even close to world class.
    If a disastrous tour is what is needed to force AC and co to resign, then so be it.

    Yep, most of us feel that way.
    I’m just not convinced that even a wooden spoon will be enough for them to admit they are wrong and out of their depth.
    As long as Newlands is full, hey will celebrate their success.
    Our best youngsters end up at the Sharks and Bulls, so the dregs that no one wanted get to play for us, hardly inspiring.
    I envy the Sharks with the way they went about things from last year, and the worst is their coach and CEO was better than our by a country mile, yet they shafted them and got better people in


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