Two fly-halves hold key for Sharks

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The form of two fly-halves who are not under full contract will hold the key to the Sharks’ chances of regaining the ABSA Currie Cup title they won in 2008 but relinquished to the Bulls last year.
Sharks coach John Plumtree is in no doubt as to why his team started so slowly in the Super 14 earlier this year. Ruan Pienaar was injured for much of the build-up to the new season, and he is the team’s key halfback, while the loss of first Juan Hernandez and then the man who was supposed to replace him was a massive setback.
“The top successful teams always have one or two world class halfbacks, but we lost Juan doing the off-season and he was supposed to be the man fronting our challenge,” said Plumtree.
The man lured to Durban to replace the Argentine star Hernandez was of course former Kearsney schoolboy Steve Meyer, who had spent a few seasons in France. He showed some promise in the warm-up friendlies, and was chosen for the first game against the Chiefs. However, three days before the Super 14 kick-off, Meyer announced his retirement in what can best be described as mysterious circumstances.—Reuters