Sharks lose Tony Brown



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The Sharks will be without Tony Brown for the rest of the campaign after he broke both his hands on Saturday. Tony apparently received attention to his hands and then asked if he could go back on to the field.

Sharks coach Dick Muir said, “I asked him how he intended catching the ball with two broken hands! That’s the character of the man.

“We have a versatile side and I feel prepared for the eventuality of injuries, but it would be a great loss if he’s out,” admitted Muir.

“Percy did some wonderful things at fly-half, doing exactly what was asked of him; he was solid in defence as well.”

There are two other injury concerns for the Sharks who take on the Stormers this week. Sharks captain John Smit took a knock to the shoulder.

“We’re a bit like the walking wounded,” he described his team after the huge battle with the Bulls.

“That’s the nature of the competition and we do have the depth though. Our policy has been to grow depth and give opportunities, so the injuries may afford us this opportunity.”

Prop BJ Botha is another of those suffering from injury. He has a black eye and nasty cut below it.

The injury is said to have come from a Victor Matfield punch although the citing officer has decided not to take the matter further.

“BJ took a nasty cut from a punch in a scrum,” confirmed Muir. “Even if it is the nature of derby matches to be physical, punching is not on.”

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