SuperRugby depth importance already shown.
February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
So the Stormers and Sharks (SA’s two favorites) have been dealt cruel blows on the injury front.
The Sharks lost Daniels and Whitehead AND the Stormers lost Etzebeth all out with various injuries. Luckily for the moment being, none is said to be season enders at this stage.
The Sharks and Stormers do boast the biggest squad depth of all the SA franchises and should both be able to cover the injuries.
For the Sharks it was always going to be a tough decision who to play in the lose trio. The combination of Coetzee, Alberts and Kanko might in anyway be a stronger one than one with Daniels in it. And with Steyn back Whitehead was going to compete with Jordaan for the 13 jumper. So all in all I do not believe this injuries will weaken their run on team. This does however weaken the squad should there be any other injuries.
For the Stormers it will not be as easy to replace Eben. At his young age he is already considered one of the best if not the best no.4 in the world. That said all though it would be impossible to replace a player like Eben they do have good options available in Elstadt and Rhodes.
In a weird way this might help these players over the long season as they all will be 6 – 8 weeks fresher come the latter stages of the comp than the rest of the guys.
One team that has impressed me in the early season is the Bulls. They have silently build up quite a nice level of depth and although a lot of the depth are still very young they are all the real deal and might surprise a team or two this season. (that is the youngster not the Bulls as the Bulls will always have a chance of winning)