Sharks scrumhalf Rory Kockott will miss the next two Absa Currie Cup matches because of an ankle injury sustained against the Boland on Friday night, opening the door for either Scott Mathie or Charl MacLeod, the youngster who replaced Kockott when he went off.
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“Rory has a soft tissue injury,” confirmed coach John Plumtree. “Charl showed some nice touches, but we also have Scott Mathie playing again (he missed much of last season because of injury), so we have an interesting choice to make.”
The loss of Kockott also poses a potential goal-kicking problem. When Kockott got injured, substitute flyhalf Monty Dumond took over and did very well, but he might not be picked to play the Bulls this week because Bradley Barritt will be back from injury and is likely to be picked at 10. But this would leave the Sharks without a recognised goal-kicker.
Perhaps Dumond will play flyhalf and Barritt will revert to centre.
Otherwise the Sharks are in good physical shape and it is on their mental approach that they will have to brush up.
“Friday night was a mental struggle for the guys,” Plumtree said of the listless performance by his charges for most of the match. “With respect to Boland, I think our guys battled to get their minds right for this match. It has already been a long season with a number of big Super 14 matches and as much as we spoke about being in the right mental place, we just weren’t.”
The Sharks will not have that problem this week at Loftus. There will be a natural elevation in intensity for such a big challenge.
“That goes without saying,” Plumtree said. “The guys will be up for it big time.”Tweet