French Freddie appears to be completely recovered after his horror knee injury against the Waratahs earlier this year. Expect the little maestro to be among the substitutes when the Sharks side to take on the Valke on Friday is named.
The news is less good for Rory Kockott, though. After doing his ankle against Boland a fortnight ago, it appears the Sharks form scrummie (and first-choice goal-kicker) will need at least another week on the sidelines. The dearth of reliable kicking options in te squad means Monty Dumond will probably get the nod at 10 again this week, with Brad Barritt (if fit) taking over from Andries Strauss at inside centre.
In another change to the backline that did duty (or lack thereof) in Pretoria last week, Rovers winger Wes Bodmer looks set to be named in Henno Mentz’s number 11 jersey. Mentz was woeful against the Bulls and hasn’t convinced all season. Plumtree is keen to give the club star a start, to see how he shapes up at this level. His Rovers teammate Chris Jordaan will continue on the other wing, after an encouraging first outing last week.
In the pack, Steven Sykes is expected to be fit and should start at lock. Deon Carstens, though, will almost certainly miss out after picking up a calf injury, meaning Plumtree will shift Jannie du Plessis over to the loosehead side, with BJ Botha continuing on the tight.
Possible Sharks team:
15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Wes Bodmer, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Scott Mathie, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Nic Strauss, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (c), 4 Steven Sykes, 3 BJ Botha, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Jannie du Plessis
16 Craig Burden, 17 Robbie Harris, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Charl Macleod, 21 Frederick Michalak, 22 Henno Mentz