The Sharks are hoping to have props Deon Carstens and Beast Mtawarira fit for Saturday’s Currie Cup rugby match against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park.
Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that it is particularly in the forward play that the Sharks have performed well this year, and the availability of these two props could pave the way for the Sharks to clinch a home semi-final.
However, some concern exists about them both, as well as about lock Alistair Hargreaves and winger Odwa Ndungane.
Carstens is having one of his best seasons ever, while Mtawarira’s status as a world-class prop has skyrocketed this year.
Both of these players’ availability will be critical to the Sharks’ quest to host a semi-final and possibly also the final.
However, Sharks captain Johann Muller doesn’t want to anticipate events too far in advance.
“It just gets more difficult every week and we realise we have to win against the Lions if we want to host a semi-final,” said Muller.
Muller realises that his side will probably have to play better if they are to beat the Lions for a second time in this year’s series.
In the previous match in Durban the Sharks defeated the Lions 16-11 in an utterly uninspiring clash that didn’t live up to expectations in any way.
Muller knows his team will have to do better. “We know it’s going to be difficult and we’ll have to play well to beat them in Johannesburg,” he said.
Doubts concerning Carstens, Mtawarira, Hargreaves and Ndungane should not, however, leave Sharks supporters in sackcloth and ashes, since both hooker Bismarck du Plessis and fullback Stefan Terblanche will be back in their positions this week.
Du Plessis and Terblanche were rested against the Falcons last week, but will definitely be let loose against the Lions.Tweet