Well, there’s little to no chance that Willem Alberts will be cleared to start against the Chiefs on Saturday, of that I’m sure. Looks like 2008′s Super 14 player of the tournament, Ryan Kankowski, is going to get a chance to show exactly what he’s made of.
We understand that Adi Jacobs is set to play a role off the bench this week, so the smart money will be on Waylon Murray starting in the number 13 jersey. The flyhalf debate is still wide open and we were led to believe, earlier in the week, that Monty Dumond had the inside track. At that stage, Rory Kockott was listed as doubtful, but having recovered from a shoulder injury, the ace goal-kicker looks likely to start. Steve Meyer now seems likely operate at pivot, with Riaan Swanepoel outside him.
The back three and pack shouldn’t differ very much from what we’ve become used to seeing, although Gerhard Mostert may have done enough to warrant a starting berth in the second row. My money is on the big lock making his Sharks debut off the bench this week.
Probable Sharks lineup:
15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Steve Meyer, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 John Smit (capt), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira
16 Deon Carstens, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Adrian Jacobs