News coming out of the Sharks camp is that both Jean Deysel and Willem Alberts are likely to be out of action for at least the first few rounds of this year’s Currie Cup competition.
Given the form shown by both players in the latter rounds of the Super 14, it’s been a source of some amusement (and concern) that neither player has figured in the Springbok reckoning thus far, with players like Joe van Niekerk, Francois Louw and Dewald Potgieter all preferred. While Alberts sat out the last two rounds of the Super 14 with a knee strain, we believe that he has subsequently picked up an ankle injury and should be going under the knife today.
Deysel recently had surgery to repair a cartilage problem in his wrist and is still expected to be out of action for 5 weeks or more.
John Plumtree will need to make do without both players when the Currie Cup kicks off next month – and will presumably also be without the services of Ryan Kankowski, who appears certain to make the Boks Tri-Nations squad. While Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes are Currie Cup stalwarts, the coach will now need to look within the wider squad and back some of the younger players who have come up through the age-group and Sharks XV ranks, including Justin Downey, Mike Rhodes and Luvo Lusaseni.
Or I guess we could go and buy a has-been from Europe instead. I wonder what Lawrence Dallaglio is up to…Tweet