While John Plumtree will be concerned about the fitness of key ball-carrying loose forward Willem Alberts going into this week’s top-of-the-table Currie Cup clash against Western Province, the release of crowd favourite Ryan Kankowski from the Bok squad may go some way to easing his mind.
Alberts, who has been simply immense for the Sharks since missing the first few rounds of the action, picked up a leg injury against the Leopards last weekend and though he has been cleared of a fracture, may be suffering from a bone bruise – a lingering injury which may take a few weeks to clear up. Kankowski, who has been inured himself for the past few weeks, is apparently fit and will be considered for selection. He would presumably slot straight in at his preferred position of eighthman, with Alberts moving over to the blindside flank if he is indeed fit.
Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes will continue at numbers 7 and 6 respectively should Alberts be ruled out, with Mike Rhodes wanting to deliver another strong performance coming off the bench.
In other news, indications are that both Beast Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis are likely to start in the front row for the Sharks. Plumtree has indicated that discipline is a key factor that needs work this week and as such, his fiery Bok hooker is one player who will need to get that message and fast. Du Plessis conceded three penalties within the space of 15 minutes last week.Tweet