The Sharks look likely to be able to field a close to full-strength side to face the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday, with a number of key men expected to be passed fit.
Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, in the midst of a low-key comeback via the Currie Cup after neck surgery halfway through the Super 14, rolled his ankle against Griquas on Friday night, but is apparently not too serious and should be fine for the Loftus trip. While the Sharks have good backup in Craig Burden and Kyle Cooper, it would be better for the Sharks if the latter were able to carry on representing the under 21 side, who also face an absolutely crucial game at Loftus this weekend.
Locks Ross Skeate and Alistair Hargreaves were both missing last week, both as a result of groin strains (eeep!). While Mike Rhodes and Anton Bresler deputised superbly against Griquas, the regular locks are expected to return against the Bulls. Adding further depth, former Lions lock Gerhard Mostert has now come through a few weeks’ of club rugby and should be ready to come into the frame as well.
At the back, regular fullback Louis Ludik should also be fit to take his place after missing the Griquas game through concussion. He should take over from Monty Dumond, who played a caretaker role in the number 15 shirt last weekend.Tweet