The Sharks have received some good new on the injury front ahead of Saturdays’ crucial clash against the Cheetahs in Durban, with Keegan Daniel and Louis Ludik both likely to be available for selection.
The new for Ross Skeate is less good, though. The big second-rower confirmed via his Twitter site that he will undergo an operation to repair his torn groin and will be out of action for between 4 and 6 weeks.
While Ludik should be a reasonably solid bet to slot straight back in at fullback, John Plumtree will no doubt need to do a bit of backline shuffling in order to rediscover the magic that was so missing against the Pumas last Friday. Captain Stefan Terblanche will probably go back to outside centre, leaving the coach with the tricky decision about which of Dries Strauss or Riaan Swanepeol to select in the number 12 shirt. The loose forward combination will also be something of a headache, with Daniel and Ryan Kankowski in a straight shootout for the number 8 jersey. Flanks Jacques Botes and Willem Alberts have both been in great nick and it’s unlikely that Plum will want to disrupt that combination to find a spot for Daniel, who looks best at the back of the scrum anyway.
The Cheetahs, though, are struggling with a fair few niggles after their tough match against the Blue Bulls this past weekend. While as many as 8 of the first team did not train on Monday, it’s only lock Waltie Vermuelen who is confirmed out, while outside centre Rob Ebersohn is touch and go.Tweet