While the talk continues to revolve around exactly how much of a weakened team John Plumtree will field against Western Province this weekend, two players at least won’t make the trip.
Sharksworld has learned that key loose forward Willem Alberts is highly unlikely to be fit for the encounter, after a recurrence of an old knee injury against the Leoaprds last weekend. Alberts should definitely be fit for the semi-final clash the week afterwards.
JP Pietersen, the subject of a tug-of-war between the Sharks and the Lions, has somehow managed to pull a hammie while he was being reconditioned and is also unlikely to play against Province. John Plumtree has confirmed, though, that another long-term injury casualty, Adrian Jacobs, is likely to feature off the bench this week. Plumtree also revealed that he’d be keen to give Andre Pretorius another outing at flyhalf, raising questions as to whether Pat Lambie will move back into the inside centre position he filled so impressively earlier in the season, or will need to make do with a spot on the bench.
The Sharks are already assured of top spot on the ABSA Currie Cup log, while Province will need to pick up at least 4 points from the encounter to be assured of the second home semi-final slot.Tweet