Ryan “the Hoff” Kankowski, if you can believe it, turns only 26 today and will look to turn his birthday weekend into a memorable one by putting in a storming performance on his return to the Sharks side. Kanky has been out for 6 games now, having broken his thumb against the Lions in Johannesburg and the big number 8 will want to exact the perfect revenge against the same opponents in Durban.
Kanokwski will earn his 57th Sharks Currie Cup cap tomorrow and will be looking for a post-birthday try to take his career tally to 15. Loose forward mate Keegan Daniel, appearing for the 82nd time, will also be hunting a second try in two starts in order to get to 30 career tries (and 150 career points) for the Sharks in the Currie Cup.
Spare a thought for poor Jacques Botes, though, stranded on the bench on 98 caps this week. He’ll look to get on for his 99th and put in a good enough performance to possibly force a start next week, in what would be his 100th Currie Cup game for the Sharks. Having burst through the 30-try barrier earlier in the season, Botes now requires only one himself to reach the 35-try milestone.
A pair of Sharks play makers will also be reaching milestones this weekend, with Fred Michalak earning his 25th Currie Cup cap and Pat Lambie his 20th. The Frenchman will be looking to score at least 15 points in the game to take him above 200 in his Sharks career. Marius Joubert completes the set in earning his 10th cap for the Sharks in the Currie Cup.Tweet