Sharks centre Meyer Bosman appears to be the major injury doubt complicating the announcement of the team to face the Blue Bulls at Loftus this weekend. The big centre, who has stepped up as first-choice goal-kicker in the opening rounds of the Currie Cup, picked up a knee injury during Saturday’s win over the Lions and will face a late fitness test this week.
The other player under an injury cloud is tearaway flank Francois Kleinhans, who enjoyed an impressive first starting outing last weekend. Kleinhans picked up a toe injury, which is not at this stage looking likely to keep him out of the Bulls clash, but may, of course, do just that.
The loss of Craig Burden to the Bok team is the third disruption to the side that played last week and with the Sharks already struggling a little for depth, the last thing they can now afford is to lose further players.
Burden will be replaced in the starting line up by his deputy Monde Hadebe, with Baby Bok hooker Franco Marais likely to be called up from the under 21 ranks to provide bench cover. One would fancy that should Bosman be ruled out, Paul Jordaan would move to inside centre (which could work out quite well, actually) with veteran Marius Joubert coming in at 13. Picking Joubert himself at inside centre could also work, given that he played a little Vodacom Cup rugby in that position. Rosco Speckamn would, I imagine, come into the match 22, with Gouws Prinsloo able to deputise at centre, although in this scenario, there might be a case for including Heimar Williams on the bench instead.
Tera Mtembu could come in for Kleinhans if required, with Brynard Stander or one of the under 21 loose forwards coming onto the bench when the Sharks side is named tomorrow.Tweet