The Sharks received some good news this week ahead of their tough three-week run-in to the Currie Cup knock-outs, with a number of players returning to swell their already full ranks.
Hooker-cum-loosehead Kyle Cooper, who has been on the sidelines for around three months after a neck operation, returned to full training yesterday and may even come into the reckoning for a berth against the Bulls this weekend, while Bok wing JP Pietersen is also expected back on the paddock on Wednesday. The latter’s playing return, however, is expected to come a week later against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, unless, that is, the national selectors opt to push the panic button and rather throw him straight in against the All Blacks that weekend instead.
With lock Pieter-Steph du Toit now also available for selection, after coming through a under 21 game at the weekend, the Sharks are now in the enviable position of having a fully fit squad as the competition nears its climax. Only long-term knee casualty Bismarck du Plessis remains on the sidelines, with the only other unavailable players being the eight Sharks currently with the Springbok squad.
The Sharks face must-win games across all three competitions, at home, this weekend with the under 19s and under 21s facing their Western Province counterparts and the seniors taking on the Blue Bulls.Tweet