John Plumtree revealed in an interview with Ballz Radio yesterday that two other Sharks loose forwards are battling ahead of the Super Rugby opener against the Cheetahs. This comes hot on the heels of Keegan Daniel’s knee injury, which will keep the skipper out of action for around 6 weeks.
Plumtree told Darren Scott that Willem Alberts continues to struggle with his chronic shoulder problem, which has been bugging him for the last 6 months or more. Alberts played no part in the Sharks’ win over the Leopards last weekend and it’s sounding unlikely that he’ll be fit to take on the Pumas this weekend either. Whether he recovers in time to start against the Cheetahs, or hands the “loose forward enforcer” baton over to Jean Deysel for that game, remains to be seen.
Plumtree also confirmed that Marcell Coetzee will miss Friday’s trip to Nelspruit, presumably as the result of a knock sustained against the Leopards. Coetzee was not named in the original squad to play at Woodburn Stadium, but did make a surprise appearance off the bench in the second half.
With neither Daniel nor Coetzee in the mix, it’s likely that Plumtree will stick with Jacques Botes at open side flank for Friday’s encounter, with Deysel then continuing in the number 7 jersey. Either Ryan Kankowski or Tera Mtembu will complete the loose trio.Tweet