Sharks forward coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has confirmed that two more players are carrying “bumps and bruises” after Friday’s Currie Cup encounter against the Lions.
In an interview with the Sharks website, Macleod-Henderson revealed that lock Marco Wentzel and flank Jean Deysel both took a bit of strain in the game, implying that both will be watched during the week to see how they go. While there is plenty of cover for Deysel, with the likes of Justin Downey and Francois Kleinhans yet to crack the match 22, lock is a bit more of a problem; Peet Marais is a natural replacement for Wentzel as a starting option at 5, but when it comes to finding a man to cover the position off the bench, Deysel’s, alas, is the only name that could really feature.
One fancies it would take a bit of really terrible luck for both to be ruled out of Friday’s encounter against the Cheetahs, though.
Odwa Ndungane will definitely be out of action for between a fortnight and three weeks, with Sizo Maseko, Tim Whitehead and Keegan Daniel likely to come back into the frame this week.
While Maseko looks like a pretty obvious swap for Ndungane in the back three, managing the re-introduction of Whitehead will be more tricky, given Heimar Williams’ superb debut against the Lions.Tweet