Big Vic in doubt for Province clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Aug 2010 at 09:30
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While John Plumtree will be concerned about the fitness of key ball-carrying loose forward Willem Alberts going into this week’s top-of-the-table Currie Cup clash against Western Province, the release of crowd favourite Ryan Kankowski from the Bok squad may go some way to easing his mind.

Alberts, who has been simply immense for the Sharks since missing the first few rounds of the action, picked up a leg injury against the Leopards last weekend and though he has been cleared of a fracture, may be suffering from a bone bruise – a lingering injury which may take a few weeks to clear up. Kankowski, who has been inured himself for the past few weeks, is apparently fit and will be considered for selection. He would presumably slot straight in at his preferred position of eighthman, with Alberts moving over to the blindside flank if he is indeed fit.

Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes will continue at numbers 7 and 6 respectively should Alberts be ruled out, with Mike Rhodes wanting to deliver another strong performance coming off the bench.

In other news, indications are that both Beast Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis are likely to start in the front row for the Sharks. Plumtree has indicated that discipline is a key factor that needs work this week and as such, his fiery Bok hooker is one player who will need to get that message and fast. Du Plessis conceded three penalties within the space of 15 minutes last week.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 17.08.10 09:34:14 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Come on Willem, we need you on Sat.. Duanne and Willem head to head will be gr8 viewing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.08.10 09:35:02 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Burden and Pat should start!! And if Alberts is fit to play, Kanko and Daniel should be his partners.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.08.10 09:36:02 by Jarson Reply
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  • What’s with the calling Willem Alberts Big Vic? There is only one Big Vic..

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.10 09:36:13 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Alberts will def be missed if he doesnt start, but in the same breath Rhodes, Botes, Daniels have been playing really well, and against WP will have to step up once again.

    Kanko back in the team will be a huge boost, as will Beast – have to feel fro Cilliers – he has been in excellent form.

    Not, IMO, a good choice to have Bismark starting. I can understand that without Alberts we need a big strike runner, but is Burden not getting short-changed again?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.10 09:36:40 by Mole Reply

  • @Jarson (Comment 3) : Disagree there. If Beast is 100% he simply has to start. Brokeback Harris will crack just seeing him run on.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.10 09:37:53 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 5) : Yip, very tough on Burden for Bissie to start ahead of him. Would like to see Bismark get a full half in though. We need that man in form soon. We = Boks and Sharks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.10 09:39:41 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 6) : Pat can play at tighthead with Beast at loosehead, my main concern is Bismarck’s dicipline and Burden has shown great form lately.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.10 09:41:36 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 8) : I hadn’t considered Pat at 3. When last did he play there?

    Prefer to see him on the loosehead if at all. In Herbst and Van Staden, I think we have good enough 3’s. Been pretty impressed with them.

    My preference would be:

    1. Beast 2. Burden 3. Herbst 16. Cilliers 17. Bismarck

    Not convinced Bissie is up to starting just yet.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.10 09:46:24 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 4) : Willem Alberts has had the nickname “Big Vic” since his res days.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.10 09:50:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 8) : I wouldn’t play Pat at 3.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.10 09:51:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : He should apply for a nick change. No use living in Victor’s shadow.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.08.10 09:53:35 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • It is really unfortunate that Deysel has been injured, I was looking forward to him getting back into form, seeing him on the EOYT, and prehaps, showing PdV what he has been missing out on…

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.08.10 10:04:04 by Mole Reply

  • IMO why drop a guy who is in great form for a guy who is still getting back into form? What happened last year when our ‘amazing’ Springboks rejoined the squad? We lost momentum and subsequently lost to the Cheetahs in the Semi finals who we managed to beat twice without the Springboks 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.08.10 10:04:30 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 14) : Exactly, there is no point to stopping the momentum created by these players. Players need to know that the coach will back them, and not – when they are playing class rugby – drop them to make way for a another player that is perceived to be “better”

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.08.10 10:21:50 by Mole Reply

  • @Jarson (Comment 14) : thinking the same thing… that, and how we struggled against the cheetahs the other day with our light-loosies. only started to dominate the game after Deysel and Willem came on… 😕 we NEED willem!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.08.10 10:26:09 by VanWilder Reply

  • My sentiments re Burden is with Mole and Jarson…we cannot afford penalties either against Problems..

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.08.10 10:30:13 by Ice Reply
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  • I read that Kanko was not in the Bok squad becasue of injury.

    Surely then he can’t play for us?

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.08.10 10:30:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Maybe his loyalty lies with the Sharks 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.08.10 10:33:49 by Jarson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    My booboo. he has made a full recovery.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.08.10 10:33:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Beast and Bismark MUST start. Bissy will up his game after last week; especially against Liebenberg.

    Alberts would be a huge loss, but I really am starting to rate Rhodes. Having Kanko back would help us a lot.The Boks were retarded to drop him if uninjured though.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.08.10 10:43:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : De Waal will punish us for stupid mistakes…

    Because of Lambies kicking averages being not exactly fantastic, I have a feeling that Kockott will start on Sat. This is going to be a close game, 2/3 pointers are going to be vital.

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.08.10 11:20:57 by Mole Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 21) : The only problem is that to Bissie “Upping your game” doesn’t exclude a range of brainfarts that lead to penalties.

    On Saturday against de Waal’s boot the kind of ill discipline that Bissie’s shown since coming off his injury could kill the game for us even before it’s started.

    The Bulls/WP game last weekend showed us what to expect – long stretches of play and many continuous phases in defense, which means prolonged periods of concentration and discipline.

    We need the players with the coolest heads to start. I would select Burden.

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.08.10 13:00:21 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 4) : I`m with you there. Big Vic is a bull . . . what would he have to do with the most anticipated match of the weekend?

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.08.10 13:08:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Lambie’s percentage for poles the past two games is 80% (12/15). How can anyone consider this to be poor???????

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.08.10 13:34:38 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Bissie should have started against the Leopards, with Burden being “rested”. Then Burden should have started against WP. That way he would not be “dropped”. Don’t like that he is being “dropped” for this match, poor player management by Plum.

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.08.10 13:35:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : It’s only speculation, no one has confirmed anything 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.08.10 14:12:14 by Jarson Reply
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  • So ?Vic? is okay and Kanko is playing and for some reason everyone here thinks Bissie would be a liability? Why?

    Bismark should and fortunately is starting this game. He is a world class hooker and does not concede as many penalties as people here seem to believe, leaving him out of the team would have been a big mistake. Burden will be a good 60min replacement.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.08.10 18:09:03 by Letgo Reply
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