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Kankowski out for a month

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Aug 2011 at 17:31
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Ryan Kankowski has been ruled out of any Sharks action for at least four weeks as he has broken his thumb. The eighthman will not be available to the Sharks during a very tough couple of weeks as they face the Bulls and the Cheetahs away, and have two tricky fixtures at home.

In other injury news, Keegan Daniel rolled his ankle at training today but it is hoped that he will be ready to face the Bulls this weekend.

Al Hargreaves also returns to the selection frame after his lengthy lay off due to injury.


  • This could be a bit of a blessing in disguise…

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.11 17:34:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : I was just think I would say that when I read the heading.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.11 17:37:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : It could. Who plays at 8 this weekend? Coetzee with Keegs at 6? Or we could go Deysel, Coetzee, Daniel.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.11 17:40:41 by war1 Reply
  • This has got me thinking, Kanko has really been off form for quite a while now. Hope he gets back to his best soon. He is such a devastating player when on form.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.11 17:44:37 by war1 Reply
  • What a bummer for Kanko. Things have not been going his way lately. 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.11 17:55:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • Just what is it that ails Kanko this past few months. From an astonishingly exciting loose forward he has become more of a liability to his team he is so off form. It’s a position in which he cannot be out of form for long as there are so many good players waiting for their opportunity to make the position their own.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.11 17:59:58 by Donald Reply

  • Kanko has been struggling a bit, he didn’t need this injury, he needed to build up his momentum… Pressure will be on Kanko when he returns…

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.11 18:08:59 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Let the record show that I’m a big fan of Kanko, but of late he reminds me of Pieter Rossouw in the latter part of his career; none of the excitement and penetration that initially created all the excitement around them, and instead seems to only have the ability to run laterally across the field, and to be tackled behind the advantage line. Or, in Slapchips’ case, slip and fall over his own feet.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.11 20:04:07 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Kanko get in the gym . It seems all interest in kanko have fallen and his confidence is at an all time low, a talented player(world class)is being outplayed by a 20 year old and for that matter a host of athletes with far less genetic blessings than he. Sharks need to take this guy and nuture him back to life.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.11 00:34:36 by Talent Reply
  • IMO, the Sharks need a better ground game before Kankowski will get the freedom to roam like he has in the past. At the moment the entire Sharks loose-trio, mostly Keegan Daniel, try play the exact same role. It just isn’t working because they aren’t recycling well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.11 04:57:30 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) : 100%

    We need deysel even if playing at 7 to fill a fetcher role too, normally we had Bismark doing that? now we have noone

    Botes and daniel are good players in their own right , but they are not fetchers

    Kanko cannot fill that role either

    this weekend i would play

    8 Coetzee ( his natural position )
    7 Deysel
    6 Coetzee
    Bench: Botes

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.08.11 08:07:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : I also wish we could clone Coetzee and play him in 2 positions! 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.08.11 08:17:37 by Ben Reply
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  • My team would be

    15 Ludick
    14 Sithole
    13 Adi
    12 Bosman
    11 Mvovo
    10 Fred
    09 Mcleod
    08 Coetzee
    07 Deysel
    06 Daniel
    05 Hargreaves
    04 Bresler
    03 Herbst
    02 Burden
    01 Chadwick

    16 Cooper
    17 Van Staden
    18 Skeate
    19 Botes
    20 Hoffman
    21 Stefan
    22 Here i am stuck between another forward or a back??

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.08.11 08:21:13 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.08.11 08:21:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : Coetzee is great but also not really a fetcher. The Sharks really need somebody to fill those duties.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.11 08:24:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • actually i would have made drastic changes in a position or 2 but i know plum never would

    and it’s prolly 99% Adi will bench and Stefan will start

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.11 08:25:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : 😯 pokkel i never said he is a fetcher , or put him in that role

    @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : i said Deysel to fill that role, coetzee to 8 🙄 thman

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.11 08:27:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : the 2 players we have that can do a fetching role is bissy and deysel

    the other one is Kleinhans, but he still learning the trade and gives away many penalties

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.11 08:28:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • If we want someone to do the fetching from the 6 position it will have to be deysel

    we dont have an out and out fetcher, and this would mean playing the loose trio like this,

    8 Daniel
    7 Coetzee
    6 Deysel

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.08.11 08:29:48 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 19) : I would switch Deysel and Coetzee. I don’t think Deysel is very comfortable in the fetching role.

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.08.11 09:05:39 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 20) : lol boet did you read all my posts?? , i would leave deysel at 7

    was merely explaining to Pokkel that we only have deysel that can do any fetching

    so to me our best bet is

    08 Coetzee
    07 Deysel
    06 Daniel

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.08.11 09:15:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 20) : unless ur saying deysel to 8 and coetzee at 7??? ❓

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.08.11 09:16:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 21) :No only read that post to which I replied. 😆

    But why can’t Coetzee play a fetching role?

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.08.11 09:34:33 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 22) : No, we can’t leave Daniel out. The only other option I see is to play Botes at openside and one of Deysel or Coetzee off the bench as blindsiders.

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.08.11 09:36:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • From: @Kankowski
    Sent: Aug 31, 2011 7:34a
    Waiting in hospital for my hand, not so fun !

    NS: Kanko wrote this tweet this morning,
    I hope they did not loose his hand 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.08.11 09:38:11 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 25) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.08.11 09:39:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 25) : Maybe its a new hand and he’ll be back on the field sooner 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.08.11 09:40:18 by Franshark Reply
  • For the CC I’d go
    1 Dale Chadwick
    2 Craig Burden
    3 Wiehahn Herbst
    4 Anton Bresler
    5 Alistair Hargreaves
    6 Keegan Daniel
    7 Jean Deysel
    8 Ryan Kankowski
    9 Charl McLeod
    10 Frederic Michalak
    11 Lwazi Mvovo
    12 Meyer Bosman
    13 Adi Jacobs
    14 Sibusiso Sithole
    15 Louis Ludik

    16 Kyle Cooper
    17 Eugene van Staden
    18 Ross Skeate
    19 Marcell Coetzee – He’s 7/8, not ahead of other 2
    20 Carel Hoffmann
    21 Stefan Terblanche
    22 Marius Joubert

    Would be nice if Gouws Prinsloo gets a run at fullback instead though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.08.11 09:41:39 by hendrikp Reply

  • Guys I agree fully about this fetching situation and the only remedy i see in the future is to start deysel at 7 ahead of alberts, surely you dont loose anything in carrying but you gain a capable fetch + bismarc and the balance and duties of the forward pack are satisfied.

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.08.11 10:27:56 by Talent Reply
  • If Deysel is set to be the fetcher it will change the dynamic of the ruck situation – He would have to hit less rucks, not stand at pillar defence and play to the ball… Even though he is capable, its not his natural game… Look at the role he played against Oz in Durbs; he played to the ball and subsequently got dropped even though he protected our ball and affected a turnover or two… So yep I’d have Coetzee 8, Deysel 7 and Captain Keegan at 6… Who is in need of a big game…

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.08.11 10:30:50 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • 7.Deyselnator 8.Daniels/Kankowski 6.Botes/Coetzee ;Deysel is a key component to the looseforward balance

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.08.11 10:31:20 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 29) : Alberts IMHO is an impact player by design – he’s at his optimum at 25 – 30 minutes… Deysel would start in my team at 7 virtually always, for the reasoning you’ve given, great ball carrier, but more dynamic at ruck, and a lineout forward… This must not be forgotten… He has Alberts number in more departments… A complete loose forward.

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.08.11 10:35:25 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 30) : thats a fair point . My view of an openside is a player who plays towards the ball and hits as many rucks as possible -being the first to the scene most of the time not a fetch ala brussouw. The sharks are fortunate becuase alot of our bigger forwards are mobile enough to get arround the park and create a turn over in possesion. Im think the problem with alot of teams in sa is that ALL our forwards dont actually play to the ball ,they wonder arround in midfieldand create miss matches in defence

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.08.11 10:37:01 by Talent Reply
  • Im think 😀 haha excuse me

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.08.11 10:38:09 by Talent Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) :

    I blame the Sharks’ game plan.

    When Dick Muir was coach Kanko was sublime. The Sharks played attacking rugby and they were awesome to watch.

    Not anymore! 🙄

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.08.11 11:33:47 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 35) : I hate to agree with you, but…

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.08.11 12:30:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 25) : Typing with one thumb? 😉

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.08.11 15:25:01 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : Plum + Hugh Reece – Edwards = Dumb & Dumber! 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.08.11 16:44:41 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : who is dumberer? 😆

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.08.11 22:43:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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