Hoff in line for XV appearance

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup on 17 Apr 2012 at 09:13
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There’s some good news on the injury front this week, with Ryan Kankowski the first of the “long-term casualties” to make his way back to fitness.

According to the Sharks website, the lanky number 8, who broke his thumb against the Bulls in the opening round of Super Rugby, should feature for the Sharks XV against the EP Kings this weekend. Assuming he comes through that encounter unscathed, with the benefit of another week to get fit while the Sharks enjoy their bye, Kankowski should come back into Super Rugby contention ahead of the round 11 clash against the Highlanders.

Beast Mtawarira appears to be recovering faster than expected from his ankle break as well, with a return some time towards the middle of next month likely at this stage. Julian Redelinghuys, who suffered a similar injury a few weeks after Beast did, is still 5 weeks away from a return, so he should come into contention a week or two after the big Bok.

The news on Ross Skeate is less good, though; the lock forward has confirmed via Twitter that he’ll be out until at least June after undergoing neck surgery.


  • I really hope the ‘Hoff’ comes back in top form!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.12 09:16:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : I hope so too, an in-form Hoff in flight is a joy to behold!

    Sadly though, on the evidence of the last several months to a year, I’m not holding my breath. Also not convinced that our coaching staff has the ability to create the right environment for Ryan to get back to his rangy best 🙁

    On the positive side, Keegs has been monstrous at 8. With Marcell out, I hope they keep Keegan at 8 on our own scrum feeds; he has a brilliant ability to get over the advantage line by attacking space. Furthermore, because of his linking play and ability to release players around him into gaps, I reckon he’s a much better option on attack than Willem Alberst at 8.

    On opposition scrums, he can revert to 6, where he is definitely our paciest option among the losse forwards in terms of getting to the breakdown.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.12 09:46:20 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I’m glad Kanko is back, I hope he can find some form again.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.12 17:32:26 by Letgo Reply
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